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Anyone have any luck with a hitch mount bike rack that works with the rear tire and tailgate. I can get deals on yakima but pretty sure non of their styles will work. I had the strong arm yakima rack and the tailgate hit.. Then i got the double down 4 and that worked until i installed my spare tire 35inch tires.

just curious of options some of you have used to haul your bikes, i would like to carry 4. i can get a roof rack but the jeep is lifted and on bigger tires, plus the bikes i ride aren't exactly the lightest so it might be a big pain to put them up on he roof.

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I was trying to find the same thing when I got my yak rack. I ended up going with the spare time which mounts to my spare tire and it works fine if you are only carrying 2 bikes. If you need the 4 bike set up and a hitch mount the only solution I came up with is getting an extension piece to add into your receiver , and mount the rack to that. Otherwise from all the looking I did it seems like we are just SOL. The extension can just be a piece of square tube drilled to accept the pins and somewhere around the 8-12" total length.
 

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I have a Thule that attaches to the rear hitch. I have the PSC rear bumper with tire carrier and stock spare right now, and I also have to use an extension to make it work. The one thing I don't like about the Thule is it doesn't fold down all the way. Would be much nicer if it it.
 

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thanks everyone.. I also did a ton of research but wasn't sure if i missed something out there. i might try the swingdaddy that swings off to the side so that might work. I jsut really like the ease of using the racks with the trays because my bike has a thru axle on the front and also a dual crown with a weird shaped frame so i had to fab my own hanger to use it on the rack i currently have. (Specialized Enduro SL)

anymore insight? Keep it coming.

Helojeff: this link was perfect! prettymuch exactly what i was looking for thanks
http://www.jpmagazine.com/techarticl...p/viewall.html
 

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The is the best rack made...

http://kuatinnovations.com/products/bike/the-nv/

I doubt it will allow the tail gate to swing open with bikes on it but it might with the tip down feature...

I currently have a Thule T2 because its really the only type of rack that will fit my downhill bike's rear suspension. I'm probably going to get the Kuat NV because it just has a lot of cool features, including a built in repair stand! I only need a two bike rack though...
 

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Guess I've been sheltered then. I knew these things were expensive but I had no idea that they were that much. Bought my Thule for $60 off a guy from the Jeep club. It's the one that let's down by pulling a pin. Works for me.
 

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We got a Thule T2 with the extra 2 bike extension and have 4 bikes on it most of the times. And with 4 bikes I mean 4 road bikes, or 4 mountain bikes or 4 beach cruisers at a time. The 4 beach cruisers are close to 40 pounds a pop and the rack is as solid as a rock. Just my opinion. :)
 

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I've had mine for about 5 years so that might be why it's not as sturdy. That and my bikes way about 40lbs each.

We got a Thule T2 with the extra 2 bike extension and have 4 bikes on it most of the times. And with 4 bikes I mean 4 road bikes, or 4 mountain bikes or 4 beach cruisers at a time. The 4 beach cruisers are close to 40 pounds a pop and the rack is as solid as a rock. Just my opinion. :)
 

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Hollywood Racks

I currently own a Hollwwood Racks Road Runner 5 Bike Rack that I use with our Suburban and Class A motorhome. I have read that these will work with a Wrangler and spare tire but i dont have first-hand experience yet.
I should be receiving my Hitch any day and after installing it I will install the bike rack, add bikes and post pictures. Im keeping my fingers crossed as I hope to use it on the JK when towing behind the MH.
 

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I can tell you of the best rack I've ever had. It folds down low enough to open the tailgate and fits behind my stock 32 without a problem. I'd bet a 35" tire can be mounted, and still open, but I'd have to measure. The only problem is the price. Some people balk at paying $600 for a bike rack, but in my opinion you get what you pay for. Mine's made in the USA of black anodized aluminum, and I'm VERY happy with it.

Here's the link:

1upUSA 2 bike setup

You can buy add ons that will hold up to four bikes. I did a ton of research and mtbr.com rates it as the best rack out there.

Hope that helps!
 

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I currently own a Hollwwood Racks Road Runner 5 Bike Rack that I use with our Suburban and Class A motorhome. I have read that these will work with a Wrangler and spare tire but i dont have first-hand experience yet.
I should be receiving my Hitch any day and after installing it I will install the bike rack, add bikes and post pictures. Im keeping my fingers crossed as I hope to use it on the JK when towing behind the MH.
I can now confirm that the Hollywood Rack works perfectly fine. I got the hitch installed and mounted the rack. Plenty of room for 4. With the stock tire you might be able to mount a 5th bike.

I can load pics if anyone wants to see it.
 

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thanks for the pictures.. tuns the jeep into like a full size pickup length. ha ha ha. nice to see it works! i will have to look into getting one. I really like that 1upUSA aluminum rack but it is expensive! I have a friend that has one and they are slick, cant test fit it because he lives 3 hours away though.
 

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mounting the bikes back there is easy to get to, unload and reload. but as soon as the ds behind you who is texting on their phone, your two $3K mtn bike are F'd. :mad: I used to mount mine off a Yakima mount with extension, now they are up top.

I like mine up top. pita to load, but safer imo. also if you do offroad to you campsite or some trail heads, some sit too low and will drag.
 

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mounting the bikes back there is easy to get to, unload and reload. but as soon as the ds behind you who is texting on their phone, your two $3K mtn bike are F'd. :mad: I used to mount mine off a Yakima mount with extension, now they are up top.

I like mine up top. pita to load, but safer imo. also if you do offroad to you campsite or some trail heads, some sit too low and will drag.
I wish my mountain bikes were $3k... more like $6k-$7k each. :)


Thule T2 4 bike rack and 4" drop/10" extension worked the best for me. Another good rack is the North Shore rack. It sits closer to the Jeep.
 
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