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Old June 5th, 2016, 06:57 AM
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Kuat or Thule bike tray rack on NAS 90?

I'm sick of roof mounted bike racks - and my receiver-hitch hanging style causes my 29er to swing around like crazy on our dirt roads. No amount of strapping seems to stop it.

I looked at the new Thule T2, but can't put it in the stowed position because of the spare tire. Adding a Class III receiver's an option, but defeats the anti-vibration design. This is especially true since carrying the weight even further out will most certainly cause it to move around.

Wondering if anyone is able to run a tray-style hitch mount rack? If so, what brand??
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Old June 5th, 2016, 09:05 AM
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I have a t2 on my 90 with a hitch extender and it seems solid but I have not driven down any dirt roads with it. I have used the t2 on my lr4 and driven down dirt roads and it bounces around a bit. Not sure you can avoid it.
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Old June 5th, 2016, 09:53 AM
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Does your rack and hitch extender have pins or bolts? I have an old SportsRack (Thule bought them out) and it has a nut on the inside that when tightened it doesn't move. There is play on the tray section where it folds up but not that bad.

Next time you are in Stowe see Paul and those guys at iRide - they might have some good ideas on how to beef up the hitch mount or what rack works best.
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Old June 5th, 2016, 10:01 AM
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My extender and he rack both have bolts. Pins would bounce everywhere.
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Old June 5th, 2016, 02:46 PM
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My extender and he rack both have bolts. Pins would bounce everywhere.
Maybe that's what he has and is the issue?
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Old June 5th, 2016, 04:25 PM
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I have a t2 on my 90 with a hitch extender and it seems solid but I have not driven down any dirt roads with it. I have used the t2 on my lr4 and driven down dirt roads and it bounces around a bit. Not sure you can avoid it.
I have the exact setup (though sometimes I switch it to four bikes) and it works really well. You still get some flex and bouncing but it isn't that bad. It does screw with your departure angle of course.
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Old June 5th, 2016, 04:56 PM
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I have a Kuat NV 4 bike rack- damn that thing is heavy.
Works well and doesn't sway on my LR3, RRC,or 110. But, on the 110, 1st bike gets close to the spare tire/wheel and pedal placement becomes an issue.
Additionally, the rack wont fold up on the Defender. I haven't needed to as I usually take the rack out when I get home, but I could add an extension with a bolt. The 2x I have chosen to fold it up so it's less obtrusive at the trail head, I would run the cable lock through the spare.
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Old June 5th, 2016, 05:03 PM
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Did some research today and found that there are shorter receiver extensions (7") available as well as anti-wabble locking pins. This solves my concern - being able to lock the rack to the Defender. Unfortunately, its become common around here for dirtbags to rob cars parked at trail heads... two friends have been ripped off separately at pretty popular parking areas.

I also learned that Kuat has a lightweight (32 lbs) rack that just got released last month called the "Sherpa 2.0." Going to look into that tomorrow and will report results. The internet has conflicting info: one site says you can't fit a fat bike, another says you can... thinking with the winters we've been having, I may become a year-round rider yet.

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I have a Kuat The NV. It is pretty much the bestest bike rack ever. Mainly, I use it on my hatchback. The biggest issue is that my hitch is attached to my unibody...and it flexes. But I think on a solid hitch mounted to a solid chassis, it won't move.

I've got an adapter to go from the 1.25" to a 2" to use with my rover. Now that the rover actually works, I'd like to start using the Kuat on the rover.

But yes...it is lovely.
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Old June 6th, 2016, 12:23 AM
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T2 with jsq hitch mount. Amazon anti vibration device. Works awesome
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Old June 6th, 2016, 01:23 AM
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There is no better rock than one of these

North Shore Bike Racks

SOLID.. and hand built just down the street from me. No rattle, no swaying, (even hit the odd speed bump doing well, more than I should) no problems at all. The rack is solid in the receiver mount, and the bikes are solid on the rack.

They make them in 2, 4 or 6 bike configurations.
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Old June 6th, 2016, 05:51 PM
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I used the 7 inch extender with the thule locks. I like thule as it has bike cable locks built in. Also thule sells every part for it which has come in handy.

With the 7 inch extender it will fold up on a 90 fine.

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Old June 7th, 2016, 12:36 AM
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Just weld an extension on the bike rack.
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Old June 7th, 2016, 06:13 AM
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Andrew - you can't weld an extension. The cool thing about these new bike racks is they've removed 1/4 of the receiver tubing (the top and one side) and integrate an aluminum shoulder that adjusts... turn a knob and the shoulder compresses out against the inside of the vehicle's receiver hitch. Voila! No more movement. My concern all along has been that adding an extension will delete that benefit - but I'm told there are hitch pins that produce similar anti-wobble/vibration results. Have to just order one and see...
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Old June 7th, 2016, 11:55 AM
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That's cool. I have a Thule Parkway bike rack we cut and welded in an extension. I'm sure it's not the best bike rack, but I got it really cheap at one of REI's used gear sales. It was new though. I think someone returned it because it had a gob of weld in the securing nut. Just had to tap it out.
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Old June 7th, 2016, 12:57 PM
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There is no better rock than one of these North Shore Bike Racks SOLID.. and hand built just down the street from me. No rattle, no swaying, (even hit the odd speed bump doing well, more than I should) no problems at all. The rack is solid in the receiver mount, and the bikes are solid on the rack. They make them in 2, 4 or 6 bike configurations.
These look sweet!

You guys do a lot of shuttling on Class 4 roads so I bet these get put to the paces.

Crazy how simple the racks are and how they can fit so many different types of bikes.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 09:37 AM
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T2 with jsq hitch mount. Amazon anti vibration device. Works awesome
Question: What is the Anti-Vibration device you speak of?
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