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Old April 29th, 2015, 01:30 PM
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spare tire bike rack advice

I am shopping around for a spare tire bike rack and was wondering if anyone has any input on styles or brands. Im looking at the Yakima Spare Time or the Thule Spare Me. There are a couple of other types but they just don't look as sturdy(the ones that hang off the tire). Will the universal plate on these work on a defender or do I need to make one with the proper bolt pattern? I have a heavy duty swing away so weight on the door is a non issue Any help is appreciated.
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Old April 29th, 2015, 01:38 PM
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Many people here use this combo : Yakima spare time with this adaptor for 2 bikes.

Land Rover Yakima Sparetime Bike Rack Mount — Jeff Payne Design

The standard yakima plate doesn't fit and is garbage quality compared to the jeff payne product.
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Old April 29th, 2015, 01:44 PM
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yeah, the plate it comes with looks like shit. Jeff is sold out of his adapters but I can fab something up. I am probably going with the Yakima, just wanted to see if there was any negative feedback before I pull the trigger
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Old April 29th, 2015, 01:51 PM
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What type of bike are you carrying? Yakima rack or anything with posts are garbage unless you are carrying a traditional looking bike.
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Old April 29th, 2015, 01:53 PM
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Ibis Mojo SLR. Im going to take the bike to see if its adaptable to the frame before I get one
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Old April 29th, 2015, 01:55 PM
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yeah, the plate it comes with looks like shit. Jeff is sold out of his adapters but I can fab something up. I am probably going with the Yakima, just wanted to see if there was any negative feedback before I pull the trigger
I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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Old April 29th, 2015, 01:56 PM
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This is the bike. I think the arms in the Yakima are adjustable so it can fit through the holes in the frame. I sent Jeff a message to see about getting the plate since his site says he is sold out
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Personally I would stay away from the yakima with that bike. I ran it for awhile. It certainly is easiest and looks the best and Jeff's plate is awesome but when i stuck my frame through the rack it ate the paint and when I got the frame adapter I was always worried about it since I ran a carbon post. I now run a dropper so you cant hang from the seat anyway.

I now have a thule t2. Its easier but you need a hitch to run it.
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If you're going with a hitch option, check out this one, I just picked up one last weekend and love it:

Products » The NV | Küat
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If you're going with a hitch option, check out this one, I just picked up one last weekend and love it: Products » The NV | Küat
Also a great rack.

Here is a pic of my truck with a t2.
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Looks like a solid set up
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Moving bikes out of the way to get in the back soon gets annoying.
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Moving bikes out of the way to get in the back soon gets annoying.
I agree but with modern bikes not much you can do to avoid it. Rack swings down even with bikes on so you can open the door.
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Agree with Barry - that carbon Ibis is much too nice to be hung by the top tube. I have a steel DJ rig that I used to hang on my Yakima but that rig gets tossed around.

When I get things done I am going to build a tray mount that attaches to the spare tire/door so it will hang by the wheels.
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Agree with Barry - that carbon Ibis is much too nice to be hung by the top tube. I have a steel DJ rig that I used to hang on my Yakima but that rig gets tossed around.

When I get things done I am going to build a tray mount that attaches to the spare tire/door so it will hang by the wheels.
when you build that adaptor ... build it to the Jeff Payne mount and I'll buy one!
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when you build that adaptor ... build it to the Jeff Payne mount and I'll buy one!
Will do - it will be sometime before I get to it - have to finish the truck it will go on!

I will certainly post on here when I start the project tho for some inputs.
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Two thumbs up on the Kuat NV. They are the best in my book. I built a custom 2" receiver for my Jetta Wagon so I can use the rack on both the VW and the Defender.
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Agree with Barry - that carbon Ibis is much too nice to be hung by the top tube. I have a steel DJ rig that I used to hang on my Yakima but that rig gets tossed around. When I get things done I am going to build a tray mount that attaches to the spare tire/door so it will hang by the wheels.
I was just thinking the same thing. I'll race you to through R and D. I went and looked at the bike shop and they sell extra trays for the Thule so you can carry more bikes. Just build an L that bolts to the tire and attach the trays. 😏
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I have a Thule T2 that we really like. I just put a custom receiver on my swing out tire carrier in order to have the bikes and rack swing out as one unit so we can get in the back of my RRC. Just did a trip down through Sedona and Moab with it and it worked great. I made my own staggered bar for the bike trays to mount to so I could keep it lighter and keep the bikes in close to the spare tire.
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I have a Thule T2 that we really like. I just put a custom receiver on my swing out tire carrier in order to have the bikes and rack swing out as one unit so we can get in the back of my RRC. Just did a trip down through Sedona and Moab with it and it worked great. I made my own staggered bar for the bike trays to mount to so I could keep it lighter and keep the bikes in close to the spare tire.

Nice bike and derbys. Running them as well.
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