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Old April 1st, 2008, 10:21 AM
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Thule says it will work, but who knows if that is true. I guess I'm going to look for a place that has them and see if they will let me try it out.

Thanks for the help.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 12:45 PM
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i have a thule and it works fine but it was last years. I think the new ones are shorter
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Old April 1st, 2008, 02:11 PM
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Mine is fine. It clears it by about 1".
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Old April 1st, 2008, 02:18 PM
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Barry,

Which rack did you get?
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Old April 1st, 2008, 03:42 PM
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I'm not sure the model number. It has a hinge at the base, as well as one at the top. I park my Defender at my parents's place (thanks Pop!) and won't be there for another week or two. I can find out then. Sorry.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Billakris
Has anyone tried one of these style racks on the D? I really like this style, but I can't find any info on whether or not it will clear my tire.

http://www.yakima.com/Product.aspx?Number=8002419


http://www.saris.com/p-302-cycleon-pro.aspx

Thanks for the help.
Kris, I have the Thule T2 http://www.thuleracks.com/product.asp?dept_id=8&sku=916

You will have to use it with an extension if you want it bent up 'out of the way'. I like it over the traditional carrier. It also tilts down with the bikes on it, if you need to get to your rear cargo. Thule aquired the design from Sportworks, so if you decide to look for a used one, I'd go with the sporkworks model. There were a few design touches that Thule should have just left well enough alone.

The Saris although pricey is a really good carrier as well. I've never heard a complaint regarding it.

When I was originally looking for one, I really wanted yakima's version. After doing some research, found out there were a lot of unhappy people who wished they went with the Thule or Saris.

In the end, the big difference for me between Thule and Saris, was the price...
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Old April 1st, 2008, 09:09 PM
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Ade,

Thanks for the reply. So the T2 clears the tire carrier on a soft top with no problem. I'm not really worried about having it fold up. If my bikes aren't on it, I wont have the rack on the truck.

Can you take a picture of it with a bike close to the tire carrier? That would be great!

Also, you wouldn't happen to know if the saris fits without a problem too would you?

Thanks again.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 01:05 PM
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I'll be home this weekend, it's been added to the things to do list. Note: I'm currently using it on the SW and haven't tried it on the ST yet...not sure if there's a difference.

I'm not certain on the Saris, however, I want to say there was a thread in some bike forum that I read stating it was long enough. Some guy had a Blazer with a rear tire attached and the Saris did work, I believe. If you have the time, hit a bike shop and have them pull one out for you to test...
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 02:07 PM
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Thanks Ade,

I haven't found a shop that has the saris in stock. I was going to do that with the Thule before you posted, but I may still do that.

Do you have any regrets with the Thule?

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Old April 2nd, 2008, 02:12 PM
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I am pretty sure this is the one I got
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4411
It clears the spare, and the arms fold down when not in use. The newer thule racks have a shorter attachment where it goes into the hitch. This one is great. The only thing better on the new ones is instead of pins to slide it down, it has levers
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 04:11 PM
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Thanks Ade,

I haven't found a shop that has the saris in stock. I was going to do that with the Thule before you posted, but I may still do that.

Do you have any regrets with the Thule?

Thanks again.
The Saris is harder to find for some reason. I really can't think of one negative regarding the Thule. If you go with it, make sure you aren't buying an old box that's been sitting in the back for a few years...people complained that the plastic part that holds the wheels in place cracks easy. I've heard people opening the box to find that part already broken. This was ONLY with the initial model Thule came out with after acquiring SportWorks, they've since remedied this problem.

If you have an REI near you, get it from there. At the time I got mine, REI had all Thule stuff on sale for 20% off.
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 05:33 AM
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I've been trying to find the perfect rack as well. I haul 2-3 heavy down-hill mountain bikes, and I think that these are ultimately going to be the top 2 choices for me:

http://northshoreracks.com/NSR%204-bike.htm

http://www.1upusa.com/raxterrack.htm
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I've seen that top style rack on a Disco and it looked good and worked fine.
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Old April 9th, 2008, 09:44 AM
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Thanks for all the help guys.

I really want the "tray" style rack like Ade has. I called Saris and asked about some dimensions and it doesn't look like it will fit without an extender.

Ade, did you ever get some pictures? Also, does the soft top tire stick out further than the station wagon one? Is there anyway you could throw the rack on your soft top? I don't mean to be a pain, and if it is getting to be a hassle I think I know of a store in KC that has one that I can see this weekend.

Better yet, I will probably just go ahead and try that.

Thanks again for all of the help guys. I will post back with a report if I get to try it out.
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Old June 9th, 2008, 10:59 PM
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Sorry for the long wait. I did get the Thule T2 and it fit without "modification." I slid the mounts out further than i was supposed to on the support bar just to be sure to clear the tire, but there is no need for an extender.

Hopefully I have some pics attached.

Thanks again for all the help and suggestions!

P.S. I now have a Thule SpareMe for sale if anyone wants it.
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