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Old August 14th, 2007, 06:31 PM
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I seem to have added too much wasted info to my other post. Just a quick question. Will a thule hitch mount rack clear the spare on a soft top? As far as the thule site nothing is compatible.

I was thinking the 912 Roadway
http://www.thuleracks.com/product.asp?dept_id=8&sku=912
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Old August 14th, 2007, 08:05 PM
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here ya go all the racks that will fit http://www.thuleracks.com/fg_hitch1....22&factory_id=
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Old August 14th, 2007, 11:12 PM
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I know that my 4 bike Yakima will not clear my spare and it looks to be the same size as this Thule.
Find a Thule dealer and ask them to take it outside and try it. That's what I did for the Yakima, but I bought it for the RR.

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Old August 14th, 2007, 11:24 PM
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Just buy a $30 hitch extension...
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Old August 15th, 2007, 12:03 AM
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I was told a hitch extension puts too much weight on the rack.
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Old August 15th, 2007, 12:53 AM
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Well thule makes a couple that fit 90s. No need for an extension. I'm waiting for a few months before i buy one. right now I have a hitch extension and a yakima drop down rack. Not ideal at all.
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Old August 15th, 2007, 01:00 AM
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so you think those thule ones you listed will work? I thought they were the same size as the yakima?
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Old August 15th, 2007, 05:06 AM
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my yak clears my rear tire with ease.
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Old August 15th, 2007, 09:59 AM
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which yak do you have? do you have an extender? Isnt the tire on the sw closer to the back door than on the st?
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Old August 15th, 2007, 11:18 AM
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I have the Thule Revolver (swing away) on my D90 soft top and you will definately need the extension if you have your spare wheel on (7 inch) and to be honest I wouldnt recommend an extension at all. The rack shakes and rattles while driving, so I even purchased one of those anti-rattle things from Cabelas and it still shakes and rattles like crazy.
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Old August 15th, 2007, 01:28 PM
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thanks for the info. I was told the saris rack will work with the spare. I just have always had thule. I also noticed that in europe you can get a sweet rack that bends around the spare. raxxmaxx or something.
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Old August 15th, 2007, 01:40 PM
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http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4411

This one works fine with the spare and it is only $80. It tilts down so you can open your tailgate with the rack still on the truck.
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Old August 15th, 2007, 02:04 PM
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I think I need to shut up and just go to a bike store and see what I like and what fits
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Barry,

You can swing by my place this weekend and try out my rack.

I labored over this decision as well--but couldnt be happier with my solution. Rack holds 4 bikes, has a built in cable lock integrated into the rack that feeds through the bikes, has a locking hitch pin that secures it to the truck, and I purchased a hitch extender to push it just beyond the spare tire carrier + a hitch lock for the extender (the rack aint going nowhere). The rack even has a pin that you can release on the fly to make it fold down while still attached to the hitch (even when fully loaded) so that rear door can pass completely over the rack while it is installed and loaded with bikes. I love it.

Yakima Slick Rock4 $270+
Custom Hitch Extender (local welder was expensive, but it was a last minute purchase) $70

Here is a picture of the rack from REI. I just took the rack off my truck and dont want to reinstall to take a pic, but you are welcome to come over sometime on Sunday to look at it---I''ll be installing my Badger I Sunday as well.

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Old August 15th, 2007, 02:59 PM
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thanks

will email you to figure out when
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Old August 15th, 2007, 03:11 PM
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I forgot to mention. I have driven 2,000 + miles with a full load of bikes, and had NO problems with the hitch extender rattling excessively or threatening to come loose. The locking pin provided with the rack really secures it to the extender, so there is no way it's coming off, breaking, or otherwise malfunctioning--You couldnt put enough weight on it to do that kind of damage. So you can disregard the manufacturer's warning with confidence.
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Old March 31st, 2008, 06:14 PM
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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.thuleracks.com/product.asp?dept_id=8&sku=916

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

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Old March 31st, 2008, 06:28 PM
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what about the kind that actually straps to the spare tire?
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Old March 31st, 2008, 06:40 PM
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too heavy for the tire carrier. It will put too much stress on the door hinges and you will eventually get the sagging door. I went with a thule and it is totally fine. Clears the tire perfectly.

Steve, Where are you in NJ?
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Old April 1st, 2008, 09:59 AM
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I have a yak swing down and need an extension to get it to clear the spare. The thule's clear no problem.
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