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Old December 8th, 2009, 01:29 PM
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Mantec Spare carrier clearance question

I've just bought a THULE parkway bike rack and am probaly about to order a Mantex SA 50 spare carrier ... before I place the order I need to know how much further the spare is away from the door on the carrier.

Can someone with a Mantec measure the distance between the rear door and the tire? Or does anyone know what the distance is?

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Old December 8th, 2009, 02:49 PM
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You can measure my truck on the 19th...
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Old December 8th, 2009, 02:57 PM
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I would think the mantec is stronger than the stock racks so you can get one of those thule racks that hangs on the tire. I didn't get it back in the day because I feared it would put too much pressure on the soft top carrier but with the mantec it has to be fine.

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So sick of having to move the trail hitch rack to get in the back
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Old December 8th, 2009, 03:22 PM
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I wanted to order before then for parental delivery .... I have folks coming from the UK and luggage is cheaper than shipping ... and I could have fitted it on the 19th! ;-)

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I have a few bikes to carry so wanted a proper carrier ... all the pics on the net indicate it's a good couple of inches added by the mantec ...

I guess I'll soon be complaining about the moving the rack to get in the back too!
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Old December 8th, 2009, 03:50 PM
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It probably won't fit.

I have a Mantec spare carrier and a Thule Revolver Hitch Rack. The Mantec adds enough depth that you will not be able to use a hitch mounted rack without adding an extension to the hitch (I think the Mantec with a spare on it sticks out about 1-2" too far). I ended up getting this extension: http://www.amazon.com/Heininger-6000...0304675&sr=1-1

A hitch rack is convenient for access but you need to tighten the anti-rattle bolts regularly or it'll rattle loose. When you add an extension you just add more joints that have potential to start rattling. Not an ideal set up, especially if you're going to be driving on trails. Once I get a new roof rack I will abandon this whole set up as I'm not a big fan of the extension "compromise".

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I agree with Barry. If you're only carrying 1-2 bikes I would get the rack that attaches to the spare. That way you avoid the hitch rattle problem and you can easily access the door. I used mine to carry 4 bikes on trails in Moab so I didn't want to add all that weight to the spare but if its only 1-2 bikes you should be fine.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 04:30 PM
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Thanks ... I'm looking to carry 3 or 4 mountain bikes at a time so need a sturdy rack.

I know its probably blasphemy but I'm not planning to take my truck on any trails ... so i'll probably end up going the extension route if it won't clear I'll have to have the extension welded on to reduce the number of rattle points!
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Old December 8th, 2009, 06:58 PM
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Quote:
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Can someone with a Mantec measure the distance between the rear door and the tire ?
With a 265/75 BF AT i get 35 cms.

Anyway, if you want to carry only 1 or 2 bikes, you can try this:

Guys, don't laugh too hard, it's still a prototype ...
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Old December 8th, 2009, 07:05 PM
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that wont work on a horse
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Barry, i owe you a fax, i'm sending it this week, sorry .
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Old December 8th, 2009, 07:09 PM
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no worries. anytime is fine. I would like some pics of your truck too. Not just the horse rack
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I replaced the 2" tube on the bottom of my Yakima rack with a longer one, stainless steel too. Its solid and has lasted for 12 years.
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Julien, I like that 550 in the background. :-)
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Quote:
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With a 265/75 BF AT i get 35 cms.

Anyway, if you want to carry only 1 or 2 bikes, you can try this:

Guys, don't laugh too hard, it's still a prototype ...

thats about as bad as the shitter pipe snorkle, shitter pipe bike rack.
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Julien, I like that 550 in the background. :-)
Yeah, it's my week end drive ...

More seriously, hot shot lawyer neighbour is the owner.
He really brought it back, that Maranello was in poor
conditions. It's top notch now, i'm not crazy about the
color, but it's a smooth drive. I helped with one mod
done on this car: 5 cooling fans ....

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thats about as bad as the shitter pipe snorkle, shitter pipe bike rack.
I know, it does not look really cool, but it's super
light, not very big and you can set it and take it
off very quickly.
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Old December 9th, 2009, 12:02 PM
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Jason. I forgot to mention that I don't have a NAS bumper. If you do then the hitch should be further out and you might get away without the extension.
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Just use a hitch extension if it is a problem. You could even make your own.

I can measure tonight and post up though.

I use a yakima spare tire rack they stopped making a number of years ago. I'm sure you could find them on ebay or elsewhere. I have a swing out for the DII.

http://ic2.pbase.com/g1/67/467967/2/...8.rhPxVIkI.jpg

http://ic2.pbase.com/g1/67/467967/2/...7.jUpir0vf.jpg

http://www.vtxs.org/moab_2008/hells_...5w6926_std.jpg

The mantec carrier handles the weight just fine and could probably handle more:
http://i.pbase.com/o6/67/467967/1/10...g.PIC_0133.JPG
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I think I'm going to take the plunge and the mantec and figure out clearance afterwards with the extension if need be ... I'll post some pictures!
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mantec is great
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buying in the UK with free shipping is great too!
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Nice my little pony Barry
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