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Old August 5th, 2007, 08:09 PM
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Thule Bike Rack

Has anyone used a tire rack bike rack on their defender?
http://www.thuleracks.com/product.asp?dept_id=8&sku=963
Can the standard spare carrier on the back support a couple of bikes?
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Old August 5th, 2007, 08:31 PM
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I have a receiver hitch Thule carrier. They can carry more weight and can be adapted to carry skis. However, I removed my bumper, so now I need a receiver hitch that will mount to the rear crossmember. They're kind of hard to find.
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Old August 5th, 2007, 08:52 PM
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RN has them. I just installed one on my d110 crossmember a couples months ago. very nice.
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Old August 5th, 2007, 09:34 PM
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I know the receiver hitch is the best way to go but I like the through tire design for simplicity and the fact I dont have to move it or swing it out of the way when opening the tailgate.
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Old August 5th, 2007, 11:17 PM
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Barry.

I bought a used two bike rack that mounted to the receiver and removed the horizontal portion that went into the receiver. I have a SafariGard hi-lift jack mount that bolts to the spare tire carrier. I drilled two holes in the upright part of the bike carrier and used the bolts that normally hold the high-lift jack in place to bolt the carrier to the SafariGard unit. The Hi-Lift jack weighs about what our two bikes do and when you open the tailgate the rack opens too. Works quite well and easily removeable with one pin.

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Old August 6th, 2007, 12:02 AM
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the thule mounting plate wont work with our lug pattern. I got this rack and had the plate modified.

The end result wasnt worth it in my opinion. My rear door rattles now, and I end up strapping my bikes to my rear tire to keep them from swinging. Its not my ideal set up.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 02:17 AM
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Thanks for the info on the thule rack. I already have a squeak coming from the rear door I don't want to make it worse. I can not figure out for the life of me where the squeak is coming from.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 11:01 AM
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cdb,

do you have any pics of your set up?
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Old August 6th, 2007, 08:39 PM
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I'll take some and post them.

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Old August 6th, 2007, 09:17 PM
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I wonder if these hitch mounted racks will clear the rear tire with a Xmember reciever hitch like the safri gard or the rover accessories
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Old August 6th, 2007, 09:33 PM
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bike rack pictures

The pictures show the SafariGard HiLift jack base mounted behind the spare with the receiver protruding through the center. I used a stock bike rack and discarded everything except for the vertical tube and the actual bike anchoring system (not very good on the one I cannibalized). Then I drilled two holes in the vertical tube to match the bolts that go through the HiLift jack to mount it.
Now I just pull the pin to remove the rack.

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Old August 6th, 2007, 10:29 PM
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that is a great setup. pretty much what i want. i just wonder if using the thule rack and redrilling the support plate would be more cost effective. So I dont have to worry about the added weight on the carrier?
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So I am getting conflicting advice. I have ST and I really want a bike rack to go on the rear tire carrier. East Coast rover said it would be too much weight but I know the spare tire is on its own carrier so the weight shouldn't be on the door hinges. I hate the idea of getting a hitch mount. It would be in the way. I want to have something like the thule rack that I can bolt on and forget. Any advice?? I dont want to hurt the door just to carry some bikes.
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So I am getting conflicting advice. I have ST and I really want a bike rack to go on the rear tire carrier. East Coast rover said it would be too much weight but I know the spare tire is on its own carrier so the weight shouldn't be on the door hinges. I hate the idea of getting a hitch mount. It would be in the way. I want to have something like the thule rack that I can bolt on and forget. Any advice?? I dont want to hurt the door just to carry some bikes.
Thule swing away rack. Won't be in the way and no weight issues.
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Old August 14th, 2007, 05:44 PM
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i thought the hitch part on the thule racks werent long enough plus i know the one i want comes as 1 1/4 and has a conversion bar to 2. more rattles?
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So I am getting conflicting advice. I have ST and I really want a bike rack to go on the rear tire carrier. East Coast rover said it would be too much weight but I know the spare tire is on its own carrier so the weight shouldn't be on the door hinges. I hate the idea of getting a hitch mount. It would be in the way. I want to have something like the thule rack that I can bolt on and forget. Any advice?? I dont want to hurt the door just to carry some bikes.
I am searching for a similar answer. I want a rear spare bike mount for 1 lightweight road bike. I can't seem to find a definitive answer on 1) will the weight cause problems with the door and 2) what rack would work best with the least amount of modifications.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

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I ended up buying a thule trailer mount rack. It clears the spare without an issue. Personally if I had a hardtop I would get cross bars and mount it to the roof
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I ended up buying a thule trailer mount rack. It clears the spare without an issue. Personally if I had a hardtop I would get cross bars and mount it to the roof
I have a roof rack so the height becomes somewhat prohibitive. What thule rack did you buy?

Thanks for the help.
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I am searching for a similar answer. I want a rear spare bike mount for 1 lightweight road bike. I can't seem to find a definitive answer on 1) will the weight cause problems with the door and 2) what rack would work best with the least amount of modifications.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks
On a SW with stock door mounting, yes, it is too much weight to mount to the spare tire.

With a separate carrier, you should be looking for a used yakima spareroc or similar.
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On a SW with stock door mounting, yes, it is too much weight to mount to the spare tire.

With a separate carrier, you should be looking for a used yakima spareroc or similar.
To clarify, what do you mean seperate carrier? If the spare is on a seperate carrier?

Thanks for the insights.
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