Do you use a hitch mounted bike rack...

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  1. Kevin_W

    Kevin_W Second Unit

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    ... that you would recommend? And that can clear the spare tire mounted to the back of a Jeep Wrangler?

    I have a 2" receiver hitch on my Jeep and I need something that will accommodate three bikes.... Two mountain and one that is a young girls 20" bike. Something that tilts is a plus but don't know which harness types are better: the strap or "clamp" type. What are better at protecting the gear/brake cables?

    Budget is flexible but would prefer to remain under $150.

    Thanks!
    Kevin
     
  2. DougRuss

    DougRuss Stunt Coordinator

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    Trying to get a good Rack system for under $150.00 will be alittle hard to do?

    Have you tried searching on the Net for the different types out there?

    Here's a link to check out......... Racks

    Also Here

    I have a Jeep Cherokee with a Receiver Mounted Carrier, but I can't for the life of me, remember where I got it ? lol
    Think I paid about $200 for it?

    My Jeep
     
  3. DonRoeber

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    I have a Yakima bike rack for my Explorer, and I'm happy with it. It's a strap style, but only carries two bikes. Fine for my needs. I don't rememeber how much I paid for it, but I got it at my local bike shop. I'd suggest you talk to them.
     
  4. DaveHo

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    I have this one: Saris Rack

    It's been a number of years since I bought it, but I'm pretty sure it came in under $200. Been very happy with it. Holds the bikes very securely, and tilts. Has a locking bolt to keep it from rattling around in the receiver. I'm not sure if it would clear a tire, but there are extenders you can get for not too much money.

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  5. Michael Harris

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    When I had a Jeep Cherokee with a rear mounted spare, I had a carrier attached to the spare. It could carry two bikes without any problems. I was easy to mount, use, and remove. Got rid of the Jeep but still have the carrier just in case. I now carry my bikes inside my current vehicle.
     
  6. Kevin_W

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    Thanks for the tips guys.

    I have been looking around but to be honest there are so many different brands and price ranges I don't know what to look for. I didn't know if its one of those things where a cheap $100 model is all you need or the more expensive models secure better.

    Any thoughts on straps versus clamps?

    Kevin
     
  7. DougRuss

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    Kevin,

    THe Bike Carrier I had on my other Vehicle ( Suzuki Sidekick) was the "Clamp Style". It worked good and with that type, I was able to lock the Clamping section . Cannot do that with the Strap Type, like I have on my Cherokee,I just run a Cable thru the bikes,and a "I-Bolt" on the hitch portion of the Carrier.
     

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