Bike rack options?

gqgambler

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That looks great. I just have a couple of questions: what keeps the bikes from banging against each other? And how do you hang there a bike without the bar between the seat and the handlebars? ( my wife’s)
There is a stabilizer that you can wrap on the vertical bar or down tube of the bike, that prevents front and back movement. If I have the whole clans' bikes cram on, I'll wrap an old towel or rag around any area I think may rub between the bikes. For your wife's bike, look for a horizontal crossbar adaptor; it will attach to the stem area and run across to the seat post that will allow you to put the bike on a rack.





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So I really want the Thule 963PRO bike rack--I like how I can just leave it on the Jeep. and like how it looks. So here is my thought:

Thule 963:
https://www.quadratec.com/products/92025_0001_07.htm

This is what the camera looks like with the wheel off:
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That will need to be removed and the cover modified. Or who knows, maybe it wont need to be modified because the Thule rack has a mounting plate also:

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Once the camera is removed, could use the JK camera relocation kit. A few brands of them exist, but Quadratec makes a cheap on the could work:

https://www.quadratec.com/products/92025_0001_07.htm

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Once the camera was relocated, could attach the rack through the center of the spare tire...?

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Thoughts all?
all good ideas but someone should just make one that does this. It should have a back plate the offers two extended lugs to mount a rack to that also accommodates the existing camera location—a donut mount.
 

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Draw-tite hitch and Kuat Sherpa 2.0

I spent a decent amount of time researching whether this would fit without an extender, didn’t find a definitive answer. So, I’m posting pics in case anyone else is looking at this set-up.

Bike clearance is perfect; but, the hatch doesn’t open when folded down. It does crack open enough to grab a helmet etc., but the rear door and folded seat are the only option for really getting access to hatch. For me, that’s fine bc I just toss my helmet, shoes, and gear in the rear seat.

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Can’t beat a 1up to keep your bike high and tight to the spare. Super solid even on trails.
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I wanted to use a Yakima Spare Ride so I could still open the tailgate. I made a cardboard template of the back plate and my boss made me a new one out of steel plate to fit my jl. He cut the square block off of the original back plate and welded it onto the new one. It is ever so slightly crooked but it doesn’t affect the use of it. I hauled my bike on it for 150 miles today on the interstate and on some light off-roading. It is very stable. I’m at around 117# with just one bike and I may eventually buy the tailgate reinforcement. Any good metal fab shop should be able to do this.
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I wanted to use a Yakima Spare Ride so I could still open the tailgate. I made a cardboard template of the back plate and my boss made me a new one out of steel plate to fit my jl. He cut the square block off of the original back plate and welded it onto the new one. It is ever so slightly crooked but it doesn’t affect the use of it. I hauled my bike on it for 150 miles today on the interstate and on some light off-roading. It is very stable. I’m at around 117# with just one bikeand I may eventually buy the tailgate reinforcement. Any good metal fab shop should be able to do this.
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That's brilliant! The bonus is that you still have access to the hitch in case you need to tow a small trailer and want to bring the bike along.
 

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