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Old 06-26-2007, 08:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Does anyone know of a hitch mount bike carrier that'll fit the libby? I'd need it to hold at least two bikes.

I'd really prefer a hitch mount over a spare tire mount. I am concerned that the hitch mounted type won't work due to the spare being there. If there isn't a rack that'll work, is there some type of extender that I can add to a regular hitch mount bike rack to extend it out from the vehicle past the spare?

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Tagging along for information - as I'll be asking the same question when I get my KJ
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I started checking around online - ent to google and typed in "hitch extension"...it looks like there are a few. I also thought it was cool - they have some where it'll allow you to use a hitch bike rack and still have a receiver for a trailer. I am sure the leverage decreases your tongue weight capacity quite a bit.
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I wouldnt tow much of anything with an extension like that. Maybe a small trailer with a 4wheeler on it but nothing of any size..
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Totally agree - really, I am not even looking to do that, I just want to put on a regular old hitch mount bike rack.
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The Thule fold down 2 and 4 bike hitch rack fits just fine. With the OEM hitch though the rear door will not swing all the way open as the fixed, vertical part of the carrier hit the tire.

I had planned to build an adapter that would drop a second reciever just below the stock one but I may try flipping the spare carrier 180 degrees first to see if that lets it clear. There is about a 1" clearance issue.

So far it really hasn't been a problem for me in reality as I can generally reach anything in the far back through the flipper or by folding down a back seat. I really do like the Thule rack though.
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The hitch extensions that were mentioned would work perfectly for bicycle racks and most I have seen were designed for that purpose. However, DO NOT try to tow a trailer with a hitch extension. I believe they say to only mount like 150 lbs on an extension. You could also go for the roof way with the rails.
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Roof mounted I'd do (I have a nice Yakima rig) but I'd be more concerned with vehicle height at that point and clearance issues.....
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I just ordered the Thule 958 last night.

http://www.orsracksdirect.com/thule-...bike-rack.html

I'll let you know how it goes when I get it...

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UPDATE

The bad news:

Well the company that I ordered the Thule rack from contacted me and informed me that that rack will not fit my liberty. They indicated that the distance between the hitch pin hole to the upright support arm was only 8 inches which is not enough for our libertys. I went out and confirmed this measurement to be correct. We need at least 10 inches to clear the spare tire. So I thanked them for their honesty and candor and continued shopping.

The good news (hopefully):

My wife did some Internet research and found a carrier made specifically for vehicles with rear mounted spare tires. Apparently Allen makes the perfect hitch-mounted bike rack for vehicles like ours that have a rear mounted spare tire:

http://www.autoanything.com/bike-racks/69A3141A0A0.aspx

In fact, according to the reviews that have been posted for this bike rack it appears that they actually extended the rack even more than we would really need. But it looks like Allen recommends simply re-drilling new holes if you want to move the bike rack closer to the car.

Again, I will let you know how it goes...

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