I have an older Sportrack trunk mounted 3 bike rack which I used on my 94 ZJ.
Here is a link to the current version of the rack which is similar:
On my old ZJ, I used to mount the bottom tubing of the bike rack so that it sat on the lower ledge of the rear license plate area. It held very well.
Now I have an '02 WJ. It does not have the same ledge. The only possble places to mount the bike rack would be on top of the bumper (which would make it sit way too low and then I would not be able to open the hatch with the rack still mounted). The second option is to mount it on top of the rear hatch door handle (this keeps the bikes up higher and I can still open the hatch while the rack is mounted, bikes removed of course).
My question is has anybody mounted their bike rack on the rear hatch door handle. Is it strong enough? Does it cause any problems?
I know that a hitch rack would be better, but I really don't want to spend the money. I only use the bike rack once a year on our annual trip and my old rack is still in like-new condition.
I am going on our annual trip next week, so any advice would be appreciated.