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post #1 of 4 Old 08-03-2009, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Sportrack Expedition Trunk Bike Rack on a WJ

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:
http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brows...%2BCarrier.jsp

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.


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post #2 of 4 Old 08-03-2009, 06:36 AM
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i adjusted mine to fit in where my license plate is pushed back and i put it on the bottom ledge. No problems what so ever.

1997 zj / K&N Cold Air Intake / 2"1/2 bb lift / AirAid Throttle body Spacer / 31x10.5x15 / Edge Throttle Body / Adj. Front/Rear T bars / Edge Chip / Gibson Header / HiFlow Cat / Custom bent exhaust w/ Thrush Turbo Muffler / Optima Yellow Top

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The wheels REALLY can give you more hp???
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-03-2009, 06:37 AM
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i take that back, i had some weird clips and it scratched my paint

1997 zj / K&N Cold Air Intake / 2"1/2 bb lift / AirAid Throttle body Spacer / 31x10.5x15 / Edge Throttle Body / Adj. Front/Rear T bars / Edge Chip / Gibson Header / HiFlow Cat / Custom bent exhaust w/ Thrush Turbo Muffler / Optima Yellow Top

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The wheels REALLY can give you more hp???
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-03-2009, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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i adjusted mine to fit in where my license plate is pushed back and i put it on the bottom ledge. No problems what so ever.
Yes. You can do this on a ZJ. I am asking about the WJ. The only place I can rest the bottom tube is on the rear hatch door handle. I want to know if any other WJ owner has done this and whether or not it causes any damage.

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