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Unread 03-04-2014, 12:52 PM   #1
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Wrangler bike rack

I'm putting a feeler out there to get a sense if there are people interested in a bike rack designed for our wranglers. My wife and I, as we'll as our friends are avid Downhill bike enhusiasts. But I feel as if there is a lack of options when it comes to having a strong rack meant for heavy bikes that doesn't sacrafice the utility features of the Jeep. I have an engineer on board as well as a welder for the first prototype. Let me know if you'd like to see what we come up with. Thanks!

Jason.

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Unread 03-04-2014, 01:38 PM   #2
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Will be interested in seeing what you come up with. Not a fan of any of the options (e.g. spare tire, hitch, etc.) that are out there, but at this point you sort of have to pick the lesser of evils. Honestly can't think of better ways to do it, but thats probably why I am not an engineer.
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Unread 03-04-2014, 01:50 PM   #3
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I sort of echo the above sentiment.

I've got a spare tire one and it works ok, but when I'm putting heavy loads on it (i.e. multiple bikes) or use it for longer distances, I ratchet-strap it to the crossbar of my cage to brace it.

Hitch attachments work great, I hear, but I hate that you can't swing out the tailgate (unless you get one of the crazy expensive swingout ones, and then you have to undo both).

Not really sure what other options there are. Attaching to the cage? Needs the top off. Body tie-in? Scary to drill into sheet metal. Definitely interested in seeing if there's a better way!
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Unread 03-04-2014, 02:04 PM   #4
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I am also a pretty serious mountain biker and the current rack options are almost junk. They either interfere with the spare or rely on a poorly set up hitch.

I am debating converting my tailgate to drop down (spare usually isn't there for normal DDing) and attaching a few fork mounts to it. Between that, no back seat and rolling up the back window I figure I can put two bikes in.
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Unread 03-04-2014, 02:13 PM   #5
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Thats really great way to put. Todays existing racks makes you choose between the 'lesser of various evils'. Making you sacrifice either strength or ease of use is not an option for me, and not the reason why we bought and love our Jeeps.
I have done the tailgate/spare tire mounts with the ratchet straps to the roof. I have tried hitch mounts that are always in the way. I even have an NSR rack that did solve a lot of problems with my Grand Cherokee and highly recommend them for that application. But I have not seen anything that just works for the Wrangler.
What my colleagues and I have come up with solves all of the above problems. What were really excited about is that it will not require any drilling or other permanent body modifications.

Stay tuned and I will push the design into our first production. Thanks for your support!

Jason.
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Unread 03-04-2014, 03:01 PM   #6
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I want to see one that mounts under the jeep.
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Unread 03-04-2014, 04:02 PM   #7
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Personally, I want the bikes to mount vertically.

Like this, but able to clear the spare tire and possibly swing away.



(I also have a Honda Element.)
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Unread 03-04-2014, 07:37 PM   #8
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I have an Allen spare tire mount. I needed a rack that could hold 3 bikes, which really shortened my list of what was available.
I used a hitch mount for awhile and hated it - couldn't open the rear door and the bikes swayed a bit much.
The only issue I have is visibility. I wish the bikes were mounted lower to give better visibility.
Just my $.02
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Unread 03-04-2014, 07:42 PM   #9
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While I do not like the spare tire mounts for the same reasons as everyone else, I have a solid hitch mount rack with a quick release which allows it to swing down for gate access (jeep or truck bed) which I am very happy with. It's solid, lockable, and very sturdy- and holds up to 4 bikes.

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Unread 03-04-2014, 08:58 PM   #10
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While I do not like the spare tire mounts for the same reasons as everyone else, I have a solid hitch mount rack with a quick release which allows it to swing down for gate access (jeep or truck bed) which I am very happy with. It's solid, lockable, and very sturdy- and holds up to 4 bikes.

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X2, I have a Saris Like this one
http://www.saris.com/en/bike-racks/v...&category_id=8

I use a THULE locking Hitch pin...Also This rack Allows me to pull a separate pin and drop it down to allow the tailgate to swing open....Although it's a bit rough trying to get it back up with four AM/DH bikes on it, its not bad with a friend to help...Besides I wouldn't be carrying four bikes alone.

Can't wait to see what you guys come up with, Best of luck!
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Unread 03-06-2014, 12:59 PM   #11
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I appreciate all the responses!! If anybody has anymore thoughts on what they want to see out of a bike rack, or what it's able to do, please feel free to express it here. Just to make sure we've covered our bases with our unique design. Thanks again for all the support!!

Jason.
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Unread 03-06-2014, 09:44 PM   #12
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The rack needs to allow access through the tailgate. It needs to secure the bikes by the rims. Frame contact should not cause damage to paint. Bikes cannot rub together. Bikes need to be held high enough to allow trailhead access via 4x4 trail. Brake and taillights should be visible. Loading and removal should be easy.
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Unread 03-06-2014, 10:36 PM   #13
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I own a bike and a YJ.

I don't mind a hitch mounted bike rack, but on a wrangler with a swing out it would make the tail gate unaccessible, to put it on the swing out you have to remove the spare tire. I am also not a fan of roof racks on Wranglers.

So I guess I need:

Tail gate/rear swing out access
Easy spare tire access
no roof rack
and not to obstruct the fuel filler, which on a YJ is just below the left brake light
loosing as little departure angle as possible (not that offroading with a bike rack is a priority)
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Unread 03-10-2014, 11:57 AM   #14
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I'm interested to see what you come up with, Jason.


I really like the Quik Rack, from 1UpUSA. We don't have a bike rack for our Jeep yet, but the Saris Bones (3 bike version) trunk mount rack we have on our VW Jetta sucks!


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Unread 05-07-2014, 09:51 AM   #15
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On my old TJ I had a bumper mount tire carrier. It had clearance below the tire and I was able to weld a receiver hitch to the carrier. Worked great because the bike rack moved with the tire carrier to gain access to the tailgate.

On my JK I can't seem to find a tire carrier with that much clearance below the tire. Plus rear bumpers with tire carriers are crazy expensive for the JK.

So, I'm in the market for a new rack and planning to get the Yakima Sparetime.

Before I pull the trigger on that, I'm very curious to see what you are putting together. Any chance you can share more info? I can hold off for awhile if I know something cool is on it's way.
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