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Unread 06-01-2010, 07:11 PM   #1
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Hitch Attachments?

I was wondering if anybody ran into a similar issues. I ordered the JK knowing that the stock hitch was a 2" and the bike rack and cargo carrier that I used on my old ZJ were the same size.

Never thought about this, but this past weekend my wife wanted to take her bike to the trails. When I installed the Yakima BigHorn 4 Hitch Mounted Bike Carrier, the top 1/2" neck of the carrier was making an indent into the spare tire. Not much of a problem, thinking I could get a short extension plus I could live without being able to open the tailgate with it on.

Then the next morning looking at the Jeep, I decided to try the Rola Railed Cargo Carrier that has an angled shank that we use to go to the beach. Clears the tire fine, but no way I will be able to open the tailgate. Probably need to drop it 6" for the tire to clear the rail.

Has others had similar issues, bought attachments, or did I buy the wrong carriers years ago? Thanks

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Unread 06-01-2010, 10:55 PM   #2
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I'm not familiar with those 2 carriers, but have you tried removing the tires and putting the whole thing in the back? Or are they fragile (alum/carbon) street bikes??
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Unread 06-02-2010, 04:59 AM   #3
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I use the carrier to haul stuff (fire wood, grill, etc) that didn't fit in the back of the ZJ to the beach. I was hopping to do the same with the JK, but I cant open the tailgate with the carrier on. The bike rack is not as much as an issue since I can put the helmets and my rollerblades over the back seat.
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Unread 06-02-2010, 07:09 AM   #4
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i ran into the same problem with my thule hitch bike rack. read a few posts about people using 6"-12" hitch extenders but i just decided to go ahead and get a thule 963 bike rack (holds 2 bikes) that mounts to the spare tire. of course you're not going to want to put a lot of weight on this unless you have a swing away tire carrier, but its an option for now. as for the rear carrier you have, i could think that your only option would be the hitch extender. a few people said they got theirs pretty cheap at stores such as tractor supply or i believe even quadratec has them too.

hope that helps.
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Unread 06-02-2010, 09:11 AM   #5
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Don't know the carrier you use. I have the Harbor Freight one and no problems. Can load large coolers without touching the spare. Can also open the tailgate without removing it. In fact it made a great table/cook stand when we were in the desert.
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Unread 06-02-2010, 09:51 AM   #6
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Don't know the carrier you use. I have the Harbor Freight one and no problems. Can load large coolers without touching the spare. Can also open the tailgate without removing it. In fact it made a great table/cook stand when we were in the desert.
I have the one cargo rack from Northern Tool (prob similar to Harbour Freight). I can open the gate when the carrier is empty. holds 2 coolers and trash sack good. but it's not a bike carrier!
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Unread 06-02-2010, 08:05 PM   #7
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The carrier that I bought a few years ago doesn't extend straight out from the hitch, it comes out and angles upwards a few inches before it levels off again. Plus it has about a 2-3" rail around it.

I did see something today about a double hitch adaptor, one at the same level and the other is about 7" up or down (depending on how it is installed). I'm going to look into it some more.
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Unread 06-03-2010, 02:13 PM   #8
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Anyone have problems with the hitch extenders being loose? My bike rocks back and forth when loaded on my Yakima rack. It's not going anywhere, just odd to see it moving side to side and front to back as the hitch extender is not an exact fit. Any suggestions for tightening it up? I don't want to secure againt the tire as that's going to put addtl stress on tailgate.
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Unread 06-03-2010, 04:30 PM   #9
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I use wood shims at times for a quick fix if my accessory isn't drilled for my "wobble bar", descibed here: A better way to do it is to use a 1/4" steel bar about 2 1/2" wide and maybe 6" or 8" long, drilled and tapped for a about a 1/2" bolt about 4/5 of the way from one end. Bend the bar about 15* on the opposite end from where you plan to drill it at about the 1/4 of length mark. Use a bench vice, and a BFH, maybe some heat too.

Drill the extender using a 5/8" bit, big enough to accept the 1/2" bolt. Put the bar on the bottom of the extender, bent end underlaying the tail end of the receiver and tighten the bolt. Tightening the bolt will force the end of the bar near the bend to "cinch down" on the receiver, the drilled end to "cinch down" on the extender or accessory, eliminating wobble.

In addition to other tools, I keep a dedicated box end wrench in the jeep just for tightening the bolt. A bolt and nylock nut would work too, I think, if you don't have a cheap/easy way to tap the bar (but you would need two wrenches). One bar works for many accessory racks or extenders, so long as they are drilled to accept the bolt.

BTW, the idea isn't mine, a fishing rod rack/cooler rack that I bought came with one. Works great, eliminates the wobble, which I find really annoying, especially if whatever accessory rack I'm using is in the front receiver.

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Unread 06-03-2010, 06:07 PM   #10
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Any suggestions for tightening it up?
KISS: Duct tape around the carrier shank, as many wraps as it needs to fit snug
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Unread 06-04-2010, 12:59 PM   #11
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KISS: Duct tape around the carrier shank, as many wraps as it needs to fit snug
Duct tape....is there anything it CAN'T do?

A good easy tip as well..thx to both.
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Unread 06-04-2010, 02:33 PM   #12
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I use the Tow Ready anti rattle device, Anti-Rattle Device and Lock for 2" Trailer Hitches Tow Ready Locks,Hitch Accessories 63232, on my Rola cargo carrier, http://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Cargo-Carrier/Rola/59502, and it works great. I do not have any photos of it mounted on my Jeep, but do have some photos of my Tahoe.

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