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Calling all Jeepers...experiences with spare tire racks?(4 posts)

Calling all Jeepers...experiences with spare tire racks?RhodyRider
May 13, 2003 12:35 PM
I'm leaning toward the Thule "Spare Me" #943 spare tire-mounted rack, because I like the Thule stuff I have for my sedan.
Any opinions on specific spare-tire racks for a Wrangler?
(FWIW, I checked MTBR, only applicable reviews were for some Rhode Gear model which seems to be no longer available.)
re: Calling all Jeepers...experiences with spare tire racks?gcbgcb
May 13, 2003 12:53 PM
Rohde Gear is a strap-on. The Thule, which we own, bolts on to the frame that holds the wheel via your spare's lug nuts. It carries two bikes at a maximum weight of 70 lbs. It is secure and lockable and with some accessories (about $100.00) doubles as a ski rack. When not carrying bikes or skis it folds flat against the tire.
Broke off two spares even without a rack.cory
May 13, 2003 2:40 PM
Maybe I got a couple of faulty tire hangers, but back when I had a Wrangler, I broke off two spares even without a bike and rack. Both were offroad in fairly rocky country, but still: That's what you buy Jeeps for, right?
The Rhode Gear rack itself worked fine. I used it on two different vehicles over 10 or 12 years.
Lost a bike off of Yakima SpareROCSuddha
May 14, 2003 10:28 AM
I had the Yakima SpareROC on my 95 Wrangler and was headed back from a ride with my girlfriend, with two bikes on the back. On the freeway, 60 mph, my bike (MTB) slides right off the back of the rack, cradle and straps still in place. The pin that keeps the cradles on had popped out and the jarring of the Jeep over the miles had caused the cradle and bike to shimmy right off the back. Thankfully no cars were behind me too close or someone could have been killed. Needless to say my bike was toast. I promptly took the rack off and haven't used it since. I use my other car for hauling bikes now.