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  • Can Hollywood Racks Bike Rack HR1400Z Fit in Curt Hitch for 2019 Audi Q5
  • The Curt hitch part # C13331 is going to work great with the Hollywood Rack bike rack # HR1400Z that you have currently. This hitch has plenty of clearance to fit the rack and since it doesn't have a back on it there wouldn't be any reason any portion of the rack wouldn't fit properly.
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  • Value Bike Rack that Can Tilt without Bikes Hitting Each Other
  • We have tilting bike racks that accomplish what you are looking for but the hanging bike racks can't be tilted with bikes loaded as the bikes will hit each other. For that we have the Swagman XTC2 part # S64671 which can tilt with bikes loaded like you are needing and won't hit each other. I attached a picture of the rack tilted as well as a review video for more info as well.
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  • Recommendations for a Hitch Bike Rack for Electric and Fat Tire Bikes
  • We have a solution but we must stay within the weight ratings given to us by the manufacturers. The Hollywood Racks Destination 4 Bike Platform Rack part # HR4000 is limited to 35 lbs. per bike slot. Instead, the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE part # HLY74FR is designed for both E bikes and fat tire bikes making it perfect for both of the bikes you want to transport. it will handle tire widths up to 5"in width and bikes up to 80 lbs.
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  • Can Yakima HoldUp Trays Fit Spine for Yakima StickUp Bike Rack
  • Although the spines for the (discontinued) Yakima StickUp 8002420 and the Yakima HoldUp part # Y02445, # Y02443, or # Y02443-2 look similar, the brackets that the wheel holder trays connect to are different enough that you'll need to change to a HoldUp or similar wheel-mount bike rack to avoid frame contact on your bike(s). If you only need to transport 1 bike then Yakima came out with their SingleSpeed # Y02481 which is essentially a 1-bike version of the HoldUp. For a more cost-effective...
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  • Recommendation for a Bike Rack that will Work with Two Electra E-Bikes
  • The Swagman Current 2 Bike Platform Rack part # S64678 is an excellent solution to your needs. I have included a video on it for you to check out. I really like the rack!!!
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  • Platform Bike Rack that Will fit 2018 Audi S5 with Stealth Hitch Installed
  • Yes the Swagman XTC2 part # S64670 will work great in the Stealth hitch you just bought for your 2018 Audi S5 part # 391AUDA5S5181. For a similar bike rack that I think you'll like better I would recommend the Hollywood Rack Trail Rider part # HR200Z as it's much more stable in the hitch on the road due to tighter clearances. .
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  • Will The Yakima HoldUp Bike Carrier Hold Bikes with Step-Through Frames
  • If you are not transporting all 3 of the step-through bikes at the same time then you could use the HoldUp, # Y02443, which has a 2 bike capacity. Otherwise you would use the 4-bike version, # Y02443-2. As long as the bikes do not have fenders on the front tires then the bikes will fit just fine. Some bikes have short fenders that do not cover much of the top of the tire. That would work too. To determine if the carrier will fit your vehicle there are a couple of measurements that need...
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  • Which is More Stable Thule T1 Bike Rack or RockyMounts MonoRail Solo 1 Bike Rack
  • Both the RockyMounts MonoRail Solo 1 Bike Rack # RKY10007 and the Thule T1 bike rack # TH9041 are very stable. The T1 has a slight edge though and appears to be the winner. I attached test courses video links for both racks for you to check out where you can see exactly how stable both bike racks are on the exact same test course that has speed bumps. Aside from that the racks are very similar. Both lightweight (T1 29 lbs, MonoRail 25 lbs), both have higher weight capacities, and both...
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  • Comparison of Thule T2 Bike Rack and Swagman Semi 2.0
  • The Thule T2 Bike Rack part # TH9045 and the Swagman Semi 2.0 # S64686 are very similar. Both only contact the bikes loaded on them by the wheel and both are platform racks. The biggest difference is that the Semi is a little bit lighter in weight and comes with the ability to be used in either a 1-1/4 inch or 2 inch hitch. Either would work well but I would recommend the Swagman as it is lighter, works on both hitch sizes, comes with hitch locks, and costs less. I attached a couple...
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  • Adding a Cable Lock to Increase the Security of the Yakima FullSwing Bike Rack
  • I think you're giving a would-be thief too much credit. Anything that takes time, like disassembling a bike rack, is not appealing to a thief and they will move on to an easier target. But for the more ambitious thief they could be deterred from this action by the addition of a cable lock such as # e98891. Weave the cable lock through and around the bikes and through the safety chain loops on the trailer hitch for even more security.
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  • Does Trailer Hitch Bike Rack Affect Affect Gas Mileage
  • Hitch bike racks do not affect fuel mileage of a vehicle like your 2017 Audi Q5. If you had a hitch bike rack mounted in a front hitch that would be a different story, but at the rear of a vehicle they do not add any wind resistance so there is no reduction in mileage. If you were needing a hitch for your 2017 Audi Q5 you'd want the part # 75940 by Draw Tite which is a confirmed fit and would work great with the Kuat Sherpa # SH22G.
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  • What is Difference Between Thule EasyFold 933300 and 903202
  • The differences mainly come down to the area each of the part numbers was intended to be used. We carry the part # TH903202 which is for the North American market and the 933300 is for the UK market and is tailored for use over there. They are very similar racks overall but the UK version does have taillights built in. You should note that Thule is very strict about where their products can be shipped. This means if you are in the UK you'd only be able to get the UK version or if you...
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  • Comparison Between Thule Helium And Swagman Semi Bike Carriers For 2015 Audi Q5
  • The two bike racks are different as you mentioned, but are bot nice carriers. The Thule Helium Aero, part # TH9042PRO is a hanging bike rack that has anti-sway cradles that cushion your bikes and holds your bikes securely at 3 points. This carrier will work with 1-1/4 and 2 inch receiver openings and has a weight capacity of 35 lbs per bike. This rack also tilts when empty to give you access to the rear cargo area or trunk of your vehicle. If you are planning on carrying bikes with...
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  • Can Kuat Transfer 2 Bike Platform Rack # TS02G Carry Bike with 3 inch Wide Tires Without Adapter
  • Your 3 inch tire will fit perfectly into the wheel slots of the Kuat Transfer 2 Bike Platform Rack # TS02G without using the adapter part # APBK. The adapter is only needed if the tire is fatter than 3 inches. You are right at the limit, but it's a "comfortable" limit so you'd be totally fine. If you think someday you will own a fat bike I'd go with the part # TS02G-FB now even though it's not needed, but otherwise you'd be fine with the standard # TS02B.
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  • Recommended Platform Bike Rack for an R-Pod 179
  • While the Kuat, Yakima, and Thule bikes racks are phenomenal options, none of these companies have tested and approved any of their platform racks for use on a travel trailer like your R-Pod 179. I do have a similar solution for you though with the Swagman Escapee # S64693. This bike rack secures bikes by the wheel like the Kuat Sherpa so it keeps your bikes from moving around like you found with your hanging rack, plus it has been tested and approved for the extra movement at the back...
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  • Can You Open The Rear Hatch With A Trunk Mount Bike Rack Installed On A 2014 Audi Q5
  • I do have an option that will allow you to open the rear hatch on your 2014 Audi Q5 with a bike rack installed, however, it is not reccomend to open the rear hatch of a vehicle while a trunk mount bike rack is installed either with or without the bikes attached. This is a result of the bikes coming into contact with the vehicle roof while the hatch is opened. In order to access the rear hatch of your vehicle while a bike rack is installed, you will want to use a hitch and hitch mounted...
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  • Hitch Bike Rack for Electric Bikes
  • Your bikes weigh right at 61 lbs. That means you would have to use an E-bike rack designed for heavier bikes like the Hollywood Racks E-Bike Rack # HLY84FR. This rack will only fit 2 inch hitches though. There are no bike racks with a high enough capacity for the hitch you have on the A3. Due to the lack of a cross tube on your bike you will need to use the adapter bar part # UB01.
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  • Can Parking Sensors of 2016 Audi SQ5 be Modified to Allow Bike Rack to be Used
  • On your Audi SQ5 you can adjust the rear parking sensor assist. The specifics of it are listed in the manual but it SHOULD be a button above the AC controls that allows you to adjust the sensitivity. Some trim levels and models might vary though. This would allow you to install the Kuat Transfer part # TS02G without causing the sensors to give you problems.
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  • Is Yakima DoubleDown 4 Bike Rack # Y02424 Suitable for Transporting 3 Kids Bikes on 2008 Audi Q7
  • The Yakima DoubleDown 4 Bike Rack # Y02424 will fit both lighter-duty 1-1/4-inch Class II hitches and the higher-capacity 2-inch hitch on your 2008 Audi Q7. This feature makes it versatile for multi-car applications. This rack uses narrowly-spaced arms to support the bikes, which can help avoid the need for using adapter bars like the Swagman Easy Out # 64005. Very small kids' bikes may still need the adapter bar. One thing you'll want to check before finalizing your choice of rack...
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  • Four Bike Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2012 Audi Q5
  • With the variety of bikes that you have, you might be interested in a platform style bike rack. The most popular one is the XTC-4, # S64665, from Swagman. Since this rack holds the bikes at the wheels and frame it will hold most bike styles without the use of an adapter. I have included instructions and video links for you to view. For a hanging style rack from Yakima, the RidgeBack 4, # Y02458 that you referenced, is the most popular Yakima 4 bike rack and would be a good, more economical...
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for 2001 Audi S4
  • Platform bike racks have a few advantages. They are much easier to load/unload, they hold the bikes in a way that doesn't allow any movement like a hanging rack, and they don't require the use of an adapter bar when carrying a womens or alternative framed bike. I really like the Saris Freedom Superclamp part # SA4025F. This is a platform bike rack that only touches the bike at the tires and only weighs 30 lbs. The biggest drawback to platform bike racks has always been the weight...
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  • Can I Carry 3 Bikes on a 2008 Audi A4 Avant
  • There are some 3 bike hitch racks that will fit a 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch hitch, but the 3 bike racks that will fit on a Class I 1-1/4 inch hitch are limited to a 2 bike capacity only. The only hitch I have that will fit your 2008 Audi A4 Avant is the Curt Class I 1-1/4 Inch Hitch, part # 11180. I do not have a Class II hitch available for a 2008 Audi A4 Avant. I would recommend to use a trunk mounted 3 bike rack for your Audi Avant. Thule does offer two trunk mounted 3 bike racks...
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  • Opening Rear Hatch of 2014 Audi Q5 with a Hitch Mounted Bike Rack
  • The manufacturer is saying that even without bikes installed on the rack, you cannot open your hatch cargo area door while the rack is mounted to your vehicle. The rack would have to be completely removed to open the hatch door. If you are interested in a hitch mounted bike rack, I can give you a recommendation. As long as your 2014 Audi Q5 isn't a hybrid, I'd suggest the Curt Class III Hitch Receiver, # C13136. This is a bolt on hitch that has the 2 inch receiver opening that would...
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  • Best 2-Inch Bike Rack without Adapter Sleeve
  • I actually have a REALLY good option for your bikes, but first I'll explain why the Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR was not ideal for other users. The Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR is a very popular bike rack that has been enjoyed by A LOT of people even with 2-inch hitches. What might be causing extra sway is that an anti-rattle bolt takes away the side-to-side motion, but not as much of the up-and-down motion. This combined with a possibly loose hitch sleeve adapter would cause...
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  • Comparing the Thule T2 Classic and the Swagman Semi 2.0 for a 2015 Audi Q5
  • The Thule T2 Classic # TH9044 is a newer Thule bike rack. There were previous versions of the T2 as well like you mentioned. I have included a link to a video review on the T2 Classic's features. The T2 Classic and the Swagman Semi 2.0 # S64686 are very similar racks but I give the advantage to the T2 Classic for price and versatility. It has more clearance between the vehicle and the rack, it looks good, works well, and I think you will be very happy with it. You also might want...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for Carry 4 Bike Thule T2 Bike Rack on a 2017 Audi Q7
  • If you had a Class III hitch installed on your 2017 Audi Q7 like the Draw Tite part # 76076 you could easily use the Thule T2 Pro XTS 4 bike rack part number # TH9034XTS-9036XTS that you referenced. The bike rack itself has a capacity of 60 lbs per bike and an overall capacity of 160 lbs. Check out the review video on the rack I attached for more info as well.
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  • Can Trunk Mounted Bike Rack be Used on 2012 Audi A7
  • We can definitely clear this up for you. The Saris Bones is the only option for a trunk-mounted bike rack on a 2012 Audi A7, but that rack will only work on the Sportback model of Audi A7. So if you have a 2012 Audi A7 Sportback you can use the Saris Bones 2-Bike Carrier # SA805BL. With this rack you will need the Hatch Huggers # SA3035 to replace the rack's top hooks in order to install the rack. If you do not have the Sportback, you will need a trailer hitch receiver to carry bikes,...
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  • Recommended 2 Bike Rack Compatible With 2009 Audi A4 With Class 1 Trailer Hitch Receiver
  • For a class 1 compatible bike rack for 2 bikes with integrated locks, I recommend the Swagman G10 2-Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting # S64682. This is a tilting rack that will allow you to access your trunk even with bikes loaded. It folds up close to your vehicle when not in use. It has integrated locks in the ratcheting hooks and it has sliding wheel cradles with ratcheting straps to hold your bikes securely in the cradles. This bike carrier has a threaded hitch...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2016 Audi Q5
  • We have a solution for you to carry your bikes on your 2012 Audi Q5 but, according to Thule the Thule Raceway 3 Bike Rack, # TH9002PRO, will not fit on your vehicle. We have two trunk mount style bike racks that have been confirmed to fit your Q5, the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top 2, # HRF2, and the Over-the-Top 3, # HRF2-3. I have attached a demonstration video for you to check out. Another option that I recommend for carrying bikes on your Q5 is to add a trailer hitch and use a hitch...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for 2013 Audi Allroad that Prevents all Bike-to-Bike Contact
  • Since all of the hitches for your 2013 Audi Allroad are Class I hitches like the # C11195, which means they are very light-duty, you would be limited to carrying only two bikes with the vehicle. We do have great two-bike options that prevent all contact between the bikes when travelling. My favorite option is the Saris Freedom Superclamp part # SA4025F. This compatible rack only touches your bikes at the tires and keeps the two totally separate. Also, this rack is very lightweight for...
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  • Weight Capacity of SportRack Ridge 5 Bike Rack
  • I spoke with my contact at SportRack and he said the weight capacity of the Sportrack Ridge 5 Bike Rack # SR2405 is 180 lbs. However, you will be limited by the lowest rated component in the system. For install details and a product demonstration video, click the provided links.
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  • Trailer Hitch-Mount 2-Bike Carrier for a 2008 Audi A3 3.2l S-line
  • The trailer hitches available for your Audi A3 are Class I trailer hitches so Yakima bike racks will not fit. I recommend the Swagman Trailhead, # S63360. This rack is compatible with Class I trailer hitches and holds two bikes. It can tilt down, has anti-sway cradles, and has a rise in the shank to allow for more ground clearance. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical men's bike would) then I recommend using bike...
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  • Best Bike Rack for Kids Bike and Adult Mountain Bike
  • The best bike rack we have for you is the Lets Go Aero BikeWing part # LGA54FR. As you can see in the attached photo, this bike rack will do an excellent job of transporting both your kids and adult mountain bike. It is also very cost effective compared to other racks of its kind. This will be one of the very few racks we have that will work for you and is relatively cost effective. The BikeWing is a wheel mounted bike rack that is very lightweight, only 20 lbs. It has a sturdy steel...
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  • E-Bike Rack Recommendation for Mid Drive Bosch E-Bike
  • Yes, the Thule EasyFold XT bike rack part # TH903202 that you referenced will work great with your Bosch E-bike that is mid drive. It also has a ramp built into it which will make it very easy to load and unload. The frame style of your bike would easily be secured by this rack too. Check out the review video I attached for more info as well.
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  • Is There a Ball Mount with Receiver and No Drop to Tow a Trailer and Carry Bikes at the Same Time
  • While there isn't a multi-purpose ball mount that doesn't have a rise we do have MaxxTow ball mount # MT70066 which, out of the options, has the least amount of drop at 1-5/8 inches. Another possible option to carry bikes on # TH9056 and tow the trailer at the same time is to use a front mount trailer hitch and carry the bikes at the front. If you think this is a viable option let me know the year, make, and model of the tow vehicle and I can see if there is a front hitch for it. If...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Heavier Bikes with Fenders that Has Ramps and Can Fit Class I Hitch
  • I have a perfect solution for you! Check out the Thule EasyFold XT part # TH903202. This bike rack has ramps built into the rack to help with loading/unloading, has a higher weight capacity that would easily carry a 52 lb bike, is compatible with bikes with fenders since it secures the bikes by grabbing them by the frame, and is compatible with Class I 1-1/4 inch hitches. I attached a picture that shows this rack carrying bikes with fenders as well. For more info on this rack check...
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  • Will The Yakima Dr.Tray 3 Bike Platform Rack Work With 24 x 1.9” wheels?
  • You are correct that 26" is the correct minimum wheel size and I am updating that response you brought to our attention. Thank you! A solution that Yakima does have in place of the Yakima Dr.Tray 3 Bike Platform Rack # Y02473-02475 that does work with wheel sizes of 20-29" is the Yakima HoldUp EVO 4 Bike Platform Rack # Y02479-2. Included below are video resources and additional product information.
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  • Bike Carrying Option for 2013 Audi S4
  • If you're wanting the hitch so you can install a bike rack, we offer some trunk mounted bike racks that would work well for you. Thule offers the Raceway Pro, available in a 2 bike model as # TH9001PRO or a 3 bike model as # TH9002PRO. If you've ever had to use a trunk mount bike rack in the past, and didn't like how difficult they were to use, you'll love the Raceway Pro. Instead of the 6 attachment straps that you'd fight with for 30 minutes to get the rack installed, the Raceway...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2010 Audi Q5 that Would Allow a Kuat Sherpa to Fold Up
  • Only one of the hitches that you referenced is a current option for your 2010 Audi Q5, as the others have been discontinued. The Curt Trailer Hitch, # C131136, you mentioned is still an option and a custom fit to your vehicle. It is a Class III hitch that will allow for the Kuat Sherpa 2 - Aluminum Platform Style 2 Bike Rack # SH22B that you referenced. The Kuat Sherpa 2 has a distance of 9 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the nearest upright portion of the rack when...
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  • Can this Saris Bones Hitch 4 Bike Rack be Installed on a 2014 Audi Q5 3.0T Gas
  • The Saris Bones Hitch 4 Bike Rack # SA884 (formerly Axis 4 bike rack) would fit and work well on your 2011 Audi Q5 as long as you have a hitch installed on it like the Curt Class III part # C13136 which is a custom fit hitch for your vehicle. To install this hitch there is this tech tip: Models with back-up camera may require fascia trimming for the hitch receiver tube. Any time you put anything at the rear of the vehicle you are going to end up blocking a portion of the viewing angle...
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