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  • Comparing Thule Helium 2-Bike Rack and Saris MTR 2-Bike Rack
  • So there are a few noticeable and important differences between the Thule Helium 2-Bike Platform Rack # TH44VR and the Saris MTR 2-Bike Platform Rack # SA4032. The first and most significant is the weight capacities of each. The Helium has a 37-1/2 lb per bike weight capacity while the MTR has a 60 lb per bike capacity. That means if you have E-bikes the MTR is definitely the way to go, and to help with that the MTR also has a ramp that can be used with it (the Helium does not), the...
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  • Thule Doubletrack # TH990XT vs. Swagman Chinook # S64683
  • The real benefits that you get from the Thule Doubletrack # TH990XT is that it weighs 36 lbs, it is made right here in the USA, and the trays are a little more customizable since they are on their own "tracks". If you don't mind the extra 11 lbs of the Swagman Chinook # S64683 and you are able to utilize the wheel trays just fine (which typically isn't a problem) then I recommend the Chinook. It is at a lower price point, comes with everything that the Doubletrack does, has the higher...
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  • Bike Rack For 2015 BMW 535i XDrive For E-bikes
  • I do have an option for you but when you mention BMW 2015 535 xi, I believe you are referring to a BMW 535i XDrive. All of the hitches available for that vehicle like part # C11381 are class I hitches so the Hollywood Rack Sport Rider SE part # HLY74FR is not compatible because it is only compatible with Class II and Class III hitches. I recommend to use the Thule T2 Pro XTS 2 Bike Platform Rack # TH9035XTS for your 2 e-bikes on the BMW Class I hitch. It can handle up to 100 lbs (combined...
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  • Recommended Cable Lock for the Reese Explore 4 Bike Rack
  • I recommend using the etrailer 10' Long Cable Lock # e98891 to lock your bikes to the Reese Explore 4 Bike Rack for 2" Hitches # 63124. Basically you'll need something that can go through the frames of all 4 bikes and then be secured on a point that isn't removable like the safety chain loop on your trailer hitch. The 10' of cable might seem a little excessive but sometimes it can feel like a puzzle getting the cable routed just right and this will make it easier on where you can route...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for 2018 BMW X3
  • For bikes that heavy I would not recommend a trunk mounted bike rack for your brand new 2018 BMW X3. Biggest reason is that none of our trunk mounted bike racks have higher capacities than 35 lbs per bike. Second being that even if you could carry that much weight it would most likely damage body panels of your vehicle. The best option is a hitch mounted bike rack as they are rated higher and offer a much more secure way to carry the bikes. I really like the Saris Freedom Superclamp...
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  • Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for Best Visibility with Rear Camera
  • A platform bike rack that has folding masts like the Saris SuperClamp part # SA4025F would be a great choice. When you aren't carrying any bikes the rack would fold down far enough that your rear camera would be unobstructed. Also since the wheel clamps are to the outsides of the rack it would have the least amount of obstruction when carrying bikes as well. You'd still have to look through the frame of the bikes but there's no real way to get around that with a bike rack carried at the...
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  • 4-Bike Rack Recommendation for 2019 BMW X5
  • The OEM trailer hitch receiver for a 2019 BMW X5 should be a 2 inch receiver, though I recommend verifying that. For a 2 inch receiver on your X5, there are a couple of great options for a 4-bike rack I recommend checking out. The first is the Saris Freedom 4-Bike Platform Rack # SA4414B. I really like this rack because of its cushioned cradles that can grasp your bikes by different spots on the down tubes or top tubes, and because it has a very easy-to-use lever so you can fold...
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  • 3 Bike Rack Recommendations for Carrying Womens and Kids Bikes
  • Platform bike racks do offer several advantages like the one you mentioned of not needing adapter for kids or women's bikes. They also are much easier to load and hold the bikes in a more stable way. The Transfer part # TS03G-FB that you referenced is a really great option but I wouldn't recommend it as a first option since you have a kids bike. If the kids bike is just a little smaller than standard bikes it will work great, but if the bike is considerably smaller the wheelbase would be...
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  • Hitch Needed to Use Curt Bike Rack with 2014 BMW X6
  • As long as you had a hitch installed on your 2014 BMX X6 like the Curt part # 13077 which is a confirmed fit the Curt bike rack part # C18029 would fit and work well. For a tilting bike rack it's really hard to beat this rack for the money. If you were looking for something entry-level that will still get the job done this would be a really great option!
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  • Will the Swagman XTC-2 Fit on the 1-1/4" Hitch on a BMW 5 Series
  • No. The Swagman XTC-2 # S64670 is a good choice to carry your bikes on the back of your 2007 BMW 5 Series with a 1-1/4" hitch receiver. Since it's a platform rack, the bikes will be easier to get on and off compared to a hanging bike rack and as long as your bikes do not weigh more than 35-lbs each, this will work well. Since this rack does not come with a locking hitch pin to help eliminate rattle and secure the rack to your car, you may want to consider adding the Swagman Anti Rattle...
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  • Will Thule T2 Pro XTB Bike Rack Fit BMW X1 with 2 inch Curt Hitch Installed
  • Yes, the Thule T2 Pro XTB part # TH9034XT that you reference will work great in the Curt hitch part # C13140 that you have installed on your 2015 BMW X1. The rack would have plenty of clearance to fit and well and is overall one of the nicest bike racks you can get so I know you'll be super happy with it! I attached a review video link for the rack to this page for you to check out as well.
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  • Can Kuat Transfer 3 Bike Rack for Fat Bikes Carry Standard Road Bikes As Well
  • Yes the Kuat Transfer 3 bike rack part # TS03B-FB will work great for you. While the tire trays are wider so they can accommodate fat tires they also work great with standard width tires as well. I attached a picture we received from a customer that shows the rack carrying two fat bikes and a standard road bike similar to what you'd be using it for as well as a link to a review video that shows a similar configuration loaded.
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  • E-Bike Rack Recommendation for Gazelle E-Bike Rack for SUV Hitch 2018 BMW X5
  • E-bikes are challenging in a few ways for bike racks in ways like you mentioned. The frames are unusual shapes, they are heavy, and they have fenders. This means you need a bike rack that uses unique frame clamps and that have higher weight capacities like the two racks you mentioned. The Thule EasyFold XT part # TH903202 and the Yakima OnRamp part # Y36FR. Most frame mounted platform bike racks use a single hook that you lower onto the top tube of the bike frame whereas these racks have...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack to Carry 4 or 5 Bikes on 2018 BMW X5 With Class II Hitch
  • Before getting into specific racks I wanted to mention that if you are using a hitch adapter, they will decrease the tongue weight capacity of your hitch by 50 percent. So if you were using an adapter such as # C45785 that made your Class II 1-1/4" hitch receiver a 2" receiver and you had a 300 lb tongue weight capacity, the adapter would reduce the capacity to 150 lbs, which would be the maximum weight your bike racks and bikes could weigh; there are great racks for a Class II hitch that...
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  • Dimensions and Weight of Swagman XC 2-Bike Platform Bike Rack
  • The Swagman XC 2-Bike Rack # S64650 weighs 25 pounds and has a shipping weight of 29 pounds. The overall width of the rack is 56 inches wide, and it can accommodate bikes with wheel bases up to 51-1/2 inches. The ratcheting upright measures 29 inches tall from the center of the bracket to the end cap and 26 inches from the top of the bracket to the end cap. The shank has a 4 inch rise and will fit in both 1-1/4 inch or 2 inch trailer hitch receivers. The distance from the center...
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  • Can the Kuat NV 2.0 Be Used for Two E-Bikes
  • Yes, the Kuat NV 2.0 Base 2-Bike Platform Rack part # BA22B has a 60 lb per bike weight capacity so it would easily support your two 53 lb e-bikes. If the battery weighed under 7 lbs then you could leave that installed as well. The Kuat NV 2.0 is one of the most secure and stable bike racks on the market so I don't think you will have any issues with your e-bikes. The weight capacity of these bikes racks are often conservative figures anyhow so I wouldn't be worried even if you are right...
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  • Best Bike Rack Recommendation for 2018 BMW X5 M Series
  • As long as you have a 2 inch hitch installed on your 2018 BMW X5 M Series like the Curt Hitch part # 13077 designed for your vehicle the Thule T2 Pro XTS part # TH9034XTS would fit and would be an excellent choice. This is arguably the nicest bike rack money can buy so I know you'll really like it.
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  • Recommended Locking Pin for Kuat Sherpa 2.0
  • The Kuat Sherpa 2.0 bike rack part # SH22G that you referenced comes with a locking hitch pin as well as an anti-rattle device built into the rack. The replacement part would be the Kuat Hitch Pin Lock part # HL1. Check out the review video I attached for this rack that details how the anti-rattle device works.
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  • Replacement Lock Core for Yakima Double Down 4 Bike Rack
  • To replace the lock on your Yakima Double Down # Y02424 you'll want to use part # Y07202. This comes with 2 locks and keys that are keyed a like, so you'll have a 2nd key and lock in case you add another Yakima product that offers the keyed alike feature or just need to replace the lock again.
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  • Best 2-Bike Rack for Limited Ground Clearance
  • The Kuat Transfer 2 Bike Platform Rack part # TS02B is actually one of the best platform style bike racks for vehicles with limited ground clearance as it has a short shank as well as a shank rise so this will give you the best chance of not scraping while pulling out of your steep driveway. The Kuat Transfer also just so happens to be my favorite bike rack because it is lightweight therefore easy to take on/off the vehicle and because it has an open frame which means you can just walk...
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  • Compatibility of Kuat Sherpa 2.0 with 2014 BMW X1 with Invisihitch
  • The Kuat Sherpa 2.0 Bike Rack # SH12G is a great rack. It will fit 1-1/4, Class I and Class II trailer hitch receivers. There is also a model that fits 2 inch Class III receivers, # SH22B. It's designed to fit tire sizes from 20 to 29 inches so your 26, 29, and even 27.5, if you go there, will be just fine. Also, it will hold up to 3 inch wide tires. I can't speak directly to its fit on an Invisihitch or a 2014 BMW X1 but from looking at the vehicle the rack will be visible in...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Mount 4-Bike Rack and Cargo Carrier Combination on 2007 BMW X3
  • The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE Platform 4 Bike Rack w/ Cargo Carrier # HR1400Z-85 is exactly what you're looking for on your 2007 BMW X3. This gives you the option of carrying 2 bikes on their own, 2 bikes with a cargo carrier, 4 bikes, or just the cargo carrier. The bike rack has cushioned hooks that slide along upright masts for quick, easy bike loading and unloading. The cargo carrier has raised rails and comes with a cargo net to keep everything on the carrier. It also includes...
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  • Can the Kuat NV 2.0 Bike Rack Support Two 55 Pound Electric Bikes
  • The Kuat NV 2.0 Base 2-Bike Platform Rack for 1-1/4 Inch Hitches # BA12B that you referenced is indeed capable of securing 2 bikes of up to 60 pounds each. As far as your 55 pound e-bikes, the rack itself is more than up to the task. The only thing you will want to note is the tongue weight capacity of the trailer hitch and the vehicle it is installed on. As long as it can support the combined weight of your two 55 pound bikes, along with the weight of the carrier itself (49 pounds), you...
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  • Recommendation for an Easy to Use 2-Bike Hitch Mounted Bike Rack
  • In terms of easy to install/remove that also doesn't cost an arm and a leg I recommend the Lets Go Aero BikeWing-2 2-Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Horizontal Wheel Mount Item # LGA54FR. I recommend this rack for a few reasons. First it weighs all of 20 pounds so it is easy to handle. Second, the shank that fits into the hitch receiver on the vehicle has 2 pin holes, one that takes a threaded hitch pin and one that doesn't. If you want the easiest on/off set up you would use the...
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  • Differences Between Kuat Sherpa 2.0 and Older Sherpa, Comparison to Thule T2 Classic
  • Kuat makes some of the nicest bike racks around the new Kuat Sherpa 2.0 part # SH22G is basically an updated version of the Sherpa # S101 which was highly reviewed by our customers. The new Sherpa is lighter (by 8 lbs for a total weight of 32 lbs), has updated wheel cradles and updated wheel hooks as well. This rack would work well for you on your 2015 BMW X5 as long as you have hitch like the part # 75600 installed on it. The hitches for your vehicle sit quite a bit lower than the bottom...
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  • Using a Bike Rack on a 2015 BMW X5 With Park Assist
  • I have some potential solutions for you, however with anything in the trailer hitch, there's a good chance that the sensor will pick up the hitch rise. The sensors are tuned to look in a fairly wide cone around the four broadcast points, and its difficult for them to not work. Even though this is kind of the point of the feature, its' extremely annoying when you're trying to use the utility aspect of the vehicle. You can turn the sensor off manually when you get into the vehicle,...
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  • Thule Bike Rack Recommendations for a BMW X5 SUV
  • Thule and other bike rack manufacturers offer 2- and 3-bike trunk-mount racks that are a fit for the BMW X5, for both the M-version and not. For example, if your X5 is a 2013 model year you can use any of the carriers shown on the link provided, and these include options from Thule, Yakima and Hollywood Racks. At the top of the page you can select your version, M or not, to see all racks and then use the filters at the left hand side of the page to narrow the results to those carriers...
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2014 BMW 435i Convertible
  • Curt trailer hitch # C11367 fits your 2014 BMW 435i Convertible. If you want to use the hitch for an accessory such as a bike rack or cargo carrier then you have to make sure the accessory is rated for use with a Class I trailer hitch. Also, with a bike rack, you are limited to 2 bikes maximum on a Class I hitch. Curt also says you have to use stabilization strap # 18050 when using this hitch for any non-trailer load (such as a bike rack or cargo carrier) per their warranty requirements.
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  • Can Kuat Bike Rack Work With Boone Hang2 Wall Mount Bike Rack Storage
  • The Boone Hang2 Wall Mounted Hitch Rack Storage, part # BH90H3FS will work with the Kuat hitch mounted bike racks with a 2 inch shank, like part # NV22G. This wall mount has a weight capacity of 90 lbs. If you have the smaller 1-1/4 inch shank on your Kuat Bike Rack, like part # NV12G , you can use the replacement cross pin, part # BH85858 to be able to use the smaller shank hitch pin hole.
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  • Recommended Fat Bike Beach Cruiser Bike Rack For 2009 BMW X3
  • The Thule Apex 4 Bike Rack # TH9025XT and the Thule Helium Aero 3-Bike Rack # TH9043PRO are similar in many respects. They differ in the number of bikes they carry and the materials with which they are made. The Apex is steel and weighs about 44 lbs where the Helium is Aluminum and weighs about 23 lbs. These are both nice bike racks but they will limit you to 35 lbs per bike which is where your fat tire beach cruiser have issue as those bikes are normally heavier than that. If this...
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  • Recommended 2-Bike Platform Style Hitch Bike Carrier for 2016 BMW X1
  • Thule's hitch-mounted Doubletrack Pro Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack # TH9054 will fit into either 1-1/4-inch or 2-inch hitches. Your 2016 BMW X1 can be fitted with the 2-inch Class III type which will provide a substantial weight-carrying capacity, plenty for the weight of this rack and your two loaded bikes. The hitch I recommend for your X1 (if it does not already have one) is the less-costly option, Draw-Tite # 76018. Installation of this hitch on an X1 is shown in the linked video which...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for Shallow Hitch Receiver on 2017 BMW X5
  • I do have an option for you, however there isn't an adapter available that will allow you to securely insert the shank of your Yakima 4 Bike Bighorn Rack into the shallow hitch receiver on your 2017 BMW X5. Using a hitch extender like # 80307 is sometimes an option, but Yakima does not recommend using any kind of adapter with their bike racks, and doing so will void the rack's warranty. With this in mind, your best option might be to simply replace your bike rack with one that will...
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  • Recommended Trunk-Mount Bike Rack for 2015 BMW X1 X-Drive 28i
  • We can offer you several options in trunk-mount 2- and 3-bike carriers for your 2015 BMW X1. The linked page will show you all of them and you can use the filters on the page to narrow the results shown to those carriers with the features you prefer. Since security is important to you, you can select carriers that include locks for the rack itself and for your loaded bikes. Their outstanding Raceway PRO 3 # TH9002PRO includes locks for the rack and bikes but it also features Thule's...
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  • Which Hitch is Compatible with Curt Clamp-On Towing Bike Rack C18013 for 2007 BMW X3
  • The Curt Clamp-On 3 Bike Hitch Mounted Towing Bike Rack, part # C18013 requires a 2 inch receiver hitch and draw bar as the rack clamps onto the draw bar. We have three 2 inch receiver hitches available for your vehicle. I would recommend part # 75371. I have included a link to the page with all the hitches for your vehicle. I've linked you to the installation instructions for the hitch and a product description video for the bike rack.
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  • Lightweight Platform Bike Rack for a 2017 BMW 5 Series
  • You're in the right direction for the Class I hitch, as the Thule DoubleTrack Pro, part # TH9054 is a great choice for a lot of different bikes. The DoubleTrack is fairly easy to load and the unique way that the frame clamps are mounted on the bike rack allows for you to mount in a variety of ways to the frame. I also appreciate that the DoubleTrack has an integrated lock system and its anti-rattle and sway is outright impressive. An extremely lightweight option if you're OK with...
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  • Fit of Kuat Sherpa 2.0 SH12B Bike Rack on 2012 BMW 550i Sedan
  • In order to install the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 rack on your 550i, you would first need to install a receiver hitch, part # C11381. You can see an install video by clicking the provided link. The Kuat Sherpa 2.0 # SH12B would be an outstanding choice that would work very well with your 550i sedan. I've linked you to a product demonstration video showing how the bike rack works.
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  • Recommended Thule Hitch-Mount or Trunk-Mount Bike Rack for 2016 BMW 328i
  • First, for a trailer hitch that is confirmed to fit your 2016 BMW 328i, I recommend the Draw-Tite Class I Sport Frame Receiver Hitch # 24945. This will give you a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening with a 200 pound tongue weight capacity. I have attached the installation details for you to check out. Then, when choosing a hitch-mount bike rack, you will just need to make sure that the rack is compatible with Class I trailer hitches. Keep in mind that the maximum amount of bikes a rack can carry...
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation Approved for Use Behind an RV
  • I have a very similar solution I can provide, but the Hollywood Rack bike rack part # HR200Z is not rated for use behind an RV. Instead the Swagman part # S64663 has been reinforced for the rougher ride quality at the rear of a trailer or RV so it would be a great option for you to consider. I attached a review video for you to check out as well.
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  • Trailer Hitch that Fits 1999 BMW 328 Convertible
  • The Curt hitch # C11177 is a confirmed fit for your 1999 328 convertible and would do a great job to carry a bike rack like our very popular Hollywood Racks Trail Rider # HR200Z.
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  • Can RockyMounts Solo Bike Rack Be Used Class II Hitch of 2014 BMW 4 Series
  • Yes the RockyMounts Solo # RKY10007 that you referenced would fit and work great in the Class II hitch you have installed in your 2014 BMW 4 Series.
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  • Trunk Mount Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2008 BMW X3
  • The only trunk mount bike rack that will fit the 2008 BMW X3 is the Hollywood Racks Over-The-Top rack # HRF2. It was designed with an additional upper arm piece that lifts the top straps up and over the rear spoiler at the top of the hatch on the vehicle. This is so no stress is put on the spoiler which could get damaged otherwise. I have linked a video showing the features of the rack for you. Using a cable lock like # e98891 and a passive security strap such as # TH533 are recommended...
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  • What is Overall Height of Yakima HangOver 4 Bike Rack # Y02484
  • The Yakima bike Rakc part # Y02484 requires a minimum of 10 inches of ground clearance from bottom of the hitch to ground on vehicle it is installed. The overall height is 69.5 inches from the bottom of the shank to the very top. That should help you determine if you'd have clearance for the rack to fit in any parking garages etc.
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  • Hitch and Trike Carrier 2010 BMW 328xi Sedan
  • We have one 2 inch hitch that fits your 2010 BMW 328xi sedan with the Stealth # SH44VR which you can use with the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider Bike Rack for 1 Recumbent or 1 Trike # HR1000Z-R-TRKADP. This also fits 1-1/4 inch hitches too if you wanted to go that route too with the # C11033. Now we don't have a way to swivel this out though or a similar type of rack that has a pivot built in.
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  • Bike Rack Solution for Carrying 50 lb E-Bikes with 2018 BMW X2
  • Yes we have the Thule EasyFold XT bike rack part # TH903202 that fits your 2018 BMW X2 as long as you have a hitch installed like the Curt # C11530. This is the best e-bike rack out there as it has frame clamps that are easy to attach to the often times unique e-bike frames and has a ramp that pulls out from the bike rack to make for easier loading and unloading.
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  • Bike Carrying Options for 2006 BMW Z4
  • Unfortunately, none of our hitch manufacturers offer a hitch compatible with your 2006 Z4. This would rule out towing a small trailer, but for carrying two bikes, a trunk mount bike rack like the Hollywood Racks Expedition 2 Bike Rack # HRF6-2 would be a good choice. If you'll be transporting women's bikes or bikes with sharply-angled top tubes, you might also consider a frame adapter bar like part # 64005. The bar spans the distance between the handlebar gooseneck and the seat post,...
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  • Recommended Hitch-Mount 2-Bike Carrier for 2016 BMW X3
  • Based on the trailer hitches we have available that are custom fit for the 2016 BMW X3, the installed hitch is most likely a Class III with a 2 inch hitch opening. I do still recommend verifying this information. There should be a sticker somewhere on the hitch that lists its class and weight capacity. Hitch-mounted bike racks are class and hitch opening specific, so you will want to make sure that the bike rack you choose will be compatible with the trailer hitch on the X3. For a hitch-mounted...
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  • Bike Carrier Options for 2008 BMW 6-Series 650i Convertible
  • We do not have any trailer hitch fits for your 2008 BMW 650i convertible. In fact we have none for any 6-Series models. I did check directly with both Draw-Tite and Curt and confirmed that there are no hitch fits for the vehicle. That is the bad news. But the good news is that we do have confirmed trunk-mount rack fits for your 6-Series convertible. These are shown on the linked page and they include 1-, 2- and 3-bike options from Thule, Malone and others. Included are the unique high-end...
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  • Where to Position Bike When Loading Single Bike on Saris Freedom EX 2 Bike Platform Rack
  • When loading just one bike onto a bike rack like your Saris Freedom EX 2 Bike Platform Rack # SA4412F, you will still want to use the cradles closest to the vehicle. This is simply because this will decrease the leverage that the bike rack has on the hitch and vehicle. Loading a single bike on the outside cradles will make the hitch connection more unstable. When loading your bike, it might be easier to first fold down the center mast on the Saris Freedom to allow for easier access to...
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  • Recommendation for Carrying 4 Bikes on BMW 535i
  • The 2015 BMW 5 Series will use a Class I trailer hitch like the Curt trailer hitch # C11381. Due to their limited tongue weight capacity Class 1 trailer hitches are limited to carrying 2 bikes so you won't be able to carry four bikes with the Swagman Titan Bike Rack # S63410. The limited tongue weight capacity (maximum amount of downward force that can be safely applied to the hitch) is one reason, but additional bikes after the first two move the load further rearward away from the receiver...
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  • What Hitch Two Bike rack do you Recommend for my Womens and Childs Bikes with Locks
  • The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 2 Bike Platform Rack part # HR1450Z meets all of your requirements and will serve you well. It does weigh about 54 lbs so its a bit heavy but a good one. I also like the Swagman XTC-2 TILT 2-Bike Platform Rack part # S64671 which weighs in around 30 lbs. and has the rest of the features you're looking for except locks which can be added with the Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock and Cable for Swagman Bike Racks part # S64031.
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for 2008 BMW X3
  • The Curt Hitch # 13573 that you referenced would be a great choice for your 2008 BMW X3 for a hitch and would work well with the Swagman Trailhead 2 Bike Carrier # S63360. Check out the installation instructions and video I attached for these products. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without a horizontal top tube you might also be interested in purchasing a Thule Bike Adapter Bar # TH982XT to provide a horizontal top tube for the rack to attach to. I...
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  • Recommendation for Bike Carrier on a 2007 BMW 530xi Sport Wagon
  • The Thule T2 Platform Style 2 Bike Carrier, # TH9045, would be a great option to use on your 2007 BMW 5 Series. This carrier is for use with a 1-1/4 inch hitch and is loaded with options including the fold up and tilt feature. If you haven't installed a hitch as of yet, I would recommend the Curt Class I Receiver Hitch, # C11182. This custom fit hitch offers bolt-on installation with no welding required. All non-trailer loads including bike racks and cargo carriers must be supported...
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  • Will HR1400Z-85 fit 2016 BMW X3 OEM Receiver?
  • The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE Platform 4 Bike Rack w/ Cargo Carrier - 2" Hitches - Frame Mount # HR1400Z-85 will fit in your shallow receiver with the parts only requiring 2 inches to pin. The manufacturer suggests when using multiple pieces to install all the way to the welded stop, which you wouldn't be able to do. But you will be able to pin each piece and tighten them up for use without issue.
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  • Video Request for Kuat Transfer With Bikes Loaded to See Movement
  • If you check out the beginning and the end of the other review I attached for the Kuat Transfer # TS02G you will see it loaded with two bikes being taken around our test course. The clip in the beginning shows it going around corners whereas the clip at the end shows the rack going over speed bumps we have in our rear parking lot area. There will always be at least a small amount of movement in hitch mounted bike racks. This rack has some movement as most do, but I would still say that...
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  • Compatibility Of The Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR On A 2020 BMW X5
  • The Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR will work on your 2020 BMW X5 if you measure from the hitch pin hole to the end of your bumper and the measurement is under 13-1/2" inches. If it is beyond that measurement, you will be hitting the center mast of the bike rack with your rear bumper. There is plenty of room on a 2016 X5 and I've attached the video for you to see yourself!
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  • Platform Bike Rack for 2 or 4 Bikes of Different Styles for a 2012 BMW X3
  • What I recommend is a platform style bike rack that can convert back and forth from a 2-bike rack to a 4-bike rack such as the Kuat NV 2.0 # NV22G-NA22G. With the carbon road bike you will probably want to avoid racks that make contact with the frame. So if we look at those racks they do clamp down on the bike tires. This means they are not always the best choice for bikes with fenders. Looking at the fenders on the Electra Townie 3i it appears that the front fender stops at the top...
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation with Great Ground Clearance
  • While 10 inches of clearance from the top of a hitch tube down to the ground isn't a lot by any means it's also not an unheard of amount of ground clearance. There are several vehicles that have similar clearances without issue. That said, we don't have a hitch that fits your vehicle and I suspect part of the reason is the convertible mechanisms and the low clearance which you've mentioned as well. (see below for bike rack recommendation)
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  • 3-Bike Hitch Rack that Fits Draw Tite Hitch for 2017 BMW X5
  • For your 2017 BMW X5 that has the Draw Tite Hitch part # 75600 installed the Swagman Trailhead part # S63365 that you referenced fits perfectly and does not require any additional adapters or hardware. For the value you get with the Trailhead I believe it's your best choice. No other rack has as many features as this rack and is as well-built in this price range so it's your best option. I attached a review video for this rack for more info as well. If you plan on carrying any womens...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack to Carry an Electra Townie on a 2015 BMW X1 with a 2 Inch Hitch Receiver
  • Due to the alternative frame of your Electra Townie you probably want to stay away from a traditional hanging rack. My top choice for you is the RockyMounts BackStage # RKY10002. This is a platform rack that holds the bikes by the wheels. The best part about it is that it can swing out away from the back of the vehicle giving you full access to the rear cargo area of your 2015 BMW X1. The BackStage also includes locks for both the rack and the bikes and can carry two bikes up...
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  • Will Yakima Ridge Back 4 Fit Draw Tite Hitch of 2017 BMW X5
  • The Yakima Ridgeback 4 bike rack part # Y02458 would easily fit well in the Draw Tite hitch part # 75600 you have installed on your 2017 BMW X5. Draw Tite hitches and Yakima bike racks fit very well together. It's only some of the OEM hitches that will have fit issues with bike racks. The worst offender of this is the Subaru 1-1/4 inch hitches. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without...
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  • Best Bike Rack for a BMW 3 Series?
  • The Saris Bones Hitch 3 Bike Rack, Part # SA883, is an good choice for the BMW 3-Series. It is capable of holding less than 3 bikes. Given that the BMW 3-Series only has Class I hitches, if you go this route, I would recommend keeping the bikes in the closest two positions to the rack to decrease the amount of stress put on the shank of the rack. A third bike will cause leverage to be applied to the shank and make it bend, damaging the rack. If you'd rather not take the risk, I'd recommend...
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  • How to Carry a Women's Bike on a Thule Bike Carrier on a 2015 BMW X5
  • You will likely need to use an adapter bar to load your wife's bike on the Thule hitching Post Pro, # TH934XTR. 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 adapter bar # 64005. This will allow you to carry those bikes more level and will provide better ground clearance. I have to use these adapters and without them my wife's bike would be at a severe angle and I would not...
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  • Recommendation For Hitch Bike Rack on 2011 BMW X3 That Will Clear Opened Rear Cargo Hatch
  • The Thule Helium Aero Aluminum 2 Bike Rack, part # TH9042PRO, will work on your 2011 BMW X3. It will install in a Class I or Class II 1-1/4 inch and a Class III 2-inch hitch. It has a total weight capacity of 75 lbs for 2 bikes. It is one of our most popular hitch bike racks and is easy to remove and re-install because of the lightweight design (19 lbs). The tilt feature will let you tilt the bike rack away from your vehicle and allow you access to the rear cargo area. You will not be...
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  • Recommendation For Hitch Bike Rack on 2008 BMW X3
  • To recommend a hitch bike rack I would need to know how many bikes and the weight and types of bikes you want to transport. A bike rack you might want to start with would be the Thule Apex 2 Bike Carrier, part # TH9024XT. This is one of the newest models from Thule and can carry 2 bikes and has a maximum weight capacity of 70 lbs. It will install into either a 1-1/4 inch hitch and a 2 inch hitch. I am including a link to a video review of the # TH9024XT bike rack that will describe...
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  • Will the Yakima RidgeBack and Kuat Beta Fit a 2013 BMW X3
  • The average distance from the hitch pin hole back to clear the rear bumper on your 2013 BMW X3 is 4 inches so both the Yakima RidgeBack, # Y02457, and Kuat Beta, # B202-2, will clear the rear of the vehicle with many inches to spare. I have included links to video reviews of both bike carriers for you.
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Carrier Storage Rack for a Swagman Trailhead 4 Bike Rack
  • For a bike carrier storage rack you can use the Swagman X, # S80940. You will need to have the 2 inch adapter on your bike rack for it to fit though. I have linked a video review of this rack to the right. For the step through frame of your bike you can use adapter bar # 64005. This is the easiest adapter bar that I have used. I have linked a video of it to the right for you to view.
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  • Will the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 2-Bike Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Fit a 2013 BMW X3
  • I went out o the warehouse to measure the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2, # HR1450Z. From the end of the shank to the nearest part of the elongated pin hole it measures 1-3/8 inches. From the end to the center of the hole it is 2-3/4 inches. And from the end to the farthest end of the hole it is 4-1/8 inches. I have included a picture to illustrate these measurements. As for the rear hatch with the center arm folded down the rear hatch should be no problem. If the arm is up and the...
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  • Will the Thule Parkway Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Fit My 2007 BMW X3
  • The Thule Parkway you mentioned is a fit for a Class II hitch with a 1-1/4 inch by 1-1/4 inch receiver opening. Since a BMW X3 would have a 2 inch by 2 inch Class III hitch, a bike rack like the Thule Hitching Post Pro, part # TH934XTR would be a better choice. The Hitching Post Pro is compatible with both Class II 1-1/4 inch or 2 inch receivers. The rack also offers better anti-sway cradles that will prevent the bikes from swaying back and forth during transport and banging into each...
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  • E-Bike Rack Recommendation for Fitting Bike with Wider Frame Tube
  • The Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack # SA4412B has a 60 lb per bike capacity so it works with most E-bikes as that's typically more than needed for them. In terms of the bike frame clamp I checked with Saris and they say that it fits all frame styles and sizes. I'd have to see a picture of your bike frame to see if I though it would be an exception to that rule, but in the mean time a better option might be the Thule EasyFold part # TH903202 which has a 65 lb per bike capacit and use...
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  • Titan Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator Not Working with Redarc Brake Controller
  • If there is something wrong inside your Titan actuator then it has to be tested and repaired by the manufacturer. But the issue might not be a problem with the actuator itself. We can rule it out with some testing. The first test for the Brakerite EHB is to pull the Breakaway switch cable to see if the unit starts and runs normally. If it does not run, disconnect the breakaway battery leads. Then apply the brakes in the tow vehicle or use the manual override on the in cab control to...
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  • Will the Thule Roadway 2 TH912XTR Fit a 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-350 Sedan
  • Yes, the Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack part # TH912XTR will work perfectly on your 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-350 Sedan. There will be plenty of bumper clearance and the tilting mechanism will allow you to get into your trunk without having to remove the bike rack. The Roadway 2 has a threaded hitch pin so the rack will be stable while in transit and it comes with a lifetime warranty which Thule stands by. Please note if any of your bikes have an alternative frame you will also need the SportRack...
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  • Will Thule Doubletrack Platform Bike Rack Work on 2015 BMW X5
  • Yes, the Thule Doubletrack Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack # TH990XT that you referenced will work perfectly on your 2015 BMW X5. This is a really nice carrier that can handle different sized bikes with its sliding wheel trays and includes integrated locks to help protect your investment. The rack itself only weighs 36 pounds. For a trailer hitch that fits your BMW and will work great with the Thule Doubletrack I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13077, which offers a sleek OEM-like...
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  • Is the Yakima Dr.Tray Bike Carrier Compatible with Yakima SKS Lock Cores
  • Yes. The Yakima Dr. Tray # Y02474-02475 is compatible with Yakima SKS Lock Cores. This rack does come with a locking hitch pin and cable lock that can be swapped out to match your other Yakima products If you don't already have Yakima lock cores, the 2-lock kit is part # Y07202, the 4 lock kit is part # Y07204, the 6 lock kit is part # Y07206 and the 8 lock kit is part # Y07208. All SKS lock kits include the control key for core installation as well as the lock-specific keys to fit the cores.
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  • Recommended Bike Rack and Cargo Carrier Combo for 2" Hitch Receivers
  • It sounds like you're looking for the Hollywood Racks SportRider SE 2 Bike Rack w/ Cargo Carrier for 2 Bikes - 2" Hitches # HR1450Z-85, which is a platform bike rack that fits into 2" hitch receivers and also comes with a cargo carrier that can be used with the rack or independently. If you need the option to carry 4 bikes at times, the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE Bike Rack w/ Cargo Carrier for 4 Bikes # HR1400Z-85-FB comes with an add-on 2 bike platform and the cargo carrier, which...
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  • Can Kuat Sherpa Bike Rack Carry Bikes with Fenders
  • We have great bike racks that can be used with bikes that have fenders but since the Kuat Sherpa part # SH22P grabs the bike tires by the top of the tire it can't work with fenders. For a fendered bike the Thule DoubleTrack part # TH9054 would be a really great option as it has easy to use frame clamps and also tilts like the Sherpa. This also would work great with the Stealth hitch # SH84VR which fits your 2017 BMW 330i.
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