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Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack - Spare Tire Mount - Folding Dual Arms

Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack - Spare Tire Mount - Folding Dual Arms

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This rack lets you carry 2 bikes of different sizes and styles on your spare tire. It has dual arms with anti-sway cradles, and it adjusts for various tire sizes and for offset spares. Locks secure your bikes to the rack and the rack to your vehicle. Great Prices for the best spare tire bike racks from Thule. Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack - Spare Tire Mount - Folding Dual Arms part number TH963PRO can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Thule Spare Tire Bike Racks - TH963PRO

  • 2 Bikes
  • Dual Arm
  • Thule
  • Frame Mount - Anti-Sway
  • Hanging Rack
  • Folding
  • Bike and Rack Lock

This rack lets you carry 2 bikes of different sizes and styles on your spare tire. It has dual arms with anti-sway cradles, and it adjusts for various tire sizes and for offset spares. Locks secure your bikes to the rack and the rack to your vehicle.


  • Spare-tire-mounted rack lets you carry 2 bikes on the back of your vehicle
  • Stay-Put anti-sway cradles with rubber straps securely hold bikes at 3 points
    • Prevent bike-to-bike and bike-to-car contact
  • Narrowly spaced dual arms provide excellent bike support
    • Allow easy bike loading and unloading
    • Fold down when not in use
  • Mounting plate fits most spare tire lug nut patterns
  • 2 Mounting brackets and 2 standoffs adapt the rack for use on a variety of tire widths
  • Versatile rack can be repositioned to center your bikes on vehicles with offset spare tires
  • One-Key System locks deter theft of the rack and your bikes
    • Locking hand knob secures rack to the mounting plate
    • Integrated cable lock secures your bikes to the rack
  • Load strap reduces movement of bike handlebars and wheels during transport
  • Rubber spacers cushion the bike rack against the spare tire
  • Heavy-duty powder coated steel tubing and injection-molded nylon components ensure durability
  • Made in the USA


  • Application: all current vehicles with factory rear-mounted spare tires
    • Fits tires up to 12.5" wide x 33" in diameter
    • Will not fit vehicles with spare-tire-mounted backup cameras
  • Carrying capacity: 2 bikes
  • Dimensions:
    • Open: 16" x 18-1/2" x 38"
    • Folded: 4" x 18-1/2" x 38-1/2"
  • Distance between arms (outside cradle to outside cradle): 17-1/2"
  • Offset adjustment: 4" left or right
  • Weight capacity: 75 lbs total (37.5 lbs per bike)
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Approved for use on cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs

Note: This dual-arm rack reduces the need for a bike frame adapter bar (sold separately) to mount a children's, women's, or alternative frame bicycle. However, to mount certain bikes or to keep your bike level on the rack, a bike adapter bar may be required. Most step-through bikes, dual-suspension bikes, and small children's bikes will require a bike adapter bar.

Thule 2-Bike Rack for OEM rear-mounted spare tires

The Thule Spare Me is a great way to utilize your vehicle's spare tire to carry up to 2 bikes. The rack easily attaches to most rear-mounted spare tires with a mounting plate and hand knob, and it's built of durable materials - powder coated steel and weather-resistant, injection-molded nylon.

Versatile Rack Fits Most Spare Tires

Thule Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack mounting plate

The Spare Me bike rack installs on your spare tire mount with a plate and bracket. The mounting plate fits over the lug nuts of your spare tire, and the bracket extends from the plate through your spare tire's pilot hole to provide an attachment point for the rack. You can position this plate at 12 o'clock or 6 o'clock, depending on your spare tire's lug nut pattern.

Thule Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack long and short mounting plates

The rack comes with the short mounting bracket installed. For larger tires, you can swap out the short mounting bracket for the long mounting bracket.

Thule Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack standoff extensions

To fine-tune the fit of the bike rack on your spare tire, a long standoff extension and short standoff extension are included. Use the appropriate combination of a mounting bracket and standoff extension to ensure that there is at least a 1/2" overlap between the mounting bracket and the square post of the mounting plate. To help determine the appropriate configuration of mounting brackets and standoff extensions for your tire size, see the table below.

Tire Size

Adapter/Bracket To Use

P195 - P235Short Mounting Bracket
P235 - P275, 31", 32"Long Mounting Bracket and Short Standoff
P285, 12.5, 33"Long Mounting Bracket and Long Standoff

Adjustable for Offset Spare Tires

Thue Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack adjusted for offset spares

The Spare Me can be adjusted to center your bikes on a vehicle with an offset spare tire. If your spare is offset, remove the bolts that hold the rack to the mounting bracket. Reposition the bracket 4" to the left or 4" to the right - depending on your offset - and reattach the bracket to the rack using the existing holes on the rack.

Locking Hand Knob and Cable Lock

Thule Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack locking hand knob

The bike rack secures to the mounting plate with a hand knob and threaded bolt. The hand knob includes a One-Key System lock for securing the rack to your vehicle.

Thule Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack cable lock

A built-in cable lock secures your bikes to the rack. The cable deploys from the arm and locks to a second cable built into the upright arm of the rack on the same side. The cable lock and receptacle store inside the arms when not in use.

Thule One-Key System convenience

The One-Key System cylinders can be swapped out if you own other Thule products and want to use the same key to lock them all.

Anti-Sway Cradles

Thule Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack Stay-Put anti-sway cradles

Stay-Put cradles with anti-sway cages hold your bikes firmly in place on the rack. The cradles and straps are made of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), a stretchy, gel-like substance that absorbs road shock and minimizes vibration to reduce the stress of travel on your bike frames. The nylon anti-sway cages provide a third point of contact that prevents sway and bike-to-bike contact.

Folding Dual Arms

Thule Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack folding dual arms

The rack's dual arms provide great bike support and stability. They fold down for garage parking clearance and for storage. Simply loosen the knobs, push down on the arms until they snap into place, then tighten the knobs again. The knobs and the side plates are made from durable, weather-resistant, injection-molded nylon.

Safety Straps

Thule Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack bike stabilizing strap

The bike rack comes with a load strap for securing handlebars and bike wheels during transport.

Thule Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack oversize spare tire anchor strap

There is also a safety strap included for when you're using the rack on an oversize spare tire (P235 or above). This strap wraps around the top and bottom tubes of the rack and is tightened with a metal cam buckle.

Rubber Spacers

Thule Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack rubber spacers

Rubber spacers on the bike rack frame stabilize it against your spare tire, helping to prevent the bike rack from shifting during transport. These spacers also guard your spare against damage caused by the bike rack rubbing against the tire.

963PRO Thule Spare Me Pro 2 Bicycle Carrier - Spare Tire Mount - Folding Dual Arms

Installation Details TH963PRO Installation instructions

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Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack - Spare Tire Mount - Folding Dual Arms - TH963PRO

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (132 Customer Reviews)

This rack lets you carry 2 bikes of different sizes and styles on your spare tire. It has dual arms with anti-sway cradles, and it adjusts for various tire sizes and for offset spares. Locks secure your bikes to the rack and the rack to your vehicle.

2011 Toyota RAV4

This bike rack works great. Took my bike on a cross country road trip from Tampa, Florida to Whistler, British Columbia and back with no issues. There was no slipping or excessive shaking with highway speeds up to 80ish mph. Encountered 105 degree heat, rain squalls and snow storms with no issues. No problems with the set up and the fact that the rear spare tire on my 2011 Toyota Rav4 is off center was not an issue as the rack can accommodate for this. It's a well made product from a reputable company. Make sure to read the directions as they advise against opening the rear hatch with the bike on the rack due to weight concerns. Shipping was quick as were replies to questions to customer service. Follow up correspondence from etrailer was also appreciated. Overall great experience, would highly recommend the product as well as etrailer. Thanks!

Thanks for the follow up! The bike rack continues to work great. It survived another cross-country trip this year. Hope you guys had a successful holiday season.
Andre - 01/04/2019


It's been just shy of one year since we purchased this for our Toyota RAV4's spare tire mount. It's been easy to install, use, and keep our bikes secure for trips both long and short. It has also been convenient that the assembly allows us to easily open and close the horizontal swinging trunk door of the car without straps or other parts getting in the way. I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a safe, secure solution to moving two bikes around for compatible vehicles!

2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Great product. So glad I chose this one instead of one of the other types I'd seen around town. Didn't like the design of the ones that fit into the trailer hitches or on the roof. Found this one online and called to order. Steve (I think it was Steve) was extremely helpful and suggested the Swagman adapter which is worth its weight also.

Totally satisfied with it and enjoying it every chance we get.

Were still enjoying it very much and very glad I chose this particular Thule model. It is definitely one of the things that is helping keep us young !
Don - 04/02/2019


Overall excellent. The only issue was - potentially from user error - a plastic component broke during installation. However, customer support was great and sent me a replacement part. The rack itself is easy to put on and take-off the car, the bikes are easy to stow, and the bikes are secure. Really like the product.

Toyota RAV4

I wanted to respond to you to let you know that I had a really good experience ordering from etrailer. I was informed every step of the way, from the moment I ordered it online, all the way up until it was delivered to my doorstep. I was very impressed!! The bike rack itself was easy to install on my car - I have a RAV4 so it was important to me to be able to still be able to open my trunk with the rack on. Haven't gotten to actually use it yet (I've been temporarily deployed with the military), but I can't wait to! I've attached a picture as well - it looks so spiffy, and makes me seem more athletic than I actually am.

Again, great experience, and I would definitely recommend etrailer to others in a second. Have a great day!

2013 Jeep Wrangler

After a week of comparing, I decided that this Thule Spare Me 2 bike carrier was the perfect choice to haul my bike on my new 2013 Jeep Wrangler. My husband has a Thule Vertex Swing 4 bike carrier on his truck, which we love. I could transfer it to the hitch on my Jeep whenever I need it, but I wanted something that I could leave on my Jeep that also wouldn’t be in the way when I wasn’t using for my bike. When not in use, this Spare Me carrier folds down out of the way and it doesn’t cause me to make any changes when backing up in tight spaces unlike the hitch mounted carrier.

It was easy to install. I am only 5 feet tall and not very handy with tools. I was able to take off the spare tire with the lug wrench that is in my Jeep easily, pop out the center Jeep logo from the tire, put on the mounting plate and reinstall my spare without help. I then installed the carrier, my bike, cleaned up the packing materials, and even had my husband come admire my handiwork- all in less than an hour.

I can easily fold and unfold the arm and secure it in just a few seconds. It is easy to mount my bike to it and all the straps hold my bike securely and are easy to use. It is also easy to open the straps and take down my bike, so I can be off riding and not fussing over how to get my bike off. I have no problems opening the gate of my Jeep when the bike is not mounted. I don’t know if I would recommend opening the gate with the bikes on.

I have already used the Spare Me for my bike and my nephew’s bike. I drove it over 50 miles at interstate speed and the bikes stayed in place securely. You do need to follow the instructions and use the straps provided to keep the bikes from moving too much. I also use some simple inexpensive hardware store hook and loop straps that keep the wheels in place during transport. From previous experience, I don’t care for bungee cords they stretch too much and don’t hold or pull too hard on my wheels and cause problems with alignment. I learned that lesson the hard way.

My only complaint about the carrier is that the integrated lock for securing the bikes to the carrier is not long enough to accommodate a women’s bike. It works perfectly to go over the top bar on the frame of a man’s bike, but since a women’s bike needs to use an adapter bar for this style bike carrier, the lock only secures the adapter bar. Some women’s bike adapter bars on the market have locks, but the one I own does not. For me, this isn’t a huge problem. I have a separate cable bike lock that I will use if I need to leave my bike unattended. The lock that secures the carrier to the vehicle works as described, so no worries there.

I also want to say that etrailer amazed me with the shipping. I could have order this same product from my Jeep dealer, but they said I would take them 10 business days to get it. I didn’t want to wait 2 weeks. The price was nearly the same from etrailer so I took my chances that I would get it faster. I order this Friday afternoon and UPS delivered it to me Monday afternoon. Wow!
I also selected etrailer because they have the clearest videos and instructions. I was truly able to compare the products and feel like I was making informed decisions based on my skill level and needs. If I ever need something like this again I will remember etrailer.

2014 Jeep Wrangler

Installed this on a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 2dr. Install was a snap and the bike rack has worked out very well. Good paint finish and after a year it is holding up like brand new.

Rubber ties are also like brand new.

Very pleased overall.

2009 Toyota RAV4

I was a little worried about the install, but the instructions are excellent, and the rack is well designed. It lets me carry my bikes with my teardrop camper on my 2009 Rav4. Great, quick, easy purchase and delivery from etrailer! Thanks for the fast free shipping - it saved the rest of my biking summer!


I needed a solution to put a bike rack on my Jeep where I could open the back door. I also have a backup camera. This works with my back-up camera, because mine is mounted not in the center hole, but in the larger tire hole above it with a bracket. This rack hit all my marks including weight as my e-bike is 43 pounds - so I'm carrying one bike, although my mountain bike probably would still keep it under 75lbs. I had my friend's husband help me install and it was pretty straight forward. The only issue we had is that the safety strap which is sewn (attached) to the handle is not long enough. I have 265 tires, so medium size and there are adaptors for bigger tires included. We tried every possible configuration and could get it attached, but only with an inch of strap left so no tie off. The safety strap is needed, but not long enough. I contacted Thule and they are sending me two straps with metal buckles to extend it. Good customer service.

2012 Jeep Wrangler

This bike rack is very high quality. It holds the bike very tight, with no movement after securing the two wheels together. I watched the bike on my first trip and saw very little vibrating. I would recommend this product to others. Excellent quality & customer service!


I absolutely love my bike rack. It is sturdy and easy to install and to use. Funny enough story, sorta... I was rear-ended at a slow mph speed, and the car not only hit my bumper but hit my bike rack too. My car and rack suffered minor damage, while his took a beating as that steel bar holding the rack through the spare tire, smashed in his bumper and his hood.

I was amazed how sturdy that bike rack was/is. The bike rack itself had some scrapes, with only a slight bend in the still bar, but it still usable!!! Now that is great quality!!!


I Love this bicycle rack...And use it often.
made and easy to use.

still loving my bike rack
Joec - 04/24/2021


This spare tire bike rack has worked awesome! It is easy to put on and off and holds two bikes securely. It's perfect!

2014 Jeep Wrangler

Easy to install if you follow the directions that are included. The rack seems very secure and holds my Mountain Bike tightly to the frame.
The shipping was really fast and the communication from the folks at was exceptional. Tracking email and a follow-up email on the day of delivery. WOW, that doesn't happen with most retailers.
I am confident that the Thule TH963PRO Bike Rack will be all that I had hoped it would be and I'd highly recommend

Jeep Wrangler

This bike rack has been one of the best investment I evermade,for my new Jeep Wrangler. Very easy to put the bike on,and simple to secure with the rubber tie downs. These straps work very well, and simplify everything, especially time

Thank you e~trailer/and George j

2002 Toyota RAV4

Great Bike Rack, install was so easy even a CaveMan could do it!
Bought this one for my Toyota 2002 Rav4 because I wasn't crazy about mounting my bike so high on the roof and the biggest thing that sold me was the spare tire hard cover can go back on when you take the rack off without having to take spare tire off to remove the hold down plate between the vehicle and spare tire.

2005 Toyota RAV4

I was initially a bit confused by some of the language on the installation instructions. Once I determined that the installation on my 2005 Rav4 was the most basic one, everything went smoothly. I used the rack for the first time this past weekend and was amazed at the sturdiness of the relatively light frame, and was very pleased with the ease of getting my bike on and off the rack. The bike was so securely attached, that it seemed part of the car. The outstanding customer support I received was icing on the cake. I highly recommend this rack as a solid buy.

The rack is still performing very well. I am vey satisfied with the purchase and the buying experience.
Jose V - 01/06/2018

2002 Isuzu Trooper

Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack - Spare Tire Mount - Folding Dual Arms. Great alternative if you don't have a hitch. Easy installation and nice to have the offset mounting choice. Took test drive and bicycle stayed firm on mounts.

2007 Toyota RAV4

My wife and I received our bike rack just in time to take a 900 mile roundtrip to SC to go camping with our family. I am not mechanically inclined but with a little help from my wife we figured out pretty quickly how to get the rack attached to our 2007 Toyota RAV IV. We had no problem carrying our two bikes there and back. We did need the adapter bar for the lady's bike in order to carry it along with my road bike. Now if it will just stop raining!

My husband and I are looking for a new or slightly used vehicle to have for fun camping, biking, hiking trips. Is the Toyota rav 4 great for camping? It sounds like we will need a new bike rack. Thule seems to make stellar gear. BTW, where did your family camp? We are always looking for new places. We live in Cary, NC.
-- comment by: cindi b - 06/25/2013

Hunting Island State Park near Beaufort , SC.
-- comment by: Steve D - 06/27/2013


At this point I can only provide comment on the service, as I have not yet had a chance to remove the product from its shipping container. However, I can say that the service has been great. I phoned in the order to a very knowledgable and helpful person at Etrailer. She subsequently sent me three emails to keep me aware of the status of the order. It must have been shipped within 12-24 hours of the ordering phone call and it arrived today, four days later (one of which was New Year's day). I am off to a great start with the Thule rack and with E trailer!

The Thule bike rack spare time mount has been to Florida and back. No problems to report. We are about to leave for Florida again. Again two bikes but this time one is a fat tire bike Sun Crusher 7 with wide handle bars. Will have to see how they fit together. Anticipate having to remove handle bars to get both bikes on. Well see how that goes.As a follow-up to Etrailer, from whom I bought the Thule rack, they were to have gotten back to me about a refund on a part, but I never heard back. It was a small issue, so it has not changed my mind about them being a very good supplier.
Thom J - 01/03/2015

Toyota RAV4

Great product, easy installation and perfect for my RAV4. I highly recommend this product.

2004 Honda CR-V

This bike rack fit my 2004 Honda CR-V perfectly, even though the support crew at Thule said it would not.


The Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack is amazing! The shipment arrived in it’s original Thule box in great condition. All parts and instructions were intact. If you’ve watched eTrailer’s instructional videos on YouTube, the installation of this bike rack will be a piece of cake. Good shipment time and wonderful customer service. Very happy with my purchase.

2017 Jeep Wrangler

Product did not fit an oversized tire (P265) on my jeep wrangler. The Safety Strap was not long enough to secure the bracket to the tire. The long and short mounting brackets did not properly fit on the back tire. When I called tech support, the answer was to take the long mounting bracket to a machine shop and get it cut down to the correct size.

Since the mounting bracket was cut to the correct size, I do not have any issues or concerns transporting my road or mtn bikes. The bracket configuration provides flexibility to utilize bungee cords to secure the new mtn bike frame securely.
Doug S - 06/26/2018

2010 Toyota RAV4

Received the rack yesterday and installed on my wife's 2010 RAV4. Fits perfectly without any of the extenders or extra mounting pads. Will be easy for her to quickly use without my help. Only suggestion to THULE... The locking knob is shipped with a plastic plug in the hole where the lock is to be installed. the directions say to remove with a screwdriver. I quickly stripped the grove with a normal sized screwdriver. You would need a huge screwdriver to fit the grove. I had to wrestle it out with a pair of pliers - it is then discarded and you install the lock. Would have been a lot easier with just a hole. Once I got that out, rack mounts easily and looks good.

I ran into the same problem with the plastic plug on that knob. It is still in there and ran into another problem. I screwed the knob on. It began to get tight and i kept turning it. Now the knob just turns freely and doesnt screw any further. Did I strip the knob somehow? I didnt muscle it too hard, it just popped and now just spins freely. Do I need to buy a new knob now?
-- comment by: DJ - 03/31/2014

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