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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

Item # TH963PRO
Our Price: $399.95
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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 etrailer.com or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Thule Spare Tire Bike Racks - TH963PRO

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

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.


Features:

  • 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


Specs:

  • 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   (136 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.

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I have aftermarket ExpeditionOne bumpers for my 2020 Ford Ranger. My spare tire is on a rear bumper swing arm (see photos). In my install what worked best was the short arm only, no spacer. If you read the instructions, that will make more sense. I think the instructions are for a Jeep, but my spare tire mount is different, considering I have 265/60 tires.

Negatives
The thule cable lock for the bike doesn't engage enough to lock, but looking at the design, not sure how robust it is anyway, so I'll just use a bike lock I already have through the swing arm frame and spare tire. Also, for offroading, I think it may be safest to take off both bike wheels and strap the frame separately. I drive on very narrow jeep trails, so I don't want a bike wheel catching on brush/branches that I'm driving by. Those two things are why I only gave 4 out of five stars.

Positives
The light weight of the rack (15lbs) and the thule bolt lock to the spare tire (different lock vs the bike, see photos), are why I got this rack. Really like that I could offset the rack some, so it's more centered. Really like the spacers that add more contact between the tire and the bike rack, see photos.

Summary/Observations
I'm lazy, so will try the orange tape, instead of always lowering the arms (see photos) I'm tall, so that should keep me from walking into them. My truck tires aren't huge, so I'm still in the weight range of the swing arm, keep that in mind too, but I'm happy to avoid a hitch bike rack, I didn't want to lose departure angle for off roading.

I'll update the review if it doesn't perform like I expect, but I think it'll work well enough. I've had lots of different racks (roof, hitch, rear trunk, etc), so I'm not expecting any surprises.

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Katrina B.

6/19/2023

You mentioned that the cable lock doesnt engage enough to lock. Can you please elaborate on what is happening? Is the knob twisting and not tightening or loosening?

Daniel H.

6/19/2023

The knob lock that keeps the rack from being stolen off the spare tire is fine. Does what its supposed to spins free when its locked, and engages when unlocked. The cable lock that you use to keep the bike from being stolen isnt working, but honestly, its not worth my timelabor to exchange the rack for the issue. Ill just use some cable locks that I already have, and I think they will protect the bike from theft better anyway. The cables arent as thin as the Thule one.

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Katrina B.

6/19/2023

I have gotten some information back from the manufacturer. This locking cable needs to be hard tugged at to get it to release. It is in there pretty snug so you may need to use a little force. Go ahead and give that a try and let me know if it works. I hope this helps.

Daniel H.

6/19/2023

I added some dry graphite lube to the bike cable lock receiver, let it soak in for a day, tried again, wasnt working. In frustration, I gave the other end of the cable a hard push into the receiver, and it clicked! Seems to be working great now. Im a big guy 63 285lbs...so I try not to force things because that usually breaks stuff, but it fixed whatever the issue was in this case. Lol



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Jeep

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.

Maryk

6/8/2023

After one year the rack has gotten a work out. I towed my Jeep for 5 months through the PNW and am now on another trip to the Midwest from AZ. Its held up well.



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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!

Andre

1/4/2019

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.



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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.

Don

4/2/2019

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 !



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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!



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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.



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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.



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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



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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 trailer.com 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 etrailer.com



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Toyota RAV4

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



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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.



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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.

Jose V.

1/6/2018

The rack is still performing very well. I am vey satisfied with the purchase and the buying experience.



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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!

Cindi B.

6/25/2013

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.

Patrick B.

6/26/2013

The RAV 4, among other small SUVs and wagons, makes a great vehicle for outdoor adventures, right now it is in the top 20 among our customers. Small SUVs are great for getting outdoors because they are versatile, without being bulky or cumbersome. I always see a few of them at one of our local mountain biking hot spots. Because they have been so popular with the outdoors crowd, many manufacturers have a lot of offerings that are compatible with the RAV 4. The most common limitation is the size. Depending on the number of people and the activity/ies, small SUVs can be too small, but that is all relative. With the RAV 4, you will have 3 bike carrying options: spare tire mount, hitch mount and roof mount. With spare tire racks, on a 2012 RAV 4 for example, you will be limited to 2 bikes. If you went with a 2 inch hitch, there are carriers that will haul up to 5 bikes available. There are some swingout models that will allow full use of the lateral swing hatch door without removing the rack. Roof racks are a great option because it keeps the rear of the vehicle free for a cargo carrier and roof rack system can be configured to haul cargo, kayaks, bikes, skis and just about anything else. As you are shopping and deciding on your vehicle, you can use our Vehicle Fitguide to see what accessories are available for a given vehicle.

Steve D.

6/27/2013

Hunting Island State Park near Beaufort , SC.

Patrick B.

6/27/2013

Thanks for coming back and sharing!


by:

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

Joec

4/24/2021

still loving my bike rack



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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.



by:

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.



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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.

Doug S.

6/26/2018

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.



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2006 Honda CR-V

Relatively easy installation. Two bikes fit very well, with little motion once secured with the rubber straps and the tie down. Would like to see the tie down be a few inches longer in order to be able to capture the front tires on both bicycles; could only get the frames and the front tire closest to the car. We have used the rack a couple of times, and my wife is also able to load the bikes with relative ease.

Marshall M.

11/1/2017

We used the bike rack significantly last year and pressed the eTrailer into service on short notice to move our daughter back from school. Both had worked out great and are still in use. Thanks for asking.



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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.

Dj

3/31/2014

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?

Patrick B.

4/2/2014

Double check to make sure the lock is not in the locked position. When the lock is locked, the knob spins freely so that a thief cannot get the rack off the vehicle. When the lock core is unlocked, the knob re-engages and will free the rack.


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Toyota

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!



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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!

Thom J.

1/3/2015

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.

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Rachael H.

1/5/2015

Thank you very much for the follow up. I did check into your order notes and saw that a credit was issued on 1/19/14 to your account for the replacement handle that you referenced. We will be in touch with you soon regarding this credit.


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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!!!



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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!



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Toyota RAV4

Just what I was looking for, held two bikes with no sway or movement at all. The plug for the lock is ridiculous as others have reviewed, it broke off so I had to use needle nose pliers to remove it. This was minor the rack is well put together and easy to install.

Ray C.

7/31/2018

All good! Best bike rack I have ever owned! Pura Vida,



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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.


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  • Would a Thule Spare Me 2-Bike Carrier fit a RAV4 with 18 inch Wheels
    The Thule Spare Me 2-Bike Carrier # TH963PRO that you referenced is designed to work on tires up to 10 inches in width. The tires on your wheels should be much skinnier and should not be a problem at all. Without knowing what year vehicle you have though I cannot really confirm this, but tires are rarely wider than 10 inches so this should not be a problem. Your tire size should be listed on the side of your tire. It should look similar to this: 205/75-R15 The first number is the width...
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  • Recommended Replacement Locking Hand Knob For Thule Spare Me Bike Carrier
    I talked to my contact at Thule and they told me that if the bike carrier has been on the vehicle for an extended period, there may be some corrosion in the lock causing it to be difficult to move.
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  • Troubleshooting Removing Cover from Thule Locking Cylinder Knob
    Thanks for the photo and explanation of the issue. The plastic lock cylinder plug in the older model of the Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack # TH963PRO will likely require a you to carefully drill out the plug at this point. Use a small drill bit and gradually get larger as needed without going too deep to remove the plug. You will need to find a way to rotate the plug 90 degrees to release or completely drill it out so you can use the lock cylinder in its place. I've attached a video shat...
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  • How Does Locking Knob of Thule Spare Me Bike Rack Unlock
    The lock function of the knob of the Thule Spare Me part # TH963PRO works like you described. When the knob is locked it spins freely so that it can't actually unthread but when unlocked the knob is engaged. So you'd need to unlock the knob (which oddly locks it to the threads) so that it can remove.
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  • Will the Thule Spare Me 2 Work With an Aftermarket Spare Tire Carrier on a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
    The Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack part # TH963PRO should work with either the Smittybilt XRC Gen2 Rear Bumper or the Rampage Products Rear Recovery Bumper on your 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. We have not tested the Spare Me 2 with either of the above bumpers but they would have to have the same bolt pattern for the spare tire mount in order to allow for the same bolt pattern that your Jeep's wheels use therefore I do not believe there would be any issues. Please note that the spare tire on...
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  • Adapting the Thule 987XT to the Thule SpareMe Pro Spare Tire Bike Rack
    The pervious Thule 987XT Tram uses C Clamps to connect to the Thule Spare Me PRO, part # TH963PRO. You will want to play with the fit a little to get the single bar of the original Tram to fit into one of the cradles prior to installing it onto your vehicle.
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  • Will Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack # TH963PRO Fit 2005 Toyota RAV4
    Yes the Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack # TH963PRO is a confirmed fit for your 2005 Toyota RAV4. 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. The locks secure your bikes to the rack and the rack to your vehicle. I have included a link to the installation details for you to view.
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  • Can Frame Cradles of Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack be Adjusted
    The frame cradles of the Thule Spare Me 2 part # TH963PRO are adjustable on the arms of the rack. You can slide them in or out as needed.
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  • Thule Bike Rack Cradles are Sliding While Driving
    It sounds like the cradles have worn down enough to slide on the arms. What you can try is to spray some hair spray where you want the cradles to stay then slide them into place. The hairspray will initially act as a lubricant but once it dries it will become tacky and hold the cradles in place better. If that doesn't work and you don't want to replace the cradles, see link, you can try to fatten up the arms by wrapping some electrical tape around the bars so they are thicker.
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  • Recommended Spare Tire Mounted Bike Carrier For 2007 Toyota Land Cruiser
    The bike carrier I recommend for your Land Cruiser is the Thule Spare Me Bike Carrier # TH963PRO. This bike carrier has 2 mounting brackets and 2 standoffs for tires that have a variety of width. The nice feature with this bike carrier is that it can be repositioned for spare tires that are offset from center on the vehicle. The weight capacity for this bike carrier is 35-lbs per bike.
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  • Spare Tire Bike Rack Compatability On a 2010 Jeep Wrangler Sport
    The only way to be sure a spare tire bike rack will fit is to measure from the back side of the wheel on your spare to the farthest out part of the spare tire. Lay a straight edge or a 2x4 on both sides of the tire and measure to the closest side of the 2x4 from the back side of the wheel and you will have the measurement needed to determine if a spare tire mounted bike rack will work. According to the manufacturer, the Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Carrier, item # TH963PRO, will fit your vehicle...
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  • Troubleshooting Thule Spare Me Bike Rack Knob that Spins without Engaging
    If the knob of the Thule Spare Me part # TH963PRO will spin without tightening or loosening that means the lock mechanism is engaged and it needs to be unlock so that the knob engages the threads and will loosen. Try different key positions on the knob # 753-1908-04 to see if you can get it to engage properly.
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  • Does Thule Spare Me 2 Spare Bike Rack Fit 2012 Toyota RAV4
    Make sure that the surface you are pushing the measuring tape up against is the plate that the spare tire mounts to. It may be that you are measuring up to the rear door of the vehicle and missing the plate. Thule does list the Spare Me 2 Bike Rack # TH963PRO as a fit for your 2012 Toyota RAV4 and they are normally very thorough about test fitting vehicles so I would be shocked if this didn't fit. Especially since you said you have the stock sized spare. If you are getting 9" you should...
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  • Best Spare Tire Bike Rack Recommendation for 2017 Jeep Wrangler
    The Thule Spare Me # TH963PRO would be the best spare tire mounted bike rack for your 2017 Jeep Wrangler. This rack will securely mount to your spare. While it is a durable and stable carrier, it along with all of our other carriers, are not meant to go off-road. Thule specifically addresses this in the instructions. If you choose to go off-road, you need to take it very easy, major damage could occur. I attached an install video for this rack on a similar 2016 Wrangler as yours for...
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  • Recommended Spare Tire Mount Bike Carrier for a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab
    Our top spare tire mount bike carrier is the Thule Spare Me # TH963PRO. The arms fold down when you're not using them and it has anti-sway cradles to help prevent the bikes from swinging around when you are using it. It's also able to fit on up to 33 inch tires so the 32 incher on your 2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab won't be an issue.
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  • How Does Locking Mechanism of Thule Spare Me Lock Work
    Here's how the locking knob mechanism of the Thule Spare Me 2 part # TH963PRO works. You will need to turn the key of the knob counter clockwise till you can remove it (unlocked) and then the knob will actually engage with the bolt head and thread off of the spare like you are wanting it to. If the knob is locked basically the knob just free spins and won't come off.
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  • Will Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack Carry Triple Triangle Frame Mountain Bike
    I spoke with my contact at Thule and he confirmed that the Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack # TH963PRO will carry a GT Timberline Mountain bike with a triple triangle frame. You may have to move the bike slightly off center to fit, but the rack will accommodate the mountain bike. I have included a few videos of this bike carrier for you to check out.
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  • Recommendation for a Spare Tire Bike Rack on a 2009 Toyota Rav4
    The spare tire bike rack that I would recommend for your 2009 Toyota Rav4 is the Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Carrier - Spare Tire Mount, item # TH963PRO. This rack is designed to fit your vehicle as long as the original spare tire is in place or, if a larger spare has been added, the measurement from the back of the wheel, where it sets against the spare tire mount, is 5-1/4 inches or less. The old TH963 rack will not work on the 2009 Rav4 but the newer # TH963PRO is newly designed to work on...
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  • Thule SpareMe Knob Doesn't Tighten Down All the Way on a 2012 Toyota RAV4 Spare Tire
    The problem that you are having with the Thule spare tire mount bike rack # TH963PRO is a result of the standoff extensions. If you were not using them the bolt would be able to thread all the way in the mount that attaches to your 2012 Toyota RAV4. But if you are using one of those standoffs the bolt can only thread so far into the standoff since it isn't hollow. You likely do not have to use either standoff. But if you find that you do you can use the best combination of standoffs and...
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  • Installation of Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack on 2006 Honda CR-V
    For your 2006 Honda CR-V the P215 tire uses the short mounting bracket you referenced without extension so you have the correct fit now for your Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack - Spare Tire Mount - Folding Dual Arms # TH963PRO. I've linked the portion of the page that shows the use based on tire size.
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