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Will Thule Helium Aero Bike Carrier Clear Rear Bumper on a 2012 Honda Odyssey

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I have purchased a hidden hitch part #87479 for my 2012 Honda Odyssey as well as a Thule Helium Aero 9043. I have not installed the hitch yet because I am concerned that the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the end of the Honda bumber - 6inch - will not allow enough room for the locking knob of the Thule Helium Aero 9043 to be easily accessed. The knob will either not clear the end of the bumper nor will there be enough room between the hitch and the underbody of the Honda for access to the knob if it does not clear the bumper. Can you confirm whether the locking knob of the Thule 9043 will extend far enough from the 2012 Honda Odyssey rear bumper to be accessible? If the locking knob will not be accessible, is there a bike carrier compatible with the Hidden Hitch 87479 that is similar to the Thule 9043 that you can recommend? Thanks.

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The Thule Helium Aero bike carrier # TH9043PRO now has that knob sticking straight out from the side of the shank and not up at an angle so it would not be an issue at all on your 2012 Honda Odyssey. Also, even if you had an older version of the bike carrier it would still work.

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