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Original Version of Thule Spare Me Spare Tire Mounted Bike Rack Isn't Fitting on 2007 Toyota RAV4  

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I am not sure if a missing something basic but I do not understand how the mounting plate #753-3532 - image attached fits onto/over the half mooninch part that is on the RAV4 2007 tire receiving bracket hard to explain - see photos. Is there a different plate or some other type of adapter?? I am not 100 certain but from reading your other postings I believe I have the Thul Spare Me Tire rack TH963PRO but there are no number except for what I guess is a decal p/n. See attached images. Any help you can offer would be much, much appreciated! Best regards, Jon Maxwell

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The mounting bracket you show in the photo indicates that you have the original version of the Thule Spare Me, part # TH963, which won't fit on your RAV4 because of the protruding flange on your spare tire mounting plate. The later versions of the Spare Me, TH963XT, TH963XTR and the current version, # TH963PRO provide a redesigned mounting plate that allow the rack to fit..

Thule redesigned that # 753-3532 mounting plate so it will fit your RAV4, so if you get the new mounting plate, it will allow you to use your rack on your 2007 RAV4.

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