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Recommended Hitch Mounted Bike Rack to Carry Stromer ST2 Electric Bike on 2015 Jeep Wrangler

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Hello, I have a 2015 Jeep wrangler, I am in need of a bike rack that will support the weight of an electric bike. Such as the Stromer ST2 that weighs approx 62lbs or so. I was recommended the Thule T2 pro, the Kuat NV, etc what I need to get proper assistance is determining the proper measurements to get the right bike rack for a 2 inch hitch opening. Also, if an adaptet is needed? I have about 12 1/2 inches from the opening of the hitch that comes with my vehicle, maybe 13 inches to be safe. So 13 inches of distance from the hitch to the clearance of my spare rear tire. Thanks~

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Expert Reply:

The dimension you'd be concerned with is the hitch pin hole to the rearward edge of the spare tire distance.

Given the measurement you provided, neither the T2 Pro nor the Kuat NV would provide enough clearance to get past your spare tire. I've got carriers that can handle the weight of your bikes, but nothing that offers that much clearance.

The T2 Classic, part # TH9044-TH9046 offers 19 inches of clearance between the hitch pin hole and the closest wheel tray. As long as the distance between the inside top of the hitch receiver tube and the underside of the spare tire is at least 10-3/4 inches, the rack will fit just fine. The rack has a 60 lb per bike capacity, so I'd recommend removing battery to lighten the bike a bit.

Using a hitch adapter isn't recommended because it lowers the tongue weight capacity of the hitch by half, and adding the extra piece in between the hitch and the rack will allow the rack to bounce and wobble around more than it would otherwise.

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