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How To Display a License Plate With a Bike Rack Attached


My Thule t2 st pro bike rack blocks my license plate I was just stopped for this and given a warning for it. What solutions are there - is there a way to display it on the rack?


Expert Reply:

I am sorry to hear about the issue you are having while using your bike rack. I do have some options for you to display your license plate with the bike rack attached but Thule does not offer any products for this purpose. The vast majority of law enforcement officers will not pull you over for such a minor infraction but there are always going to be a few that do so in that case I have two options.

The first option for you would be to mount a license plate bracket like the License Plate Relocation Kit part # 32-0055 to your bike rack. You can then remove the the license plate from your vehicle and place it on this mount each time you have the bike rack installed. If you have the Thule T2 Pro XTR 2 Bike Platform Rack like part # TH83JV then you can mount it to the rearmost crosstube, preferably on the side with the rear wheel holder. This however will require drilling into the bike rack.

The second option you have is to use a dual hitch adapter like the Curt Dual 2" Receiver Tube Adapter part # D-192. You would then want to place your bike rack on the top receiver tube and then your license plate with the Trailer Hitch License Plate Relocation Bracket part # 5443 on the bottom receiver tube. This option however will reduce the weight capacity of your trailer hitch by 50%.

Please note that the license plate light would not be shown on the license plate in either of these options so you will want to refrain from driving at night.

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Conner L

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