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Will Yakima DoubleDown Bike Rack Clear Spare Tire on 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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I drive a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with a rear mounted spare. Does this rack have the clearance to accommodate the spare tire

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It all depends on where the pin hole of your trailer hitch is in relation to how far out your 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited spare tire sits. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the upright on the Yakima DoubleDown # Y02424 is 11-1/2". If your hitch pin hole to spare tire distance is under 11-1/2" then you can definitely use the DoubleDown. I recommend adding the LockUp Kit # Y07238 to secure both your bikes and bike rack.

If that distance does exceed 9" then the Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR is the bike rack that you need to use. This has a distance of 13-1/2" from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright and we have found accommodates the spare tire quite nicely as you can see from the attached installation video. If you'd like to add locks to the Hitching Post Pro then you need the parts # THSTL2 and # e98891 to do so.

Please note that no matter which bike rack you use, if any of your bikes don't have a horizontal top tube then you may need an adapter bar # Y02531 to help keep them level.

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