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Best Hitch and Bike Rack For Bumper Clearance On 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

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Im concerned about the fit of my Thule T2 Pro XT 2 - 2inch bike rake on a hitch as it seems the hitches fit lower and deeper under the rear bumber than on my previous Mercedes GLK350. Do I need to worry ?? Hate to mount hte hitch and then find out it isnt a good fit / application !! Thanks.

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The Draw-Tite Hitch part # 76082 for the 2016 - 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class GLC300 is the best option for the 2019 Mercedes GLC300 because it does provide 2 more inches of ground clearance compared to the other options and 1-1/2 more inches of bumper clearance compared to the other options. I cannot compare the Draw-Tite hitch to your previous hitch on the Mercedes GLK350 because I would need to know the year of the vehicle and brand of the hitch.

However, I can tell you the Thule T2 Pro XTR 2 Bike Platform Rack part # TH83JV will not fit with the Draw-Tite hitch because the bike rack measures 7" from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the rack. The Draw-Tite measures 7-1/2" from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper. So your current Thule rack will not clear the bumper.

You could switch to a bike rack with a longer shank like The Yakima HoldUp part # Y02443-2. This rack has 12" of clearance when in use but only 7 inches when folded up so you would have no problem with bumper clearance while using the rack, but you would not be able to use the rack is folded up. If you go with the HoldUp, I recommend to add the Yakima Same Key System (SKS) Cable, 9' Long part # Y07233 to lock the bikes to the rack. The lock cylinder is sold separately as part # Y07202.

Your best option is to go with the Saris Freedom Bike Rack for 4 Bikes - 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting # SA4414B. This rack has 13-1/2" of clearance when in use and 10 inches when folded. This way you could get full use of your rack. For this rack, you would want to add the Hitch Tite Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock for Saris Bike Racks # SA3022 to secure the rack to the vehicle and the Saris Cable Lock - 8' Long # SA981 to secure the bikes to the rack.

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