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Troubleshooting Thule Spare Me Bike Rack that Won't Fit RAV4 Due to Spare Tire Flange


My 2012 RAV4 has a metal half-moon flange that helps support and hold up the spare tire. My current mount adapter for the Spare Me 2 does not fit over this. It looks like I will either need to cut off the flange, or install the mount through the back of the spare tire. Is there a mount that will be compatible with this spare tire setup?


Expert Reply:

Sounds like 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 2012 RAV4.

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