How to Choose a Hitch Mount Bike Rack for a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

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Will a 4 bike rack fit on my Jeep W unlimited Rubicon 10th. 2013 with the external spare tire?

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I really like the Softride bike racks. I own the Softride Dura Parallelogram Bike Rack, # SR26247, and it has worked great. When choosing a bike rack for your 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, there is one key measurement that will help when choosing the best bike rack for you and your Jeep.

To determine which bike racks will work with your Jeep, you will want to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole on your trailer hitch to the rearmost part of your spare tire (see photo). This is going to be the clearance that will be required for a hitch mounted bike rack.

We have installed many trailer hitches on Jeep Wranglers and found that the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back edge of the spare tire can vary quite a bit, from 5 inches to 17 inches, depending on your tire and wheel size. Measuring this distance on your Jeep will ensure we choose a compatible bike rack.

If you can send me this measurement on your Jeep, I will be happy to provide you with a few recommendations.

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