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Comparing the RockyMounts SplitRail LS and Thule T2 Pro XTR 4-Bike Bike Racks

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In the 4 bike configuration, how would you compare and contrast the RockyMounts SplitRail LS and the Thule T2 Pro XTR? Driving a 4Runner, if that matters.

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Between the RockyMounts SplitRail LS Bike Rack for 4 Bikes # RKY11404-4 and the Thule T2 Pro XTR Bike Rack for 4 Bikes # TH69TX I'm going with Thule all the way.

The T2 Pro XTR has the anti-rattle integrated into the bike rack so you won't need tools to install it, there are wheels on the pivot-point part of the base so that you can wheel it to your vehicle instead of half-way kill yourself moving it around (both racks weigh over 100 lbs), and if that isn't enough to convince you then having the ability to move the handle for tilting/folding the rack at the end of the rack is a complete game-changer.

If you check out the SplitRail LS you'll see that there is an anti-rattle bolt so you'll have to use a ratchet to install that, no wheels on the bottom so you'll have to get help to carry the bike rack instead of just to install it into the hitch receiver, and then worst of all the handle to tilt/fold the rack remains on that initial 2-bike section so you HAVE to have a second person to lower the rack.

I'm attaching review videos for both racks so you can see the differences as well.

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