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What 4-Bike Bike Platform Bike Rack do You Recommend with a 1-1/4 Hitch on a 2018 Ford Fusion?

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Will this work on a 2018 Ford Fusion? We added a 1 1/4inch hitch and I understand we can get an adapter to make it 2. We have 4 adult bikes and are looking for a platform rack. Will this be a good option for us? Inno Tire Hold 4 Bike Platform Rack - 2inch Hitches - Tilting - INH142

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I have a solution for you. If you are looking to carry up to 4 bikes on your 1-1/4" with a 2-inch adapter like the # HT5R, you will be over the hitch's weight capacity with bikes mounted on the Inno Tire Hold # INH142. This is because any time you use a hitch adapter on your vehicle, you decrease the overall hitch capacity by 50%. For example, if you have the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Class II - 1-1/4" # C12091 installed on your 2018 Ford Fusion, you will only have 175 pounds of total weight capacity available. Factoring in the 118 pounds of the Inno Tire Hold # INH142, this only leaves you with 57 pounds for mounting your bikes.

For a solution that will provide you with more weight capacity for your bikes, I recommend the Yakima FourTimer Bike Rack for 4 Bikes - 2" Hitches - Frame Mount # Y02469. Since the FourTimer only weighs 35 pounds, you will have more capacity if you use the hitch adapter # HT5R. I definitely recommend the # HT5R because it provids you with 5 inches of rise for extra ground clearance on your Fusion as well. If you have a hitch like the # C12091 installed, you will have 140 pounds available for your bikes. This helps maximize the hitch's available capacity for your intended use.

If you happen to have fat-bike tires, I recommend the fat-tire straps # Y02470. For extra theft-deterrence of your bikes from the rack, you can't go wrong with the HandCuffs # Y02466. Also, if your adult bikes are women's bikes or bikes with step-thru frames, you need a bike frame adapter bar # 64005. This adapter bar will give your bikes the straight, horizontal plane requires to mount to the FourTimer.

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