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Using the Swagman Chinook # S64683 with a Spare Tire on My 2015 Jeep Wrangler

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Will the Chinook 2 bike hitch rack fit my 2015 Jeep Wrangler and clear the spare tire?

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When considering whether the Swagman Chinook Bike Rack # S64683 will clear the rear spare tire on your 2015 Jeep Wrangler, it truly depends on how close your hitch installs to the bumper. If you already have a hitch installed, the best way to confirm clearance is to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside face of the rear bumper. As long as that measurement does not exceed 6 inches long, you will have enough clearance.

More likely than not, you need a hitch extender in order to use the rack. For an extender that will provide you with the length you need, I recommend the Hitch Extender For 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver 7" # HE06. With this extender, it adds an additional 7 inches of length to the length of your setup. However, it is important to note that any time you use a hitch extender, it reduces the overall weight capacity of your hitch by 50%.

If you need a hitch for your 2015 Jeep Wrangler, I recommend the Curt Hitch - 2" # C13392. Along with the # HE06, this hitch will provide you the perfect clearance with your spare tire. When using the extender, you will have 175 pounds of maximum tongue weight capacity and 1,750 pounds of maximum gross towing weight capacity which is plenty to accommodate the Chinook and your bikes.

It is important to note that if you have fat bike tires that measure between 3-5 inches wide, you need the fat tire adapters # S64694. Also, if you have women's bikes, children's bikes, or step-thru frames, you need a bike frame adapter bar # 64005 for each of those bike styles.

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