Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Carrier for Spare Tire Mounts Review – etrailer.com

Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Carrier for Spare Tire Mounts Review – etrailer.com


Today we are going to take a look at the Thule
Spare Me 2 bike carrier, part number TH963XTR. The Spare Me is designed to mount on a spare
tire mount on the back of an SUV. To install the rack, first remove the spare
tire. Next we will put our mounting plate over the
studs on our spare tire mount. Note that the cutout can either be in the
6 o’clock or the 12 o’clock position. We have a good fit where we are at so we are
going to put our spare tire back on top of the mount. With our spare tire securely mounted over
our bike rack mount, we are ready to install the bike rack. 0:52
Fit the bike rack over the post and push it back. Line up your rubber bumpers so that they make
contact with the tire. This will help support the rack and keep it
from flopping around against the tire. The mount for our rack can be installed in
three places: on the far right, on the center or on the far left. Since we have an offset spare that sits to
the right side of the vehicle, we went to the far right on our rack. This will help shift some of the bike towards
the center of the vehicle and help keep a better balance. To secure the rack, feed the hand knob through. Be careful to make sure that you do not get
the threads crossed. Once you have gotten the threads started properly,
tighten the hand knob down. This is one of the locations where you can
install the Thule one key lock. Simply pop this knockout out and install the
lock core. Using the lock core will turn this hand knob
into a free spinning knob so the rack cannot be removed from the vehicle. 1:41

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  1. It'd be nice if you showed whether or not the bike sticks out past the side of the vehicle or not. It looks like it does, but it's hard to tell.

  2. How large a tire will this rack work with? I had an older version which did not work with the 35" tires I had on my Jeep.

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