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i don't know where to post this so figured i'd just post it here.

i'm looking for a pretty decent hitch style rack for my small truck/suv('85 mitsubishi montero) that can carry 2-3 mountain bikes. here is where i'm having trouble deciding what kind to get. my back door opens horizontally unlike most modern SUVs that open vertically. i know that some of the racks have a "tilt" feature where the rack tilts down for rear cargo access, but will this style be enough to open my back door? i have always stuffed my bikes in my hatchbacks or on top on a rack, and my truck sits too high for me to carry bikes on top. any help will be appreciated and here is a pic to show you guys what the back door looks like. i think the honda CR-V's have similar rear cargo access.



and my '77 civic just for the hell of it. :D

 

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Get a Thule (formerly Sportsworks) hitch rack. It has a great tilt feature and you can mount a bike very quickly. With your truck, bikes will draft nicely. Price: somewhere around 350 or so.
 

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Install a spare tire mount rack. It'll swing with the door.
 

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Pisgah said:
Get a Thule (formerly Sportsworks) hitch rack. It has a great tilt feature and you can mount a bike very quickly. With your truck, bikes will draft nicely. Price: somewhere around 350 or so.
any reason why to go with thule instead of yakima or other brands? do they tilt more than the others?

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Install a spare tire mount rack. It'll swing with the door.
i've thought about that and they're cheaper. this is my last resort if i can't find a hitch style that works.

pop_martian said:
Nice! I have a '79 Accord. Don't see too many of them around anymore.:thumbsup:
sweet! i've always loved the styling of the nostalgic accords. i got tons of 'thumbs up' last summer rocking the kona on top of the civic.
 

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I'm not sure the tilt racks will get out of the way for your rear door to open fully. You may want to look at the new "swingaway" racks Yakima Swingdaddy and Thule Revolver? These racks hold up to 4 bikes and can swing completely out of the way (I have the Swingdaddy and it is awesome!) Check 'em out they may be what you need.

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hey soop! take a look at the offerings from northshoreracks.com they have some rear mount verticle racks that are slick. :D
 

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You probably don't want the spare tire rack.
2-3 bikes attached to the tire mount on the back door tends to be a bad lever arm.
 

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BIGHORN LEW said:
hey soop! take a look at the offerings from northshoreracks.com they have some rear mount verticle racks that are slick. :D
thanks bighorn. i'll take a look.

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You probably don't want the spare tire rack.
2-3 bikes attached to the tire mount on the back door tends to be a bad lever arm.
true. i've heard stories about the spare tire mounts bending from the extra weight. i'll be installing a decent size spare in the back so i would hate for it to break.
 
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