Detail Review of jeep cherokee bikes carrier (Thule 963PRO Spare Me Bike Carrier )Downloads:
Added : 3rd August 2013
Cat: Tips $ Tricks
Tags : bikes carrier, cages hold bikes, jeep cherokee bikes carrier
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Description About Review of jeep cherokee bikes carrier (Thule 963PRO Spare Me Bike Carrier )
• Stay-Put Cradles with anti-sway cages hold bikes in place for frame protection and stability
• Attaches to spare tire and fits both regular and oversized tires
• Integrated locking cable and locking knob secure bikes to carrier and carrier to vehicle
• Arms fold down when not in use
Thule always tries to think of everything and they provided all the options I needed for this to be a simple and effecient installation.
I have a jeep cherokee, it has a 31″ spare tire on an after market tire swing that is offset to my passenger side. Using a hitch bike rack would prevent me from accessing the rear of my jeep so I researched this carrier.
Thule knows that people have different tire sizes so they have options for us. Short, Med, Long. They provide 2 different sized brackets with additional thread extenders if needed for the main support bolt.
They also took into consideration vehicles, like mine, that have offset tires. I was able center this carrier on my vehicle by simply installing the unit with an option explained in the instructions. Otherwise one of my bike tires would be over extending passed the width of my truck.
THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE AWESOME. Take the time to read them especially if you have an oversized tire. There is a whole bunch of stuff in the box when you open it, so read the instructions and it will tell you what each parts purpose is.
There are 2 locks INCLUDED in this kit, it not only locks the carrier to your tire but at the same time it is locking your tire to your vehicle. Extra security??? why not. There is also a lock that will lock your bikes to the carrier, really sleek design on this carrier, having that built in bike lock is really nice. I’ll still be using my old lock because i like to thread it through my wheels too.
The carrier does not move, I loaded 2 bikes onto it and strapped them down the way the book explains. I went with the extra support from 2 brackets that snap onto the carrier brackets. No sway, the bikes don’t hit eachother, it’s really nice.
When i take the bikes off, the carrier fold up and sits flat, you tighten it up and it doesn’t rattle. And my jeep is all over the road, i feel all the bumps and don’t miss any chance at driving off-road.
Only thing that I will suggest for small framed bikes, or women/kids bikes is a Frame adapter. My hardtail bike has a thick upper tube and it won’t fit accross the bars properly so i use a frame adapter. It’s a bar that goes from your bike seat post to your front post, giving you a horizontal bar to lay over the bike carrier. The price on amazon : $179.95
Thule doesn’t dissapoint, once again they impressed me. Quality product, built to last.