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    Sportsworks Hitch Rack

    Hey guys.

    I am trying to determine the best way to carry a bike on my wife's 05 Honda CRV. I like the Sportsworks Mod series, but am unsure as to whether it will hit the spare tire on the rear door. I don't want to buy a hitch only to find out that the bike rack doesn't fit. Can anyone with this type of rack measure the horizontal distance between the edge of the hitch and the front of the folded up rack for me?

    Thanks a million.

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    How about a rack that attaches to the spare tire mount? I have also seen extensions that move the rack out farther to accomodate a rear mounted spare.
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    You can get the Sportworks with an extender that "pushes" the carrier out away from the spare tire so there is enough room for the bike. I believe the web stie for Sportworks is www.sportworks.com If that does not work try a google search to find the site. Once on the site you can enter information on what kind of bike you want to carry, what kind of car you have, if it has a spare tire on it, etc.

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    yeah, just got done installing the T2 on my expedition. You need either the 260123 2" hitch extension or the 260125 1.25" hitch extension to clear the spare tire.

    The 2" model provides 9" of extension
    The 1 1/4" model provides 7 3/8" extension

    They have all kinds of other risers, extensions etc to provide fit on any car Im sure...

    later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bonnet
    yeah, just got done installing the T2 on my expedition. You need either the 260123 2" hitch extension or the 260125 1.25" hitch extension to clear the spare tire.

    The 2" model provides 9" of extension
    The 1 1/4" model provides 7 3/8" extension

    They have all kinds of other risers, extensions etc to provide fit on any car Im sure...

    later.
    jim
    What is your impression of the rack, so far?

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    Is this the two bike rack ?

    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/profile.cfm?SKU=17093&estore_ID=113

    If so, I think swagman makes all of them and you can buy it at Target for $129.00, at least at the one by me.
    I also have a CRV and I am wondering about picking this one up for both price and the way it holds the bikes.

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    PoorBehavior, your link is broken. And none of the performance racks are as substantial as the sportswork racks. With the extender, there is no problem mounting the rack on a hitch. If you have a bent or semi-bent like the Giant Revive, you'll need to get the mod series and one of the recumbent trays. Recommended for 2" hitches, but works fine with 1 1/4". Just make sure you have a good quality hitch.

    About the racks, i.e. the mod series where you can use 1 tray or 2 trays according to how many bikes you want to carry.

    -- extremely easy load and unload
    -- if I had a flatter driveway approach, I would just leave the rack on most the time. Clearance with driveways and a rack on a sports car means you enter/exit at an angle.
    -- there is a small about of movement at speed, but my guess is that is there with any rack. Basically the rack is supportedby a slightly larger than one inch square steel tube. Very solid but it's not one with the vehicle.
    -- the tension loaded arms are a snap to lift and load your bike. Once the arm is dropped the bike stays put.
    -- with 2 bikes, I like to put a bungee cord connecting them on the top so I see less bike movement in the rear view mirror.

    More questions? Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theden
    Hey guys.
    Can anyone with this type of rack measure the horizontal distance between the edge of the hitch and the front of the folded up rack for me?

    Thanks a million.
    Just call sportsworks, they have great customer service and will give you as much detailed information as you want.
    I had a tough question they had to poll an engineer to get an answer. I liked the answer, and bought the mod series.

    They're in Seattle and use PDT.
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    Oh, don't forget to get either the rack lock or a cable to loop around the rack and the hitch. It won't do any good to lock your bike on the rack, if someone can just come up and move your rack and bikes from your hitch to their hitch.
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    I had a Thule hitching post rack that I had to get rid of because I got full suspension bikes and the arms wouldn't go through the frame with all the suspesion stuff in there. I bought a T2 and it is AWESOME. Holds the bikes much more securely than the hanging style racks and is a snap to load/unload. I know there expensive, but if you use a rack alot they're worth every penny. You might need to hurry though cause Thule bought out sportworks

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    I just found out Thule bought out Sportworks. You want an adapter like this
    http://www.rei.com/product/151060.htm? This is for a 2" hitch. If you have a 1 1/4 hitch, check and see if any dealers had the old part which is very similar. Or just get a welder to create an adapter for you. You can see from the image, the part is basically 3 square tube welded together.

    I haven't heard any comments from you, so don't know if interested any more. The clearance is about the width of a full bumper, guess about 8 ".

    Good luck
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    I bought a Sportswork Mod because most of the time I only need to carry one bike, but I can get a second bike tray to carry two if I ever need it. It is very easy and quick to load or unlod the bike.

    Check out the site below for review on almost every bike rack made.

    MTBReview.com


    You can see the room I have with my rack with out any extention, just the standard folding hitch.









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    Cool photos!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiYoSilver
    Cool photos!!!!

    Thanks, I gotta say that I lov ethe rack too. Since I have just the one tray I leave the rack on the car all the time. My hatchback just clears it when it is folded up so no problems there. I use the rack 3 or 4 times a week.

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    it seems like the rack extends further than the width of your mazda mp5. i was wondering if that is an issue for the subaru outback sport. the cars are about the same size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatdotcom
    it seems like the rack extends further than the width of your mazda mp5. i was wondering if that is an issue for the subaru outback sport. the cars are about the same size.

    Ya I can see my front tire in my side view mirror, so far it has not be any kind of issue though

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    Bolo Grubb,

    I am looking to get either a "Sportsworks Mod", or a "Saris Cycle Up". I have a moderate incline to my driveway with a curb at the bottom of the slope. I am wondering if either rack will have difficulties with the slope/curb situation?

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    Sportsworks=good. Their products have impressed me.
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    Disclaimer: I'm 425lb...I put unnormal loads on my bike. This should help you in answering any of my questions.

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    I have the Mod Series as well. You will have no problem with this rack bottoming out. You will be suprised how far it is off the ground. I use my rack on a Montana minivan and a Chrysler Cirrus. I can promise that you will hit your receiver hitch on the ground before you will ever hit the rack on anything.

    I even have a hitch extender on the minivan which sticks the rack out farther than most. I had to get it because my receiver is not flush with the bumper. It is also what you use for cars with a spare tire.

    In short, you won't find a place where you can bottom out the Mod Series. It is very high off the ground, almost too high in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lion Steve
    Bolo Grubb,

    I am looking to get either a "Sportsworks Mod", or a "Saris Cycle Up". I have a moderate incline to my driveway with a curb at the bottom of the slope. I am wondering if either rack will have difficulties with the slope/curb situation?
    May depend on your vehicle. On an avenger, and double mod racks, I need to angle slightly to not scrape, but it's not severe. I only do a 1/3 or 1/2 angle. Because of the car style, hitch is very low and I use an extender so it sticks out further.
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