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If you get a flat you'll probably just ride your bike anyway; you may as well use the spare for something.

Thule's Spare Me 2 Bike Carrier fits over the spare tire that's strapped to the back of your SUV or the trunk of your Cadillac. T3 bike cradles secure your expensive bikes, so they don't pop off when you're rallying your vehicle on the way to the trailhead. Thule's wing-knob makes lowering the arms when you're not using the rack super easy, so you don't clothesline yourself trying to get groceries out of the trunk of your Deville. If you ever get a flat on your car, you can simply pop off the rack to get to your spare tire. The Spare Me works with almost any truck with a spare tire mount, but call our gearheads just to make sure before you buy.

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2 5

If your bike is worth more than $500, do not get this!

I used this as a cheap alternative. Except I learned that expensive bikes deserve expensive racks.

This rack is easy to use, but lacks the real stabilty and durability a bike rack needs. I even tried using hose clamps and bungees to keep the bike in place.

It would be better to get a rear mount rack for a sedan and using it over the spare tire type.

4 5

Works Fine

I have a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with 255/75R17 (between 32-33") tires and its works great with my spare. I bought the Yakima ski/snowboard rack for it because I didn't like the Thule version. The arms for the Thule Spare Me are too short for the Yakima rack though but I made it work. Over all it works great for my bike and snowboard needs.

1 5

CHECK TIRE SIZE FIRST...

Word of Warning...If you have a wrangler and have large tires (ie anything over the stock 30") then this carrier will not fit your spare; this may also apply to other vehicles too.Don't find out the hard way... :o((

What is the biggest tire size that this...

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What is the biggest tire size that this will fit? I run 33" tires and most tire bike racks wont fit.

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According to Thule's instruction manual you can only use your stock spare tire. So I imagine your 33" is going to be too big.

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does this work for the toyota rav 4 2008...

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does this work for the toyota rav 4 2008 model...i just wanted to be sure whether it will fit and easy to install

4 5

Thule Spare Me

I purchased the Thule Spare Me for my 2005 Rav4. Installation was fairly simple and straight forward and took just about 10-12 minutes. I did have to remove a plastic clip inside the spare rear cover for the plate to install flush, but no big deal. It held two bikes adaquately with no issues other than I need to get an adapter bar for my wifes bike for easier loading. Bikes rode great for a two hr trip down the interstate. Good alternative if you do not have a hitch like me and you don't want to put the bikes on the roof.

5 5

Easy to install, use and inexpensive!

I recently purchased a 2000 Chevy Blazer ZR2. It's an SUV with the swing out spare tire (centered behind the tailgate). The hardest part about installing this was getting it out of the box! I'm the guy that trys to assemble/install first, read instructions second. Bear in mind there are a couple extra parts for accessories. Store those in a ziplock along with receipt. So yes, anyone can install this but don't forget you'll have to lift the spare tire off. This unit fits perfect on my stock tire. If felt like I had a little room to get it on a larger tire if needed. Once installed, the folding feature makes it nearly unnoticable. I installed mine over my spare tire cover (black). I cut a small 1" "x" slit in the center. You can feel the plate stem by hand and cut there. It's a personal preference. I also did this on my '95 Jeep Wrangler. I'm trying to think of cons about this unit...offer a model that can lock, offer different colors, offer adjustable width's.
So grab your coupon, buy your rack (and they'll UPS it) and get riding!

Write your question here... I have a 92...

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Write your question here... I have a 92 Geo Tracker, will the Thule 963 fit?

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My bet it yes but the Thule website will be your best bet for the most up to date and accurate info. Google it, Good luck!

My spare tire is off-centre on my vehicle...

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My spare tire is off-centre on my vehicle (more to the passenger side). Will this rack still work without my bike sticking way out on the side?

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It will stick out quite a bit, but maybe with some clever positioning of the bike, not as much.

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This unit lets you off-set the mount (left or right) to accommodate this issue. I didn't have to use it, but it will certainly help keep your bike out of the next lane!

4 5

Great for CRV

I have a 03 CRV & this works great! Due to the odd angle of my bike, it does not actually fit but I just went to the local bike shop & got a frame adapter bar. It was really easy to install too.

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does this rack system fit on a honda crv...

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does this rack system fit on a honda crv ?

5 5

Thule Back Tire Rack--AWESOME

Perfect bike rack for cross country trips -- it allows access to the back of the car with bikes and no hassles. Versatile. However, be sure to carry the bike rack key EVERYWHERE YOU GO because if you need the spare tire while you're in the backcountry, you want to get the bike rack off without calling Thule and having them FedEx an extra key to you. Trust me!

Has anyone tried this on the FJ Cruiser?...

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Has anyone tried this on the FJ Cruiser? How does it work?I'm thinking this might be a better option than a hitch with the FJ so that the back door can still swing open with the rack attached. I'm not a big biker though, I'd only be getting this to get the ski/snowboard attachment to go with it. Is that available here? How many pairs of skis and snowboards can you fit on the attachment? Can it handle as much as the FatCat6 (6 pairs skis or 4 boards)?

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Good idea, but it needs to mount under the tire and have a little bar that sticks out the center of the tire. I know FJ cruisers have tht plastic plate over the center of the wheel. That might be easy to take off, but if not, it's in the way.

It seems from previous questions that this...

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It seems from previous questions that this rack will work fine on my 03 crv, but how do I know if the rack will fit my bike? I have a 16in frame. Do I need the conversion bars mentioned in some reviews?

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I bought this rack about 2 years ago for my liberty. At the time, I was dating a guy who had a 19'' frame bike and my 16'' frame and his both fit perfectly! We didn't have any extensions that were mentioned.

2 5

Not for short frame bikes!

The rack is extremely easy to install. Great for someone short like myself. Light and easy to lift, fold the arms up and down, etc. The problem is that the bars are so far apart and the cradles so large that I don't have a single bike that fits on the darn thing. The hard plastic destroyed the paint on my one bike just trying to jam it on there. I ride a Cannondale Optimo (50 cm) and it doesn't fit. My other cruiser Trek doesn't fit either. If the bars were just a little closer or the cradles weren't huge and hard plastic it would be an awesome rack, but if you are shorter, I'd make sure your frame is long enough before wasting the time and money.

Can I install in a 2001 Honda CRV? Must...

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Can I install in a 2001 Honda CRV? Must be the frame of the bike of a certain type?

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We have this rack on a 04 CRV and it works fine. It's pretty universal, the exception being that if you have a downhill/freeride bike with odd geometry and a massive frame, it probably won't fit. You might have some trouble with kids' bikes as well. XC and road bikes will be fine though.

Is this in US$ or AU$?HOW QUICK CAN YOU...

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Is this in US$ or AU$?HOW QUICK CAN YOU DELIVER TO MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA?

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i have a Pajero - mitsubishi. will it fit...

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i have a Pajero - mitsubishi. will it fit it and do you have any 4 bike ones?

I have 32's on my wrangler, will this...

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I have 32's on my wrangler, will this work?

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I just tried to put a Thule Spare Me on the back of my 98 Wrangler with a 33 x 12.5 spare on back and I was 2 to 3" shy. If you have a smaller tire, you might want to try deflating it somewhat and it might work. Otherwise, I think we have to get an (expensive) trailer hitch installed and probably customized also..like having installer attach so that the end protrudes out from the bumper by about 2 to 3" so that we can use one of the Thule 2" mount carriers.....I don't know what else to do. It is a pain.

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