Great rack with one flaw
Review by bryan Posted on February 3, 2019This rack is perfect for what it does. I have it mounted to a Toyota Tacoma with a swing out tire carrier. It works perfectly at first but after driv8ng a bit it gets wobbly. I’ve come to find that the bolt that holds on the stem comes loose. Yakima should either provide a locking washer or make t...read morehe bolt long enough to go through and give a lock nut.
Perfect for a Wrangler
Review by Mark Posted on April 5, 2018My experience with Yakima dates back to 1986 when I bought my first rack for my MTB. Time often has a way of destroying a brand's reputation, but not with my latest Yakima purchase - the Spareride rack.
The rack is well made of quality materials and was very easy to install on the re...read morear tire carrier. The most work came from pulling the tire off and re-installing it. The rack assembled easily and no grinding, fitting, or hammers were needed to "nudge" it into place.
The only thing that did not fit was the short end of the supplied 8mm hex wrench - it was oversized and not completely hexagonal. The long end did fit, but it didn't provide enough torque to tighten the screw down onto the mounting plate. I used my own 8mm wrench to finish off that step of assembly. Yakima - please check with your wrench supplier and have them improve their QC.
It took roughly 45 minutes to read and re-read the instructions, ensure all parts were there, get my 8mm hex wrench/torque wrench and socket, and then assemble it.
All in all, a great product, a simple install, and I remain a loyal Yakima customer [since the 1980s].
Excellent Bike Rack!
Review by James Posted on July 17, 2017Purchased the bike rack to put on a Jeep Wrangler. The fit is exceptional and the design is really nice. Priced a little higher than others but well worth the cost! Nice job. Love the way it locks in place. Also, has a great look on Jeeps. Very nice job done!
Almost a nice design
Review by Al Posted on July 10, 2017I like the general design and quality of this rack, however I have a few problems...one, I struggle to get two mountain bikes on this rack, the mounts are too close together with no adjustment capability. It would not hurt the design for the arms to be longer, in fact you could make it accommodate 3...read more bikes with little change to the design. The other problem is the tie downs, sometimes they are difficult to use because of tight quarters and they are loose rather than attached to the rack which in some ways is a good thing, but not a convenience.
Review by GANJ Posted on June 22, 2017VERY EASY TO MOUNT HIDES WELL ON BACK OF MY JEEP. THE COLORS MATCH WELL WITH MY GREY JEEP. TAILGATE DOOR OPEN EASY WITH A BIKE ON IT.
Awesome and easy to install but Plate doesn't fit our Jeep
Review by Ericka Walkowiak Posted on June 6, 2017The rack is awesome, you can install it very easy but the plate behind the spare tire Did not fit our 2010 Jeep Wrangler , we thought it would work because the picture of the box has a jeep, fortunately my husband is a fabricator and we could built one plate that fits and it works awesome.
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Review by Mike Posted on May 26, 2017Very impressed with the quality of the Spareride rack. Installation on JKU took only 15 minutes from removing the spare to loading up the bike. My JKU has stock LT255/75R17C BSW Off-Road Tires and the middle tongue works perfectly fine. I am a bit disappointed that the rack does not actually come wi...read moreth a front tire strap as shown in the product video, but using an old backpack strap works just as well. The rack handles road vibration and bumps very nicely and at the end of the ride, the bottle openers do come in handy.
Review by Ben Posted on April 15, 2017ZipStrips need to be a little longer. Mounting is not very flexible for kids and women's bikes.
Great rack, resourcefullness will get it on a 37x12.5 spare!
Review by Smilenrick Posted on August 3, 2016I am stoked on this rack. Quality initially received a 4 star for a small issue but Tom in customer service had all the right answers and his quality attitude and sense of urgency boosted the quality score to 5 star when I encountered the small issue with the cush pad.
As for fit on common j...read moreeep tire size these days, I let the air out of my spare and was able to securely mount the rack and drive 300 miles with no safety issue or movement of the rack. I spoke to customer service I believe Albert? shoot, don't get old, and he advised Team Yak is fast resolving the issue with a longer tongue piece. To all, hang in there, Yakima has a fantastic team, great product and most importantly, customer service as a top priority!
Thank you Yakima!!
Nice rack but need longer tongue (as stated by others)
Review by Tj Posted on July 30, 2016After using this exact rack on my friends jeep and really liking it I opted to buy one for my jeep. Only problem is with my 12.5 x 35 inch tires the rack will not fit my jeep. I find this hard to believe with all the other jeeps I see having the same rack. My guess is somewhere I will be able to fi...read morend an adapter with a slightly longer tongue. Quick look on the Yakima web page does not show one and of course it is a weekend and no one is available to talk to.
Otherwise the rack is great just hope I can find a longer adapter.
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