Thule 990XT Double Track Vehicle Rack Review

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December 20, 2014
 
Model/Year: 990XT/2008

Pros: Thule quality
Works with 2" or 1 1/4" receiver
Easy to use
Very quick to load/unload bikes
Folds when not in use

Cons: On my Wrangler with the external spare, I had to get a receiver extension tube so the rack would fold up properly. This really makes it stick out pretty far when folded down. Again, not a fault of theirs, but if you have an external spare tire, you might want to check this out first.
The bar that holds the bike comes down on the top tube. Most newer racks come down on the tires which is really preferable as this way could rub on the paint.

Recommendation: As I mentioned in the cons above, the rack wouldn't fold up as my spare tire stuck out too far. I had to purchase a 12" extension for my receiver to make it work. Fine. Not a Thule issue, but I think this should be pointed out. When you use the extension tube, it adds more play in the system, so the bikes rock back and forth a bit when going over bumps. They're not going anywhere, it's just something that will make you a bit crazy at first.
I'm not sure if any of the newer platform racks will work better with my spare tire, but I'm not shelling out $400-500 when my current rack works. I'm not worried about the bars rubbing my paint either. It's a bike...I know an expensive one, but that's not a worry. Now, if I were buying a new rack with other choices, it'd definitely be something I'd look at.

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Thule 990XT Double Track 4.00 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 1 user reviews.