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    Fat Rack?

    Have any of you guys found a good reciver hitch rack that will acomidate 3.7" plus tires?

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    As a "van guy" I've not given such things much thought,
    It appears that hitch mount racks are either the ones your tires SIT in and the ones your top tube HANGS from.
    I'm willing to bet the rack industry hasn't seen the need to accomidate FAT tires in the first type and the second type could accomidate ANY tire size

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    I can't stand the hanging type racks!! Too many reasons to type right now!!

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    This thread might help, though it's focused on roof racks. What interested me were the modifications tscheezy made. Something similar will be needed regardless of what rack solution you choose.

    Roof Rack Adapter

    With a Fatback on order, I'm soon to be in a similar situation. I have an older model Sportsworks hitch rack used for my recumbent. It's heavy and robust, but will need the tray wheel holders modified to accept wider tires. I've got perhaps a month or so to get that done.
    From the looks of things, Sportsworks is now focused on the transit industry has gotten out of the making consumer racks, so no more options there.

    1up has a couple rack products you might check out, though they would also require modification.

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    I contacted 1upusa last week after not seeing anything about their 4.5a rack that had been on a few blogs this summer. Turns out they will be selling a $25 spacer kit that should be available next week that will allow their racks to be used with fatbikes. They included a photo of a Pugsley with Large Marge's with Larry's on it and it appears that there is still plenty of clearance remaining with the spacers.

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    We got wto Mukluks on my Thule T-2, (one with BFL's), by using two long Velcro straps for the rear wheels and just using the standard front wheel trays as is.

    Traveled 20 miles or so over rough county roads with no issues. I went about 600 miles with my Muk and my wife's bike over the course of the weekend with this rack as well.
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    Thanks GT, that is just what I wanted to know!!

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    I have a 1up USA hitch rack and am hoping to purchase a Mukluk 2 soon. After seeing some of the photos of racks with apparent factory modifications I emailed 1up USA asking if they have spacers available to adapt my rack to fit a fat bike. This is the response I received:

    The spacers are being made now, I will email you when they are available with in the next week or so.

    I was subsequently told that the cost will be $25 shipped, and this email conversation took place at the end of last week, so I imagine that the kits will be available Real Soon Now(tm).

    This price sounds a little high to me, but after considering the difficulties in sourcing appropriate size spacers and stainless fastening hardware I think it's worth it. I suspect that after finding the right pieces it'd cost around $15 in parts to space the rack out, and $10 isn't much of a premium to not have to pick and order the parts. Maybe if I was needing/wanting to space out a bunch of racks, but I'm only planning on having one fatbike-modified rack.

    (Yes, I know I could go with simple longer bolts and stacks of washers, but I'd prefer the likely nicer fit and finish of an OEM kit.)

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    I had 3 Fatbacks on an earlier version of this and it has a built beer opener.

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    more porn


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    Quote Originally Posted by Valhalla View Post
    I had 3 Fatbacks on an earlier version of this and it has a built beer opener.
    Modifying my older Sportswork looks to be a PIA so I checked out options available at a local REI earlier today. The 2-bike version of the Doubledown is a viable choice. It's fairly compact, don't have to sweat modifying wheel trays and the price isn't hateful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apbtlvr View Post
    Modifying my older Sportswork looks to be a PIA so I checked out options available at a local REI earlier today. The 2-bike version of the Doubledown is a viable choice. It's fairly compact, don't have to sweat modifying wheel trays and the price isn't hateful.
    The only PIA is when you have a frame bag in place. You either have to remove it or release all of the top velcro to slide the bike on the rack. I have the 4 version but it really can only hold 3 mtbs.

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    I use a Kuat NV with a the Kuat strap extender! Works like a champ!

    Rack: Kuat Racks

    Strap Extender: NV/Sherpa rear tire strap extender

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    1upusa Adapter

    You can make some yourself, or get their upgrade kit:

    "Keep your burgers lean and your tires fat." -h.d. | bikecentric | ssoft

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    [QUOTE=Drevil;8492318]You can make some yourself, or get their upgrade kit:

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    I love this rack, it just looks so clean!

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    I just ordered the spacer kit yesterday. Price went up from the $25 I was told about last week to $29, but I still think it's cheaper than all the parts plus time spent sourcing them myself.

    I'll likely do a writeup on this once I receive it as I'm really curious how the rack works for a normal-wheeled bike after being installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skywalker22 View Post
    I love this rack, it just looks so clean!
    Although that one is not mine, I've had mine for the last two years and love it. A handful of friends have purchased theirs after checking mine out. I'm glad it'll be easy to get this kit, or easily retro my own with items from the hardware store.

    The rack is expensive, but you get what you pay for.
    "Keep your burgers lean and your tires fat." -h.d. | bikecentric | ssoft

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    Here's mine which just arrived today. Took 30 seconds to install. I will post pics of the fatbike spacer kit later tonight but first I must ride!
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    Ha. I just heard a story about Pebble Mine on NPR on the way home from work today.

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    Glad to hear it is getting more national attention. I will to listen for it. It is a pretty hot topic with huge ramifications.

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    Definitely interested in that 1upUSA rack. Hadn't seen it 'til now.

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    Nothing fancy but it works. I have since drilled 2 holes on the sides toward the bottom to accept the bungee. 18" of 4 " channel and 2 bolts and an 18" bungee.

    I also did a shorter one with 3" channel for semi fat tires that were not fitting into the tray well either.

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    1UpUSA Fat Bike spacers are good

    I got my spacer kit yesterday, and got around to installing it this evening. The installation was pretty easy: just remove 8 bolts/screws and replace them with the ones from the kit and the corresponding spacers. You'll need a 4mm hex wrench and a couple of 1/2" wrenches to install the kit.

    It looks like normal sized tires and even cross/road tires will continue to work with the spacers installed, although it would definitely be a good idea to use some sort of strap to strap down the tires to the wheel spools and maybe to the trays (for cross/road bikes.)

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    The spacer kit as packaged (but nicely arranged on my desk):


    Spacers installed on driver side of rack:


    A close up view of the spacers for the locking track:


    A close up of the wheel spools with and without spacers:


    Both arms spaced:


    The old parts:


    My normal mountain bike in the rack (tires are 26" Mountain King 2.2"):


    My Cross Check in the rack (tires are 700x32):


    And last, but not least, my Pugsley in the rack:

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    Ya I really like the 1up rack , it says on their web site the kit will take tires up to
    4.5'' wide , a few extra washers and the 4.7 tires should work and by the looks of it
    this kit should work for the roof tray rack also, sometime next summer I see myself
    in the market for a fat bike properly the moonlander it would be nice to have a rack
    that works for the fat bike and my 29er.

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