How does everyone like their Thule Insta-gater?-
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  1. #1
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    Join Date
    Aug 2005

    How does everyone like their Thule Insta-gater?

    Looking to pull the trigger and just wanted to know everyone's general impressions.

  2. #2
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    Dec 2006
    i love it, but i never had anything else to compare to.

    only two problems so far:

    1) getting the thule locks is next to worthless because a) opening the tailgate negates it and/or b) even if your tailgate locks, it would be easy to cut the straps that ratchet the insta-gator to the bed/tailgate. so security isnt that great. but then, i dont know of too many ways to secure a bike to a vehicle beyond lock and cable which is what you have to do here. which is why i almost never leave bikes in my truck. i do, however, leave the insta-gators in. but if you use your tailgate/bed often, you probably cant do this as the insta-gator doesnt allow you to freely use your tailgate without having to set it up again.

    2) i just got a 29er. the wheel fits, but barely, and to the point that the arm doesnt crank/lock down. i was searching mtbr for possible solutions which is how i came across your post.

    hope that helps.

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