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    "Low profile" hitch rack?

    Hey gang,

    I'm currently using a Thule 1.25 hitch rack on my Miata. However, the rack extends away from the rear bumper farther than needed, which causes the rack to catch on many driveways.

    Are any of the various brands and styles of racks known to be "lower profile" than the Thule? IE, they extend a shorter distance rearward near their base?

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    You probalby need...

    Quote Originally Posted by Crack Monkey
    Hey gang,

    I'm currently using a Thule 1.25 hitch rack on my Miata. However, the rack extends away from the rear bumper farther than needed, which causes the rack to catch on many driveways.

    Are any of the various brands and styles of racks known to be "lower profile" than the Thule? IE, they extend a shorter distance rearward near their base?
    ... to go up rather than tighter to the bumper. I would suggest looking at one of those little adapter things to raise the hitch like they use on lifted trucks, but upside down.

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    yakima...

    hitch racks curve up instead of coming out and up at 90degrees like the Thule.This gives more clearance. Be careful if you use adapters as they void the warranty and may damage the car or hitch if it's only class 1

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    you can try modifying yours to it sits closer. i konw when folded up mine sits only .5 from my bumper. when left down, its a bit far, but i live with it.
    Shane

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    I "jacked up" my Thule T2 rack about 6 inches. I had a guy cut the main tube that fits into my hitch, and weld a vertical bar on to raise it up high enough to avoid the problem you describe. I also had him weld a couple of loops onto the frame so I can lock the rack to my hitch, since the Thule T2 has nothing to run a cable through to secure it to your vehicle, or to lock the bikes up to. It only cost me $45.
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