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    Turning a 2 place hitch rack into a 4 place?

    I have a 2 place Thule hitch rack, Ridgeline or Parkway, I cant recall. The two horizontal support arms are round and capped.
    Has anybody successfully inserted a solid rod then sleeved it to accomodate more bikes? Seems like Thule should have sold a kit for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishEH View Post
    I have a 2 place Thule hitch rack, Ridgeline or Parkway, I cant recall. The two horizontal support arms are round and capped.
    Has anybody successfully inserted a solid rod then sleeved it to accomodate more bikes? Seems like Thule should have sold a kit for this.
    I think the reason Thule hasn't sold a kit for it is because it's not a good idea. The hardware and rest of the rack is sized for 2 bikes, throwing another pair on an even longer lever arm is just asking to spill your bikes across the highway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum View Post
    I think the reason Thule hasn't sold a kit for it is because it's not a good idea. The hardware and rest of the rack is sized for 2 bikes, throwing another pair on an even longer lever arm is just asking to spill your bikes across the highway.
    Really? I bought a 4 place Thule and everything looked identical except the arms were longer. I sent it back because the cradles looked like garbage. The only way to achieve carrying more bikes is to extend the arms. I've seen kits to extend the stand up hitch mounts. Just wondering if anybody had done it for a cradle style?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishEH View Post
    Really? I bought a 4 place Thule and everything looked identical except the arms were longer. I sent it back because the cradles looked like garbage. The only way to achieve carrying more bikes is to extend the arms. I've seen kits to extend the stand up hitch mounts. Just wondering if anybody had done it for a cradle style?
    Well, they might be the same base pieces; I'm not that familiar with Thule I guess. If they truly are the same then you might be able to find a parts list for the 4 bike and just order the replacement part that is the arm assembly. But if the cradles are crap then I would just cut your losses and get a different rack.

    Not all tray hitch racks are extendable, the ones that are are designed from the receiver back to be able to carry 4 bikes from the start whether they are sold as 2 bike racks or as an extended 4 bike rack. I think your issue has to be verifying that the rack you have was designed from the start to be a 4 bike rack or not and what pieces make it designed that way.
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    Follow up:
    I said screw it and went for it anyways.
    Got some smaller tube for $7 and slid it into the stock tube.


    Got some larger tube with 1"OD for $10 and sleeved the smaller tube.


    Painted it black and added screws to keep tubes from sliding and out the end caps on.


    Got a Saris 1"ID mount for free and tossed on a third bike.


    Drove 550 miles round trip to bike, raft, camp, and offroad with no problems at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishEH View Post
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    I said screw it and went for it anyways.
    Well played. Like your Rover.
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    Thanks. I pulled down on the extensions to try it out before loading a bike and they were solid. Still, I put the junkiest bike out there even though its probably 10lbs heavier than mine. Now I wouldn't hesitate to put my bike on the extensions.

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