Anyone have a Kuat bike rack, tray style, and use it with an aluminess rear bumper? Basically is there enough clearance from the reciever, etc.
I am debating on putting aluminess bumpers on my new van and just realized that I had better make sure that the Kuat racks work on that particular bumper, as I have a Kuat tray rack. I really like the Kuat and use it all the time.
Any thoughts or experiences appreciated,
The Sherpa won't fit without a hitch extender. Neither will my Yakima Holdup. I suspect all of the major players (Yak, Tule, 1UpUSA, Hollywood will also need an extender to clear the Aluminess bumper with rear tire carrier and/or box.
2005 E350 RB 6.0 PSD for extended fun
1989 Landcruiser FJ62 for local fun
2011 VW TDI Golf for hwy fun
I have a bauer rack that u can open both swing arms and rear doors without removing bikes. just tilt rack down. I also have thule rack on top of box that holds two bikes high. between both racks can carry six bikes if needed. most I need is three when I go to most races, sometimes only two.
I run a Kuat bike rack with Aluminess bumper/deluxe box. Purchased an 11" hitch extension thinking it would give me enough room to utilize the swing arms while the rack was on. Unfortunately, the design of the extension didn't push the rack out far enough (short by 2" to 3"). As a result, I have to take the pin out and slide the rack back a bit to open the swing arms (don't have to fully remove the rack). Can still open the deluxe box without a problem. Hope this helps.
Thanks for the posts, I had a suspicion that there might be some clearance issues. If the van doors will open and clear the bikes without the aluminess bumper, I'll probably skip it. I got to thinking that when I have my pop top put in at smb west, I'll bring my rack down there and try it on one of the other vans with just the bumper maybe, if they will let me. The main reasons for me to get the rear aluminess are to hold the spare and the bumper storage. I pick up the van in two weeks and pop top going in jan 22nd. Can't wait!
I have a Kuat hitch mounted rack and a standard rear bumper and hitch. I do have the aluminess spare tire holder. My rack will not work with this set up without an extension. The bike closest to the van hits the spare tire. I thought about reversing the trays but have not tried that.
I am thinking I will get the Aluminess front bumper and have them add a 2" hitch and carry them up front.
2012 E350 SMB/Quad Van
I never thought 'living in a van down by the river' would become my dream situation.