How Do You Put A Bike Rack On An SUV?

How Do You Put A Bike Rack On An SUV?

October 19, 2020 Off By Stephanie M. Serrano

It’s a good time to take a trip outdoors and wander around the great atmosphere of fall. Riding around the house is good, but you might want to go further for some more adventure and exercise. That’s when you need to consider buying and setting a bike rack for your SUV.

Hanging a bike on a big, huge SUV might be a little hard for first time do-ers, but it doesn’t mean you can’t do it yourself. With a few instructions, you won’t have to worry about the setup and be ready for the trips.

This will be a guide for any of newbie would like to install a bike rack on their SUV (or car in general)

Pick Your Right Types Of Bike Rack That Suits The SUV

Pick Your Right Types Of Bike Rack That Suits The SUV

Pick Your Right Types Of Bike Rack That Suits The SUV

SUV is a big type of car, so you might consider the convenience of the size and clearance of your garage beforehand any of the purchases. Each of the bike rack types such as trunk mount rack, hitch mount rack, or roof mount rack. The following guide will show you a different way to set up these monsters.

Set up a trunk mount track 

Pick a fit trunk bike rack

The trunk bike rack is good for the rider who prefers to drive in a different environment such as in the forest with trees going down or low clearance at home. But before you make the purchase, checked: whether you had checked your SUV camera visibility when backing.

Cover and tie the strings on the track over the trunk

Cover and tie the strings on the track over the trunk

Cover and tie the strings on the track over the trunk

You can find the strap of the trunk mount rack easily in most of the models nowadays. Next, unlock the trunk and hook the string to the coordinating places. You need to fold the lip toward the fringe. Be assured that the rack is centered. You could check it when the rack is stable even if you’re sliding over the pads. Some models deliver more security when the strap is hooked both outsides and inside of the SUV.

Pick up and raise the frame to make sure it’s fit in the hooks and a right 15 to 45 degrees angle.

Trunk bike racks include 2 bars that used to hold the bikes. They have attached the trunk but reach outside. In order to set the bike in, you have to hold the bike up, and slightly push the top tube toward the hooks. After seeing the tube is in place of the hooks, push your bike down to make sure it is at the nearest position toward your trunk. That way, you’re adding the security to the frame bike rack when riding.

Note:

  • Most models of hitch bike trunks are for 2 bikes to ensure they don’t scratch your car, so if you have more than 2 bikes, you might want to consider a hitch bike rack.
  • The handlebars of the bike are connected horizontally with the top tube, so be careful when you’re pushing the top tube in.

Set up a hitch mount track

Set up a hitch mount track

Set up a hitch mount track

Hitch bike rack is a good choice for a bigger family trip with more spaces, and it also includes the anchors to hold your bikes.

Read the specific instruction manual from the manufactory.

You may know how it works, but there would be some useful notes for a different type of hitch bike racks.

Install the hitch underneath the SUV

Install the hitch underneath the SUV

Install the hitch underneath the SUV

Basically, you are going to slide a car’s pole into the hitch and then screw the bolt. So that they are tied up together. People would recommend using the socket wrench, so it’s easier and tighter when setting up.

Fold the hitch mount and set the bike in the holder/cradles

Like when you are finishing the route, you fold the rack and take the bike out, now if you want to put the bikes on, you will have to fold the rack down. Be sure you open the whole hitch up.

Note:

  • Some car models don’t have a hitch on the ground of the car, so you have to add it on for an easy installation.
  • Be sure you know the car’s ability to hold the entire rack and bikes. You don’t want to get a break-on-the-road situation.
  • Don’t forget to check and set up the security strings to the tires, that’s pretty similar to the mount trunk rack.

Set up a roof mount track

Set up a roof mount track

Set up a roof mount track

Along with 2 other types of tracks, after checking the capacity of the car, you will have another option of buying a roof mount track if your SUV has already had a holding bar on the top.

Check the length between the crossbars to the rack

This step will help you know if the rack is fitted to the crossbar and your bikes or not. You might want to also check the manufacturing information to make sure the sizes are suitable to install on your vehicles.

You also want to prepare yourself a ladder for the mounting session, so you can get more control of the roof racks clip.

Pin the rack to the crossbars

Pin the rack to the crossbars

You would need to see how the rack looks like before mounting it. Make sure the front of the racks is placed opposite the windshield. In case you have the rack placed in the unlocked space, line the track up and leave it on the top of the crossbars. In case you can’t determine which side is back and which one is the front, you can check by the poles that are placed at the end of the racks. If the side is the front side, you could find the poles are attached.

Mount the racks

After setting up all the rack and front wheel into a place, all you have to do is pull the interior bar to the opposite side of the front wheel to keep the bike hold up. You can screw the locking mechanism or adjust the buckles to seal the bars.

Note:

  • The roof bike racks are usually designed to hold 1 to 2 bikes. But if you want to customize the number, you can still add on.
  • When mounting the bike, be careful and hold your bike tidy, so that it’s not moving out of the rack.

Conclusion

Check the length between the crossbars to the rack

Check the length between the crossbars to the rack

These following should be a good description of how to install a bike rack on an SUV. Though these are helpful, you would need to carefully check the manufacturing manual guideline. Different types of bike rack could have a different specific note to be followed.

Hope this guide can make your life easier!