|Item Weight||5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||43 x 14.5 x 6 inches|
|Item model number||BT300|
|Manufacturer Part Number||BT300|
|OEM Part Number||BT300|
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Surco BT300 Spare Tire Rack
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- Attaches to any spare tire using a heavy duty mounting plate. Transports up to 3 bikes.
- Bikes are securely gripped in a non-scratch padded channel
- Durable black powder coat finish
- Made in USA
- Bike rack attaches to any spare tire using a heavy duty mounting plate (Note: Does not fit 2006 or newer RAV4) Check Application guides for exact vehicle fitment.
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Bike rack attaches to any spare tire using a heavy duty mounting plate (Note: Does not fit 2006 or newer RAV4) Check Application guides for exact vehicle fitment . Transports up to 3 bikes with a locking top plate that secures and locks bikes to rack. Bikes are securely gripped in a non-scratch padded channel. Manufactured from a heavy duty steel construction with a durable black powder coat finish. Made in the USA.
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Put your spare tire to work
Keep your bikes safe
Top plate secures & locks bikes
- Attaches to any spare tire using a heavy duty mounting plate.
- Transports up to three bikes.
- Top plate secures and locks bikes to rack.
- Bikes are securely gripped in a non-scratch padded channel.
- Heavy duty steel construction.
- Durable black powder coat finish.
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Surco Products Inc. is one of the premier automotive accessory manufacturers in the United States. Having been involved in the industry for over 30 years, Surco has established high quality in all its products, and the trust of all of its customers. The idea began with a father and sons determination to bring new and innovative options to auto enthusiasts. Now co-founders Ludwig and Uri Surkin continue their thoughts from over 30 years ago by constantly creating and designing new products for various sections of the automotive industry.
Since 1971 Surco Products has been manufacturing completely in the United States. Due to our in-house operation we are able to carry a diversified line of automobile accessories. We control the entire manufacturing process enabling us to make sure that the quality level is always high and up to Surco’s standards.
Surco Products is a family owned business started by 2 different generations. Over the years Surco was able to add new blood and life to the company. Now the company stretches through 3 generations with the additions of the son and daughter of Uri Surkin. Keeping the “family” in family business is important to us. In addition, knowing that the family will be a part of Surco’s future for a long time makes everyone here at Surco Products Inc. excited and confident that we will be providing inventive and useful product for the automotive and other industries for years to come.
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Security is two-fold: 1) the bike rack itself can be locked down (using the padlock of your choice - we use a secure, hard-to-cut padlock) and 2) the bikes can be locked onto the rack with the supplied locking bolt. (Only 1 key is included for the locking bolt, which I thought was an error so called Surco who'll send a spare at $5 each; we opted to get a 2nd one made through a locksmith - which also cost $5.)
This rack installed with no problem and is SOLID -- the bikes don't budge once tightened down into the rubber-padded wedges between two plates. While the two bolts do take a while to fully tighten or loosen to remove the top plate - it's also possible (if only 1 or 2 bikes are on the rack) to just loosen the bolts enough to slip the bike frame to or from the inner or outer wedges, and lift the bike through and off of the bike rack.
I also like that the rack is easy to remove while keeping the rack plate bolted behind the tire AND the spare tire cover fits (without having to remove that plate bolted behind tire).
Lastly, because CRV spare tire is off-center, when loading 2 or 3 large bikes, one or two may extend past the side of the car a bit, but that hasn't been a problem (other than maybe causing some drag, but not bad). Most important is that the bikes are SOLID and SECURE. We highly recommend this bike rack.
DO NOT BUY THIS ITEM. Unless you plan on removing the rack every time it is not in use it WILL rust into a useless heap of metal and permanently fixate onto your wheel. I frequently used this item, only when I decided to remove it did I find out that the screw bonded to the spare tire rack.
Please note I live in northern Texas, we do NOT get a lot of rain and I am not near sea water. There is no excuse for this to have rusted out on me, cheap metal was used!
CAUTION: they only include 1 key, and it's an uncommon one, so you might have to hunt to find a place to duplicate it!
Mounting it is easy, and the design is clean and generally out of the way. Adding a padlock to the mounting bolt keeps it secure for leaving on the Jeep.
It does have two flaws, however. First, the top plate is designed so that it pretty much catches rain and snow like a large bowl, so you will be brushed off snow or water in bad weather, plus there is some rust concern with it holding all that moisture. Tightening the top plate is something of a chore, and only one bolt on the top plate locks.
The biggest issue is that to create 3 slots for bikes, they put the slots closer together. This means it's almost impossible to put 3 adult bikes on the rack. Since you, like me, might be buying it to carry 3 bikes at a time, this is a huge pain in the butt.
The bikes secure like a sandwich - the top piece which secures the bike frames to the rack comes with two securing bolts, one of which is lockable (key included). Which is nice if you want to stop for something to eat (or some other errand) on the way back from your ride.
The bikes felt very secure during our drive on the highway.
Couple things to point out for those who may be considering this item.
-first off, this seems like a great-cheaper alternative to the Thule or Yakima racks which run about $240
-the design appears to assume your spare tire mount has the bolts already on the vehicle.
-my spare mount has this plastic ledge/lip, which had to be removed in order to mount the Surco backing plate.
after this was done, installation became a two person job, to hold my old spare tire in place and align the backing plate and get the lug bolts in
-the stem which the backing plate comes with is very short. i was barely able to catch threading to get the locking bolt to the plate. In doing so, i think i probably stripped the bolt. What I also ended up having to do, because there was no way the rack would be secure, is to de-flate my spare tire. This allowed me to turn the locking bolt several more times to create a hopefully secure connection.
I only use this car for 5 mile short trips, so, i don't really need a spare tire, but otherwise, I would have returned this rack for the fact that having to de-flate my spare tire would create bigger issues if I had a flat far from home.