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: Bike hitch rack and tail gate clearance

05-12-2006, 10:36 AM
Hello - I searched but couldn't find any info on this:

Looking into a hitch bike rack - I like the type the secure the bikes by the wheels as opposed to hanging off the rack from the frames - e.g, Yakima Hookup, Sportworks Thule T2...

Question: Does anyone have one of these types of racks and if so when using it are you able to lower the rear tailgate? (with the bikes off of course and the stabilizer arms folded down).

05-12-2006, 12:03 PM
I doubt that you can get one in that style (secured by the wheels) that will give you enough clearance for the tailgate. It would have to be a couple feet away probably. I recently got a hitch bike rack that hold the bikes by their frames and has a flexible elbow that should work pretty well.

EDIT: Sorry, didn't read the part about the bikes being off and the stabalizers down. You should be able to find something, but I don't know of any specific examples

05-12-2006, 12:48 PM
I see you made you way over here from the MTBR board. I think there is a thread here regarding the T2 and the Element tailgate. If I find it I will post it up.


05-12-2006, 12:49 PM
Theres the post, though it is talking about a T1. I have a new Thule T2 at home so I can check for sure for you tonight.


05-12-2006, 02:24 PM
Yeah I asked the same question over at mtbr (it's a small virtual world) :-D
Thanks for checking it out.

05-12-2006, 05:31 PM
I had the T2 on my element and the tailgate just clear the rack.

05-12-2006, 07:04 PM
Well it clears, though for it to clear you have to pull the little latch back out of the way as you can see in the first pic. Even though you move the latch the rack doesnt move at all since it is resting on the pin that you remove to tilt the rack down. Other wise nothing else on the rack even comes close to the tailgate. I guess if you dropped the tailgate a lot you could bend that latch a little bit which will give the clearance you need and still leave it functional.



I hope that helps!!


05-12-2006, 07:08 PM
Oh and by the way that is on a 2006 Element with a Valley Hitch/2 inch receiver and a Thule T2 rack that I bought roughly a month ago.


05-12-2006, 08:57 PM
I did a search for "BIKE RACK" and got these:

Bike Rack 1 (

Bike Rack 2 (

Bkie Rack 3 (

Then I remembered the name DraftMaster......but the pictures are gone from this thread:

DraftMaster (

So I hit Google for you.....

Draftmaster (

I think this about covers them...there are some other threads but they are just duplicate threads........I hope these help.


05-12-2006, 10:50 PM
Thanks a lot. And 1fastvx thanks for taking those photos - very helpful.

05-13-2006, 03:45 PM
The rack does have a tilt feature that lets the whole thing tilt down so the back window will open. It can be tilted even with bikes on the rack. On the Suburban I can open the back window, but not the tailgate, with bikes on the rack. I really like the rack BTW. Loading a bike takes about 10 seconds and the rack doesn't contact the bike frame anywhere. It holds them in there rock steady too.

05-21-2006, 06:26 PM
Here are photos of our tandem and Draftmaster on the Element. There are no clearance issues with the hatch or tailgate.