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Thule Spare-Me 963PRO ($475*)

*freight +$10

Using the Thule Spare-Me

The Thule 963XTR is a great bike carrier for attaching to the spare wheel on 4WD vehicles. It can carry 2 bikes which is the maximum typical for spare wheel bike carriers because of limitations in the strength of the vehicles mounting point and door hinges.

Thule spare wheel bike carrier

The Spare-Me attaches to the vehicle by a plate which is sandwiched between the spare wheel and its mounting boss. The attachment plate has multiple holes in it to accomodate a variety of vehicle spare wheel hole patterns. This plate can then live on the wagon for quick fitting of the carrier in the future. On some 4WDs with alloy wheels you may find a plug in the centre of the wheel that needs to be knocked out.

Thule Spare-me mounting plate details

Application list:

Vehicle make Model Years
Daihatsu Feroza 2dr 11/88-1998
Terios 4dr

07/97 on

Holden Frontera 2/4dr All
Jackeroo 2/4dr All
Honda CRV 06/95-01/07
Jeep Wrangler 2dr 1986 on
Kia Sportage 4dr 1996-06/2004
Landrover Discovery II 3/1991-08/2004
Freelander 4dr 02/98-07/2007
Mitsubishi Pajero SWB/LWB 1983-09/2009
Nissan Pathfinder 2/4dr up to 10/95
Patrol 4dr 06/80-11/97
Terrano 4dr

03/97 on

Suzuki Jimny 2dr 09/98 on
Sierra 01/85 on
Vitara/Grand Vitara up to 08/2005
XL7 06/01 on
Toyota Prado 07/96-10/2009

1994 on

Bikes being carried on a Thule Spare-me 963XTR

The bikes are held in cradles which can be tilted to accomodate the frames angle. They incorporate a rubber strap that has plenty of stretch and length in it to get around big tubes. Finally a tie down strap is included to stop the front wheels from flopping about.

The small print:

This product is not suitable for use on the spare wheels fitted to the rear of trailers and caravans.

This product can not be used with a spare wheel cover.

Fitting instructions

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