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Using Thule Bike Carrier

2020Anne

New Member
Sep 29, 2020
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Chilliwack
I have installed a Thule Bike Rack on my Model Y. It seems that the rack interferes with some of the sensors at the back and the car alarm and STOP warnings are on anytime the car is in reverse. See that there is a trailer mode, is there a setting that can be used when using a bike carrier?
 

3rdcoast

Member
Mar 8, 2016
12
12
Houston, TX
Use Trailer Mode for this. It will turn off the chimes and warnings from the rear sensors. I haven’t tried it yet in my Y, but it worked great in my X with my hitch-mounted bike rack.
 

SpiderMonkey

Member
Jan 20, 2021
9
6
Usa
I have installed a Thule Bike Rack on my Model Y. It seems that the rack interferes with some of the sensors at the back and the car alarm and STOP warnings are on anytime the car is in reverse. See that there is a trailer mode, is there a setting that can be used when using a bike carrier?
Which Thule rack did you get, and how’s it working?

I tried the Thule Apex XT Swing. It fit fine, but the swingarm hand bolt was misaligned and it made closing and securing the swing arm impossible without stripping the bolt.

I returned it and am looking for a Yakima fullswing, but they seem to be sold out.
 

2020Anne

New Member
Sep 29, 2020
4
0
Chilliwack
Which Thule rack did you get, and how’s it working?

I tried the Thule Apex XT Swing. It fit fine, but the swingarm hand bolt was misaligned and it made closing and securing the swing arm impossible without stripping the bolt.

I returned it and am looking for a Yakima fullswing, but they seem to be sold out.
I bought the T2 ProXT model number 9034XTS. It works very well on the back of my model Y. It can carry my e-bike no problem. This carrier holds two bikes but you can also buy an “extender” which would then hold 4 bikes.
 

SpiderMonkey

Member
Jan 20, 2021
9
6
Usa
I bought the T2 ProXT model number 9034XTS. It works very well on the back of my model Y. It can carry my e-bike no problem. This carrier holds two bikes but you can also buy an “extender” which would then hold 4 bikes.
Looks like a great rack. Unfortunately I have to carry 4 bikes for the family, weighing 112lbs. Considering the 160lbs vertical unsupported weight limit of the OEM hitch, there’s not much left over for weight of rack. So, unless I want to haul a small trailer, a hanging rack is the way to go. Problem now is I’m a week past availability on the racks I was considering.

Anybody have experience with the Thule Apex XT 4 (not the swing) on the Model Y? I’m wondering if the hitch tightening knob, being on the side of the stinger, hits the bumper.
 

AlexHung

Member
Mar 13, 2021
49
45
Santa Cruz, CA
With Trailer Mode on, I noticed my turn signals are flashing faster than normal. I initially thought it's a fault and needs repairs but once I switched Trailer Mode off, the flashing goes back to normal rate.
 

dogmodes

Member
Jun 6, 2018
24
10
Michigan, USA
Looks like a great rack. Unfortunately I have to carry 4 bikes for the family, weighing 112lbs. Considering the 160lbs vertical unsupported weight limit of the OEM hitch, there’s not much left over for weight of rack. So, unless I want to haul a small trailer, a hanging rack is the way to go. Problem now is I’m a week past availability on the racks I was considering.

Anybody have experience with the Thule Apex XT 4 (not the swing) on the Model Y? I’m wondering if the hitch tightening knob, being on the side of the stinger, hits the bumper.
I wasn’t aware of the 160lb vertical, I just thought I was good with the 350lb hitch weight. I have the xt 4 swing so a little worried now because that thing is heavy. Looking at the pics the xt4 vs xt4 swing appear to have the same hitch mount. I put it on the other day and didn’t have any issues with the knob. The whole thing sat fairly crooked but it may have always on other cars can’t remember.
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