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ThuleSpare Me Pro


Item # THU0395

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Item # THU0395

Spare Me 2 Spare Tire Carrier

You don't want to have to choose between having a spare and having your bike. Be prepared and equipped with both with the Thule Spare Me 2 Spare Tire Carrier. It attaches easily to regular or oversized tires and includes locks to secure your bike to the rack and the rack to your vehicle for maximum protection. Stay-Put cradles provide-anti-sway stability, and arms fold down for streamlined driving when not in use.

  • Spare-tire mount fits both regular or oversize tires; not for use with tire covers
  • Carries two bikes
  • Integrated locking cable and knob secures bike to carrier and carrier to vehicle for compete protection
  • Anti-sway Stay-Put cradles stabilize and prevent bike-to-bike contact
  • Arms fold down when not in use for tidy convenience and easier driving
  • Thule Part #963PRO

Tech Specs
Bike Capacity2, [dimensions] 16 x 18.5 x 38.5in, [folded dimensions] 4 x 18.5 x 38.5in,
Compatibility[claimed weight] 15.6lb, [weight] 75lb, [mount] spare tire
Locks Includedyes
Part Number963PRO
Manufacturer Warrantylifetime

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 3

Nice rack, sway control arms not so much

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have initial impressions of this rack. The install was simple. It easily cleared my 35” MTZ spare on the Jeep. As with other reviews, moving the arms up/down is tight but manageable. I like the integrated locking cable. The only drawback/dislike is the anti sway pieces. They are made of hard polymer which tends to scratch the frame where it contacts. They should be made of rubber material like the pieces on the bars.

>Rating: 4

Bike Rack

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Nice and need addition to the Jeep. Great addition to the spear tire. Easy to lock and load for the trails.

>Rating: 2

Thule Spare Me

I've put it through the wringer

Mounted easily to my 2014 Jeep Wrangler w/33” AT spare. The most difficult part of installation was getting the full size tire off the back and then back on again. The Spare Me is simple to assemble but be careful when you start to tighten it down. I had the rack still moving side to side at the point where the “center(ish)” portion started to bend inward. There is no support there to keep the thin tubes from bending. The second flaw/downside is the difficulty in folding down the arms. You can remove the retention bolts and it still feels like you could break the thing when collapsing. I just leave it in the carry position all the time, despite it blocking my third brake light. The locking cable barely extends to lock, thru the frame (not over top) two (2) thick framed DH rigs. The anti-sway retention is ok if there is one (1) bike, but if you do not strap/bungee the rear tire to bumper, rack, hitch, etc., the rear tire will creep outward. Picture the front tire being at the inner-most position (close to tire) and the bike frame being at 30-45° angle, with rear tire sticking out (furthest away from car/tire)…hence strapping rear tire to keep bike closer to vehicle and not sticking outward; every inch in traffic counts in Philadelphia, where they get so close they can’t see your license plate! When mounting two (2) bikes, I generally have to remove the inside facing pedals and sometimes the seatpost so the handlebars will clear, no matter how high/low the seat is set. Overall I am satisfied with the function of the rack, but if I had to do it again, I likely would opt for the Yakima Sparetime, even though those arms are much thicker and my not fit through the geometry of my frames. The attached image shows two (2) bikes on the tire mounted Spare Me and two (2) on the hitch mounted T2...anyone have the T2 add-on they want to part ways with? "Mountain Bikers do it in the woods"

>Rating: 3

Works great, but pain to install

I've put it through the wringer

The spare tire bike carrier was purchased to allow me to open my tailgate while still keeping bikes on the rack, and, while it serves that purpose, it was incredibly difficult to install. The directions were not clear, and the equipment that was specified for my jeep was actually the wrong size, so I had to adjust the install instructions. Besides taking over two hours to install, the finished product works well, and is nice to attach the tram hitch ski carrier to carry skis in the winter.

You can't be serious that this took you 2 hours to install. I had one of these a few years ago and regrettably sold it. The install took 15 minutes.


No matter how loose I have the knobs, it's...

No matter how loose I have the knobs, it's difficult to lower and raise the arms? Any suggestions? It feels like it will break....

>Rating: 4

Bare bones rack, but gets the job done.

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have used this rack a couple of times for 2 mountain bikes each excursion and feel it is dependable. I wish it had a means of keeping the bikes from banging and rubbing against one another, but I found that tying the bikes together with an old rag (lab coat :P) at the right points worked out alright. Other than that one complaint, rack is very capable of getting the job done at a reasonable price.


Thule Spare Me 2 Fit Guide

Here is the fit guide for the Thule Spare Me 2 Spare Tire Carrier. This will show the make/model/year of the vehicles that this spare tire rack will fit on to.