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zip01 17th-February-2013 21:14

Witter cycle carrier
 
Does anyone have any experience of the Witter ZX99 cycle carrier on a Freelander 1? On some instructions I read it suggests the top of the rack is bungied over the top of the door, not a good idea as it is glass. Can you do it to the spare wheel instead? I am not keen on mounting a carrier to the spare wheel, but any other suggestions for mounting on the tow hitch appreciated.

DD3 17th-February-2013 21:40

Re: Witter cycle carrier
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by zip01 (Post 2413626)
Does anyone have any experience of the Witter ZX99 cycle carrier on a Freelander 1? On some instructions I read it suggests the top of the rack is bungied over the top of the door, not a good idea as it is glass. Can you do it to the spare wheel instead? I am not keen on mounting a carrier to the spare wheel, but any other suggestions for mounting on the tow hitch appreciated.

We carry bikes on the roof (roof bars and carriers). Seems the more obvious place on a Fleabag.

Duncp73 17th-February-2013 21:51

Re: Witter cycle carrier
 
I'm looking at getting this 1 LAND ROVER FREELANDER CYCLE CARRIER '98 TO'06 | eBay

biggeeeee 17th-February-2013 21:58

Re: Witter cycle carrier
 
A while back I bought a Simbar 4 cycle rack for the Discovery.
It fits thru the centre hole of the spare wheel and the boss stays in place behind the wheel.
The rack itself is fitted onto the boss and padlocked in place.

My wife had also had a Freelander and rather than buy another rack I modified the boss slightly to fit thru the centre hole of the spare wheel and used it on both vehicles.
Even when the bikes were on the rack, the back door could still be opened.

Sadly the thing sits in the garage collecting dust as are the bikes but maybe this year if it stops raining for more than 5 mins we may have a day out!

I started off with a towball mounted one but didn't like it as there was no access to the boot when it was on.

This is the one I had, but there are others out there.
http://www.johncraddockltd.co.uk/lan...y-simbars.html

IndiTd4 17th-February-2013 22:40

Re: Witter cycle carrier
 
This one does exactly what you are looking for..
Mottez 4x4 Spare Wheel 3 Bike Cycle Carrier Rack A500P Land Rover Freelander m1 | eBay

over the spare wheel not the roof

Singvogel 18th-February-2013 09:24

Re: Witter cycle carrier
 
The Simbar one is good.

Fits to a plate behind the spare wheel through the centre boss.

Took three bikes to Greece and back - no problems - doesn't prevent use of the rear door at all.

zip01 18th-February-2013 12:52

Re: Witter cycle carrier
 
Thanks for the replies, but I am really looking for something to go on the back of the tow ball, like the Witter ZX99. Any one out there ever use one, and if so how did you secure the top of it.

Singvogel 18th-February-2013 14:53

Re: Witter cycle carrier
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by zip01 (Post 2414356)
Thanks for the replies, but I am really looking for something to go on the back of the tow ball, like the Witter ZX99. Any one out there ever use one, and if so how did you secure the top of it.

Why do you want it on the tow-ball? :confused:

It's extremely inconvenient there - I looked at all the possibilities and rejected the tow-ball idea almost right away.

silkwood 18th-February-2013 14:55

Re: Witter cycle carrier
 
Why don't you use something like mine. Twinnyload with adapter because of the wheel on the back. Also is this one with an extension usefull for 3 bikes. Without adapter usefull on other cars and also usefull on our caravan.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-2...1062009010.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-D...0/P1050748.JPG

zip01 18th-February-2013 17:58

Re: Witter cycle carrier
 
By going "behind" the towbar, all of the bike wieght is taken up by the tow bar and vehicle chassis, rather than on the door hinge. I have used this form of rack on previous saloon cars, ,however, the freelander introduces new challanges. The witter rack comes apart quickley, but as stated earlier, suggests that a strap is used from the top of it, to the top of the rear door. This may be ok on other 4x4, but not here, due to the retracting rear window. I am not sure if the strap is important, or if it can be secured to the spare wheel. With the wheel not bieng central on the door, this may not be a good idea, and I may have to consider the wheel mounting option.


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