↓ Advertise on Defender2 ↓

Home > Technical > Towbar extender for bike rack
Post Reply  Down to end
Page 5 of 10 <12345678910>
Print this entire topic · 
mikeh



Member Since: 05 Feb 2015
Location: South Coast
Posts: 23

United Kingdom 2015 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 SW Corris Grey

What's the make of the bike carrier and do they do a 4 bike option?

Thanks

Post #418749 24th Apr 2015 6:27pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
andy---doe



Member Since: 14 Mar 2015
Location: Yorkshire
Posts: 187

United Kingdom 

It is a Atera Strada Evo
It is 3 or 4 bikes (I have the fourth bike adapter, which somehow fixes to the back of the rack, but it's still in the box)

Post #418759 24th Apr 2015 7:30pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
kmac



Member Since: 07 Oct 2009
Location: Middlesex
Posts: 955

United Kingdom 2009 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 USW Santorini Black

Nice andy

The Atera Strada racks are good pieces of kit

I too have the 4th bike adaptor - its bolts on although mine is old having being purchased some 5 years ago

The Atera rack will slide out and tilt allowing full opening of the Defender door, even with 4 bikes on it

Pick of mine below

Post #418780 24th Apr 2015 8:57pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
kmac



Member Since: 07 Oct 2009
Location: Middlesex
Posts: 955

United Kingdom 2009 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 USW Santorini Black

From another forum


Click image to enlarge


Admin note: this post has had its images recovered from a money grabbing photo hosting site and reinstated Mr. Green

Post #418783 24th Apr 2015 9:00pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
mikeh



Member Since: 05 Feb 2015
Location: South Coast
Posts: 23

United Kingdom 2015 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 SW Corris Grey

Ok. I like the rack and having trawled the forum I still have a question as not sure this would fit my 90.

I have the NAS step and the dealer added a 30mm spacer as I said I wanted to carry bikes and this would clear the spare. So would this rack fit on and clear it or is the tow bar going to need extending even further as per other threads?



Click image to enlarge



Click image to enlarge

Post #418867 25th Apr 2015 8:20am
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
mikeh



Member Since: 05 Feb 2015
Location: South Coast
Posts: 23

United Kingdom 2015 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 SW Corris Grey

Sorry forgot to add, I've got the standard tyres so not having to deal with extra wide wheels. Maybe in the future Very Happy

Post #418869 25th Apr 2015 8:25am
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
andy---doe



Member Since: 14 Mar 2015
Location: Yorkshire
Posts: 187

United Kingdom 

mikeh - this bike rack will not fit your towball at present - even with the spacer the dealer told you to fit.

Other racks may be different, but with the Atera virtually the whole ball needs to protrude beyond the outermost edge of your wheel.

Post #418885 25th Apr 2015 9:54am
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
mikeh



Member Since: 05 Feb 2015
Location: South Coast
Posts: 23

United Kingdom 2015 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 SW Corris Grey

Thanks Andy

Taking a spin out to Halfords to see what options they have and what fits. Not too worried about it having to tilt as kids small enough to climb in through the front.

Out of interest for future ref, where did you get that extended tow ball?

Thanks

Post #418896 25th Apr 2015 10:48am
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
andy---doe



Member Since: 14 Mar 2015
Location: Yorkshire
Posts: 187

United Kingdom 

I think you may struggle to find anything.

The towball on my car was pointed out earlier on the thread by kmac - it is a A Discovery 2 tow-ball. I bought it on ebay for 40 (48 incl p &p) and painted with Hammerite.

Post #418906 25th Apr 2015 11:30am
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
andy---doe



Member Since: 14 Mar 2015
Location: Yorkshire
Posts: 187

United Kingdom 

I just tried dropping the rack to access the door and it slides down and backwards fairly smoothly


Click image to enlarge

Post #419848 28th Apr 2015 9:17pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
mrandmrsh



Member Since: 31 May 2010
Location: Huddersfield
Posts: 691

United Kingdom 2015 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 USW Santorini Black

I had the Atera Strada on my X-Tech with the factory NAS step and standard tow ball. It worked just, but to click it back after being extended I had to push the rack back at the base so the upright could flex as it touched the spare wheel. Worked fine. The spacer should give just enough extra gap.

Now, just one word of caution. The factory NAS step is different to the genuine LR dealer fit one (look at pics, the x-tech NAS step doesn't go to the edge of the crossmember, the LR dealer fit one does). Not sure if the factory one I had is deeper than yours.

I travel down as far as Luton if you ever get up there and want to try it I could bring my bike rack.

Regards
C 2015 110 USW XS in Santorini with premium contrast leather seats in tan/black, black headlining and with Dual Finish alloys (in the garage, now on Wolf rims with Goodyear MT/Rs)

2012 '62' 2.2 X-Tech 110 USW now gone ...
1984 90 soft top with full roll cage, 200 tdi engine etc now sold
2012 USW XS 2.2 "FUU" now gone....

Post #419867 28th Apr 2015 10:24pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
andy---doe



Member Since: 14 Mar 2015
Location: Yorkshire
Posts: 187

United Kingdom 

Mine is a factory NAS step but the wheel on the back is deeper and is probably on the extended/deeper wheel 'holder'

The best way to check if this carrier works is to hold a straight edge down the outside of your wheel. Your whole tow ball must go past the straight edge /end of wheel

Post #419876 28th Apr 2015 10:31pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
kmac



Member Since: 07 Oct 2009
Location: Middlesex
Posts: 955

United Kingdom 2009 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 USW Santorini Black

Your best bet is to either buy from the link provided by fellrunner
The longest one ( 30cm) is about 20 so even with postage added would not be too bad

OR get a welder to fabricate one - should cost about the same

http://www.capemulti.co.za/ONLINESHOP/ONPR...roductName

Post #420026 29th Apr 2015 8:43pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
kmac



Member Since: 07 Oct 2009
Location: Middlesex
Posts: 955

United Kingdom 2009 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 USW Santorini Black

The one I have from Monflex (Westfalia) is e-marked, has a nose weight stated and also maximum safe towing weight stated

Listed at circa 72 plus postage though

https://www.autoexperten.se/tillbehor/last...ans-170mm/

Post #420028 29th Apr 2015 8:56pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
ppad



Member Since: 16 Nov 2012
Location: now, UK S Coast
Posts: 200

United Kingdom 2005 Defender 90 Td5 HT Caledonian Blue

HI Fellrunner, I'll send you a pm,
because I want to know how your Thule worked.
On my 90 TD5 with Nakatanenga wheel carrier we totally ... failed. Big Cry
So, here in Switzerland the LR main dealer ordered a Thule velo compact 924 + adaptor.
We found that the Thuke locking mechanism is a lever that is vertically up in open position and needs to be levered down (hard ish) to lock closed.
Now this lever is directly in line above the tow ball mount. And is way longer than the distance to the underside of the spare wheel
So, no amount of 'angled' approach of the carrrier could get it to locate on the towball.
In passing, with the door open, we still had some problems with a 50mm standard ball. ?

So, questions: How does yours mount and lock (if I may ask). Is 929 lever operated directly above the ball, if so, what is the distance to the wheel / length of lever? And how do other manufacturers get around this?

Now I only have the small problem of driving to UK Monday without a bike carrier .. Confused Sold the much modified 110 2.8, in Oz
Brought the 90 home from Switzerland ...

Post #436730 9th Jul 2015 5:52pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
Post Reply  Back to top
Page 5 of 10 <12345678910>
All times are GMT + 1 Hour

Jump to  
Previous Topic | Next Topic >
Posting Rules
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum



Site Copyright © 2006-2020 Futuranet Ltd & Martin Lewis