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Thule 501 Insta-Gater Bike Rack

Single-bike bed rack for pickup truck

Item # 094501

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About the Thule 501 Insta-Gater™ Bike Rack

Use the Insta-Gater to stow a bike quickly and securely in the bed of a pickup truck. It works with bikes with 20" to 29" wheels, and installation's easy — no drilling or bolting required. All Thule equipment passes tough European safety standards for car racks.

Product highlights:

  • single-bike rack
  • installs in the bed of a pickup truck
  • easy installation with no bolting or drilling required
  • holds 20-29" wheels (up to 3" wide)
  • optional cable lock not included
  • warranty: limited lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 501

What's in the box:

  • 501 Frame
  • Two M8 x 1.25 x 25mm bolts
  • Two 8mm bolts
  • 2 Arm supports
  • Bearing clamp assembly
  • Locking ratchet arm assembly
  • Hook assembly for short ratchet arm
  • 4 End caps
  • 2 Plastic tube plugs
  • 2 Lock plugs
  • Two 10-32 x 1.5 phillips-head screws
  • Two 10-32 nylon insert locknuts
  • 2 Molded straps
  • Instructions

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Overview: The Thule 501-Insta-Gater pick-up bed bike-rack, features a secure and convenient Ratcheting Quick-Load system with no drilling or bolting required. The 501-Insta-Gater offers quick installation and quick loading of your back. The Insta-Gater handles a wide-range of bike styles with wheel removal. The bike-rack handles 20" to 29" wheels with up to 3" wide tires.

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1 question already asked

I bought aRad Rover eBike. It has 4" tires. Do you sell an Insta-Gater that will work with a 4" tire. If not, can the Insta-Gater be stretched to open wider than 3" to accommodate a 4" tire?
[ vince  Sep 10, 2018 ]
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Unfortunately Thule's Insta-Gater only accommodates bicycle tires that are up to 3" wide. However we have a wide variety of Thule bike racks/accessories available that may work to fit your needs--you can find those options from our website: Or feel free to contact an Advisor by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat to discuss further.
[ Larry  Sep 17, 2018 ]  Staff

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