TOOLS REQUIRED:  15/16"(24mm) Socket and ratchet  1/2" socket and wrench  9/16" socket and wrench  large crescent or 15/16"(24mm) wrench  Cordless impact and some finesse if either are available

TOOLS REQUIRED:

15/16"(24mm) Socket and ratchet

1/2" socket and wrench

9/16" socket and wrench

large crescent or 15/16"(24mm) wrench

Cordless impact and some finesse if either are available

You can either assemble the pivot onto the hitch tube on a table or in the back of your hitch. Note the threaded insert. This is not welded in place and can be adjusted to any hole location. Check for spare tire clearance. Personally, I like mine out a ways for added leg room between rack and vehicle.

You can either assemble the pivot onto the hitch tube on a table or in the back of your hitch. Note the threaded insert. This is not welded in place and can be adjusted to any hole location. Check for spare tire clearance. Personally, I like mine out a ways for added leg room between rack and vehicle.

Insert the gray aluminum spacers between the pivot assembly sideplates and the hitch tube. Insert bolts, I prefer to alternate insertion directions with all of my bolts). Snug the nuts up, but don't tighten at this point…

Insert the gray aluminum spacers between the pivot assembly sideplates and the hitch tube. Insert bolts, I prefer to alternate insertion directions with all of my bolts). Snug the nuts up, but don't tighten at this point…

After snugging up the large bolts attaching the pivot to the hitch tube, check latch movement. While the powder coat will make things slightly finicky at first, it should mostly slide up and down with ease. If so, tighten up the bolts. If not, lightly TAP the latch key with a small hammer or mallet. Check movement, tighten a little more, repeat if necessary, until bolts are tight. This MAY need to be repeated after initial assembly and use.

After snugging up the large bolts attaching the pivot to the hitch tube, check latch movement. While the powder coat will make things slightly finicky at first, it should mostly slide up and down with ease. If so, tighten up the bolts. If not, lightly TAP the latch key with a small hammer or mallet. Check movement, tighten a little more, repeat if necessary, until bolts are tight. This MAY need to be repeated after initial assembly and use.

I know, I know…you really wanna play with the pivot at this point and the thing isn't budging. It wont for a few more steps yet! Time for the vertical tube. Decal(which is printed on reflective, BTW…thanks for the advertisement every night!) and security chain lock loop facing opposite of the hitch tube.  Unless your hitch is obviously high or obviously low, use the middle position. Again I like to alternate bolt directions.  To adjust later, simply loosen the lower bolt, pull the top bolt. Adjust to desired position, reinsert top bolt, tighten both, carry on.  The pivot probably still wont budge. :)

I know, I know…you really wanna play with the pivot at this point and the thing isn't budging. It wont for a few more steps yet! Time for the vertical tube. Decal(which is printed on reflective, BTW…thanks for the advertisement every night!) and security chain lock loop facing opposite of the hitch tube.

Unless your hitch is obviously high or obviously low, use the middle position. Again I like to alternate bolt directions.

To adjust later, simply loosen the lower bolt, pull the top bolt. Adjust to desired position, reinsert top bolt, tighten both, carry on.

The pivot probably still wont budge. :)

Note the bright green decal! This applies to both the upper and lower Horizontals! More details in a minute…

Note the bright green decal! This applies to both the upper and lower Horizontals! More details in a minute…

Install the lower horizontal so its out of the way. Note bungee hole on the left, slot on the right. Again mounted on the same side as the decal and lock loop. Tie the bungees so there is roughly an inch of bungee below the knot. No need to overtighten them, they wont come loose as they will be stretched over a bike wheel, plus it makes them easier to adjust should you need to.

Install the lower horizontal so its out of the way. Note bungee hole on the left, slot on the right. Again mounted on the same side as the decal and lock loop. Tie the bungees so there is roughly an inch of bungee below the knot. No need to overtighten them, they wont come loose as they will be stretched over a bike wheel, plus it makes them easier to adjust should you need to.

Place the wheel baskets upside down on a blanket. Note their direction, basically resembling a “C”. Place the Upper Horizontal bar on the mounting plates. NOTE that the two holes for mounting to the vertical tube are offset to the RIGHT HAND SIDE. No need to overtighten the bolts. They are Nylock nuts and will not come loose.  The rack is NOT centered. This is NOT a mistake. :/  Good time to insert the bungees as well. This is my preferred method as it flips the bungee out of the way when you pull a bike out.

Place the wheel baskets upside down on a blanket. Note their direction, basically resembling a “C”. Place the Upper Horizontal bar on the mounting plates. NOTE that the two holes for mounting to the vertical tube are offset to the RIGHT HAND SIDE. No need to overtighten the bolts. They are Nylock nuts and will not come loose.

The rack is NOT centered. This is NOT a mistake. :/

Good time to insert the bungees as well. This is my preferred method as it flips the bungee out of the way when you pull a bike out.

Insider secret here: Slip the remaining two Horizontal bolts through the mounting holes in the Vert tube. No nuts. Pick up the completed basket assembly and place on top of the bolts. Now lift one side, pull the bolt out and line up the holes, now reinsert the bolt. Repeat for other side.  Note there will probably be a slight gap between the mounting plates and the Upper Horizontal tube. Tighten the bolts until the gap is all the way closed and the bolts are tight.

Insider secret here: Slip the remaining two Horizontal bolts through the mounting holes in the Vert tube. No nuts. Pick up the completed basket assembly and place on top of the bolts. Now lift one side, pull the bolt out and line up the holes, now reinsert the bolt. Repeat for other side.

Note there will probably be a slight gap between the mounting plates and the Upper Horizontal tube. Tighten the bolts until the gap is all the way closed and the bolts are tight.

And youre ready to shuttle! Once in your hitch you should now be able to lay the rack back. It may still be difficult or even feel “stuck” at first. Throw some bikes in the rack and go do what you do. That should break it in nicely.  Recheck nuts and bolts and after a few days of use readjust if necessary.

And youre ready to shuttle! Once in your hitch you should now be able to lay the rack back. It may still be difficult or even feel “stuck” at first. Throw some bikes in the rack and go do what you do. That should break it in nicely.

Recheck nuts and bolts and after a few days of use readjust if necessary.

Thank you for choosing a Recon Rack! It will probably spoil you and make you a rack snob as you can now look down upon the squeaky tray racks dragging in the mud! Cheers!

Thank you for choosing a Recon Rack! It will probably spoil you and make you a rack snob as you can now look down upon the squeaky tray racks dragging in the mud! Cheers!