1) Read and follow instructions carefully. Save owner’s manual for future reference or parts information.
2) Be certain any future user of this carrier is aware of correct attachment and use.
3) Vehicle should be in good condition in the area at which the hitch is located. Refer to table on cover page for load capacities and limitations.
4) Make sure bike tires are not directly behind exhaust pipe.
5) Do not exceed maximum load capacity of the carrier.
6) This hitch mounted carrier is not recommended for off road use.
7) Do not mount on any type of trailer.
8) Do not take carrier through car wash.
9) Replace straps at the first sign of wear. Replacement parts are available by contacting Graber at (800) 783-7257.
10) It’s the consumers responsibility to ensure that the use of this rack complies with local regulations, regarding issues such as distance
behind vehicle & partial covering of license plate and tail lights
Hitch Rack
Please READ and FOLLOW all instructions carefully.
Warning and Disclaimer:
This carrier has been designed to carry bicycles on specific vehicles. Before installation, user must read and follow enclosed instructions. User
must attach carrier correctly to the vehicle, check its attachment before each use, and inspect carrier parts for wear. Carrier’s attachment to the
vehicle is critical and beyond the control of the manufacturer. Manufacturer and seller expressly disclaim any and all liability for personal injury,
property damage or loss, whether direct, indirect, or incidental, resulting from the incorrect attachment, improper use, inadequate maintenance,
or neglect of this carrier.
Model #172
Model #173
Saris Cycling Group, Inc. (“Saris”) warrants that your Mass 173 Rack will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for one year from
date of purchase. (Please retain your sales slip for your records.) This warranty only extends to the original consumer buyer.This warranty
does not apply to parts that have worn out through normal use or been damaged through misuse, abuse, neglect, accident or unauthorized
THE ORIGINAL CONSUMER BUYER OWNS THE PRODUCT. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so
the above limitation may not apply to you. At its option, Saris will repair or replace, or refund the purchase price of, any Mass 173 Rack which
is defective or fails to conform with this warranty under normal use and service. To obtain service under this warranty, contact Saris at our
toll-free Warranty Hotline (1-800-783-7257) and we will determine what parts you need and instructions on how to get repairs or a replacement
part, or whether a refund will be given.
Repair or replacement of a defective Mass 173 Rack, or refund of the purchase price, shall be the sole remedy of the buyer under this
warranty, and in no event shall Saris be liable for incidental or consequential damages, losses or expenses. Some states do not allow the
exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives
you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
Sold Separately, call 800-783-7257 for information.
2060 Protect-O-Pads
• Foam blocks separate and protect bikes and vehicles
• Set of 4 per package
3037 Bike Beam
Attaches from the seat post to stem
of the bike creating the standard top
tube of a men’s style frame. Ideal
for unique, women’s & kid’s small
frames and bikes with over-sized
Model #174
3033 Wheel Stabilizing Strap
• Keeps handlebars from turning while in transit
• Keeps wheel from spinning
• Easy buckle closure (Two per package)
Tongue Weight Limitations
Hitch Type
Tongue Weight Maximum Load
20179B 01/12
Saris Cycling Group, Inc.
5253 Verona Road Madison, WI. 53711
Made in USA
200 lbs.
300 lbs.
3 bikes/105 lbs.
Tongue Weight Limitations
Hitch Type
Tongue Weight Maximum Load
200 lbs.
300 lbs.
4 bikes/140 lbs.
DON’T GO BACK TO THE STORE! If you have any questions about your new bike rack, please contact us at 1-800-783-7257. We can help you more quickly if you have your
model number and assembly instructions ready when calling.
Mount Carrier to Vehicle
Mount Arms to Carrier
Figure 1
Receiver tube
Cotter Pin
Clevis Pin
• Assemble rack as shown in Fig. 1 and Fig. 2.
• Slide washer onto threads of knob, insert into arm, and thread knob into base tube as shown below.
• Right arms assembled in the same way.
Load and Secure Bikes
• Assemble Hitch-Tite as illustrated in Fig. 3,
securing receiver to hitch.
Cover inner pedal of first bike to avoid scratching vehicle finish. We
recommend 2060 Protect-O-Pads (sold separately) see back page. It is the consumers responsibility to ensure adequate protection
exists between the bikes and vehicle and between bikes being carried.
• Place bikes on carrier arms in bike hold downs,
alternating direction of handlebars (fig. 4b).
Once bikes are in hold downs, pull hold down
strap over frame and secure to tabs on the hold
Note: Be sure all four tabs on the
holdown are poking through and
are secure.
NOTE: Your rack includes an adapter block to allow
your rack to fit into a 2” receiver hitch. You only need
to follow Fig. 4 if you have a 2” receiver hitch.
For 1-1/4” Hitch
Check Carrier Straps & Stability
Hitch Tite
Correct Block
• Slide adapter block
over the receiver tube
as shown. Note correct
block placement. Bolt
threads will not engage if
used incorrectly.
Receiver Tube
Shown below are the different possible positions for mounting mens, womens, and non-traditional style frames.
Check Clearance. Bike must rest high enough to allow bike tires 12-15” of ground clearance. It’s recommended to
load smallest bikes last.
Figure 4
NOTE: Your rack includes an adapter block to allow your rack
to fit into a 2” receiver hitch. You only need to follow Fig. 4 if
you have a 2” receiver hitch.
1 1/4” receiver
Incorrect Block
Attachment Block
Additional Notes
To use tilt and release features, remove cotter and clevis pins and tilt carrier away from vehicle. Note: Do not tilt
carrier with bikes mounted.
Arms may be folded down when not in use. Loosen knob enough to allow arm to pivit to a downward position and
then retighten knob.