Yes you can! We are often asked if this is possible as it's difficult to fit a bike rack to a Defender with a Spare Wheel on the back of the vehicle. But we have found a way to do this as shown in our image which shows a Thule VeloSpace XT 3 Bike Carrier fitted. It is not an easy job but it can be done with the following steps.
1st Build rack with spare wheel adapter first!
2nd Change wire setting so that you can drop bike rack to the lowest position
3rd Drop the spare wheel adapter
4th Open rear door on Defender fully
5th Clamp on the bike rack
6th Close the door
7th Secure the wheel adapter in position
8th Tilt the rack
9th You can open the door to access the boot but not fully