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Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Vertex hanging style 4-bike rack. That part number is TH9029XT. Now, we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. You have two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame and one as our anti-sway strap here in the back. That's going to prevent that bike from swinging back and forth and either hitting your bike rack or other vehicles around it.



Inno Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're doing a test fit of the Inno Tire Hold platform style 2-bike rack. That part number is INH305. Now, we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to go over one of the key features of this platform style rack. We are actually able to tilt our rack away from our vehicle without taking our bike off. To do so, we're going to come here in the back and pull down on this lever.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today in our 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon, we'll be doing a test for the Swagman Quad 2 plus 2, 2 bike, or 4 bike platform style rack. That's Part Number S64692. I've already go it loaded up on a Suba, just to give you a good idea of what it's going to look like. As I said in the introduction it is a platform style rack. It secures our bike in 3 spots. We've got our two wheels in the cradles there.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon, we'll be doing a test for the Swagman G10 platform style two bike rack. That's part number S64682. I've already got loaded it up on the back of the Outback, just to give you a good idea what it's going to look like. It secures our bike in three spots. We have two straps and our two cradles for the front and rear tires. We also have this nice big frame hook, frame hook, excuse me, that puts down pressure into the cradles holding it in position.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon, we'll be doing a test for the Yakima LiteRider Tilting 2-Bike Rack. That's part number Y02472. So I've already got it loaded up on the back of the Outback just to give you a good idea of what it's going to look like. As you can see, it's a hanging style bike rack. It secures our bike in three spots. We have two zip strips on our top tube and then one for our down tube. The one for our down tube is going to help with a lot of the sway in the bike.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon, we'll be doing a test for the Kuat Transfer Platform Style 3 Bike Rack. That's part number TS03G. So I've already got it loaded up on the Outback just to give you a good idea what it's going to look like. One of the greatest features about this bike rack is it's ability to tilt away so we can gain better access to our rear hatch. So we can come down here to our foot petal, where we can use our hand, press in, and lower it down. And as promised, we can get full access to our rear hatch to remove any cargo, gear, groceries, anything we might have with us on our trip. We'll close that back up.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback, we'll be doing a test fit of the Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack. Part number is TH912XTR. I have a bike on our rack and we have a rack hooked to our vehicle. I would like to just show you a few features of it. How we have our bike connected to our bike rack itself, we have a total of three straps. We have two up top, and we have the one towards the side as our anti sway strap.



Inno Multi-Fork Lock Bike Rack Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today, on this 2012 Subaru Outback wagon we're going to show you the Inno Multi-fork bike carrier, part number INA392. This is what it looks like when it's installed on our vehicle. Now our vehicle does have the factory roof rack installed with the factory cross bars as well. Our Inno bike rack actually clamps directly to these bars. Now in this typical set up here we have a row bike installed in our bike carrier. This will haul a variety of different style bikes. We can go ahead and take a closer look. We'll go ahead and take our rear bike and just move it out of the way for now. We'll loosen up a strap by simply pushing on the top part of this lever here.



Saris Freedom Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Saris Freedom. This is going to be your platform style 2 bike rack. It does come with an 1 1/4 shank for your class 1 and 2 hitches as well as a 2 inch adapter for your class 3 hitches. We're going to have a class 1 hitch here today. It also comes anti rattle bolt to help reduce a lot of the sway, rattle and wobble and we'll show you that when we put it on. It's going to be part number SA4412B. First thing we're going to do is insert our shank into our receiver and line up our pin holes.



Saris Axis Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback we're going to be doing a test fit of the Saris Axis. This is going to be your hanging-style 2-bike rack. It does come with an 1-1/4" shank for your class one and two hitches, as well as a 2" adapter for your class three hitches. Going to be part number SA832. Let's go ahead and get it fitted into the 1-1/4" receiver that we have here today. Insert the shank and we'll line up our pinholes. Once you have your pinholes lined up, from there we will go in and place in our pin and clip.



Saris Freedom SuperClamp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback we're going to be doing a test fit of the Saris Freedom Super Clamp. This is going to be your platform style tube bike rack. It comes with an inch and 1/4 shank for you class 1 and 2 hitches as well as a 2 inch adapter for your class 3 hitches. It's going to be part number SA4025. I'm going to go ahead and show you how it fits and looks on our Outback we have here today. Insert your shank into your receiver and line up your pin holes. Once you have your pin holes lined up, insert your anti-rattle bolt which will look like this.



Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback we're going to be doing a test fit of the Kuat Sherpa. This is going to be your platform-style 2-bike rack. It's going to come in a nice sleek black and gray finish. Going to be part number S103. It comes with a 1-1/4" shank. Also comes with a 2" adapter.



Kuat NV Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon, well test fitting the Kuat NV for 2-inch hitches part number N101. To mount the carrier to the vehicle, well insert the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of the hitch, well line up the hitch pinholes, then well use the knob at the base of the bike rack to tighten it the anti-rattle device, then well come back and insert our pin and lock. Next well go over a handful of clearance measurements. Weve got about 12 inches of ground clearance and about -inch of clearance between the closest part of the carrier and the closest part of the vehicle. Overall, weve added about 12 inches of length to the rear end of the vehicle with the carrier folded up. Now we can prepare to load up a bike.



Yakima DoubleDown Ace Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon well be test fitting the Yakima double down ace 4, part number Y02451. To mount the carrier to the vehicle, once were at the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of the hitch, well lineup the pinhole and use our securing pin to hold the rack in place. Then well use the hand knob at the base of the carrier to tighten up our anti-rattle device. With our bike carrier mounted well go ahead and go over a handful of clearance measurements. Weve got about 11.5 of ground clearance and about 2.5 of clearance between the closest part of the carrier and the closest part of the vehicle. Overall weve added about 9 of length to the rear of our vehicle with the carriers arms folded down.



Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon well be test fitting the Thule Hitching Post Pro, part number TH934XTR. To mount our bike rack to our vehicle well insert the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of the hitch, well lineup the hitch pinholes, then well thread in our anti-rattle bolt. Well then tighten it down using a wrench. Now well go over a handful of clearance measurements, weve got about 12 of ground clearance and about 4 of clearances between the closest part of the carrier and the closest part of the vehicle. Overall weve added about 13 of length to the rear of the vehicle with the carriers arms folded down. We also want to check for rear vehicle access, well remove the pin at the base of the bike carrier and till it down, we want to make sure that we can open the hatch of our Outback and access the cargo even with our bike rack mounted to the hitch.



Swagman XTC2 Wheel Mount Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon well be test fitting the Swagman XTC 2 Hitch Mounted Bike Carrier, part number S64670. To mount our carrier to the vehicle well insert the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of the hitch. Well line up our hitch pinhole, thread in our anti-rattler bolt and tighten it down with a wrench. Next well go over a handful of clearance and measurements. Weve got about 12.5 of ground clearance and 3 of clearance between the closest part of the carrier and the closest part of the vehicle. Overall weve added about 19 of length to the rear of our vehicle.



Pro Series Q-Slot Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon well be test fitting the pro series Q Slot Platform Style Bike Carrier, part number PS63134. To mount our carrier to the vehicle well insert the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of the hitch, well line up our hitch pinhole and secure the carrier with the pin and clip. Next well go over a handful of clearance measurements. Weve got about 12.5 of ground clearance and about 5.5 of clearance between the closest part of the vehicle and the closest part of the carrier. Overall weve added about 22 of length to the rear of our vehicle. We also want to check the rear vehicle access.



Pro Series Eclipse 4 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon, well test fitting the ProSeries Eclipse 4 hitch-mounted bike carrier part number 63124. To mount our carrier into the vehicle, well insert the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch, well line up the hitch pinhole, thread in our anti-rattle bolt and tighten it down using a wrench. Next well go over a handful of clearance measurements. Weve got about 12 inches of ground clearance and 2 inches of clearance between the closest part of the carrier and the closest part of the vehicle. Overall, weve added about 27 inches of length to the rear of our vehicle. Now we also want to check for rear vehicle access.





2012 Subaru Outback Wagon Bike Rack Questions

  • I did some investigating and found a solution that will allow you to carry your tandem bike on the roof of your 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon. The solution does require adding an alternate set of crossbars to the vehicle because none of the tandem racks fit the factory crossbars on your Outback. To start with you will need to use the complete Crossroads kit, # TH45050. These will attach to the side rails on the vehicle. Once in place, you can use the Thule Tandem Roof Mounted Bike...
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  • The Thule T2 Classic, # TH9044, will fold, it just depends on how much clearance there is between the rack and the vehicle it is on. In order to determine if the bike rack will fit when folded on your 2012 Subaru Outback, there is one important measurement you will need to take. Measure from the center of the hitch pin hole on the Outback to the distance required to clear the rear bumper of the vehicle. If that distance is less than 4-1/2 inches, the rack will fit when folded....
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  • I checked with Thule and the Sidearm bike rack # TH594XT is listed as a direct fit to the factory crossbars that run side to side on a 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon. I have included links to the instructions and a video review for you.
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  • We do list several trunk mount bike racks that will fit a 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon. I have included a link to them for you. The KingJoe Pro, # Y02624, that you have referenced will fit and would be an excellent choice. If you will be carrying womens, childrens, or alternative frame bikes, I recommend using the Tube Top adapter bar, # Y02531, for greater ground clearance and to carry the bikes more level. I have included a link to a video that shows how the adapter works.
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  • To put it simply, I would go with the Thule Apex # TH9027 for several reasons. First, it is a newer design than the Yakima SwingDaddy # Y02464 so it is more advanced overall. The arms are arced for the most ground clearance and clearance between bikes. The cradles are new Hold Fast cradles and feature road-dampening technology which reduce shock and vibration. The arms can tilt down on both racks which is nice for storage. Both racks feature integrated cable locks and anti-sway...
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  • The Yakima DoubleDown 4 Bike Rack, # Y02424, that you referenced will fit your 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon and it is a great economical option. This bike rack will fit 1-1/4 inch Class II hitches and comes with anti-sway cradles to keep your bikes stable while driving. Another bike rack that I would recommend looking at is the Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack, # Y02458. The design of the RidgeBack is more user friendly and the anti-rattle wedge system on the shank is much easier...
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  • The RockyMounts Euro PitchFork Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, part # RKY1103, is designed to work on cross bars with channels or slots. The cross bars with channels or slots is what was used strictly on European-style roof racks found on Audi, BMW, Mini, Volkswagen and Volvo vehicles. Now these roof racks are more common, meaning that the # RKY1103 attaches quickly and easily to your Euro-style slotted, Thule AeroBlade and Rapid Aero, Rhino-Rack and Whisbar roof-rack crossbars....
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  • On the Swagman XTC-2 Bike Carrier, part # S64670, the wheel hoop arms will fold up to the upright center arm into a vertical position for storage. With the upright center arm and the wheel hoop arms in the vertical upright position it will not allow you to open the rear hatch on your 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon. With the wheel hoop arms in the folded down position and the center upright arm folded down against the wheel hoop arms it will allow you to open the rear hatch on your...
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  • Yes, the FrontLoader, # Y02103, will work on the factory crossbars on your 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon. This would be an excellent choice for safely and securely carrying bikes on your roof rack. We have a video installation on a Subaru Outback for you to check out, see link. For a 2 inch receiver hitch, I recommend going with the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87568. We have an installation video for you to review before the installation that should help, and I have attached...
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  • The Kuat Sherpa, # S101, measures approximately 7-3/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the nearest part of the rack when folded up. To determine if this is enough clearance, measure from the center of the hitch pin hole on your hitch straight back to the distance required to clear the rear of the vehicle. If it is less than 7-3/4 inches the rack will fit when folded up. An extender is an option but like you said it will reduce the tongue weight capacity by 50...
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  • The Yakima HighLite Aluminum 3 Bike Carrier, # Y02439, fits in a Class II, 1-1/4 inch hitch or a 2 inch hitch. You will have to check the hitch on your 2012 Subaru Outback to make sure it is a Class II. More than likely, it is a Class II since all of the aftermarket hitches that fit it are either Class II or III. The bike has a capacity of 90 pounds (30 pounds per bike). I have included a link to a video review of the rack for you.
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  • You would have to have an extension if you wanted to use the Element, # SR26248, with your 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon. However, the use of a hitch extension will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the trailer hitch by 50 percent. To avoid lowering the tongue weight of the hitch, I have a different bike rack recommendation. You can use the Softride Dura, # SR26247, and then add the longer shank, # SR26033. The use of the longer shank will not reduce the tongue weight capacity...
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  • To determine if the Softride Hydraulic-Assist Dura Bike Rack, # SR26321, will fit on your 2012 Subaru Outback you will need to measure the distance between the center of the hitch pin hole on your trailer hitch to the furthest point of your bumper. This bike rack measures 9 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the upright bar. We have installed a trailer hitch by Hidden Hitch on a 2011 Subaru Outback and the distance between that hitch pin hole and the furthest point...
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  • I checked with Saris and the Bones trunk mount bike rack # SA805 will fit your 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon. I have linked a video review of this rack for you. The Saris Bones is a great value and out of the 3 I think you would like it better than the Passage # TH910XT or the KingJoe Pro, # Y02624. But if your Outback has that top spoiler or trim piece at the top of the hatch then I recommend the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top rack # HRF2. This rack has an additional upper arm...
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  • As long as you had a 2 inch hitch installed on your 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon like our part # 75673 you should have no problem. Check out the review video I attached for this rack as well.
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  • The Thule Helium Aero Aluminum 3 Bike Carrier, # TH9043, will fit on the hitch on your 2012 Subaru Outback 2.5 as long as the receiver opening on your hitch is either 1-1/4 inches or 2 inches wide. If the hitch on your vehicle is a Class I hitch, then you will be limited to carrying 2 bikes at a time. I have attached an article that can help you determined the size of the receiver on your hitch. This bike rack is one of the more popular bike racks we offer and you may also...
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  • Your 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon can be fitted with either a 1-1/4-inch Class II or 2-inch Class III hitch. The SportRack Super EZ Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier # SR2901 that you referenced will fit either size receiver and even the lightest-rated hitch we offer (rated for 300-lbs tongue weight) has enough capacity to handle the combined weight of this 29-lb carrier plus the weight of two typical bikes. Your hitch-pin-hole-to-bumper measurement of less than 9-inches means that...
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  • The Yakima ForkLift Roof Mount Bike Rack, # Y02098, will fit around the factory crossbars on your 2012 Subaru Outback. This bike rack fits crossbars up to 3-7/8 inches wide and 1-7/8 inches tall. Also, the fixed position of your crossbars on your roof should have no effect on the fit of this bike rack. The ForkLift will fit crossbar spreads from 16 inches to 42 inches. The crossbar spread is the distance from the center of your front crossbar to the center of the rear crossbar. If...
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  • The Thule Helium, # TH9042, will fit in a 1-1/4 or 2 inch trailer hitch, so it will fit the factory hitch on your 2012 Subaru Outback. To be sure the rack clears the rear bumper, measure from the center of the hitch pin hole on the hitch out to the distance required to clear the rear bumper. If that measurement is less than 14-3/8 inches, the bike rack will fit. I have included some informational links on this bike rack for you. If you will be carrying womens, childrens, or...
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  • The Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87568 that you referenced would work well on your 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon and would carry the Thule Helium Aero Aluminum 3 Bike Carrier # TH9043 well. I attached installation instructions and an installation video for the # 87568 for you to check out. The # TH9043 is a great bike rack with many features such as a built in anti-rattle hitch lock and an easy to operate folding mechanism that gives you access to the hatch of your vehicle....
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