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Swagman Trailhead Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today, on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, we're going to be test fitting this Swagman Trail Head 2-Bike Hang Style Rack for 1 1/4" and 2" hitches, part number S63360. Now, on this bike rack, it's secured down in three locations. We've got straps right here, then we've got two more straps over here. We've got one on top here and then one down here on the down tube that serves as our anti-sway strap to help prevent the bike swinging too far the other way and making contact with the other bike or the vehicle. Now, in order to remove the bike, just pull on these straps and you can remove it and set it off to the side. With the bike out of the way, let's take a measurement to see what the total distance added to the vehicle is. It looks like the total distance added to the vehicle is about 23 inches and, on this bike rack, it has a feature where you can fold these arms down. In order to do so, you simply pull the inaudible 00:01:22 clip out, lift right up here, and then you can rotate it down and replace it in the other hole that's on the bracket. Now, with the arms folded down, let's take that measurement again to see what the total distance added is.



Best 2015 Chevrolet Malibu Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2015 Chevrolet Malibu. First we've got our CURT, which is part number C12115. Then we've got our Draw-Tite, which is part number 36538. Both of these hitches are going to be pretty similar in almost every aspect. There's just going to be a few differences, and they're primarily cosmetic. Both of them have the reinforcement collar around the 1-1/4" by 1-1/4" receiver tube.



Best 2014 Chevrolet Malibu Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. First we've got our Curt, which is part number C12115, and we've got our Draw Tite which is part number 36538. Both of these hitches are going to be pretty similar in almost every aspect. There's just going to be a few differences and they're primarily cosmetic. Both of them have the reinforcement collar around the inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter receiver tube. On the Curt it's got the fully welded design whereas down here on the Draw Tite it's got the two plates put around the outside that are then welded into place.



Best 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. First we've got our CURT, which is part number C12115. Then we've got our Draw-Tite, which is part number 36538. Both of these hitches are going to be pretty similar in almost every aspect. There's just going to be a few differences, and they're primarily cosmetic. Both of them have the reinforcement collar around the 1-1/4" by 1-1/4" receiver tube.



Best 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. First we've got our CURT, which is part number C12115. Then we've got our Draw-Tite, which is part number 36538. Both of these hitches are going to be pretty similar in almost every aspect. There's just going to be a few differences, and they're primarily cosmetic. Both of them have the reinforcement collar around the 1-1/4" by 1-1/4" receiver tube.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu we're doing a test fit for the Thule T2 Pro Platform Style 2 Bike Rack. That part number is TH9035. We already have our bike secured down, our first way to show you how we do that. Before that, we're going to show you a quick feature. This is our tilting feature. We can do this with our bike attached.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, we're doing a test fit of the Yakima Light Rider Hanging Style Tilting 2 Bike Rack. That part number is Y02472. Now we already have our bike secured down. First, we're going to show you how we do that. We got 2 cradles in place with 3 straps. 2 on our frame and 1 as our anti-sway at the back.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu 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. We've got 2 cradles in place with 3 straps, 2 on our frame and one as our anti-sway strap in the back. I'm going to start by releasing those first.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Raceway Pro Trunk Mount 2 Bike Rack. That part number is TH9001PRO. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We got 2 cradles in place with 3 straps. 2 on our frame and 1 as our anti-sway strap in the back.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu we'll be doing a test fit of the Thule Roadway Hanging Style 2 Bike Rack. That part number is TH912XTR. We already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We've got two cradles in place with three straps. Two on our frame ans one as our anti-sway strap.



Thule Passage Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, we're doing a test-it of the Thule Passage Truss Mount Two Bike Rack. That part number is TH910XT. We already have our bike secured down so we are first going to show you how we secure it in place. We've got two cradles on the top with three straps, two on the top portion of our frame and one is our anti-sway strap in the back. I'm going to start by removing those. Then we can pull our bike off our rack and we can set it off to the side.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on my 2014 Chevrolet Malibu we're doing a test fit of the Swagman Trailhead Hanging Style 4 bike rack. That product number is S63380. Now we already have our bike secured down, so the first thing we're going to do is show you how we do that. We've got two cradles in place with four straps altogether, three over the top portion of our frame here, and one as our anti-sway in the back. We're going to start by pulling down and lifting up to release those. We can pull our bike off of our rack and set it off to the side. With that out of the way, we can start off with some measurements here. First it's going to be overall what we're adding to our vehicle.



Hollywood Racks Trail-Rider Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, we're doing a test fit of the Hollywood Racks Trail Rider Platform Style 2-Bike Rack. That part number is HR200. We already have our bike secured down. First, we're going to show you how we do that. At the front tire and the back tire we have wheel straps, they are just hook and loop straps that fit around your tire and secure back to itself. First remove those, and then in the center here we have our frame hook which is what really keeps our bike down into those wheel cradles.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, we're doing a test fit of the Rola TX-102 hanging style 2 bike rack. That part number is 59400. We already have our bike secure down, so we're first going to show you how we do that. We've got 2 cradles in place with 3 straps, 2 on our frame and 1 as our anti sway strap in the back. We're going to pull down and lift up to release those. Then we'll be able to pull our bike off and set it off to the side.



Surco Products Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, we're doing a test fit of the Surco Cargo carrier. This is 20 by 48, has a weight capacity of 300 pounds and works with inch and a quarter hitches only. That part number is 52017. The first thing we're going to do here is take a few measurements. Starting off with our ground clearance, we're going to have about 10 inches down there. Overall to our vehicle we're adding about 23 inches and our closet point is going to be about an inch and a quarter away there.



Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Malibu, we're going to take a look at the Rhino Rack Vortex Aero Roof and Rack System. The crossbars are RRVA126B-2. The foot pack is RRLKVA and the kit will be DK338. We have the first one already on. Going to show you how we install the second one. We have our crossbars. We have our foot pack and a kit.



Rhino Rack Road-Warrior Roof Bike Racks Review - 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Malibu, we're doing a test fit of the Rhino-Rack Road Warrior Roof Top Bike Carrier. That part number is RBC036. Now we already have our bike on our rack. We're first going to show you how we strap that down. Back here in the back, we have our ratcheting strap that you're going to see on most of your roof mounted bike racks. To release that, we're just going to push down and then lift up.



Rhino Rack MountainTrail Roof Bike Racks Review - 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Malibu, we're doing a test fit of the Rhino Rack Mountain Trail rooftop bike carrier, part number RBC035. Now, we already have our bike on our rack. We're first go over how that's strapped down. Here in the back, we have a ratcheting strap that you'll see on most of your roof mounted bike racks. To release that, we're just going to push on the black button and lift that out of place. Up at the front, we have a skewer for our fork mounts.



Surco Products Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Malibu, we're doing a test fit of the Surco Cargo Carrier, part number 52017 for one and a quarter hitches only. Those dimensions are 20 by 48 and it can hold up to 200 pounds. Let's take a few measurements. I'll show you a few things here. The first measurement I'd like to show you, closure to our bumper to our cargo carrier, that's two and a half inches. Overall, we've added 24 inches and for our ground clearance, I'm showing eight and a half inches. Like I said, this is made out of a sturdy steel.



WeatherTech Cargo Liner Review - 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

Today, on our 2015 Chevrolet Malibu, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Weathertec cargo liner, part #WT40694 in black, also available in tan, part #WT41694, and grey, part #WT42694. We've gone ahead and emptied out our cargo area, now we can take our liner, and we'll just fit it right into our cargo area. Now that we've got it installed, we'll go over some of the features. The liner's going to fit perfectly around the contours of the vehicle, it might stick up in little areas, that's just because it needs to sit in the sun, but once it sits in the sun and heats up a bit, it's going to fit around those contours even more so, and it'll fit nicely against the vehicle, and keep dirt and debris from getting onto your carpet. We've also got these channels all along the cargo liner. Again, that's going to keep that dirt and debris on the liner, and in those channels instead of on the carpet of your cargo area. The bottom of the liner is also textured to prevent any of your cargo from sliding around or shifting whenever you're driving. We also have a nice, raised edge around the side of the cargo liner to keep any dirt and debris from getting on or underneath that carpet area there. These are very simple to clean, simply remove your cargo liner, clean with soap and water, and then either hand dry or hang to dry.





Chevrolet Malibu Questions

  • The main difference in the 90132 hitch by Hidden Hitch and the 36317 by Draw-Tite is that the Hidden Hitch model comes with a drawbar, pin and clip. If you will be towing a trailer we recommend the Hidden Hitch trailer hitch. Installation will be the same and towing capacity is the same. You will need a properly sized hitch ball, 19256 or 19258, with both hitches and with the Draw-Tite hitch you will need a drawbar, pin and clip, 36071. You may also need a trailer wiring harness...
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  • The Taskmaster ST205/75D14 Bias Trailer Tire with 14-Inch Silver Mod Wheel # TTWA14B45SM requires standard 60-degree-coned fine thread lug nuts for installation, such as # X1023R that fits 1/2-inch wheel studs.
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  • Since you are planning on installing these Trailer D-Rings # RR06 in a plywood floor I would recommend you also get the Backing Plate # BP06 to offer better support than just the wood of your trailer floor. As far as the placement of them in your trailer, you will need to consider what vehicles you will be transporting. If it will be only one vehicle I would recommend loading that car in the trailer and then strategically place the D-rings to give you the best possible mounting...
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  • The Thule # TH9001PRO is the upgraded version of the Raceway 2-bike trunk-mount rack. The XT model has been discontinued, but the primary difference was the location of the locks. The XT model locked the release handles for the mounting cables, but left the levers exposed and easily tampered with. The PRO model features a locking cover that makes the release levers inaccessible for greater security. The PRO model does come with a price increase, but I've got to tell you that...
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  • For your 2015 Chevrolet Malibu Turbo I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch, part # C12115. This hitch is a Class ll hitch and has a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening. I spoke with my contact at Curt and they told me that the dual exhaust should be no issue when installing this hitch, so you should be good to go. I have attached an installation video for this hitch on a 2014 Malibu you can check out. A note from Curt states that all non-trailer loads - bike racks, cargo carriers...
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  • For a roof rack for your 2012 Chevy Malibu you would want the Rhino Rack roof rack that consists of part numbers # DS126B and # DK183. With these two part numbers you would have everything you would need to complete a roof rack on your vehicle
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  • There is no one certain way the power wire from Curt trailer wiring harness # C56176 has to be run on your 2013 Chevy Malibu LT. Instead there are a few possible options and you can decide what is going to work best for you. I have included a link to a help article I wrote that explains the methods. Running the wire through the interior of the vehicle might be the best option since the harness sits in the trunk on your Malibu. You cannot use the small battery in the trunk...
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  • To use a fuse bypass for the 3 fuses you need to remove on your 2015 Chevrolet Malibu you will need 2 of the bypass units we offer. I recommend the Roadmaster FuseMaster Bypass, part # RM76511 for one of the 20-amp mini-fuses and part # RM76512 for the other 2 20-amp mini-fuses that have to be removed. As far as mounting, the only indication given for mounting locations is to make the switch accessible. It really is dependent on the vehicle and where you have the room...
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  • The Curt CIass II hitch you mentioned, part # C12115 is indeed a fit for your 2014 Chevy Malibu. If you're planning on using the hitch exclusively for towing, the hitch would work just fine for you. However, if you also plan on using the hitch as an attachment point for hitch mounted accessories like a bike rack or a cargo carrier, I'd recommend you go with the Draw-Tite Class II, part # 36538. Curt's warranty stipulates that a stabilizing strap like part # 18050 needs to...
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  • On your 2016 Chevy Malibu the fascia will need to be pulled off once all the fasteners are removed because it is still sort of compression fit in with the adjoining body panels. Once removed what you will see is some of the skeletal parts of the vehicle. Specifically you will be working in the area of the steel bumper beam at the rear of the vehicle. The instructions which I have linked for you have some good pictures. Since you will be doing some towing the recommended ball...
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  • When flat towing a vehicle, there are 5 main components that are needed. Starting with base plates, for a 2011 Chevy Malibu you can use Roadmaster EZ base plates # 523145-5. The base plates provide a safe and secure attachment point for a tow bar. When choosing a tow bar, you will need one that is compatible with EZ base plates. I recommend the Roadmaster Stowmaster tow bar, part # RM-501. I have included a link to the installation details and a link to a video review for you...
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  • The Draw-Tite Class II 1-1/4 Inch Hitch, # 36479, will work on both the the 2009 Chevy Malibu and the Chevy Malibu LTZ. The difference is the LTZ model uses a different wiring harness since it has LED taillights. On our website, there is a drop down box at the top for vehicle style once you have looked up the year, make, and model. It gives you a choice of All models, except LTZ or LTZ model only. The # 36479 hitch is listed for both of the vehicles, but under the LTZ model...
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  • There are many different types of bike racks. Some attach to a hitch, others mount on the vehicles trunk. Some tilt, some swing out to the side. The good thing about most racks is that you can install them yourself, though a dealer that sells bike racks can install one for you. If you do not have a trailer hitch, but want a hitch-mounted bike rack, the first step is to find the right hitch for your vehicle. For your 2010 Chevy Malibu we have several hitches available. All...
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  • Yes, that is correct. The 2015 Chevy Malibu with active shutter or E-Assist systems are excluded. We do have a note that says this if you go through the fit guide for the vehicle, see link. What I recommend is checking with your dealer to see if they approve dolly towing instead. The owners manual for the 2015 Malibu does say that it can be dolly towed (in the recreational towing section listed under the towing heading in the index). So no base plates have to be added to...
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  • The Michigan DOT website does state that a person may use a tire chain of reasonable proportion on a vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other condition tending to cause a vehicle to skid. However, it further states that the chain must not come into contact with the surface of the roadway. Based on this restriction it sounds like it would not be permissible to leave chains on continuously throughout the winter months unless road conditions were consistently...
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  • I have spoken with one of our friends at Roadmaster who told me that using the Roadmaster Universal Diode Wiring Kit, part # RM-154, will work just fine with your Malibu LTZ. If you will click on the provided link below which will take you to the product description page, you will see diagrams that illustrate the installation procedure. We also have an installation video that shows the wiring kit being installed on a 2006 Jeep Liberty. Although the video shows the installation...
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  • Given the information you provided, it appears that you would need a system to suspend around 375-400 lbs. This includes the 250 lb trailer tongue weight, the 50 lbs of gear and most of the weight of the rearmost passenger. Since weight distribution systems are typically effective for a range of tongue weights, ideally you would want the tongue weight of the trailer (plus the cargo behind the rear axle) to fall somewhere toward the middle of the effective range of the system. The...
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  • Trailer brake controllers like the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885 have power and boost settings to allow you to find the correct braking force for your trailer and driving conditions. These controls are shown in the linked photo as items A and B. You can try adjusting your power and boost levels down to reduce the braking force sent to the trailer. If this fails to correct the excessive force you may have an issue in the trailer brakes themselves. Electric drum brakes should...
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  • For tow bar wiring you basically have three options to choose from. You can use the magnetic lights like you are familiar with, like a RoadMaster Standard Magnetic Tow Lights, part # RM2120. You can use a diode kit like the Tail Light Isolating Diode System, part # 38955, that you referenced. If you are looking for the highest quality diode kit on your 2011 Chevy Malibu you would want the Roadmaster Universal Hy-Power Diode Wiring Kit, part # RM-154. Or you can use a...
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  • Trailer wheel bearings are specific to the spindle that is installed on the axle that is on your 1990 Coleman Pop Up. The easiest way to determine the correct replacement bearings for your trailer is to remove the hub and find the part numbers that will be stamped on the inner and outer bearings. To remove the hub you will need to safely support the trailer, remove the wheel and tire, remove the grease cap, remove the cotter pin and washer that secures the spindle nut, remove...
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