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Yakima SwingDaddy Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer we're test fitting the Yakima SwingDaddy. This is a swing-away-style 4-bike rack. They've designed it so we can use it with 2" hitches. Part number on it is Y02464. Now first and foremost the swing-out feature is what everybody wants to see. Got a large black t-handle here on the front side.



Yakima RidgeBack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer, we're test fitting the Yakima Ridgeback. This is a folding, tilting forward bike rack. They designed it for use 1 1/4" or 2" hitches. Part number on it is y02458. The Ridgeback does a great job of holding their bikes in place. It uses three cradles.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer, we're test-fitting the Thule Vertex Swing. It's been designed for use in two inch hitches. Part number is TH9031XT. It does have an incorporated cable lock, that's something that they've recently added, that's designed to go over the frames of your bike and keep them secured to the rack. It uses a Thule One Key Tumbler System, so if you've already got some you can replace it with a matching key. If not you can start your step with whichever number shows up. The swing feature, that's always the big question: how does it work, what does it do Right here we have the large, black t-handle bolt.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer we're test fitting the Thule Vertex. This is a platform-style folding and tilting 4-bike rack. It's been designed so we can use it with the 1-1/4" or with 2" hitches. Part number on it is TH9029XT. Now the Vertex is a really nice solid rack. Is going to offer an integrated cable.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2014 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer, we're going to be taking a look at and then we're going to show you how to install the Curt T-connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with the four-pole flat trailer connector, it's part number is C56172. Here's what our wiring kit's going to look like. This is a super easy, straightforward install. We've got our T-connector, it's called a T-connector because it just goes between the factory connector and gets all of our light, power, and everything we're going to need sent out to our four-pole here. Now, this is going to have brakes, turn signals, it's going to have running lights, and our white wire here is going to be our ground. Then we've got a rain terminal attached the this short length of white wire.



Thule EasyFold Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer police interceptor, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Thule Easy Fold 2. This is going to be your platform style 2-bike rack, specifically designed for your e-bikes, because it's a terrific weight capacity. It has 132 max pound weight capacity. Capable of carrying 66-pounds per bike per side. It is going to be compatible with your 2" and you 1-1/4" receivers and it will be part # TH9032. As you can see we've already got a bike up here. It is not a new bike but it is so you can see what it looks like with a bike on it.



Inno Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Inno Tire Hold. This is going to be your platform style 2 bike rack. It does have the option of making it a 3rd bike rack and that's going to be part number INH306. This rack that you see here is with a 2 bike is going to be INH305 with the 2 bikes on it. That addition that I was talking about is going to be the addition of one of this. As you can see we've already got it up here on our vehicle installed so you can see what it looks like and how it fits. Let's give you a few measurements then we'll go from there on its features.



Heininger Holdings Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer police interceptor we're going to be doing a test fit of the Advance Sports Rack, or the Advantage Sports Rack, which is going to be your tilt-away model, hanging style Ford bike rack, part number HE3010. As you can see, we've already got our bike up here, mounted, so you can see what it will look like once it's all complete. We're going to go through the measurements first, with our shortest distance first. That's going to be the distance from the receiver to this angled bracket here on the front. It going to be about 2 3/4 inches with an overall distance from the back end of the vehicle about 35 inches, and a ground clearance of about 13 1/4 inches. Moving up top, we'll take a look at the straps. These are going to be your frame straps here on top. This bike rack does not offer your anti-sway, so if you're going to be going anywhere on a long trip it would be advisable that you wrap a rope or some sorts or a bungee cord to help it from swinging around. Let's go ahead and undo these straps on top.



Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer we're going to be doing a test fit of the Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, part number PW2029C. Tire size on this vehicle is going to be 245/55R18s. What you're going to want to do first is lay them out and make sure you don't have any tangles or kinks. You want to make sure that you have the right side on the vehicle. This is in the left hand side and it shows the tire rotation direction. So, we'll take our snow chains and we'll just wrap them over the tire. You want to get them as centered as possible, with the excess coming around the bottom. We'll go around the back and hook up the back first.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer Limited we're going to be doing a test fit of the Max Tow 30 X 50 aluminum-constructed cargo carrier with a 500-pound weight capacity. It's going to have a 2-inch shank for your 2-inch hitches only and a 40 X 27 1/2-inch accessibility ramp on the side. This is your part number MT70100. Let's go ahead and put this onto our Explorer. Once you have your hitch inserted or you shank inserted into your receiver, let's go ahead and line up our pinholes. Once you have those lined up, go ahead and take your occluded hitch-pin clip and insert this. Then let's get some measurements.



SportRack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor, we're going to be doing a test fit of the SportRack Ridge 5. This is going to be your hanging-style 5-bike rack. It's also going to be part number SR2405. It does come with your two-inch shank for your two-inch hitches only. And as you can see we already got it up here installed on our vehicle so you can see what it looks like. First thing we're going to do is go through a few measurements, first one being our closest distance first. In that case it's going to be from our receiver to this bracket on the front side.



SportRack Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

. 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor we're going to be doing a test fit of the Sport Rack Vista cargo carrier. This is going to be your 20 by 60" steel constructed 500 pound weight capacity cargo carrier with your 2" shank for your 2" hitches only. It also comes with the folding shank for stowaway position, as well as your anti-rattle bolt. Part number on this is going to be SR9851. Let's go ahead and get it fitted onto our vehicle. First thing we're going to do is insert the shank into the receiver and then line up our pinholes.



SportRack Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor we're going to be doing a test fit of the Sport Rack Vista cargo carrier. It's going to have your 2" shank for your 2" hitches only, a sturdy steel construction. It's going to be 20" by 60" long with a 500 pound weight capacity. It's going to be part number SR9849. Let's go ahead and get fitted onto the vehicle that we have here today. First thing you're going to want to do is insert your shank into your receiver, then line up your pinholes. Once you have your pinholes lined up, insert your anti-rattle bolt and thread it in as far as you can by hand.



SportRack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor, we're going to be doing a test fit of this SportRack 3. This is going to be your hanging style 3-bike rack for 1-1/4-inch and 2-inch receivers. It's going to be part number SR2403. If you look up here, you can see that we already have it installed in our vehicle, so you can see where it looks and how it fits. First things we're going to do is get some measurements. Starting with our closest distance first, which is going be from the receiver to the front side of this bracket. It's going to be about 3-3/4 inches.



Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor we're going to be doing a test fit of the Kuat Sherpa. This is going to be your platform-style 2-bike rack, part number S103. As you can see, we've already got it up here, installed on our vehicle so you can see how it looks and fits. We're going to get a few measurements right off the bat. Our first one's going to start down here at the bend in the shank where it meets up with the receiver. As you can see, there is a line there to where the furthest-most point will make contact. That's going to be about 2-1/4".



Kuat NV Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor we're going to be doing a test fit of the Kuat NV 4. This is going to be your platform-style 4-bike rack. It's going to be part numbers N105-107, and just because of the combination of making a 2-bike into a 4-bike at the connection point here. As you can see, we already have the bike up here on the rack and installed on the vehicle so you can see how it looks and fits. Our first thing we're going to do is get a few measurements, starting with our closest distance first, which in this case is going to be from the front of the bike rack to the bumper of the vehicle. That's going to be about 6-3/4". Overall distance that we've added to the vehicle is going to be about 48-1/2" to the very back back here.



Curt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor we're going to be doing a test fit of the CURT Premium 4. This is going to be your hanging-style 4-bike rack. It's going to be part number C18064. This bike carrier only comes with a 2" shank for your 2" hitches only. As you can see, we've already got it up here on our rack and on our vehicle so you can see how it looks and fits. First thing we're going to do is get a couple measurements, first measurement being our closest distance, which is going to be from the front of the t-handle there to the back of the bumper at about 5". Our overall distance with it fully extended and the bike on is going to be about 34-1/2", with a rear ground clearance of about 13".



Rola TX 104 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer Limited we're going to be test fitting the Rola TX104 4-bike rack. This is going to be part number 59401. This comes with a 2" shank for 2" hitches only. Now let's go ahead and put it in our 2" receiver. Go ahead and line up your holes. Once you have your pinholes lined up, go ahead and thread in your anti-rattle bolt.



Whispbar Roof Rack Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer Limited, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Whispbar Bar-Mounted Roof Rail System, Part Number WB-S47. As you can see, we have the factory roof rails installed on this Explorer and we've already assembled and put on one of the Whisbars, so that's what it will look like when it's on there. This is spaced out to where we'll have a 28-inch crossbar spread. This is about 11 1/2 inches off the back and mounted just right underneath of the middle bracket for your factory roof rail system. Pretty much as far as you can get it under there, so it's fixed and ready to go. We'll go ahead and show you how the front one goes on. So, just go open up the door here and we'll step up.



Rola Roof Rack Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer Limited, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Rola Roof Racks Sport Series Roof Rack System. This is going to be 55 inches long and if you look here we already have our factory roof racks and one installed on the backside. A few things I want to show you on this is that if you undo the end cap, this locks and it will actually secure your foot pads in place for coming out as well as if you undo this one here, it will undo the turning mechanism that loosens and tightens with the rod here, your threaded cable and this will tighten up your tension around your bars. We'll go ahead and get it on here. All right we already mounted up our back one here to right behind the factory fix point and we are going to mount this one between 24 and 32 inches for our crossbar spread. We are going to come in a little bit here. We'll say 29 inches and once we've get it there we'll go ahead and tighten down this side and move to the other side.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer we're going to review and install the CURT t-connector vehicle wiring harness with 4-pole flat trailer connector, part number C56172. Now to begin our install we first need to locate the manufacturer's wiring connector here on the passenger side on the inner fender well between the fender well and the muffler. Once we locate it we'll locate the locking tab so we can separate the two connectors. Once we separate the two connectors we'll bring in our new wiring harness. The new wiring harness has a the-connection point that will match up with the manufacturer's connectors so we can plug inline with the manufacturer's wiring. We'll take the white wire with the pre-attached ring terminal, ground it to the body of the vehicle, and then run the 4-pole connector and harness over to our hitch.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today, on our 2015 Ford Explorer, we'll be installing the Tow Ready, T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector, part number 118540. Here's what our wiring harness will look like once it's installed. As you can see, the connection points mirror manufacturer's connection points, so we can plug in line with our T-connector. The 4-pole harness itself will then pick up the signals through the T-connection and run it to our 4-pole trailer connector, which already has the pre-installed wire loom to help protect it as we route it over top of the exhaust and across to our hitch. Then at the 4-pole connector, it's got a nice molded built on cap so we don't lose it, help protecting the end of our 4 flat trailer connection. Then when you're ready to use it, simply remove the cap and run it to your trailer or accessory. Now we'll go ahead and show you how to install your new Tow Ready T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-pole Flat Trailer Connector. To begin our install, we first need to locate the manufacturer's rear wiring harness that's located on the inner fender well here on the passenger's side, above the muffler, and between the muffler and the fender well.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Ford Explorer - Curt

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer we'll be installing CURT class three 2" receiver tube hitch, part number C13100. Here's what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Very easily accessible. Here is our receiver tube. It's our 2" by 2" square tube design. Our pre-drilled pinholes, that's for our 5/8 pin, and then our chain hold down.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Ford Explorer - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer we'll be installing Hidden Hitch class three 2" receiver tube hitch, part number 87720. Here's what our hitch will look like once it's installed. The only thing we really have exposed is the receiver tube, which is almost flush with the rear bumper, so we have nice easy access to the 5/8 pre-drilled pinhole on both sides and our chain hold down. The only other thing that we really have exposed is the round crosstube that connects the two side brackets to the frame. We have 400 pounds of tongue weight capacity and 4,000 pounds of towing capacity, unless we add a weight distribution hitch; then we have up to 500 pounds of tongue weight with 5,000 pounds of towing capacity. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4".



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Ford Explorer - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer we'll be installing the Draw-Tite class three 2" receiver tube hitch, part number 75710. Here's what our hitch will look like once it's installed. The only thing we really have exposed is the receiver tube, which is almost flush with the rear bumper, so we have nice easy access to the 5/8 pre-drilled pinhole on both sides and our chain hold down. The only other thing that we really have exposed is the round crosstube that connects the two side brackets to the frame. We have 400 pounds of tongue weight capacity and 4,000 pounds of towing capacity, unless we add a weight distribution hitch; then we have up to 500 pounds of tongue weight with 5,000 pounds of towing capacity. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4".



Pro Series Weight Distribution System Review - 2001 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2001 Ford Explorer, we'll be installing the Pro Series Weight Distribution System with Friction Sway Control, part number PS49901. This system evenly distributes tongue weight to the axles of your tow vehicle and trailer for stability and control. It also creates a more level ride for your tow vehicle and trailer. It has an adjustable tension and allows you to create the perfect degree of control and resistance. The integrated handle also allows you to easily engage and disengage the system. To start off, we need to have our truck and trailer in a straight line, but separated.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Ford Explorer - Draw-Tite

Today on this 2014 Ford Explorer we're going to show you part number 75710. This is the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver Hitch. This is a Class III with a 2" opening. We'll go ahead and take a quick look at our hitch when it's installed on our vehicle. First off it has a nice rounded collar that goes all the way the 2" opening here and then it uses a 5/8" hitch pin hole right here. You notice it has 2 sets of holes on here.











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