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Yakima SwingDaddy Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today in our 2015 Subaru Outback we'll be doing a test fit on the Yakima Swing Daddy hanging style four bike rack. That's part number Y02464. I've already got it loaded up on the outback just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it's going to work with our four bikes. Real quick, right away, I want to point out one of its best features. It has the ability to swing out around to the side of our vehicle so we can gain access to our rear hatch. We'll start right here with our black lever.



Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2015 Subaru Outback, we'll be doing a test fit on the Yakima HoldUp Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack. That's part number Y02443. I've already got it loaded up on the Outback just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it holds our two bikes. It actually holds our bikes with zero frame contact. We have this wheel hook going over our front wheel putting down pressure into the front wheel cradle, and then for the rear we have a strap going over the rear wheel and it rackets down into place, so that's going to be nice and tight. One of the best features about this bike rack is it has ability to tilt away from our vehicle so we can gain access to our rear hatch. Go ahead and make your way over to the center pin here, pull out, and then we can get into our rear hatch.



Yakima RidgeBack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2015 Subaru Outback we'll be doing a test fit on the Yakima RidgeBack hanging-style 4-bike rack. That's part number Y02458. I've already got it loaded up on the Outback just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it holds our four bikes. It actually holds them in three points of contact. We've got two zip strips for our top tube. Then for our seat post tube we've got our anti-sway.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2015 Subaru Outback, we'll be doing a test fit on the Kuat NV 2.0 platform-style 2-bike rack. That's part number NV22G. Now, it's also available in a 4-bike rack, and that's part number NV22G-NA22G. I've already got it loaded up on the Outback, just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it holds our bikes. It actually holds our bikes without any frame contact at all. We've got this large wheel hook going over our wheel, putting down pressure into the front wheel cradle, and then here at the rear, we've got a strap going over our rear wheel and keeping that in place.



Hollywood Racks Trail-Rider Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru outback wagon, we're going to be test fitting the Hollywood Racks Trailrider II bike rack. Part number HR200. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How this bike is attached to the rack,, we are going to have three points of contact. We are going to have a padded frame hook up at the top, here.



Rola TX-104 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be test fitting the ROLA TX-104 4 Bike Rack, part number 59401. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first feature I'd like to show off is the fact that it has an integrated cable lock in the center of the mast. You pull this out of the mast, wrap it around your bikes, attach it to this end here and lock it into place to prevent theft and tampering. The cradles are adjustable along the length of the bike rack to make loading a little bit easier. How the bikes attach to the rack, we're going to have 3 points of contact. We're going to have 2 straps up at the top here, one off to the side and that's going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike moving too far back and forth.



Pro Series Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback wagon we're going to be test fitting the Pro-Series Q-Slot platform-style bike rack, part number PS63138. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. As you can see, this can carry up to four bikes, however you can actually take off this end section here and make it just a two-bike carrier as well. It grips the bike in three locations. We have a frame hook up at the top, which is padded. We also have two hook and loop straps on either wheel to keep those in place as well. Those wheel cradles are adjustable, all you do is loosen up these knobs and you can move it the length of those bars. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside.



Softride Element-Parallelogram Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon we're going to be the Softride Element Parallelogram Tilting 4 Bike Rack, part number SR26248. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer looks and show off some of the features. The most prominent feature of this rack is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bikes still attached. To do that you come to this black handle on the passenger side of the mast, pull out and let it come towards you. Then we have full access to our rear hatch to get whatever it is we need with plenty of space on either side to do so. To put it back in its original position just simply push it up until it lines up, you'll hear that click. The cradles themselves are adjustable, you'll have to remove these plastic pieces in between to get them to move.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback wagon, we're going to be test-fitting the Swagman Dispatch platform rack, part number S64684. This can carry up to two bikes. You already have a bike installed so let's go ahead and show off some of the features. It has adjustable wheel cradles on both sides to accommodate different size bikes and to make fitting the bikes a little bit easier. How it actually grips the bikes, it's going to have three points of contact. We're going to have a padded frame hook up at the to make sure your bike doesn't get scratched once you install it.



Curt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today in our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be test fitting the Curt Premium 4 bike rack on number C18064. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. You notice here that without arms themselves, they're more narrow at the start of it and they branch out. This is so you can fit different style of bikes on this such as children's and alternate frames. The cradles themselves are adjustable, the length of the arms and we also have these reflectors on the ends, and also, on the back of the mast we have this tie down here. That's recommended for when you're using Curt hitches, so you use the stabilization strap to keep the bike from moving to far back and forth while you're driving. It grips your bike by its frame in three parts.



Hollywood Racks Sport-Rider-2 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be test fitting the Hollywood Rack Sport Rider 2 Bike Platform Rack, part number HR1000. We already have a bike installed. Let's take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now, the first feature I'd like to show off is the fact that this can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that, you have to pull 2 pins and clips here at the center. We'll pull the small one first then, lifting up slightly, and steadying the rack itself, we'll pull the second one. Now, grabbing hold of the bike rack, never the bike, let come away and now we have full access to our rear hatch to get whatever it is we need and with plenty of space on either side to do so. Bring it back up, we'll reinstall the smaller pin first so we can rest it on there and bring in the larger one.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback wagon we're going to be testing fitting the Kuat NV 2.0 bike rack, part number NV22G. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first one I'd like to show off is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that there's this latch here toward the center of the mast, you'll just hold onto the bike rack as you do this, you pull towards you, let it come down gently, and with that we have full access to the rear hatch to get whatever we need with plenty of space on either side to do so. You can see that it had plenty of space between the handle bars and the hatch as well and from the center bar handlebar to the edge that's going to be about 9 inches.



Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be test fitting the Yakima Holdup 2 bike rack, part number Y02443. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now the first thing I like to show off is the fact that this can actually tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that, making sure you're holding onto the bike rack as you do this, come to this red knob at the end, pull it out, and gently let it come down. With the bike rack in this position, we can actually gain access to the rear hatch with just enough clearance for our handlebars to do so.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback wagon, we're going to be test-fitting the Thule T2 Pro 2-bike Rack, Part #TH9034. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first one I'd like to show off is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that, there's this gray handle at the end here. You pull it towards you, and you can tilt it away.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to test-fitting this Swagman XC Two-Bike Rack, part number S64650. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go and take a closer look and show off some of its features. Now, how this actually grips to the bike rack, you'd normally have one point of contact with the bike's frame, and that's going to be this padded frame hook up at the top. It's padded to ensure that your bike will not get scratched once you get it installed. We also have these wheel wells here on either side. You loosen up those screws and you can actually adjust them to the length of those arms ton accommodate different size bikes and to make fitting two bikes a little bit easier. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon. We're going to be testing the Yakima Light Rider 2 Bike Rack, part number Y02472. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first I'd like to point out is that it has an integrated cable like, and it's going to be on the back of the mast. It has this nice little section here, you just pop that out, wrap it around your bikes, then you come around to the front and you attach it to this point here where it will lock into place and prevent theft and tampering of your bike. It also has these bottle cap openers here on either end, and the cradles themselves are adjustable the length of the bike rack.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on this 2017 Subaru Outback wagon we're going to be test fitting the Rola TX-102 2-Bike Rack part number 59400. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first feature I'd like to show off is it's integrated cable lock. It's here at the center of the mast, you'll pull it around the bikes and then attach it to this end here and lock it place for additional security and to prevent theft and tampering. The cradles themselves are adjustable back and forth the length of the arms and it grips the bike in 3 portions on your frame. We have 2 straps up top here and 1 off to the side and that's going to server as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth.



RockyMounts Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're doing a test fit of the RockyMount SplitRail Platform Style 2 bike rack. That part number is RKY1140. We already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you one of the key features of this rack. We're going to come here to the back and underneath this portion here there's a handle. We're just going to pull that out and that's going to allow us to tilt our bike rack away from our vehicle with our bikes fully loaded.



Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're doing a test fit of the Yakima Hold Up Platform Style 2 Bike Bike Rack. That part number is Y02443. Now we already have our bike secured down. First we're first going to show you one of the key features of the rack. We're going to come here to the back, lift up on our rack, and then pull out on our red pin, and that's going to allow us to tilt our back rack fully loaded away from our vehicle. With that tilted away, we're going to gain access into our back hatch area, to get anything in or out that we may need. You may notice we have a few inches between that door and our handlebars whenever it's opening.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2016 Subaru Outback wagon, we're doing a test fit of the Kuat NV 2.0 Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack. That part number is NV22G. We already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you one of the key features of this rack. I'm going to grab onto the end of our bike rack and pull down on the lever on the side here. That's going to allow us to actually tilt our bike rack with our bike's fully attached away from our vehicle. This is great because we do have that automatic hatch here.





Subaru Outback Wagon Questions

  • To answer your last question, I do have experience with this exact issue. A lot of people have run into this problem. It isn't always easy to find tie down points on a vehicle whether that vehicle is a 2015 Subaru Outback or a 1956 Rocket 88. But I have an excellent solution for you. You can use the Thule Quick Loops, # TH530. You won't have to remove any bolts, just close the cylinder under the hood (away from anything that gets hot of course!) and the other in the rear hatch....
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  • The Thule Hitching Post Pro, # TH934XTR, and the Vertex, # TH9029XT, are similar bike racks but their differences make them unique. The Hitching Post Pro can fold and tilt as can the Vertex, but the interface is different. The Hitching Post Pro requires pulling a pin out to tilt the rack down whereas the Vertex has a simple lever that you pull. The Hitch Post Pro has straight arms spaced 12-3/8 inches apart from outside to outside. The Vertex has arced arms spaced 13 inches...
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  • Draw-Tite #75673 has 7 inch distance between the receiver hitch pin hole and the furthest rearward portion of the rear bumper when installed on a 2011 model Subaru Outback Wagon. Although the hitch will attach to the vehicle using existing holes in the frame, a 1-1/8 inch hole saw will be needed to drill an access hole in the frame member on both the driver and passenger side. This hole is necessary in order to feed installation hardware into the frame as shown in the install...
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  • All three of the racks you referenced are fantastic racks that would do well for you. Kuat NV part # N102 Kuat Sherpa part # S101 Thule T 2 part # TH917XTR The rack with the most features is the # N102. This rack has wheel mounts, locking anti-rattle hitch pin and built-in bike repair stand. I like this rack the best because of all its features. I attached a review video for you to check out. The # S101 is similar to the NV except it is basically more of a stripped...
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  • When you're planning on using a hitch for a bike rack, and you're trying to determine if the two will be compatible, the important measurement is the distance between the hitch pin hole and the furthest rearward part of the bumper. The FAQ article I've linked shows how to take this measurement. I checked out the 1UP USA racks, and saw that they're all compatible with the 2 inch receiver provided by a Class III hitch, so that's what I'm recommending you go with. The 2 inch receiver...
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  • For some vehicles there are hitches available that do not have visible cross tubes. For your 2016 Subaru Outback wagon there are only options like the part # C13206 that have visible crosstubes. While the Curt hitch part # C13206 and the Draw-Tite part # 75673 are pretty similar they have some differenced that would account for the weight difference. The Curt uses a round cross tube whereas the Draw-Tite uses a square tube. The side brackets of the Curt hitch are actually...
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  • A 2 inch hitch will be able to handle more weight and be compatible with more hitch accessory applications, like bike racks or hitch cargo carriers. If you can order the vehicle without the factory hitch, it would be a better option for you. For your 2011 Subaru Outback V6, I would recommend the Draw-Tite Class III 2 Inch Hitch, part # 75673. This hitch has a towing weight capacity 0f 4,000 lbs. and a tongue weight capacity of 400 lbs. It will not allow the use of weight distribution. The...
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  • The J-Stacker Kayak Carrier, # SR5511, is one of our most popular kayak carriers and is designed to work on Thule square bars, round bars and most factor crossbars. This kayak carrier would be my recommendation for your Subaru Outback. It is required to tie down the bow and stern when carrying a kayak on top of a vehicle. I spoke with my contact at SportRack and found out that the ropes are made of a soft polypropylene material that should not damage the paint on your vehicle....
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  • My contact at Thule advised that although this rack # TH45050 has not been officially tested and confirmed to fit, since it has worked well on 2000 through 2015 models chances are good that it would also work on a 2016 Outback Wagon. They simply haven't had the opportunity to go through their usual thorough test fitting procedure. You may want to check the roof weight capacity of the 2016 Outback since you mention carrying up to 4 kayaks. My beginner's kayaks each weigh about...
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  • You are correct about the change key. The lock has to be unlocked for the change key to be able to remove the lock core. The issue is on the new cargo boxes like # TH624 you have to first use the key it came with and have sort of in between the locked and unlocked positions (my contact at Thule stated between 1 and 7) and the key should come out allowing you to use the change key to replace the lock cylinder with the new ones you have.
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  • We have a couple of options for carrying kayaks on the roof of your 2011 Subaru Outback. If you will be carrying one kayak then most of our customers who have the 2010 or 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon select the Yakima BowDown Kayak Carrier, # Y04042, see video link. The Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System, # TH881, runs a very close second. If you will need to carry 2 kayaks, the Yakima BigStack Roof Mounted 2 Kayak Carrier System, # Y04041, is the carrier most often...
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  • The Thule Replacement Threaded Pin, part # 853-5917, is a hitch pin that works with the Thule Replacement Lock Housing, part # 753-3725-02. It has a thread size of 12 mm. It is designed for Thule brand bike racks. Most bike rack manufacturers will design the hitch locks to fit their products only. The threads are unique to that manufacturers bike racks.
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  • Since you have a roof rack on your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon, we have a couple options that will work for you. I recommend the Thule The Stacker Kayak Carrier, part # TH830. This system will fit most round, square, or factory crossbars with a maximum width of 3 inches. The minimum crossbar spread this will work with is 24 inches. This system includes the straps that secure the kayaks to the carrier and tie-downs for the bow/stern of the kayak. For additional straps you...
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  • With a 200 lb tongue weight capacity to work with, you will need to ensure that the weight of the rack used plus the weight of the bikes do not exceed that 200 lb tongue weight capacity. This is not an issue with the bike rack itself, but with the tongue weight capacity of the hitch used on the vehicle. As long as the 200 lb figure is not exceeded, you are free to choose the rack (whether it has a 2,3 or 4 bike capacity) that will work best for your needs. The Apex Swing you...
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  • The two best bike carrying options for your Outback would be a trunk mounted rack or a hitch mounted rack. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. A hitch mounted rack would be initially more expensive, but having the receiver hitch would offer more flexibility. If the need should arise, you could tow a small trailer or use a hitch mounted cargo carrier. For bike carrying purposes, the biggest advantage offered by the hitch mounted rack would be the fact that the rack...
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  • Draw-Tite offers a Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver for your 2006 Subaru Outback Wagon, part # 75560e. If you look at the provided photo, you can see how the hitch appears below the bumper fascia. If you'll be using the hitch for towing, you'll also need the following to complete your towing system. Trailer Wiring Harness with 4-pole trailer connector, part # 118461 Ball Mount, part # 2923 Trailer Ball, # 63845 for a 2 inch, or 19260 for a 1-7/8 inch Locking Hitch...
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  • Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75673 for the 2015 Outback also fits the 2016 Subaru Outback. And Curt also has an option, # C13206. These hitches will fit as long as your Outback is not a Sport model. Since you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage...
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  • The Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 90208 is confirmed as a fit for your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon if it is not the Sport model. This is a Class ll hitch and has a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening. We have not had the opportunity to install this hitch on a 2015 as of yet, but I have attached a link to an installation video for this hitch on a 2014 model. As it states in the video, the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the rear bumper is 6 inches....
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  • If you install the Yakima SkyLine Towers, # Y00148, along with the Round Bar Adapter, # Y03536, and the Landing Pad, # Y00241, then you can install any length of the Yakima round crossbars that you wish. Yakima has a 78 inch crossbars, # Y00411, 66 inch crossbars, # Y00410, 58 inch crossbars, # Y00409, and 48 inch crossbars, # Y00408. It is okay to cut them down to a custom length as well if you feel like one is too long once it is installed. There are a few things to keep...
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  • Provided that the bags you use are form fitting (like yoga pants for the boards) then you will still be able to use the Thule SUP Taxi, # TH810XT. However, Thule does not list this carrier as a fit for the factory roof rack on your 2015 Subaru Outback. But not to worry because Yakima has the SupPup, # Y04078, listed as a fit for the factory roof rack. It is a similar carrier that also holds 2 boards.
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