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Swagman Chinook Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount

Swagman Chinook Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Matthew S says:

Yes, if you:

  • Want a sturdy rack that's built like a tank
  • Are looking for a good value
  • Want easy access to your vehicle's rear cargo area when on the road or at the trailhead

No, if you:

  • Don't want to mess with trying to lift and install a heavy rack
  • Have carbon frame or custom painted bikes
This durable, 2-bike rack is great for the serious cyclist as well as the occasional rider. You can tilt it down with your bikes loaded for trunk access, fold it up for storage, and secure your bikes and rack with keyed-alike locks. Call 800-298-1624 to order Swagman hitch bike racks part number S64683 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Swagman products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Swagman Chinook Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Swagman Hitch Bike Racks

  • Platform Rack
  • Tilt-Away Rack
  • Fold-Up Rack
  • 2 Bikes
  • Swagman
  • Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitch
  • Class 1
  • Class 2
  • Class 3
  • Frame Mount
  • Bike and Hitch Lock

This durable, 2-bike rack is great for the serious cyclist as well as the occasional rider. You can tilt it down with your bikes loaded for trunk access, fold it up for storage, and secure your bikes and rack with keyed-alike locks.


Features:

  • Platform bike rack carries 2 bikes using your vehicle's hitch receiver
  • Padded hooks on ratcheting arms hold bikes securely by the frame
  • Sliding wheel cradles with ratcheting straps let you carry bikes with different wheelbases
    • Fat bike cradles (sold separately) let you carry bikes with 5" tires
  • Spring-loaded release levers allow rack to tilt and fold
    • Tilts down with bikes loaded to access cargo area
  • Anti-rattle hitch pin reduces movement of rack in hitch receiver
    • Removable adapter sleeve lets you convert the rack for use in 1-1/4" hitches
  • Keyed-alike locks deter theft of your bikes and the rack
  • Durable steel construction with black powder coat is rust resistant


Specs:

  • Application: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" (Class I and II) and 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Carrying capacity: 2 bikes
  • Weight capacity (per bike): 45 lbs
  • Maximum tire width: 3"
  • Maximum wheelbase: 50"
  • Wheel diameter: 20" to 29"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to:
    • Closest part of rack when folded down: 12-1/2"
    • End of rack when folded down: 25"
    • Closest part of rack when folded up: 6"
  • Carrier weight: 47 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Approved for use on cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, and motorhomes - not approved for fifth wheels or towable campers

Padded, Ratcheting Hooks

Swagman Chinook 2-Bike Carrier

The Chinook's mast has a pair of ratcheting hooks that hold your bikes securely by the top tube. And because they move independently, you can carry bikes of different shapes and sizes. The hooks have soft padding that won't scratch or scuff your bike's paint.


Sliding Wheel Cradles

Adjustable Wheel Trays

The wheel cradles slide to accommodate bikes with different wheelbases. Hand knobs let you release the cradles to slide along the bike tray and adjust for your specific bike lengths. Each cradle has a ratcheting strap so you can secure your bikes' wheels during transport. If you need to carry fat bikes, there are cradles (sold separately) that let you carry bikes with tires up to 5" wide.


Tilting, Folding Design

Fold ForwardFold Up For Storage

A spring-loaded release lever in the base of the rack lets you tilt the rack down with bikes loaded for cargo area access. You can also use that same lever to fold the rack up against your vehicle for storage. A second spring-loaded release lever lets you fold the mast down so you can fold the rack up.


Complete Security

Threaded Locking Hitch PinThreaded Locking Hitch Pin

The ratcheting hooks have lock cores in the release buttons so you can secure your bikes to the rack. Simply slide the hooks over your bikes' top tubes until they click and lock them in place. There is also a keyed-alike locking hitch pin that secures the rack to your vehicle. The hitch pin works with a built-in anti-wobble device in the shank to eliminate rattle in the hitch receiver during transport.


Removable Adapter Sleeve

Adapter Sleeve

The rack has a removable aluminum sleeve that lets you convert the rack for use in 1-1/4" hitches.



64683 Swagman Chinook Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier - 1-1/4 Inch and 2 Inch Hitches - Tilting

Item # S64683

Installation Details S64683 Installation instructions


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Customer Reviews

Swagman Chinook Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - S64683

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (300 Customer Reviews)

This durable, 2-bike rack is great for the serious cyclist as well as the occasional rider. You can tilt it down with your bikes loaded for trunk access, fold it up for storage, and secure your bikes and rack with keyed-alike locks.

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Overall value 5/5 Overall features 4.5/5 Overall quality 4/5 Assembly instructions that do not have a parts list??? Instructions poorly (not horribly) written. Luckily it's easy to assemble. Like the overall rack. Fits modern 29" mountain bike without issue.


Comments
Not great, had to upgrade Would rate it a three start product in retrospect. Much of the hardware is cheap. Having a single rail to move wheel cradle son really limits adjustments.
David I - 06/09/2021


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Great 2 bike rack, it's heavier than I thought but easy to assemble. The bikes are easy to load/unload and they stay very secured while you drive. My only concern is the tire cradles when you're not using the rack they are easy to be stolen. I bought a wire lock to add a little more security. Anyway I'm happy with my purchase.



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waited a few weeks to review in order to fully use the rack as intended. First off, assembly was a breeze. I mounted this on a 2019 Subaru Outback 3.6 with a 2" receiver hitch. With 2 mountain bikes mounted up the rack showed very little to no sway while driving. The rack is very solidly built. The included wheel trays will fit up to a 3" wide tire (tested with a Specialized Fuse Comp 27.5+). The tilting feature gives plenty of room for the rear hatch to open. Levers for the tilt function and the support bar are solid and lock into place very well. The only real negative with this is that it does block the rear view camera and back up sensors but that is to be expected with something that is mounted right in front of the bumper. Overall, well worth the wait for it to arrive back in stock and highly recommend the Swagman Chinook over the pricier Thule Doubletrack.



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One year later I'm still delighted with this bike rack. I love that it is so versatile, allowing me to open the RAV4 back hatch using the tilt feature. The bicycle rides so securely and without wiggle at all. I also feel confident in the security of the locking features. This was one of the best purchases I've ever made! My only frustration is that I cannot use this bike rack when I am towing my new camper, which has zero to do with the product. Sad face.



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After quite a bit of research, I purchased the Swagman Chinook bike rack from etrailer.com. Shipping was very fast, only a few days. Using the printed instruction pamphlet AND the video, which is on the Swagman website, I was able to properly assemble and install the rack in about 30 minutes. I loaded 2 bikes and took the vehicle for a test ride. The rack performs as described. It holds the bikes securely and transports them with very little movement - it is a solid product. I do like the way the rack tilts away from the vehicle for access to the cargo area, and also the way it folds up tight to the vehicle. This rack is a great value for the price paid. I highly recommend the Chinook for safely transporting 2 bikes, and I am completely satisfied with the way etrailer.com handled the entire transaction. Thanks to all!


Comments
After a year with this bike rack, I am still completely satisfied with this purchase. Along with normal local transporting, I did a 3500 mile Fall road trip with my bike on board and had no problems whatsoever. This rack does what it is supposed to do. Some normal maintenance is required like any piece of gear. Keep it clean, lubricate various areas, check for tightness of bolts, and I store it in the garage when not in use. I have no thoughts of considering another bike rack - this Chinook is just the ticket for me.
BOB P - 03/07/2021


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The install was super easy following along with the video. The Chinook is excellent quality. A year later and lots of local trips and two trips from PA to Florida and the rack is still in perfect condition. The key for us is IT DOESN'T RATTLE ON THE HIGHWAY! If I had to listen to 14 hours of rattling on I95 the bikes and rack would have been on the side of the highway. Exceptional value and quality!



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The Swagmann Chinook 2-bike platform rack is EXACTLY what I was looking for! As a 61 year old single woman, I had trepidations about assembling the carrier myself, BUT after watching an assembly video and reading the instructions through, it was quite easy to assemble! I did each step with the video & written instructions, pausing the video as I went. I would recommend using both, as there are helpful hints in each that aren't in both. The whole carrier is very sturdy and secures the bike very well. There is a 3 point "strap-down" system that holds the bike on .... the hook that tightens down on the bike bar and then each tire has a strap that secures it even more. I've only carried one bike so far, but I'm sure it will handle 2 bikes with no problem. There is a SLIGHT wobble when going on bumpy areas, but it's minimal. I would recommended checking that your bolts remain tightened from time to time. I like that the part that goes into the trailer hitch and the hooks that secure the bike are lockable. I've been in situations where I've had to leave my car with my bike on it in public places, and I felt like my bike was safe. I locked the hooks & used my bike lock, but I would not leave it like that for hours on end...any lock is breakable. I do keep the hooks locked when not in use. The whole carrier tilts out to make loading and unloading easier.... it is also beneficial for opening the car's trunk. My bike is quite heavy, so this feature is a huge plus for me. When not in use, the whole thing folds down and tilts towards the car, to where it only sticks out from the back of the car by about 15 inches. I'm still able to park my car in the garage without having to remove the carrier! I don't have to use the tilt-out feature for opening the trunk of my Subaru Forester even when it is folded toward the car. I spent a little more than I had hoped to, but I am 100% pleased with my purchase, and given the chance to purchase something else, I would choose the same product again.


Comments
After a year, I still love it! Carries 2 bikes easily and even with bikes loaded, the tilt-out feature allows me to access the trunk of my Subaru Forester. I have tightened the bolts twice...once because I thought maybe I should : the second time because I noticed a slight wobble developing. Simple fix! Ive not regretted this purchase at all, and would still buy it again.
Martha - 01/07/2021


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Great product. The way it folds up when not in use is a big convenience. We put it on car in spring and don’t take it off until winter. Provides solid platform for our bikes. The tire straps are substantial and easy to operate. Hooks with built in locks also a plus. Wish we had replaced our old platform rack years ago. Everything operates as expected. Great quality. When we assembled and installed the rack the hinge bolts were a little over tight. Made it a little difficult to pivot rack down into haul position. Small tweak and little lube took care of it. Very satisfied one year later.



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Works great! Between the wheel straps and locking hooks, my bikes are securely held in place. The anti-wobble device in the hitch is a nice addition.


Comments
A year has gone by, and the rack continues to function well.
Roberto - 06/09/2021


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Just put the Swagman Chinook on my 2016 RAV4. For a reasonable price, the quality seems very good. Assembly is easy, and it is much lighter weight than another brand I returned. The rear hatch opens with the bikes and rack tilted back. Since I most often use a single hybrid bike but occasionally like to also bring my mountain bike, I can set the Chinook up for one or two bikes, leaving three large pieces at home if I only need one bike. A platform bike rack like this keeps the bike wheels away from the car exhaust, and from scraping ground when going up driveways.


Comments
Excellent after one year. Highly recommend Swagman Chinook
John S - 10/26/2020


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Great product! It’s my second year, but I used it almost every day and kept it for the whole season on my car. I removed only for Chicago winter. I did few longer road trips, bikes were always safe. I like the locks, and bikes are pretty stable, even on the highway. The only issue I had, I lost one tray and I had to replace it, but it wasn’t difficult to find and buy another one. Definitely recommend!



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Been a great hitch for the money and easily handles 2 e-bikes (sans batteries). Only comment is when first purchase bikes sat straight up in the carrier and now they lean back slightly though locking mechanism appears to be holding fine just a little disconcerting.



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Truly grooving on my wife's new Swagman Chinook bike rack. She wanted to be able to transport her nice road bike easily without throwing it in the back of her car, and since a roof rack is out of the question, this Swagman model fit the bill perfectly. It arrived quickly on the anticipated date. Kudos to etrailer.com for the email updates to keep me informed of my purchase. Within one hour, it was installed on my wife's 2014 Mazda3 hatchback. The Swagman is heavy and solid, which is reassuring as it makes me feel confident that it will keep the bikes secure. It also makes me feel like I got my money's worth. A ratchet wrench and Phillip's head screwdriver were the only tools required for the easy install. I did my research before purchasing the Chinook model as I was also eyeballing a very similar Thule rack that was slightly more expensive. I spoke with an etrailer.com expert who gave me the lowdown on both models. Ultimately, the Swagman won out because it has a smaller 'footprint' while extended or folded up ... and also can tilt away from the car for easy access to the hatchback area. Very convenient! FYI: Mazda doesn't make a trailer hitch for the Mazda3 as it's a small car with a small engine and has no business towing anything. Thankfully, the Curt company makes an aftermarket frame and trailer hitch that fits the Mazda3 hatchback perfectly with no drilling. Stupidly, I purchased it from another online company thinking I was getting a good deal. Turns out etrailer.com had it for less with FREE shipping. Oh well ... live and learn. Now I know that etrailer.com is one-stop shopping for bike racks AND trailer hitches. (Full disclosure: I had the garage down the street install the frame as it's easier with a lift) Only snafu: the shipment contained an extra set of keys that I assumed was for the hitch bolt lock (there was also a set of keys on the bolt itself). I spent 15 minutes using those keys trying to figure out how to remove the lock from the bolt to install it on the hitch. The keys just wouldn't turn in the lock. I called etrailer.com and Kevin told me to try the other set of keys ... and they worked. So an extra set of keys came with it that did absolutely nothing ... weird! Obviously, I can't speak to the longevity and durability of the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack as I just installed it. What I can speak to is the sturdiness of it, the ease of the installation and my complete satisfaction with the good folks at etrailer.com.


Comments
Its been a year and my wife thinks her Swagman dual bike rack is the cats meow. Its works as well as the day we purchased it with absolutely no issues. The best thing a bout the rack is how easy it is to put back on the car. My wife, out of the blue, said she wanted to go riding and that she needs the rack. I took it out of the shed, []ed it into the hitch, tightened the bolt with a ratchet wrench, and 5 minutes later, she was good to go!
Steve H - 05/08/2019



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I ordered the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack on line from etrailer and so far have been very satisfied. The bike rack was delivered in less than a week. Unpacking the rack and assembly was fairly straightforward. I have read some reviews that complained the assembly instructions were a bit vague. I didn't have a problem but can see where others without a mechanical background get confused. The rack is very sturdy, but there is some side to side play in the tilt mechanism. I'm not sure this can be avoided with a rack that folds down. Installing the Curt trunk stabilizing strap takes most of the sway out of the rack. Installation is fairly easy and quick. It takes me 6 - 7 minutes to install the back on my hitch, and to install the bike and be ready to drive away. That seems reasonable to me. So far I've only loaded 1 bike. I've included pictures of my installation on a 2014 Mercedes Benz E350 sedan. Clearance between the bikes, the rack and the car are good. With the bike loaded in the inside, most forward position, I have 6" clearance between the pedal and the bumper. With the bike removed, the center support folded flat and the rack folded up in the storage position, I have 4" clearance between the closest part of the bike rack (the fold down hinge assembly) and the back bumper of the car. I am able to open the trunk of the car without removing the bikes or using the tilt feature, but I do have to remove the stabilizing strap first. Overall, I'm very pleased with the bike rack and think it will serve me much better than my old strap on rack. Since the weather has been cool since getting the bike carrier, I haven't taken any long trips to give it a real workout.


Comments
Im still very pleased with the bike rack. Have taken several 200 mile trips with 2 bikes and am very satisfied.
Capt J - 03/21/2018



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This bike rack is very sturdy, which adds to its hefty weight. Overall, it secures my bikes very well and the locking mechanism for both the hitch and bikes seems to be of good quality. The bikes would probably have to be damaged to be removed from the rack while it's locked, so that's about as much as you could ask for I guess. I bought this to enable transport of my triathlon bike with a disc wheel, which works perfect, even without the rear wheel strapped. The bike secures very snugly, so it doesn't shake around at all, although there is minimal play in the hitch...only very slight sway. For the price, quality, and utility, I'd definitely recommend this rack!


Comments
The bike rack is still holding up well. We use it almost every weekend and its been great. No issues whatsoever.
Joshua M - 01/15/2018



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I purchased this rack for my 2014 Subaru Forester. I originally bought a used Thule rack that hung the bikes from the top tube (or the top tube adapter, in the case of my mountain bikes), but my bike hung too low. After much research into various racks, I selected this Swagman Chinook. The ratings were good, the price was right, and it had all the features of a much more expensive rack. The rack was very easy to put together upon arrival, and it took me just a few minutes to adjust it to my mountain bike's size. I really like the fact that the rack locks to the car and also locks the bikes down to the rack. The rack tilts in easily to the vehicle when not in use. It's easy to put the rack on and take off of my car as well. I found the easiest way to load my bike (Niner RIP 9) is to raise the top hook to the tallest height and then lower the top tube hook rack. After I put the bike wheels in the tray and ratchet them down with the padded straps, I swing the top tube rack up and lock it down. If I attempted to load the bike with the top tube rack up, I had to really maneuver the bike around it while trying to get the wheels seated, and worried I'd scratch my car. I took it on a trip up north on a very windy day, and there was no sway. So many great features at a price that can't be beat.


Comments
Pretty good after a year. Discovered I need to re-tighten the hitch bolt where it connects the rack to the hitch - it loosens off with time. Otherwise, an excellent rack.
Theresa - 06/21/2019



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Excellent bike rack. Have used it to transport one and two bikes on multiple occasions. Have seen other brands with easier designs that fold up while hooked on the vehicle,but probably cost way more, so, other than that I am very happy with my purchase.



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We ordered the Swagman Chinook 2 platform bike rack to use with our Draw-Tite Max-Frame class III hitch that we installed on our 2019 Chevy Equinox. We are one trip in and loving it! It's very easy to load and unload the bikes. The tilt feature allows us to have full access to the rear hatch with the bikes loaded. The rack folds up easily when not in use. The lock features work great! We have a men's 3G beach cruiser and a women's Townie Electra. We were particularly worried about the rack fitting the women's Electra without using an adapter bar since this is a step-through bike, and it fitting the men's 3G wheels since they measure 3". It works without any issues on both bikes! We do have to put the women's bike on the outside and the men's bike on the inside to get the right fit - not a big deal, but takes a slightly bit more maneuvering. There is some movement, but nothing more than what would be expected. It does sit somewhat low on our vehicle, so use caution when driving on a steeper drive. Overall, we are very pleased with this purchase!



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Good hitch rack for the price-wish it tilted back at a lower angle though. Will not clear tailgate of my pick-up and I’ve got a few dents to show for it. Hitch tightens up well and very little movement or rocking on the road



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We love it. It was easy to put on. Love how it folds up too. We notice after one year now it needs some silicone so the parts will move better. Highl



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Well constructed rack, locking mechanism great, no need for cable lock for the bikes, etrailer provided fast shipping.



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There are too many "moving pieces". First, after everything has been tightened it still shakes while hitched up - and so do the bikes. I am not super comfortable driving fast because it shakes so much. (I did contact etrailer.com but they couldn't help me). Second, I can't always keep it hooked up to my SUV so it is bulky and heavy to put on and remove. Third, one side is for my bike but when I ride with other people it takes a while to adjust the wheel base because they don't slide easily on the bar.



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This is a very sturdy bike rack. It was easy to assemble and mount to hitch. I don’t worry when towing my bike around town. I usually take the rack off after each use but wonder if a cover is available so I could protect the rack from the elements. Glad I purchased definitely worth it.



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This is a great bike rack. A great feature is being able to access the back of the SUV with the bikes attached. The rack provides for a safe and solid (not bouncy) way of transporting our bikes. Best bike rack I have ever owned.



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Used our Swagman Chinook 2 bike platform for the first time today. My wife and I really like it. Drove about 60 miles to a rail trail at a state park. Easy to load and unload, travels well on the highway and secondary roads. Love the ability to tilt the rack with the bikes on for easy access to the rear door of our Subaru Outback. It appears to be a very well made carrier. It does weigh almost 50 lbs, and that is our only complaint.


Comments
One year later and we have used it numerous times. Still works great, no complaints.
Howard - 07/05/2018


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    The scoops that the Swagman Chinook # S64683 and G10 # S64682 are actually made of metal as well as the loops on the XTC-2 # S64670. The real advantage you get from the scoop style is that they will hold the wheels over a larger area. There are tiered grooves inside the cradle that fit around the bike's tires holding it more secure. The picture I attached shows this although it's kind of hard to see. The loops of the XTC-2 only make contact with the tires in two locations and not...
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  • Can Swagman Current Bike Rack Carry Trek Verve+ 2
    I looked up the Trek Verve+ 2 and it weighs 51 lbs which would easily work on the Swagman Current part # S64683 which has a weight capacity of 60 lbs. The frame design of the Verve is also compatible with the frame clamps of this rack as well.
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  • Best Hitch-Mount Electric Bike Carrier to Fit All Hitch Classes
    There is one electric bike carrier that will deliver all of the characteristics needed for your application, the premium EasyFold Electric Bike carrier from Thule, part # TH903202. This carrier costs more because it is designed and built to be a class-leading product, one that is sold all around the world. Here's why I recommend this rack over all other e-bike carriers. The EasyFold fits all hitch classes: 1, 2 and 3; it has a 65-lb weight rating for each bike so you have extra capacity...
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  • Compatibility of Swagman Chinook 2-Bike Rack on 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country 4x4
    The Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 will absolutely work on your 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country 4x4. The best way to show clearances for fit is to measure from your hitch's pin hole. From the center of the hitch pin hole, the closest part of the rack when folded up for storage is 6 inches. The closest part of the rack when folded down for use is 12-1/2 inches and the end of the rack from that same point is 25 inches. This is a very nice frame mounted platform...
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  • Will the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack Fit on a 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe?
    The best way to determine whether a bike rack that we haven't tested on a specific vehicle will be a good fit is by determining the distance from the hitch pin hole on your receiver to the edge of your bumper. Once you know this number, you'll be able to compare it to the length of the shanks on different hitch mounted bike racks and see how much clearance each rack has from your vehicle. For example, the Curt # C13195 hitch that is a fit on the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe, has 4-1/4" from...
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  • Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Fit For Woman's Step Through Frame 18 Inches From the Ground W/O Adapter Bar
    Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting # S64683 will go down to 12 inches, so you will not have any issue with the frame 18 inches from the ground. Swagman does recommend the bike adapter # 64005 for lower frames like that just to add a higher point of contact for less movement, but it is not required. This is a very nice bike rack that comes with the lock for the hitch and the bikes. It also has a very nice tilting feature for easier access...
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  • Swagman Chinnok not Tightening Down
    This can be resolved by tightening up the included anti rattle bolt. The bolt is designed to tighten the shank of the rack to the outer tube of the hitch securing it incredibly tightly. If you don't have yours you can replace it with the Locking Anti-Rattle, Threaded Hitch Pin part # S64029. If you did have your bolt in place and it still wasn't tight you need to check the point in which the rack pivots and check to ensure those bolts are tight. These and the other bolts on the rack...
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  • Which Bike Rack Will Clear The Tailgate On A 2008 Honda Element?
    The Swagman Chinook Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount # S64683 has a measurement of 12-1/2" from the trailer hitch pin hole to the closest part of the bike rack when folded/tilted down. You can measure from your trailer hitch pin hole to the rearmost part of the tailgate when folded down and if it is less than 12-1/2" you will likely be fine without any interference but I cannot guarantee it since we haven't tested it on a 2008 Honda Element yet. You could add...
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for Electra Townie Bike Rack
    Your Electra Townie does have a very low top tube on the frame. If you wanted to use the Chinook part # S64683 you would have to use an adapter bar like part # UB01 to give the rack something to grab onto. Otherwise you would need to go with a bike rack that grabs the bikes by the tires instead. The closest rack to what you referenced that we offer for this would be the Kuat Transfer part # TS02G. I attached a review video for this rack. This would be the route I would recommend over...
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  • Will Swagman Chinook Have Clearance to Fold Up Installed in Hitch of 2020 Toyota Prius
    Yes, with a hitch installed like the Draw Tite part # 24966 you'd be able to have the needed clearance to fold the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 up. This rack has 6 inches of clearance betwee the hitch pin hole and the perpendicular bars of the rack when folded up which would easily be enough clearance.
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  • Recommended 2-Bike Hitch-Mounted Platform Rack for 2017 Toyota Prius Prime
    It looks like the trailer hitch for your 2017 Toyota Prius Prime is most likely a Class I hitch with a 200 pound tongue weight capacity. When choosing the best bike rack for your vehicle and bikes, we just need to make sure that it will be compatible with Class I hitches. I recommend looking at the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683. This is a great platform-style rack that can carry 2 bikes of up to 45 pounds each and is Class I compatible. The sliding wheel cradles with...
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  • Does the Swagman Chinook Sit Higher than the XTC-2
    On the Swagman Chinook # S64683 I calculate the distance from the top of the shank that fits into the receiver to the bottoms of the insides of the wheel trays to be approximately 5 inches. On the XTC # S64670 it is closer to 4 inches but that is deceptive since the wheel hoops don't have a bottom. Ultimately they are pretty close so if you like the Chinook it would not be much harder, if at all, than the XTC.
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  • Determining if Swagman Chinook Can Fold without Hitting Rear Bumper on 2010 Toyota 4Runner
    The Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 referenced in your question will have a distance of 6 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole on your 4Runner to the closest part of the rack when it is folded up. In order to see if this will interfere with the rear bumper on the vehicle, I recommend taking a quick measurement from the center of the hitch pin hole on your hitch receiver to the outside edge of the rear bumper. If this measurement is less than 6 inches, this bike rack...
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  • What is the Weight of the Swagman Chinook Bike Rack?
    I can confirm for you that the Swagman Chinook # S64683 weighs 47 lbs. This is a tilting and folding rack that fits 1-1/4" and 2" hitches, comes with an anti-rattle hitch lock and has a weight capacity of 45 lbs per bike. It holds your bike by the tube with padded ratcheting hooks and by the wheels with ratcheting straps. I've added links to a pair of video reviews on this rack for you to take a look at as well.
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  • How to Best Discourage Theft of Bikes
    You're right. Any lock can be defeated by a thief with the time and sometimes the tools to do so. Locks are primarily included on items like bike racks to act as deterrents. In other words, to an extent they "work" sometimes just by encouraging the thief to take another bike that will be easier to steal than yours. Bolt cutters, hack saws and other tools can make short work of stealing a bike or a bike rack or both. There is, sadly, no such thing as "theft-proof". The best way to...
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  • Differences Between the Swagman G10 and Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Racks
    The primary differences between the Swagman G10, part # S64682 and the Chinook, part # S64683 is the overall size and shape of the rack, as well as the bike dimensions that they hold. The Chinook is an overall smaller rack, and at 25 inches, is a little more manageable for garages and other tight situations, and at 6 inches may risk contact of the wheel trays with your vehicle's rear bumper when folded up. The G10 on the other hand sits 13 inches away from the hitch pin when folded...
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  • Swagman XTC or Chinook Bike Rack Comparison
    If I was choosing between the Chinook # S64683 and the XTC # S64670 I would go with the Chinook all day. It is a better bike rack and doesn't cost much more. The wheel cradle design is more secure and stable, the straps are easier to use since they ratchet, and the hooks lock into place to deter bike theft. Your wheelbase and bike weights are also perfectly compatible with this bike rack as well.
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