Bike Rack Recommendation for 2015 Subaru Outback OEM Hitch

Question:

Hi, Great website. I have a 15 suburban outback with Subaru 1.25 hitch mount. I need a 2-bick hitch- mount rack, I like the Kat Sherpa and Yakima holdup. Am I correct that you think the Sherpa wont work with this hitch and that I am limited to the Yakima product? Thanks

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Helpful Expert Reply:

The factory Subaru 1-1/4 inch hitches are designed with the pin hole so close to the end of the hitch tube that the only racks we recommend for them are the Yakima racks like the Holdup # Y02445. Yakima actually makes the Subaru brand racks. The Subaru racks are basically just rebranded Yakima racks.

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Question:

Lots of good info in your response. Thanks. The Yakima Holdup is about 15 pounds heavier than the Kuat Sherpa, so I was hoping for a good way to make the Kuat work. It relies on that internal locking mechanism with a ball and cam that tightens inside the hitch. But I conclude from your comment that you dont think that is adequate for a secure connection. Am I right?

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For a lighter platform bike rack from Yakima you could also look at the Yakima TwoTimer part # Y02468. This is only 7 lbs lighter than the Holdup though, and you would lose the nicer wheel mounts that the Holdup has in favor for frame mounts.

The Sherpa would not fit your hitch unfortunately because, like you mentioned, the locking mechanism would work well with the shallow Subaru hitch you have.

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