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Hollywood Racks Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Toyota 4Runner

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Review of the Hollywood Racks Hitch Bike Racks on a 2015 Toyota 4Runner


Today we have a 2015 Toyota 4Runner and we're gonna be taking a look at the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE with the cargo carrier. The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE is gonna be great for you if you have a mountain bike, a road bike and electric bikes, if they're under 50 pounds. Also we're gonna have a decent amount of space up top to load up a lot of our cargo up to a hundred pounds. The Sport Rider SE can either come with these cradles right here, which has a maximum of three inches in tire width, or you can grab it that already has the fat tire cradles on there. These are gonna accept five inch tire widths or you can just grab these individually to swap over one or two, depending on what kind of bikes you have. That's the main gist with this bike rack but we do wanna take it on the test course to show you how it's going to look and feel, whenever we're going on bumps and stuff like that.

Narrator Now we're gonna go ahead and take it on our test course. First, we'll start with the slaloms. This is going to show the side to side action. It's kind of gonna mimic the movements that you'll see whenever you're driving down the road normally. Now we'll have the alternating speed bumps.

This is gonna be more so like the uneven roads and some of that uneven train you might be traveling on. And now with the fold speed bumps, these are gonna be pretty much like normal speed bumps. You get to see the up and down action of the bike rack and see how it holds up. That was pretty cool, performed pretty well. The no more wobbling than any of the other bike racks that we really put in there, but we are gonna get to why it didn't really wobble a whole lot.

It's the anti rattle system, but we're just gonna kind of go through all the nitty gritty specs. And if you are interested in a cargo carrier slash bike rack, stick around, we're gonna dive in. We do not have this system completely maxed out. We have a 50 pound bike, we have a 20 pound bike and then we have about 20 pounds worth of cargo. So, it is gonna be a little difficult to tilt it away.

This is gonna give us hatch access. And what you wanna do is kind of lift up on this a little bit, and we're gonna go down by the shank over here and we're gonna pull this pin. So, we're gonna go like that. Kind of lift it up. It's gonna help that pin slide out a little bit better. And then there's a little novel on side and then you can tilt it down. What I was using was the edge of the cargo carrier to kind of support it and then pulling that, it wasn't that difficult, but just the fact that the knob and the pin are on this side, makes it a little bit harder. You do wanna keep in mind what bikes you're putting closest to your vehicle. Typically it is the heaviest bike, but where the foot pegs are and how wide those handlebar are, is gonna determine if we're gonna be able to open up the back hatch. Right now, we have it on a 4Runner which has a pretty big hatch. And what I had to do was rotate the pegs down, so it would clear that, but we still do have a little bit of clearance issues right up here. So if you did have a bike that wasn't as wide as this one, you would wanna put that one here. So we didn't have that issue, but there is still plenty of room to grab our gear and whenever we really need. So if you did wanna keep this on your vehicle if you wanted to go hit the trail randomly after work one day and you have to go get groceries afterwards, you still will be able to get some stuff in and out. So, whenever we go back up, really all we have to do is just lift it up. and it'll snap into place, but right when we do that, we want to replace that pin. And that same trick I did to get it out, you wanna lift up a little bit and then it pops right in. It is kind of difficult to get this back on, just 'cause I'm reaching over our cargo. Let's just assume we have the carrier loaded up and we want to take the bikes off. What you wanna start with is the straps down by the wheel cradles. It's just a hook and loop strap. You can undo that and it's gonna be on both sides. And then once we do that. with the hand on our bike, we're gonna press the button on one side and take this off and notice this is the button that I was pushing, but it does have a locking core and we are gonna get keys with our kit. So both of these frame hooks are going to come with a lock. We don't have to buy 'em separately, which is really cool. And one thing that I suggest doing, notice how I took this off the center mast There's a screw hole right here. So they want you to put a little screw in there, but the cap isn't going anywhere. So I decided to take those off so I can take this off. Let's hang it on the carrier or something, cause this way it's gonna be a lot easier to take that back bike off. So, let's lift this off and set it to the side and then we can go ahead and do the next bike. The nice thing about this is I really do like the frame, but we do have some foam right here on our hook. So, it's not gonna scratch it up, but this isn't gonna be best for those carbon fiber frame bike. So be mindful of that. And the reason why I like taking those hooks off is now I can go down here and I can pull this pin out. And then since the pedal is on the one side of the mast, it folds down this way. So that makes it a lot easier to get this bike off, so I can pick it up directly off of the front face of our rack. And one thing I forgot to do is the wheel straps. You really wanna do those first, but then you're gonna be able to take it directly off the back, which makes it a lot easier to unload. We can either take these frame hooks and put 'em in the vehicle with us or you can just put it on the center mast. That's what I like to do. And notice how one is a little bit taller than the other one. That one goes on first. And of course we just wanna put one facing the other side. I do like how the buttons and the locks are on the same side. And then we can take this little pin, which is connected. I like that. Cause I lose things a lot and then we can replace it right here. And we're good to go on that section. So now you can go ahead and unload all your cargo. The cargo carrier comes with a nice little net. So it has a bunch of hooks on the side. I do like how it has some holes in there, so you can kind of grab it and pull this up. It's a perfect size for this. So the carrier is 52 inches long by 15 inches wide on the larger parts. And then it comes up all the way to five and a half inches. To remove the hooks, you can just utilize those little holes right there, pull 'em down, just work your way all the way around. There's a lot of the times where you get a cargo net that's not really like the perfect size for it but this one first I thought it was gonna be too small, but since it stretches out, it really leaves a nice tight fit. So you can be rest assured that none of your stuff's gonna really go anywhere. Once that's done. I usually just take this and obviously I have plenty of places to put it. So I just put it back in here for later. And then what we put on here is just a little tote just for some of our cooking stuff. We have a big bag with. This is pretty much enough size for me to bring all my clothes for a whole week and then some dry backs for some camping. Because it's not covered, it will get a little wet, but now you can look at the carrier and let's do one dimension, just because I told you the length and width but it does get a little skinny here in the middle, about one foot in the middle. Everybody knows how big this is. It's your standard size cooler. The center section is not gonna allow it to really fit that well. You really wanna muscle it down there. You can get it to fit, but you are gonna bend your cooler a little bit. So just know you may not be able to load up your cooler. Whenever we put anything into our hitch we're gonna add a little bit of length to the back of our vehicle. So from the front part of your hitch receiver the front face all the way to the edge, it's gonna be about 49 and a quarter inches. And then the closest part from the face of our hitch to the closest part of our bike rack is gonna be seven and a half inches. To fold it up, we don't have to pull any pins or anything. We just need to pull this snob right here and that's gonna allow us to fold it up. And it should snap into place. There's a little bit of play there, but not a whole lot. With this, The closest part of the rack from the face of our hitch is gonna be five inches. And then to the farthest point of the rack, it's gonna be 16 and a half inches. One thing to note, depending on your vehicle if the carrier becomes a little bit of a hazard getting too close to your vehicle, what you can do is you can swap this thing around, just twist it 180 degrees. If that is something you're running into, what you have to do is we're gonna loosen this up. This is the anti rattle system, just for the carrier. So now it's real loose. So once that's loose, we have a pen down low we're gonna pull this out and you can grab this pull it directly out. We can switch it over. 180 degreesAndWe'll place it right back in, put this pen through. AlrightSo kind of work with it a little bit. So for it to go in there And Once that pin is in then I can show you what the anti rattle really does. That's how much it is when it's not tight. But I do suggest kind of wiggling it whenever we're tightening this down it is a little bit harder to kind of get to it whenever it gets pointed back like that. But once it's tight, it does take all that play. So the only play you're kind of seeing here is just down at our shank, but this is completely solid. It's pretty quick to do. And we have that same exact system down here on our shank for the shank and our hit receiver. This is gonna keep it nice and tight. So there's no shake and play as you can see but we loosen this up lefty loosey righty, tidy. You really can see what that anti rattle system really does. So now what you can do is take the same keys that we take for our frame hooks. And we can place this in here, twist this that comes off and this comes out. So then we're ready to take this out of our hitch. There are a couple different ways we can use this system. We can just use just the bike rack alone, which you just gotta pull this off and put this in your garage or something like that. And then this is gonna cut down a lot of lengths. So if you're not on a trip and you don't really need to haul your cargo, you could just do this. And then you just have just the bike rack. And there is a little reflector cap that goes on the end up here and it comes with the kit. But if you're going on a trip and you don't wanna bring your bikes we can take this out, put it in your garage. I do like how it sits up like that. So it's not falling over all the time. Some of these bike racks, when you put 'em in your garage all they do is just tip over and it's kind of annoying. So what we can do with this. . I'll get it a little closer for you. Notice. that our shank here. .is a little smaller. So they give you another piece right here. We have a bigger and a smaller hole. We're gonna put the smaller hole down like that. We're gonna take the same pin that connected it to our bike rack, go through like this, and now we have a cargo carrier. So this is gonna be great, just because we can really utilize this rack to work. .however we really need it to. So we can put this in, line up that hole like this, and we'll use the same exact hitch pin with the lock. So we'll lock into place, which is sweet. So we're not losing that function. And one thing I really do like about this, some of the other cargo carriers on our website, pretty much all of them, they don't have this kind of anti rattle system. They have a threaded hitch pin, which requires a tool. This all you need is your key. And then we can take some of this shake and play out. I'm curious to see how much we can get it to tighten up in that. .hitch. Not really the best, still wobbles a little bit, but. .it's not really going to do any damage. I just like the fact I can pick which one I want. So with this configuration, with the Sport Rider SE, you really get to choose. And when you're just using the carrier you can load up all the way to 220 pounds. One thing, this cargo carrier isn't gonna deliver like some of the others on our website it's not gonna be able to fold up. So you're gonna kind of be stuck with the amount of length we add, which is about 30 inches from the face of our hitch to the end right here. If you like the versatility that the sport rider se delivers with the whole modular system whether you want to carry two bikes whether you just wanna carry 220 pounds of cargo or both. The only thing I would really compare it to is the Yakima Exo System. The EXO System is very sweet and it does have a lot more configurations than this has, but it is an extremely premium option. So if you like this and you think you're gonna utilize it a lot go with the exo system, cuz it is a pretty sweet system. But with this, it's a great way to get into this whole modular type of system. And I think the Hollywood rack sport writer se is a really cool entry level way to get your stuff to and fro. And that's pretty much it. If you're looking for a bike rack that kind of does a little bit more than some of the others on our site the Hollywood racks sport writer se is gonna be one of the better choices on our site. And again, this is on our 2015 Toyota 4runner..


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