Rhino-Rack Mountain Trail Bike Rack Review - 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Rhino Rack Mountain Trail Bike Rack on a 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon


Today on our 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon, were going to be test fitting the Rhino-Rack Mountain Trail. This is a fork clamp style roof bike rack. Its part number is RBC2035. With the factory roof rack already on our Subaru, were going to begin our test fit by placing our bike rack directly up onto our crossbars. As we do this, we want to be sure that the two black rubber coated metal straps come around the underside of our crossbar. We can then remove the black plastic cover.

This will give us access to the two slots in which our rubber straps need to fit into, one there and the second one there. Well now take an Allen tool and tighten down the Allen bolt located here at the front. This is going to tighten both of our black straps simultaneously. With that tight and the front of our rack secure, were going to replace the cover then we can move to the rear. Here at the rear, were going to have a clamp that consists of two bolts, two wing nuts and a metal lower portion. What were going to do is loosen up both of our wing nuts and well remove one completely.

I like to remove the one thats closest to the crossbar. It just makes it easier. Well then separate our clamp, bring one bolt to the front side of our crossbar while the other one will stay behind with the clamp on it. Were going to insert that bolt back into our clamp after we bring it around the underside and then we can just thread our wing nut back on there and start securing it. Well tighten both wing nuts down of course to get our clamp evenly tightened. All right.

With that secure, we can now move to the rear wheel strap. Well undo that and then well go to our front skewer. We need to make sure that we have it open and also loose. We can then grab our bike, place it right up onto the rack, were going to secure it first by tightening down our front skewer here. We can then move to the rear wheel and secure it with the strap. Just like that, weve got our bike all loaded up.

Now lets take a look at the rear hatch here to see if we have the clearance we need to fully open it. Yeah, its perfect. As you can see here, weve got a small gap there so were not going to have any interference from our rack when opening our hatch. It gives us full access into our cargo area. Were now ready to hit the road. Were going to go out on our slalom course, our alternating bumps and our solid bumps to let you see what it looks like in action. That will complete todays test fit of the Rhino-Rack Mountain Trail part number RBC035 on our 2011 Subaru Outback. .


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