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Thule Apex 4 Swing Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2012 Honda Odyssey

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Review of the Thule Apex 4 Swing Hitch Bike Rack on a 2012 Honda Odyssey

Today, on our 2012 Honda Odyssey we'll be test-fitting the Thule Apex Swing, part number TH9027. To begin our test-fit, we'll slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, line up our pinholes, insert the spring loader pin to the pinhole, and turn the black knob located on the shank of the carrier to engage our anti-rattle device. Now, we'll go ahead and go over a few clearance measurements to see how the bike carrier and this vehicle will fit together. There's about 9 inches of ground clearance. Closest part of the vehicle to the closest part of the carrier is about 2 inches. With the cradle arms folded down, we've added about 9 and a half inches to the overall length of the vehicle.

Now, we'll go ahead and lift the grey handle at the top of the mast to swing the cradle arms out, and we'll measure from the cargo door to the end of the cradle arms and get a measurement of 39 1/2 inches. Now to load our bike, we'll undo the cradle straps, set the bike into the frame cradles, and secure with the straps. Now, to access our cargo area we'll unscrew the T handle located on the back of the base of the carrier and then lift up on the black T handle with the gold shank. This will allow us to swing the carrier out and have access to our cargo door. That completes today's test-fit for the Thule apex swing 4-bike carrier, part number TH9027, on our 2012 Honda Odyssey..