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Yakima Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2006 Nissan Altima

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Review of the Yakima Trunk Bike Racks on a 2006 Nissan Altima

Hi, everyone. It's Evangeline here at etrailer. And today, we are looking at the Yakima HangOut 2 bike rack, trunk mounted bike rack here at etrailer on our 2006 Nissan Altima. So, as you can see, we have this mounted to our trunk here on our Altima. And this is a good option for when you wanna bring your bikes but you cannot put a hitch on or it's unavailable to put a hitch on your Altima. You can still carry your bikes by mounting this bike rack to your trunk.

So, what I have right here is the HangOut 2 trunk mounted bike rack, which means it can carry two bikes. Now, if you need to carry three bikes, there's also the option which is the HangOut 3, which gives you an extra cradle for that extra bike. So, this has a total capacity of 60 pounds for when you carry two bikes. If you're only carrying one bike, you are still limited to a weight capacity of 30 pounds for that single bike. As for the contact points between your bike rack and your vehicle, you have two mounting points for the support arms and you also have three hooks.

So, you have your upper, you have your side, and you have your lower hooks. Depending on your vehicle and please check our fit guide just to make sure you get the right match, you can also convert those hooks into hatch anchors. That way, you don't have to get a separate hatch anchor, but you can just convert the preexisting hook that you already have. The support arms or the bases have foam cushions, and that's gonna be between your bike rack and your vehicle. So, you have this foam that goes around that arm, and you can see how it's a nice, sturdy foam.

You can see how flexible it is as I squeeze it. And that's gonna be something that's gonna help cushion that contact point as well as prevent extra scuffs and scratches from having this on your vehicle. Now, with any trunk mounted bike rack, no matter how much cushion they use, there's still gonna be some contact with your vehicle's trunk. So, I highly recommend cleaning your trunk or whichever surfaces will be touched with a towel as well as maybe some soap and water, just to make sure you don't have any dirt creating extra scratches between those points of contact. So, here on our bike rack, we have some special features.

So, here we have our StableCradle anti-sway. So, that wraps around your bike's frame and creates an anti-sway effect. So, this is holding it in so that as you drive along, you're gonna reduce the amount of sway your bike experiences and reduce the chances of your bikes swaying into each other. Wrapping around our bicycle's frame, we have these chain straps. So, they call it that because they're not made of chain, they are made of rubber, but they are designed to look like chains. So, they have those little circles inside, and those are gonna wrap around your tabs on your cradle. So, you can see how they go over your bike's frame and then tighten down by being inserted into these tabs. Using these chain straps does require a little bit of extra muscle, especially when your bike rack is brand new and they haven't been worn in much yet. I please recommend that you have these mounted or put into those tabs even if your bikes are not on your bike rack. That way, they're not flopping around as you drive around, and you can keep them as effective as possible for as long as possible. Now, when you do have a bike rack on your vehicle, there is gonna be some extra length added to the back of it. So here, we're gonna measure from the furthest point on our bumper. And from that point all the way to the end of the bike rack, we have it at about 17 inches out. So, that's gonna be a length that you're gonna have to consider whenever you're backing into your garage or trying to park into a really tight spot. So now, we're gonna take our bike off just so that we can take a closer look at the other features this bike rack has. So, you start by taking these chain straps off. I start by the anti-sway strap and then we go around to the top. Another thing you can do with this is that you can fold the arms down to make it a bit more portable. So, I'm gonna fold these arms as low as I can get them. That way, we can take some measurements just to see the difference in terms of length added to the back of our vehicle with them folded down. So, just make sure to get those tabs back into place and that you get them fully seated right there. So, measuring from our bumper to the end of the bike rack, the furthest point is now really just this end right at those arms. So, we're gonna have it out at about five inches from that bumper to the end of those arms. So, you can see that this makes a big difference in terms of portability. So, when you are dealing with those small spaces, you definitely want it in this position. For our mounting points here on our Altima, we have one, two, three sets of those hooks. So, we have two here at the top. We have our side hooks right by our taillight. And then we have our lower hooks right here on the bottom underneath our trunk. Though, it is also the placement for our arms. Now, I did follow Yakima's instructions as for the distance. So, that's gonna be 18 1/2 inches of distance between your two arms. So, my final thoughts about this bike rack is I do like how it fits here on our Altima. I was kind of worried about our placement here, especially with the side hooks, but everything held well together. Just make sure that you tighten everything down. Again, if given the choice, I highly recommend trying to get a hitch mounted bike rack. But if you do not have a hitch or cannot get a hitch, this still works well with carrying around two, or three bikes if you wanna get the three bike version, nice, safely and securely. And that was a look here at our Yakima HangOut 2 trunk mounted bike rack here on our 2006 Nissan Altima. My name is Evangeline and I hope you enjoyed the journey..

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