Hollywood Racks Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Mazda 5

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Review of the Hollywood Racks Hitch Bike Racks on a 2012 Mazda 5

Today, our next present on our 2012 Mazda 5, we're going to be test fitting the Hollywood Rack's Tread Aligner 2 Bike Platform Rack, which is part number HR200Z. This is a great accessory to mount to your hitch so you can be able to carry up to two bikes wherever you want to go with them. We have a bike installed. Let's take a closer look and show you all of the features.Now, it's going to hold our bikes at three different points. We have a hook and loop set on the back wheel right here, which is the first one. And then, we have the same thing at the front which is the second one, the hook and loop straps to secure the wheel and to just hold it down into the wheel cradle.Now on top, we're going to have this padded frame hook.

It's putting downwards force on top of our bike just forcing it down into the cradles, and you can see I'm shaking the bike and it's really not moving at all opposite of the bike rack. And also, the rubber padding right here. This is going to help protect your bike, the frame of your bike from any type of scratches or abrasions.Well, let's go ahead and take the bike off. We're going to stat with the hook and loop straps because the bike won't.. If we take the hook off first, it could possibly fall over and hit our vehicle while we're trying to take the straps off.

So from there, before I mess with the hook, I'm going to come down here, I'm going to pull this pin out too real quick and you'll see why in a minute. I'm going to raise this hook up. From here, I'm going to press down on this button and release the hook. And to make unloading easier rather than having to pivot around this arm, it's pretty close quarters with the vehicle. It's pretty close.

We're just going to fold this arm down that way we don't risk hitting our bike up against our vehicle possibly damaging one of the two.And from there, it's very easy just to put right back up and replace that pin. There we go. Now, I want to provide you as a few measurements with any hitch-mounted accessory you have on your vehicle, you going to have added space to your Mazda 5. Now, from the bumper to the outermost point is going to be exactly two feet. It's 24 inches.

Is what we've added on to our Mazda. Our ground clearance you can see, we have a nice rise in our shank so it's going to sit a bit higher than normal. Our ground clearance is going to be 18 inches which is a good amount, especially for how low this vehicle sits. So, shouldn't have to worry too much about driving on uneven pavement, or over potholes, or something like that. And, our closest point is going to be around these cradles which is about seven inches, but those are stationary. They're not going to move at all.Now, unlike a lot of platform racks, this can not fold up to our vehicle, but there's one way we can fold this to conserve on space. You can do this if you're traveling with an empty bike rack or if you just want to store it in your garage easier. When it comes to these two pins, we're going to pull them out. And now we can fold up both of these arms like this. We call this suitcase style. Then we will replace the pins to make sure that they're locked into place. Sometimes it helps to wiggle this arm around just so you can get the holes lined up correctly. Just like that. And then, we're going to do the same with the other side. There we go. And just like that, you know we've cut down on all the width of it. It's great for storage, like I said. You can put it in the trunk of your car a lot easier. You could put it in your garage or your house. Really, you can put it anywhere.Now, let's go down and see how it attaches to our hitch. We're going to have an inch and a quarter receiver, but if you have another vehicle in your household that has a two inch receiver, it does comes with a sleeve to put on the end of the shank, and that sleeve makes it compatible with two inches. We do have our anti-rattle bolts that is locking it in. That takes away from the shake and play from the bike rack while we're traveling. And we also have this lock on the other side which is a great security feature because no one can remove it without that key.But that'll do it for the look at the Hollywood's Rack's Trail Rider 2 Bike Platform Rack on our 2012 Mazda 5.

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