Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2017 Toyota Highlander

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Review of the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top Trunk Bike Racks on a 2017 Toyota Highlander

John: Hey guys. John here at etrailer.com. Today we have our 2017 Toyota Highlander and we're test fitting the Hollywood racks over the top trunk mount bike rack. This comes as both a two-bike version as HRF2, as well as a three-bike version as part HRF2-3. Both options will carry up to a 35 pound bike in each cradle. So 35 pounds, 35 pounds, and a three-bike version has another spot.This trunk mountain version is a great way to get our bikes to our favorite destination without having to install a hitch on our vehicle, and maybe find space for a hitch mountain bike rack in our garage.

We can fold it up and fit it in our trunk, or maybe a smaller space in our garage. It also eliminates us from having to try to fit our bike into the rear hatch area of our vehicle, or install a roof rack and try to lift it up on top of our vehicle. This vehicle sits a little bit higher, so it'd be a little difficult to do that.Our bike here sits pretty level, but if you have a bike that doesn't have as much of a horizontal top tube, I do recommend grabbing a adapter bar here. We have it etrailer.com, we have a few different options. But what this does, is it sits between our post here for our front handlebars and our seat post, and it gives us a horizontal top tube, so that our bike sits more level.One other thing to note, is the exhaust on our vehicle.

It sits over here on the right side. It does point a little further down. I don't think we're going to get too much exhaust heat on this rear wheel, but if you have rear wheels that are a little bit more sensitive to heat, that is something to note.Let's show you how to remove the bike, and then we will get some measurements here, so we can see if this is a good application for you. Our bike is held at three points of contact. We have two rubber straps here and then one down here.

This one is used as an anti-sway cradle and it helps limit the movement of our bike. We still have some movement while we're heading down the road, but it's not going to be as drastic as it would without that.So remove our straps here, and then we'll walk our bike off. I do recommend twisting this cradle up so it's a little more horizontal and makes it a little easier to remove our bike. We don't have to try to drop it around that anti-sway cradle. Our rear cradle here, does have some ridges on it, and that's designed to hold our bike a little higher; the frame of our bike.

So that any cables we might have on our bike aren't crushed by the frame.With our bike removed, let's get you measurement from the rear bumper, out to the rear most arm sits at 19 and a half inches. So it doesn't sit back too far from the rear of our vehicle, but if maybe you want to pull into your garage and the 19 and a half inches is too far, we can lift up on these arms, it allows us to swing these arms down. You might need to loosen it up just a little bit. And with the arms rotated down, that reduces that overall length to six and a half inches, so significantly reduces the length. You should have no problem fitting in your garage with it, with the arms rotate it down like this.This strap here is used for if we have multiple bikes loaded on our bike rack, we can loop it around them and just kind of helps steady them a little more in conjunction with that anti-sway cradle.One last thing I'd like to note here, this bike rack is really unique in that it has a top arm system here that allows us to attach our straps. As we can see, there's no pressure put on our spoiler. So since this vehicle has a larger spoiler than other vehicles, it does help maintain our spoiler and keep from damaging it. Some other ones that might cause us to put pressure on these straps on our spoiler, this one eliminates that possibility. So it's going to keep that spoiler looking nicer longer.Well, that's going to complete our look at the Hollywood racks over the top bike rack on our 2017 Toyota Highlander. Thanks for watching. Here it is on our test course. We'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action, which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. silent 00:05:03Next we're at the alternating speed bumps, which we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole or driving over uneven pavement. silent 00:05:22Finally, we have the full speed bumps, where we'll see the up and down action, which is just like driving out of a parking lot, garage or driveway. silent 00:05:37.

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