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Inno Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2018 Toyota Highlander

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Review of the Inno Hitch Bike Racks on a 2018 Toyota Highlander


Hi, everyone. Aiden here with etrailer.com. And today we're gonna be taking a look at the Inno Tire Hold two-bike rack here on our 2018 Toyota Highlander. Now that's a really nice platform style bike rack that's going to, like the name suggests, hold the bike by the tires. This means we're gonna have zero frame contact so good for our carbon frame bikes, good for alternative frame. And it's a 60-pound weight capacity per bike, even good for some e-bikes with the battery removed.

And like many other platform racks, this does have the ability to tilt away with the bikes loaded. Just have to come back to the handle here, squeeze that, and it'll stop right there. Now I'm not gonna go and open the hatch on this Highlander because it's just automatic and it does not clear with our handlebars here. It comes out to maybe like right here. So honestly, if you do have a bike with narrower handle bars, these ones are pretty wide on this mountain bike, you might have some luck with clearance there but just be wary of it and just know that you still do have this back glass that can tilt up.

If you do need to get something out of there you're just not gonna be able to get full hatch access. Then once you're done with this you can just lift it back into place, like that. And it has a nice audible click. So you know it's locked in too. Now to get this off, all you gotta do is come down to the buttons here push those in and push out.

Now I don't like this system of doing it as much because sometimes to release that pressure it can be a bit tricky. Once you've got it done you can lift that up and off. If you're looking for something that is a similar style that has much easier operation to open those arms I would suggest a RockyMounts GuideRail. That system you can just release the ratcheting arms and they can move freely on their own. And it makes it a lot easier.

And then we can fold these down, back into place. Now with it like this, I do wanna get some measurements. So I'm just gonna grab my tape measure here and we can check out our ground clearance first. We do have a bit of a rise here giving us 21 inches of ground clearance at that back end. That should be plenty for any sort of steep driveways and hills. I wouldn't be too worried about it bottoming out. With the length added, we're gonna be looking at 33 and a half inches to the outermost point here from the back of the bumper. That's not too bad, but you're just gonna be cautious in those parking spots and garages. But with the bikes off, we can fold it up using that same handle we came to before. And it's gonna cut down on the length quite a bit, giving us 13 inches that we're sticking out from the bumper. So if you wanna leave this on in between your bike rides, you can, it's not gonna be too in the way. I would just be cautious of it being in the way of your backup camera. It is a pretty thick bike rack. So just wanna be cautious of that. Now down at the bottom here, you'll notice that we have a tool-free antirattle knob. You twist this to the right to tighten it or to the left to loosen it. And it also functions as the lock. So we've got the lock core there. The point right there, that lines up with this slot. So when you put that in, turn the lock, it locks it up, making it so you can't loosen it or tighten it. And then, we can see at the hitch, we're going to fit into an inch and a quarter or a two inch hitch with that adapter. Now, overall, the Inno Tire holds a really solid rack. I personally like the RockyMounts GuideRail a bit better just because of the way those arms operate. It's a lot easier, but this one's gonna be a really great option too. And it's gonna work really well for a long time. Thanks for watching. Driver Here on our test course we'll start by going through the slalom. This is gonna show us the side-to-side action. This simulates turning corners or evasively maneuvering. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curve or pothole or driving over uneven pavement. Once we get to the full speed bumps we'll see the up and down action. This will be just like driving in and out of a parking lot, parking garage, or driveway..


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