Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Ford Edge

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Review of the Kuat Hitch-Bike Racks on a 2012 Ford Edge


Today on our 2012 Ford Edge, we are test fitting the Kuat Transfer Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack. This bike rack is designed to work with inch and a quarter or 2-inch hitches. There's an adapter that comes with it for the 2-inch hitches. The part number of this is TS02G. Now, as you can see, we do already have our bike on the rack. I want to show you how we secure the bike down and then also some other features of the rack itself. Now, this is a tilt-away bike rack.

To do that, you can actually keep your bike on here. We're just going to push down on this silver-gray lever here and just hang on to your bike rack as you drop it down into the tilt position. Now that we've got that tilted away, it gives you full access to the back hatch area of your vehicle which is convenient if you leave anything in there that you need to get out. Also, the hatch clears well above where your bike is, so you shouldn't have to worry unless you've got some handlebars that stick a bit. For our style 00:01:07 bike today, we don't have to worry about the bike hitting the hatch at all.

We'll close this back up and then to move it back into the road-ready position. We're just going to hang onto the rack. You want to make sure you hang onto the rack and not your bike. Lift straight up so it locks into position. Now you see how we've tilted it down and how we've tilted back up. I want to show you some features of the rack.

As you can see here, we do have a hook that holds the tire here. You want to put that, place that, in front your breaks here or if you have a different style bike, it will be right in front your frame there, but it's not going to touch either one. Now, if we come back here, we do see we have a strap for our tire there. The nice thing about these cradles here is that they do rotate back and forth to accommodate any type of bike you may have. To release that, we're just going to push down on either side.

There's a lever on this other side and feed 00:02:05 the strap through. If you do have a bigger bike tire, you can feed more of the strap through on this other side and you don't have to worry about that strap being lost because there is a stopper on one side. Now, as I come back up here to release the front, we're going to hang onto our bike. We're going to push this lever down and just lift up on the hook here. We can push that down to the front to get it out of the way. We'll just take our bike off and settle off to the side. We're going to take our hook back and we're just going to push it all the way to the back position. Then replace our straps so we don't get any dirt or grind in those straps there. Now, to put it into the stow 00:03:00 position. First, we're going to . Sorry. First, we're going to measure and we're going to do overall length. This bike rack, it's about 33 inches to the back of your vehicle. To reduce that, we are going to put it into the stow 00:03:20 position here. Just push down on your lever again and lift up until it clicks back into place. Now, if we check our overall again, we're going to be about 11 and half inches there which is addressed two 00:03:41 difference between in a road-ready and the stow 00:03:44 position. Now, our closest point here, that's going to be about five and a half inches at the bottom here. We also want to be aware of your cradles. Since this one doesn't move, I'm going to go ahead and measure that as well. That's going to be about two and a quarter inches there. You just want to be aware of that whenever you're putting your rack into your vehicle hitch. Our ground clearance is going to be just right up under here. We're going to have about 11 and a quarter inches from the ground. Again, just to be aware of that in case you come out of a driveway. Now, if you look down here, we do have a 2-inch hitch on this vehicle. We also have an anti-rattle bolt and clip. That's going to keep your rack from shaking too much or wobbling while you're driving down the road. Now that we've seen how the Kuat Transfer works on our 2012 Ford Edge, that is going to be it. Here, on our test course, we'll start by going through the swallow. This is going to show us the side-to-side action which stimulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will stimulate hitting a curb 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, garage, or driveway.


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