Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Kuat Hitch Bike Racks on a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon


Today on our 2016 Subaru Outback wagon, we're doing a test fit of the Kuat NV 2.0 Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack. That part number is NV22G. We already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you one of the key features of this rack. I'm going to grab onto the end of our bike rack and pull down on the lever on the side here. That's going to allow us to actually tilt our bike rack with our bike's fully attached away from our vehicle. This is great because we do have that automatic hatch here.

We don't have to worry about stopping it or making sure that we don't open it while our bikes are attached. We do have enough room there. Even if your handle bars are a bit longer than ours, you shouldn't have to worry about that making contact, as you could see there. To put this back in place we're going to simply lift up, and it's going to lock into place. As for how this is secured down, at the back we have a cam buckle strap. That just comes loose there.

At the front we have a wheel hook, which is either going to sit in front of your brakes or in front of your frame, depending on how your bike is made. We'll just push on that button. That releases it. Then we can pull our bike off and set it to the side. One great thing about this rack is that we do have integrated cable locks on each end.

Here's one for the closest bike. You don't have to worry about having another bike lock or even theft and tampering. Those will secure your bikes into place. We'll take a few measurements here. First is going to be overall we're adding about 32 inches to our vehicle. Our ground clearance is going to be about 22 and 3/4 inches.

Our closest point at the back is going to be about 8 and 1/2 inches. Then from the center of the hitch pinhole to our closest point we're going to have about 10 and 1/2 inches. That will give you a good idea if you have a different style hitch whether or not this bike rack will work with your vehicle. For our next position we're going to again pull down on that lever. Our bike rack is going to tilt up and lock into place. Then here at the end we open up this cover here. We'll be able to pull out this back portion of our bike rack, which will allow us to work on our bike and perform any maintenance that we may need. As for our closest point in this tilted up position, we're not going to have to worry about that because we do have a lot of space in between. Even if our bike rack does move a little bit, we're not going to have to worry about that making contact. Overall now we're only adding about 15 inches to our vehicle. Our ground clearance is going to be about 13 and 1/2 inches. This will be great for close quarters situations. As for hitch, this works for 2 inch hitches only. We have a pin and lock in here to help prevent theft and tampering. Then at the back we have our anti-rattle device, which is tightened all the way up. It's going to keep a lot of the shake and play out of the bike rack as you head down the road. That's going to be our completed look at the Kuat NV 2.0 Platform-Style Bike Rack, part number NV22G on our 2016 Subaru Outback wagon. First we'll take it onto our slalom course. This will show you the side to side action, such as making turns or evasive maneuvers. Now we're at the alternating speed bumps. This will show you how it looks driving on uneven pavement or potholes. Finally we're at the solid speed bumps, which simulates going into your driveway or parking lots.


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