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Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 GMC Acadia

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Review of the Kuat Hitch Bike Racks on a 2019 GMC Acadia


Hi, everyone. Aiden here with etrailer.com, and today we're gonna be taking a look at the Kuat Piston Pro X here on our 2019 GMC Acadia. Now, the Piston Pro X is a very unique and very high-end bike rack. Everything's gonna work really smoothly and work really well for your bike here. You can see we're holding the bike in these trays and by the wheels, making it good for our carbon frame bikes, our alternative frame bikes, and with a 67-pound weight capacity per bike, even good for our e-bikes. We also have the ability to tilt it away from the vehicle with our bikes loaded, like with many other racks in this style.

So we've got that lever right here between the trays and we can ease the whole bike rack down. Then we can get full access to the hatch of our vehicle with the bikes loaded. Good for changing our shoes maybe before or after our ride or just getting something out of the back that we might need. Go ahead and close this down real quick and we can put the bike rack back up into place. To do that, just lift up on it, maybe grab one of these arms, and it'll lock in place.

Now, what makes this bike rack really unique is the pistons on here. So to release the arms, all we have to do is come to this lever, give it a push, and it'll open up that arm. If we need a little bit of extra room, we can push this out or all the way down. There is an optional ramp attachment if we want to use it in that fashion. And then otherwise we can just lift our bike up and away, setting it to the side.

Those pistons do have a unique Kashima coating on them. It's going to keep them operating smooth for a really long time. And then we can just resecure the whole arm down. You can hear all of those clicks for the ratcheting mechanism. That's how we'll secure our wheel.

Just like that. And with it in this position, I want to take some time to get some measurements. We're gonna start with our ground clearance here. We do have a pretty solid rise in the shank here, and with our hitch sitting pretty high off the ground on the Acadia, we're working with 25 3/4 inch of ground clearance. That's gonna be plenty for all those steep driveways and hills. Now, as far as what we're adding to the back of the vehicle, we are gonna be sticking out about 26 inches, which isn't too bad. But if we don't have the bikes loaded, we wanna leave the rack in so we're ready for our next ride, we can come back to that same lever and fold the rack upright. That's gonna save us a lot of space, now only sticking out by about 11 inches. So overall you're saving a lot of space by folding it upright like this. Let's come down towards the hitch here. We can see we're working in a 2-inch-by-2-inch receiver tube and it comes with a locking hitch pin. Everything is nice and secure in here because of the integrated anti-rattle. That tool is included on the top of the bike rack here, it can be locked up, but you can use that to tighten everything down into the hitch. Down here, you'll also notice the wiring that is included with it. That'll plug into a 4-pole connector. You can see on our Acadia today, we've got our 7-way, so that's an easy fix with an adapter, giving us full lighting functions right here on the bike rack, all integrated and included right out of the box. And overall, the Piston Pro is a very, very nice bike rack. It's got a lot of premium features and a lot of things that are just included right out of the gate. If you're looking for one of the nicest racks we offer, this is definitely the way to go, and it'll be a great fit for your Acadia too. Thanks for watching..


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