Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2020 Chrysler Pacifica

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Review of the Kuat Hitch Bike Racks on a 2020 Chrysler Pacifica

Adam : Hi everyone. Adam with etrailer.com. Today we're going to be taking a look at the Kuat NV 2.0 Platform Style Bike Rack on our 2020 Chrysler Pacifica. So this right here is the gray version of this. It has nice orange accents, but we also have a black and a matte black version as well. So that's going to go with the color scheme of your ride.

Go ahead and pick which one do you thinks going to look best.So let's go ahead and just start with the fact that this is going to be great for your carbon fiber bikes as it will just have a wheel hook here to get that bike secured down, but the best part about this bike rack in my opinion, is the fact that we can actually tilt it with the bikes installed and it has a super easy lever. You just kind of hold us down like that and it activates that tilting feature and then we can have access to the back of our Pacifica.Gets kind of close but doesn't have any contact, so that is a plus. So you don't have to worry about taking your bikes off just to gain access to the back. A lot of the times when we're traveling I always forget stuff in the back and if we're in a random city in a random state, I do believe that not taking your bikes off the rack is just going to be ideal because you're probably in a gas station, random parking lot, something like that. I just think it's all in all the better bet just to keep them installed.

So lift it up to get it nice and locked down. When we're talking about locking, might as well just show you guys. There is an integrative cable mount, which is pretty much just going to go around your bike in some way and hook back into itself and we will get a key with our kit.There's one on both sides so we don't have to go and purchase one because it comes with it, which is a plus and you can hardly really tell us there. Another thing that's nice about this one is just the fact that it's going to be able to kind of mold to whatever kind of bikes you throw at it. One of our attachments here, the way we attach our bike is going to slide throughout the whole entire length of this arm here and that's just going to make it fit not only your road bikes or even your female bikes, but also even those kid bikes that you might have, so that's definitely a plus.

You don't have to worry about what kind of bikes you have, this one will pretty much be able to do it all.Another neat feature about it, which is actually pretty unique to this one right here. We actually have a little workstation. So you unscrew this and you ride up to it, put your bike frame in it somehow it's kind of clamped down. So if you need to do any work to your bike, you can have a little workstation here so it's not wobbling around. Just making fixes real quick, which is a plus so you get back on the road.So let's go ahead and start with this one back here and take this bike off the rack.

You've just got to press that in. And this is plastic. I don't think it'll scuff up our aluminum wheels here, but there is no guard so just be mindful of that if you have really nice rims or something like that. But I really don't think that the plastic's going to be hard enough to scratch it. With the front or you're just going to have a little tab here, but always keep your hand on your bike just so it doesn't fall into your vehicle. You want to pull up and fold out and then you can go ahead and take your bike and remove it.And we do have big wheel cradles, so as you saw on our road bike, it fit in this lowest little channel. The second channel is going to be for those mountain bikes and some of those really, really wide tire bikes you have too are going to fit on here as well. So before I tilt this up towards the vehicle, let's go ahead and see how much length we're adding to the back of our Pacifica. So from our bumper to the edge here, it's going to be about 30.5 inches, but we can cut that down a little bit. If you have a small garage or you're in a parking garage, you want to make sure that you don't want anybody to hit it, something like that. Same lever activates that. You just fold it up like so, locked into place, not a lot of play really so it's not going to hit our bumper or anything like that. You don't have to worry. And that's going to bring that length down to about 13 inches from our bumper to our anti rattle bolt knob.So that's next we'll talk about the anti rattle knob. A lot of bike racks do come with an anti rattle hitch pin, this one doesn't, but you don't need it. So what's cool about this is once we put it in our hitch, we put our little pin in there, which does come with a locking cylinder. Once all that's in there, you just kind of twist this righty-tighty and that's going to spread out a little ball on the end of our shank here and that's going to just get a really nice and secure fit on the inside of our hitch receiver.Other than that, I guess we'll do ground clearance. In this orientation it only sits out about 18.5 inches and it's only going to be about nine and a quarter inches off the ground. I don't think we'll have any issues there just because it does come back not that far, so I don't think we'll have any issues if you have a couple of bumps in your subdivision or even a steep driveway, I think we'll be good there. So whether what color you guys go with, I do think that this one is going to give you some features that you won't see on most bike racks and also just have the adjustability that you need to get all those different bikes to and from the destination.Other than that, that's pretty much all there really is to know about the Kuat NV 2.0 on our 2020 Chrysler Pacifica.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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