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 Transfer on our 2020 Chrysler Pacifica. So this one right here is the two bike version, but we actually have a one bike version, and also a three bike version and they're going to come in black and gray as you see it here. And if you have a fat tire bike, we actually have those configurations for the fat tire bikes as well. So let's just go ahead and just start by saying this one is going to carry two bikes to and from your destination.

We are going to have a wheel hook here, so no frame contact, great for your higher end carbon fiber bikes and such. This is a road bike here, but we also are going to be able to fit the mountain bikes and some fat tire bikes on here as well, which is a plus.And another plus is just the fact that we can actually tilt this with the bikes installed. There's a little lever here. Push down on it and we'll be able to tilt. And we did check, it is really close, but we don't have any contact with our back hatch.

So with this installed we don't really have to worry about us losing functionality of our Pacifica. Which is definitely a plus for me just because all I want to do is get a bike to and from the destination. I don't want to lose any features of my vehicle, so this is going to be able to do that for you. Whenever you're done, you just lift it back up, it'll snap into place letting you know it's nice and secure.So let's go ahead and just start removing this bike off the rack. Just pressing this little tab here, slide that up.

This doesn't really hold the bike upright, that's why I do it first. It just helps with that vertical movement. So now we'll go over here and put a hand on your bike, of course, whenever we do this. Press in this tab, lift it up, fold it out, done deal.One thing I noticed, if I we're to open this one up, I can get a little bit closer to my bike. So if you guys don't have a lot of upper body strength or you're just tired, I think that's going to be the easier way to get your bike off the rack.Whenever we're done, put these back like so.

What I like to do, since there's nothing to hold them into place, I actually back them all the way out, rotate this wheel cradle as much as I can and just snap that down, just so we're not going to have that thing moving at all. Just something I like to do.So with any hitch mounted accessory we are going to add a little bit of length to the back of the vehicle. So let's go ahead and check it out. From our bumper to the edge here, it is going to be about 33 inches, but we can cut that down a little bit. But first I want to just show you guys how much ground clearance we're going to have in this orientation. The Pacifica doesn't really sit up too high, so we only have about 16 inches of ground clearance, but that's actually quite a bit of ground clearance, So I don't think we'll have any issues bottoming out, but just be mindful if you have a really steep driveway or something like that.We can actually tilt this up. Same lever as before. Press that down, tilt it up. We're going to have a little bit of play but not a whole lot. We're not going to have our cradles hitting our vehicle here, so that's plus, and that's going to bring our distance down to about 10 inches from our bumper, which is definitely a plus. I don't think we have to take this out of our hitch for it to fit into your garage if it's a little bit smaller. So just be sure and make sure you have enough room for that.So last things last is just our shank. We are going to have two different size hitches that this will fit with. We have a sleeve that's going to make it compatible with our two inch here, but we can take that off and it's going to be compatible with that inch and a quarter as well. It comes with an anti rattle bolt so it's going to take out all that shake and play on the inside of the hitch so you don't see it just rattling around, and of course hear it.So whether you're going with the one, two or three bike rack version of this, or if you're going with the gray or black, or if you got the fat bike version, I do think this is going to be a pretty economical choice just to get your bikes to and from the destination, and it does look pretty good. It does have that tilting feature which is a big thing with me, and you can put all your bikes on it because it has no frame contact, which is something I would look for in a bike rack. Other than that, that's pretty much all there really is to know about the Kuat Transfer on our 2020 Chrysler Pacifica.Here on our test course, we'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action. This simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate 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, parking garage, or driveway.

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