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Rhino Rack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Nissan Rogue Select

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Review of the Rhino-Rack Hitch-Bike-Racks on a 2014 Nissan Rogue Select

Today on our 2014 Nissan Rogue Select, we're gonna be doing a test fit of the Rhino Rack Hanging Style 4 Bike Rack, part number RBC044. As you can see, we've already got our bike in place, so you can see what it's going to look like once you have it fully assembled and in place on the back of your vehicle. This rack does come with an inch and a quarter shank as well as a 2 inch adapter, so it is compatible with your class 1, 2, and 3 receivers. Just keep in mind that with your class 1 receivers, that you're only gonna have a certain weight specification that you can do. That's gonna require you to only carry up to 2 bikes and that is to maintain that weight requirement. Let's go ahead and start off by getting a few measurements. Our closest distance will be down here at the bottom of the welded on bracket here to the back side of our receiver, and about a half an inch.

Overall distance that we've added to the back of the vehicle, from the rear of the bumper to the back of the cradle arm's at about 34 inches. Our ground clearance, at about 12 and 3/4 inches. Moving up top, lets talk about how the bike is secured to our rack. We're going to have 3 straps in total securing each bike to the cradle arms. 2 on the top which are gonna be our frame straps to keep the bike from bouncing up and down, as well as 1 on the side connected to the down tube and seat post side of the bike to keep the bike from swaying from front to back. Let's go ahead and undo them in the reverse order that they should be placed.

Once you have those undone, lets go ahead and remove the bike from the cradle arms, that way we can show you the stow position. Always remember to reattach your straps, that way you ensure that you don't lose them. Then, while you're up here at the front of the rack, locate the pin and clip here and remove them. This will allow you to drop down the cradle arms into that stowed position. Reinsert the pin and clip once you're done. All right, once you've done so, lets go ahead and get a couple more measurements.

Our overall distance is gonna be the only measurement that we need, at about 9 and 1/2 inches. Down here on the bottom side, we'll next locate the thumb screw underneath of the T-handle here and we'll loosen that up. Then remove the clip and the pin. Once you have those done, lift up on that T-handle and go ahead and tilt out the rack. This will allow you access to the back hatch of the vehicle to get out anything that you may have forgotten or left behind.

Once you've done so, lets go ahead and close up the hatch and lift the rack back up to the upright position, placing that T-handle back in place. Reinsert the pin and the clip. Lastly, re-tightening that thumb screw underneath. The tightening and loosening of the thumb screw is gonna release the tension on the center mast. It's almost like an anti-rattle for the upright center mast here. Down below, we'll have another anti-rattle securing our shank to our receiver. Go ahead and remove the clip of the end and then we'll show you the sway, rattle, and wobble. Right now, it's gonna be pretty sturdy and connected with the vehicle suspension; but, if we loosen that up, it's gonna become quite unpleasant for any of the occupant inside of the vehicle as well as could potentially damage the bikes. We'll show you that now. It's always important that you have this nice and secure. Right now, it's a stand alone item. So, let's tighten in back up, pulling the side of the shank against the side of the receiver tying in with the vehicle's suspension. Just gonna use that 3/4 inch socket to do so. Once we have that nice and tight, we'll reinsert the clip and you're ready to hit the road with your all new Rhino Rack Hanging Style 4 Bike rack, part number RBC044 on our 2014 Nissan Rogue Select. Let's see how it does on our test course. Here you see it out on our test course. First is the slalom which shows the side to side action to simulate turning or evasive maneuvers. Next are the alternating speed bumps, which show you the twisting action such as hitting a pothole, road debris, or going over a curb. Finally, we will finish with the solid speed bumps, which show the up and down action to simulate a parking garage or coming out of a driveway.

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