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Saris Bike Porter Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

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Review of the Saris Bike-Porter Hitch-Bike Racks on a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche we're going to do a test fit on the Saris Bike Porter. This is a folding and tilting four bike rack. It's been designed so you can use it with inch and a quarter or two inch hitches. The part number on it is SA404B. If you don't need quite this much room we do have a two bike configuration as well, that part number, SA402B. To begin our test fit we'll slide the shank of the rack right into the receiver of our hitch.

We need to line up our threaded pinhole with our hitch pinhole. With those in line we'll take our anti-rattle bolt and we're going to thread that through. As you can see with that just hand tight there's some movement and some play here so we'll need to take our wrench and we're going to tighten this on down. With that secure that's drawn the shank of the rack over against the receiver tube. Now you can see all that play and all that movement's gone. We'll take our provided clip, just going to slide it in the end of our bolt.

The rack's going to offer us about fourteen inches worth of ground clearance. At its closest point to the rear of our vehicle the rack's going to be about seven and a half inches away. Overall we've added about eleven and a half inches to the length of the Avalanche. At the base of the mast here we've got a black collar, it's got a yellow ring around it, lifting on that it's going to allow us to tilt the rack out and away from our vehicle. Let's see if we have the room we need to get this tailgate open.

Yeah, as you can see, plenty of space here. We can fully open our tailgate and get anything in or out we might want. Now we're just going to lift back on the mast until our collar goes back into position. We can move up here to the top, another black and yellow collar. Lifting this one's going to allow us to swing our dual cradle arms up into position. We do want to make sure that that collar goes all the way back down into place to firmly secure our arms.

In the extended position we've now added about thirty-five inches to the length of our Chevrolet. Loading up the bikes is a very easy process with this rack. You just want to undo our two cradle straps. It's a cam buckle style so it's really easy to operate. We'll come around, grab our bike, and we're just going to place it right up into our cradles. The one here at the rear acts as our anti-sway cradle. It's going to help limit the bike to bike or bike to rack contact. This one is going to be for our main frame of our bike. Pull that down. The lever's kind of unique in that it does act as a small lever so you can press down and then pull it back up to get those few extra clicks we need to really secure our bike. Now that we've had a good look at the Saris Bike Porter and how it's going to work on our 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche . our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche rather, let's see how that very same bike rack performed when we headed out on the test course. Here on our test course we'll start by going through the slalom this is going to show use the side to side action. This simulates turning corners or evasively maneuvering. 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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