Saris Bike Porter Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Review of the Saris Bike-Porter Hitch-Bike Racks on a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 model we're going to do a test fit on the Saris Bike Porter. This is a folding and tilting 4-bike rack. They've designed it for use with 1-1/4" or 2" hitches. The part number on it is SA404B. Now we also have this in a 2-bike if you'd prefer. That part number: SA402B. To begin our test fit we slide the shank of the rack into the receiver tube of our hitch.

We then want to line up our threaded pinhole with our hitch pinhole. Take our provided anti-rattle bolt; we'll threaded this in from the driver over to the passenger side. Just begin to thread it through by hand. With it just hand tight you can see still some play and some movement to our rack, so we're going to finish this off with our wrench. Now this is going to draw the shank of the rack over against the receiver tube.

You'll see there now, all that play and all that movement's gone. We'll now take our provided clip and just slide it through the other end of the bolt there. Now let's get a couple of measurements. Start with our ground clearance here. Looks like the rack's going to offer us about 15-1/2" worth. At its closest point to the rear of the truck it's going to be about 9-1/2' away.

Overall we've added about 13-1/2" to the length of the Chevy. Lifting the black collar with the yellow ring down here at the base is going to allow us to tilt the rack out and away from our vehicle. Let's check our tailgate, see what it does. As you can see, we've got more than enough room there. Plenty of clearance to get that open all the way. We'll now lift on the center mast until our collar goes back down into its original position.

We can then lift the black collar with the yellow ring here at the top. Now this one allows us to swing our dual cradle arms up into position. Looks like with those arms extended we've added about 36" to the length of our Chevy. Now to load up our bike we'll undo our straps that are on each of our cradles. With the cradles exposed we can grab our bike, place it up into our rack, and then we'll go through and secure it with our straps. Just that quick the bike's loaded up and it's time for us to hit the road. Now that we've taken a good look at the Saris Bike Porter and hows it's going to work on our 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, let's take a look and see how that same bike rack performed when they had it out on the test course. 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 evasively maneuvering. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or a 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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