Saris Freedom SuperClamp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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


Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 we're going to be doing a test fit on the Saris Freedom Superclamp. This is a platform-style 2-bike rack. They've designed it for use with 1-1/4" or 2" hitches. The part number on it is SA4025. Now to begin our test fit we slide the shank of the rack into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll then line up our threaded hole with our hitch pinhole. We'll then take the anti-rattle bolt, which is provided to us; we'll slide that in and begin to thread it through from the driver side over to the passenger.

As you can see, there's still some play and some wiggle there to the rack, so once we have our bolt hand tight we're going to finish tightening that down using the wrench. Once we have that secure you'll see all that play and all that movement's gone. Now we'll just take our provided lock and put it on the end of the bolt to secure it. Let's go over a couple of measurements to determine exactly how much clearance that we're going to have between the rack and the vehicle and the rack and the ground. We'll start right there where that shank makes the bend upward. We're going to have about 16" worth of ground clearance there.

Here at the back side of our cradle we're going to have about 22-1/2. Closest point of the rack to the rear of our vehicle's going to be about 12" away, right in that area. Overall we've added about 26" to the length of our Silverado. Now with the rack in the folded position let's check our tailgate. As you can see, it's going to make contact with the arm there just before it gets fully opened, so just keep that in mind. To load up our bike we need to move both of our wheel clamp arms out.

Then we'll undo the rear wheel strap that's here on the rear wheel cradle. We also want to be sure that we have our wheel hooks moved all the way up to the top of the mast. With those there we'll grab our bike, place it right up into our rack. We'll secure it first with the front wheel hook. We're going to position that hook just in front of our front brake caliper. We want it as close as we can get it to it without it actually making contact.

Then we'll press down so that gets a good secure hold. Here at the rear we're going to position our clamp somewhere behind the 12:00 position right in this area on the tire. Just like we did on the front, give it a good firm push down. Then finally we'll come here to our rear wheel strap and tighten that down. Just like that we're ready to head down the road. Now that we've taken a close look at the Saris Freedom Superclamp and how it's going to work on our 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, let's now 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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