Saris Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Nissan Armada

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Review of the Saris Hitch Bike Racks on a 2019 Nissan Armada


Adam: Hi everybody. It's Adam with etrailer.com. Today, I'm going to be doing a test fit on the Saris All Star 2-Bike Rack on our 2019 Nissan Armada. So, this is going to be able to hold two different bikes, and on top of that, it does have these wheel cradles down low, and it can adjust the length of these arms, right here, so you can adjust it to whatever bike you need to throw on the rack. It does have two zip tie style straps that go around your wheel, and also it has a little safety strap that they also integrated into this. On top of that, a little rack lever that's just going to hold down on your bike just to make sure it's going to be totally safe going down the road.It is only one point of contact on your frame, two points of contact on your wheels, and it's very, very, very easy to get your bike on and off.

So first thing, I'm going to undo the safety strap, which you basically just pull this little lever there, it comes undone. Lay that to the side. And, I do want to keep this one tightened down for the very last part of it, just because it does hold that bike in place. You just have this little pressure pin right here, slide that up. Do the same on this side, and now we can undo this little lever right here.

It is a tightening knob on the side, so just got to loosen that a little bit, a couple of turns, and then she'll slide right up, and you can remove your bike.This is a very, very affordable platform style rack. I am pretty impressed with it. It is very well constructed, and it also breaks down a little bit more, but let me show you the dimensions of how it is right now. Widths, the farthest point adds about 24.5 inches to the back of your vehicle. We won't be able to access our hatch with this up.

But, what we can do is slide this down a little bit, tighten it up, and take this little pin off, and you might need to shake it a little bit to get it out of that hole, and you can force it all the way down there, and replace your pin. You might have to kind of mess with this up and down for a little bit, just to get it through that pin hole and latch it on up. And I always try to replace all my straps before going on the road without any bikes, just so they're not flailing in the wind. And with this little safety strap here, what you can do is basically just find a good spot just to tie it down, so again, it's not flailing in the wind.Perfect. So, with that all condensed down on our Armada, we won't have any clearance issues with our back hatch, so if you need to get anything out of there like helmets, snacks for the road, you won't have any issues with getting into your hatch there.

And looking down at our shank right here, we do have maybe about an inch until it starts to raise. We have quite a big rise in our shank right here, so we won't really have a whole lot of issues with this outermost point hitting the ground. But, the lowest point right before it starts to slope up is about 21 inches off the ground on our Armada. And also something you can kind of see here, is there is a little two-inch sleeve on the outside of this shank right here, and basically what that does is it makes it compatible with this two inch hitch receiver on our Armada. And also, you can take this off, and if you have multiple cars you want to put this rack on, you can take this off and it'll be compatible with any hitch receiver that is an inch and a quarter.Also, they do supply you with an anti-rattle bolt and what that's going to do is going to go through your hitch and thread into this bike rack, and basically suck it to the edge of that hitch. And, as you can see, I am really, really shaking this thing and this whole car is moving and the bike rack on the inside of that hitch is not moving at all, so it's going to take a lot of that shake and play out of your hitch.Well, that's about it. That's going to do it for our Saris All Star Bike Rack on our 2019 Nissan Armada.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 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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