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Saris Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2014 Volkswagen Passat

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Review of the Saris Trunk Bike Racks on a 2014 Volkswagen Passat

Hey everyone. Today, we have a 2014 Volkswagen Passat, and we're going to do a test fit of the Saris Bones EX 3 bike rack. Now this bike rack mounts to the trunk of your vehicle, it allows you to get three of your bikes transported to and from your destination.A benefit of having a trunk mounted rack is that you're not going to have to worry about investing in a hitch mounted rack and if you don't even have a hitch yet, then you have to invest in the hitch as well, or even a roof rack, plus a bike rack to be able to get your bike from point A to point B.With the bike, it's attached at three different points, we're going to have two straps on our top tube right here, securing it into the cradles and we're also going to have an anti-sway cradle securing the seat post too, just taking out a lot of the unnecessary movement. You see, it's still moving a little bit right there, but not near as much as it would without this strap. It's going to help prevent a lot of bike to vehicle contact and bike to bike contact.Now let's go ahead and take the bike off. It's going to be pretty easy to do.

We'll first get the straps out. What's really cool about these straps is on the backside, they have a nice protective padding right here with all these notches, going to help protect the frame of your bike from any type of scratches or abrasions. Once you get all the straps off, you just pull it off like so. I always like to go ahead and replace my straps when I'm done unloading my bikes, just so it looks a little bit more uniform. You don't have to do this, just personal preference.With any accessory mounted to the back of your vehicle, you are going to have added length to your vehicle.

In the case of our Passat, we're going to measure from the bumper to the outermost point of our Bones EX. We've added on about 19 inches to the back of our Passat. We can take away that length by folding down the arms. It's going to be pretty easy to do. What we're going to do is come in here and loosen up both of these knobs.

From there, we're going to slide one to the middle at a time, bring it down and it's going to go back on those ridges. Again, pull down, tilt it down, and then it goes back on the ridges. From there, you want to make sure you tighten it back up, so it stays in place.Just pull on it a little bit and make sure it's locked and there you go. Now let's measure again from our bumper to the outermost point, it's going to be about seven inches added onto the back. So we did take away a lot of that space, this is something you want to keep in mind for any close quarter situations like parking.Something I do want to point out is that with any trunk mounted bike rack, you have, it is not recommended to open up your trunk with the bike rack installed, so keep in mind, you will not have access to the trunk.

The bike rack itself is secured at six different points on our trunk. We'll go up top first. We're going to have two hooks up top. They're going to have a nice rubber coating to them to help protect the finish of your vehicle and there is an engraving on the top part of our hook that has, "upper," letting you know it goes to the top of the trunk.Let's go on to the next two points of contact. We're going to have again, two more hooks, one on the side, right above our left tail light, the other one's going to be on the right side, above our right side tail light. It's got the nice engraving and the rubber coated coating to help protect your vehicle. And then on the bottom, we're going to have two more. We're going to have a bottom hook right here. And on the other side, basically how you tighten these down, we have a strap right there to hold the excess when securing it, you just cinch it down like so to make sure it's secure. You want to make sure there's no movement right there. There we go. We can fold up our excess now and they do include those nice hook and loop straps to secure your excess strap, so you don't have to worry about it flopping around too much while you're traveling.Where the bike is making, where the bike rack, excuse me, is making contact with the vehicle up top, we're going to have these, they call them dog legs right here with nice rubber feet help make sure that doesn't scratch the paint job of your Passat. What's really cool about this bike rack is that it's going to fit a wide variety of vehicles. It's going to fit a lot of those smaller crossovers or SUV's or any minivans that have the spoiler up top. A lot of trunk mounted bike racks can't fit those because the straps could damage the spoiler. But basically what happens is if you have one of those vehicles in your household, along with your Passat, it's going to go over top. The leg's going to sit on the back windshield. And then the strap just goes through that little slot right there to help take the pressure off the spoiler. That way this bike rack can work with it.That's going to do it for our test fit of the Saris Bones EX 3 bike rack on our 2014 Volkswagen Passat..

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