Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2007 Mazda 5

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Review of the Swagman Hitch Bike Racks on a 2007 Mazda 5

Today on our 2007 Mazda 5 we're going to be test fitting the Swagman XC2 Bike Rack, part number S64650. We already have our bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. First off, how the bike attaches to the rack. We're going to have one point of contact and that's going to be this padded frame hookup at the top. Now, it's padded so once you do install your bike, it's not going to get scratched up.

We also have these wheel cradles that are adjustable along the arms here by loosening and tightening these knobs and they're adjustable to accommodate different size bikes, as well as assist with loading. It does have a nice raised shank to it, so even if your hitch sits particularly low to the ground, you're not going to have clearance issues between your bike rack and the ground. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. Before I do that, I want to make sure I'm holding onto the bike before I release the hook because I don't want the bike falling into the vehicle. You'll push the grey trigger at the base of the hook, push up, and grab your bike. With the bike rack in this position, I'm going to go ahead and give you a couple quick measurements.

Measuring from the edge of the bumper to outer wheel well we've added about 20 inches to the rear of the vehicle. Our ground clearance is going to be about 15 inches and our closest point is going to be about 8 inches to this inner wheel well. From the center of the hitch pinhole at that same point is going to be 9 inches. So just keep that in mind if you have a different style hitch installed on your Mazda 5. Right now, we have it in in what's called the loading position, but there's a couple other positions that I'd like to show you. First off, we're going to go ahead and fold it flat, so we can gain rear hatch access.

To do that, you pull the pin and the base of the mast and this will fold to either side, and you insert it, and now we have full access to get what we need. The final position I'd like to show is going to be what's called the suitcase position. We'll fold the main mast back to its original place and then pull the pins on either side where the wheel wells are, put those up, and reinsert the pins to keep in line, and we'll do this on both sides. This is the suitcase position. Now, how this is actually held into the hitch, we have an anti-redi bolt clip that will take out the shake and play in the shank and make for a much smoother ride. There you have it for the Swagman XC2 Bike Rack, part number S64650 on our 2007 Mazda 5. Here it is on our test course.

We'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action, which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Next we're at the alternating speed bumps, which we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole or driving over uneven pavement. Finally, we have the full speed bumps where we'll see the up and down action, which is just like driving out of a parking log, garage, or driveway.

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