Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Swagman Hitch Bike Racks on a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today, on this 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be test fitting the Swagman XC2 Bike Rack, part number S64650. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on our rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look, and show off some of the features. How this is actually attached to the rack, you're only going to have one point of contact with your bikes frame, and that's going to be the frame hook up at the top here. It's nice and padded, so your bike won't get scratched or damaged while you're loading it up. It also has two wheel cradles here, now if you want straps for that you can go on to etrailer.com to find some, or use your own bungee chords, whatever you feel necessary to secure your bike.

Let's go ahead and take the bike of and set it aside. To do that, there is going to be a little button or lever here on the side of the frame hook, excuse me. Push that in, and lift up. To secure it, simply push down and it ratchets into place. When you take it off, always hold on to the bike because you don't want it to fall forward and possibly hit you car. Excuse me.

As far as different positions are concerned, we're going to show you two. Before I get to that, I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements. The first is going to be how much distance is added to the vehicle, once the bike rack is installed. I'm going to go ahead and measure from the bumper because that's the furthest point out from the vehicle. It looks like our wheel cradle here is what sticks out the farthest, that's going to be about 21 to 21 1/2 inches.

Our ground clearance, which is going to be this point here, that's going to be about 16 inches. Our closest point to the bumper, looks to be the wheel cradles again, that's going to be about 8 inches, to this point here. As I said before, there are going to be two different positions we're going to show you. The first is going to be how you can gain access to the rear hatch of your vehicle. At the base of the mass there's this pin, pull it out like so, and the main mass can fold to one side or the other, does not matter which. It has another hole here to put the pin through, and now you have complete access to your rear hatch with plenty of space to get whatever it is you need from your cargo area. When you're actually ready to store this up, put the main mass back up.

We're going to show you the next position, which is going to be what we call the suitcase position. This is when you're done with it, you're taking it out of your hitch, and you're outing it in either your garage or your basement, where ever you may store it. There's pins on either side of the wheel cradle arms here, pull those out, pull them up. Do the same for the other side. This is what we call the suitcase position. This bike rack can fit both 1 1/4 inch and 2 inch hitches, but also comes with it's own anti-rattle bolt, which will take out that shake and play in the hitch. Which will make for a much smoother ride. There you have it for the Swagman XC2 Bike Rack, part number S64650 on our 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon.

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