Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Toyota RAV4

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Review of the Swagman Hitch-Bike Racks on a 2015 Toyota RAV4


Today on our 2015 Toyota Rav 4, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Swagman Trail Head 2. This will be your hanging style two bike rack. As you can see, we've already got a bike in place so you can see what it's going to look like once you have it fully assembled on the back of your vehicle. This will be part number S63360. If you look down here, you're going to see that it does have an inch and a quarter shank as well as that two inch adapter. That way it'll fit your class one and two as well as your class three hitches. Let's go ahead and start off with a few measurements.

Our closest distance will be first. That's going to be from the front of this T handle here to the back side of the bumper, at about 8 inches. Just keep in mind that your shank does bend and this will be the most likely spot to hit if the shank we're to come in too far against your receiver. Overall distance that we've added to the back of the vehicle is going to be about 24 1/2 inches with rear ground clearance of about 14 1/2 inches. Moving up top, we'll talk about how the straps attach the bike to the vehicle. You're going to have two straps on each cradle.

These cradles do adjust so this would become your anti sway. If you're going to have a lower hanging strap on one side, that would be your anti sway strap. This would be your frame strap as well as these two here. You need to make sure you have the anti sway on opposite sides. That way your handle bars don't bump up against each other.

You can see that the other bike already has it's anti sway on the other side, here, and this will be the first and last strap that you put on and most importantly it's going to keep the bike from swinging from front to back. The ones on top are going to be your frame straps to keep it from bouncing up and down and keep it attached. I'm going to remove all the straps in the reverse order that you would place them. We'll take our bike off. That way we can put the rack down in stow position. Go ahead and reattach your straps.

Just because it's a good habit to get into and you don't get the dirt and grime built up in the strap slots that you like to use. Let's go ahead and locate that U shaped clip, remove it and pull the pin. This will allow us to drop it down into the stowed position. Reinsert that pin and the clip. Note that when you first get this, these pin holes will be a little bit stiff. Just keep that in mind and don't worry about that. Overall distance that we have on our vehicle now is going to be from the back of the bumper to the back side here. Since we've gotten rid of some, it's going to be about 18 1/2 inches. If you locate that U shaped clip down there at the bottom, move that, loosen up the T thumbscrew on the front side and you'll see the metal plate. Go ahead and rotate that to where it's just on the beam itself. Then we'll be able to pull the pin and rotate it down. This will allow us access to the back of our vehicle to get out anything we may have left behind or place anything in. Once you've done so, close that back up and then we'll return the rack back to the upright position. Reinsert your pin, then we will tighten up. Move the plate to where it's touching either side, tighten up that thumbscrew then reattach our U shaped clip. Looking down at the bottom side here, you're going to see that it's going to have an anti rattle bolt as well as a clip. This anti rattle bolt is going to help alleviate and eliminate a lot of the sway, rattle and wobble that you would normally have in your bike rack, because it would be a stand alone item. This is going to pull the side of the shank against the side of the receiver, tying in with the vehicle's suspension. If we loosen this up just a little bit, you can see the sway, rattle and wobble that you would have on the back of your vehicle. We tighten that back up. The socket that I'm using is a 3/4 inch. You're going to notice that it's just going to be the vehicle moving now, rather than just the rack. Now you're ready to hit the road with your all new Swagman Trail Head 2, hanging style two bike rack. Part number S63360 on our 2015 Toyota Rav 4. .


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