Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Swagman Hitch-Bike-Racks on a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon


Today, in our 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, we have the Swagman XTC2 out. We're doing a test fit just to see how it fits on the back of the vehicle here. This is a platform-style two-bike rack. It's been designed so we can use it with the inch and a quarter, or with two inches. The part number on it is S64-650. You can see, the XTC2 is going to use a front-wheel cradle, a rear-wheel cradle, and also a frame hook to keep our bike nice and secure. The thing I really like about the wheel cradles is they're so easy to use.

Put the bike in, bring our hook down on top. We don't have all the straps, or the hook and loop stuff that we'll have to deal with. It's just a nice, straight-forward, very economical, but very good bike rack. Now, to release our bike, I'm just going to move the frame hooks up. Take our bike on out of there.

I'm going to give you a little better look at the rack itself. See, nice, large hoops there, it's going to accommodate a wide variety of bike tire sizes. The are also going to be fully adjustable along the arm here. Wheel bases, we have a lot of those covered, too. The hooks, themselves, have a nice rubberized texture to them. They're not super soft, they're not like a foam, or something, where we have to worry about them splitting off and, over time, deteriorating.

They're going to be soft enough, so we don't have to worry about the frame on our bike. A nice feature of the rack is the access to the rear hatch. We have a pin located right down here in the middle, it's a Ball Detent-style pin, so we're not dealing with rotating and trying to get the key-way lined up just right, or anything like that. Push it in, pull it out, real straight forward. That's going to give us .. I'm really struggling with these doors today.

That's going to give us the access we need to get into our cargo area and get this stuff in, or out of the vehicle without our bike loading. That's just a reversal of that process to get it back into the upright position. Pull our pin, rotate it, and slide our pin back in, really nice, really easy. Now, we're going to have about 19 and 3/4 of an inch-worth of ground clearance on the back of our wheel cradle. We're going to have about 16 and 1/2 to the bottom of our bowl. It's the closest point of the rack to the rear of the vehicle. It'll be our wheel hoops here. It's going to be about eight inches away from the back side of the car. Overall, the XTC2 is going to add about twenty-two inches to the length of our Outback. Another neat feature for storage, certainly, or even for around town. Same style Ball Detent pins, we can pull those out of the wheel cradle arms. Take a look and see just how nice and compact that our rack really becomes. My hook, now, is interfering a little bit there. There we go. Really narrow, really compact, and overall really easy to use. You could tuck that away in the garage, it wouldn't take a whole lot of space. Now, you've probably seen how nice and sturdy the rack's been the whole time we've been working with it. That's thanks to the anti-rattle bolt and clip that's provided from Swagman. Basically, we'll just thread that in. As we tighten it down, it's going to draw the shank of the rack over against our receiver tube giving us a nice, firm, steady ride for our bikes, or stable ride for our bikes. Now that we've had a good look over the Swagman XTC2 and we've seen how it's going to fit our 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, lets take a look and see how it performs when they head out in the test course.


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