Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Swagman Hitch Bike Racks on a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to test-fitting this Swagman XC Two-Bike Rack, part number S64650. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go and take a closer look and show off some of its features. Now, how this actually grips to the bike rack, you'd normally have one point of contact with the bike's frame, and that's going to be this padded frame hook up at the top. It's padded to ensure that your bike will not get scratched once you get it installed. We also have these wheel wells here on either side. You loosen up those screws and you can actually adjust them to the length of those arms ton accommodate different size bikes and to make fitting two bikes a little bit easier. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside.

To do that, always grip on the bike when you release the hook because you don't want it falling into the vehicle. You'll go to this trigger on the bottom of the frame-hook, push in and up. We'll go ahead and lift this one up, as well, tilt it slightly away, and lift it up and off. With that out of the way, let's go ahead and take a couple quick measurements here. Measuring from the edge of the bumper to our outer wheel well here, it's added about eighteen and a half inches to the rear of the vehicle. For our ground clearance, that's going to be to this point here, it's going to be about sixteen inches.

From the center of the hitch-pin hole to our closest point, should be right about here, that's going to be about nine inches. Keep that measurement in mind when you have different style hitches. Of course, our closest point to the bumper, right about here, is going to be four inches. Now, if you want to gain rear hatch access, you can do that by lowering the main mast. You go here to this pin at the base, pull that out. This can go either side, does not matter.

Hold it down and out of the way, reinsert the pin, and we have full access to our rear hatch to get whatever it is we may need with plenty of space to do so. Put that back up. Now, the next position's called the suitcase position, and this is for when you're finished using the bike rack and you need to store it in either your garage or basement. Pull these pins on either side where the wheel wells sit. Lift them up and reinsert the pins, and this is the suitcase position. Now, this does work with both inch and a quarter and two inch hitches, and also comes with its own anti-rattle bolt, and that's going to take the shake and play out of the shank to make for a much smoother ride. There you have it for the Swagman XC Two-Bike Rack, part number S64650, on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon. 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 will 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 lot, garage or driveway.

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