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Swagman Titan Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

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Review of the Swagman Titan Hitch-Bike Racks on a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche


Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, we're going to do a test fit on the Swagman Titan. This is a folding and tilting 4 bike rack. They've designed it for use with 1 1/4 or 2 inch hitches. The part number on it is S63410. To begin our test fit, we slide the shank of the rack right into the receiver tube of our hitch. As you can see, we'll need to line up our threaded pin hole here with our hitch pin hole. With those in line, we'll take our provided anti-rattle bolt and we'll thread that in.

While it's hand tight, you can see there, we've still got some play and some movement to our rack. So we'll take a wrench, tighten that bolt down. That's going to draw the shank of the rack right over against the receiver tube. With that tight, you'll now see all that play and all that movement's gone. We'll take our provided clip and slide it in the end of our bolt. In this position, the rack's going to offer us about 16 1/2 inches worth of ground clearance.

At it's closest point to the rear of our vehicle, our rack's going to be about 5 inches away and overall we've added about 19 1/2 inches to the length of the Chevy. On the front here, we've got a black lever, lifting that's going to allow us to tilt the rack out and away from our vehicle. Let's check and see if we can fully open our tailgate. As you can see, no interference there, we'll be able to get anything in or out we might want. Now just lift on the mast until our lever goes back into it's original position, then we'll come right up here to the top, another black lever. That one allows us to swing our dual cradle arms up into position.

That lever will go back down when we've got it in the appropriate spot. Now let's go over one more measurement. Looks like now we've added about 40 inches to the length of our Chevy. To load up our bike, we need to undo our cradle straps. Now for each bike here, we'll have four cradle straps to help hold it in place.

We'll get those apart, then we can grab our bike. We'll place it up into the rack, then we'll go through and secure it with our straps. Just like that guys, we've got our bike loaded up and we're ready to hit the road. We've been able to take a good look at the Swagman Titan and how it fits onto our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche. Let's now take a look at how that same bike rack performed when they had it out on the test course. Here on our test course, we'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action. This simulates turning corners or evasively maneuvering. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or a pothole or driving over uneven pavement. Once we get to the full speed bumps, we'll see the up and down action. This will be just like driving in and out of a parking lot, parking garage or driveway. .


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