Swagman XTC-2 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2018 Ford Explorer

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Review of the Swagman XTC-2 Hitch Bike Racks on a 2018 Ford Explorer

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Ford Explorer, we're gonna be doing a test on the Swagman XTC2 Platform Style Bike Rack. That's part number S64670. So I've already got it loaded up on the Explorer just to give you a good idea of what it looks like, and how it's gonna hold our bikes.Now, this is one of Etrailers best selling bike racks because of how simple and easy it is to use. You can get your bikes from point A to B without hassle. Now as you can see, we've got it loaded up on our police inaudible 00:00:27 vehicle here. It's also gonna be great for the law enforcement bikes when traveling around parks.But anyway, let's go ahead and talk about how our bikes are secured.

We've got this padded frame hook that goes over our top tube, puts down pressure on our bike into our front and rear cradles. And then we've got rubber straps, further keeping our bikes in place. Let's go ahead and take our bike off.Now what you'll wanna do is you undo the straps first. And we'll come up to our frame hook, we'll raise that front one out of the way by squeezing the trigger, and then the rear one. Now what I like to do is, replace those rubber straps that way we don't damage or lose them.

And then we'll grab a few measurements.So overall, to the Explorer, we've added about 21 and a half inches. Now for our closest point looks like it's gonna be our wheel cradle. So from our bumper we're looking at about five and a half inches. And then at the very back, the bottom of our cradle, we're looking at about 20 inches of ground clearance.Now though this bike rack can't tilt away or fold up against our Explorer, we do have to the option of folding down our center mass to the left or right, to gain access to our rear hatch. So as you can see, we're gonna have plenty of room to get to our cargo gear, or groceries no problem.Now, you can drive around with it like this, in this position without bikes loaded up.

You can store it in this position, but let me show you another storage position. We'll raise that center mass back up, realigning those holes, and then from there we'll raise up the platform arms. Now this is known as the suitcase position, a great way to store it off of your vehicle, in your garage, or maybe even on a shelf.So, moving into the way it's secured, it's gonna work with either a two inch or an inch and a quarter receivers. It includes a sleeve to make it work with a two inch, which is what we've got here. The anti-rattle bolt and clip is included.

The nice thing about the anti-rattle bolts is it's gonna help reduce all the play and rattle within our receiver and our bike rack can make a nice, solid ride for our bikes.But that's gonna complete our test fit on the Swagman XTC2 Platform Style Bike Rack, part number S64670, on our 2018 Ford Explorer. Here it is on our test course. We'll start by going through the slalom and this is gonna show us the side to side action, which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. And 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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