Swagman XTC4 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Swagman XTC4 Hitch Bike Racks on a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2015 Subaru Outback, we'll be doing a test of the Swagman XTC4 platform style four bike rack. That's part number S-6-4-6-6-5. I've already got it loaded up on the back of the Subaru just to give you a good idea what it's going to look like. As you can see, it's a sizable rack; we're able to put three more bikes on here. We can fold down the center mast on the other two here when not in use. It secures our bikes in three spots. We have the hook going over the top tube here, putting down pressure into the two cradles, front and rear; and then we have our rubber straps going between the spokes, keeping our wheels in place. Let's go ahead and remove the bike.

We'll start by undoing our wheel straps, bring those around out the of the way. All right, then we're going to press in on the button here to raise up the hooks, and then we can go ahead and move our bike out of the way. It's always a good habit to get into, making sure that you replace your straps; that way you don't damage or lose them. Go ahead and bring down our hook here. Let's go ahead and take a measurement. On the back of our Outback we've added about 42 inches; our ground clearance here at the back, we're looking at about 21 inches; and then for our closest point, that's whatever's going to hit first if we we're to go all the way in, and I'm actually thinking it's going to be right here, about 11 inches. We can fold down that center mast to make it easier to open up our rear hatch.

It's pretty simple. You just pull out the pin; it can be folded left or right; replace that pin, just lock it into position; and as you can see, we're able to open up that rear hatch all the way. If we have any cargo, gear, groceries, whatever we might have with us on our trip. One of the nice features about this bike rack is that it does fold up against your vehicle for compact storage. It would be ideal for pulling in your garage overnight, or pulling in a close quarter parking spot. What you want to do, is you'll come down here, pull out this clip here and then pull out the pin; then you can come around to the back, lift up, and then we'll be aligning the pin holes here; and putting the clip in. Now, let's take another few measurements.

With it folded up, we're at about 11 and a half inches on the back of the Subaru; our closest point, I'm going to go ahead and say it's from here to here, about 2 inches away before it makes contact; and for our ground clearance, we're looking at about 12 and a half inches. The Swagman XTC4 is for two inch receivers only. It includes an anti-rattle bolt and clip. The nice thing about the anti-rattle bolt is it's going to help reduce a lot of the play and the movement within our hitch and our bike rack. It can make for a nice solid ride for our four bikes. With that being said, that's going to complete our test fit of the Swagman XTC4 platform style four bike rack, part number S-6-4-6-6-5 on our 2015 Subaru Outback. Let's see how it did on our test course. This is our test course; let's start with the slalom.

This shows side-to-side action such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering. Onto our alternating speed bumps. This shows twisting action, such as hitting curbs, potholes, road debris, or uneven pavement. Last of all, the solid speed bumps. This shows up and down action, such as driving through a parking lot or parking garage, or driving in and out of a driveway.

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