Thule Archway Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Chevrolet Sonic

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Review of the Thule Archway Trunk Bike Racks on a 2015 Chevrolet Sonic


Today this 2015 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback, we're going to be test fitting this Thule Archway XT2 bike rack, part number TH9009XT. As you can see, we have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now, first off, how it attaches. You're going to have 3 points of contact with your bikes frame. We're going to have 2 straps up top here, plus one strap off to the side which is going to act as an anti-sway strap, to keep it moving back and forth possibly hitting the bike rack, or the bike in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside, then we'll get some measurements. Now, once you remove the straps, it's a good idea to get in to the habit of putting them back in place. You don't want them flapping around while you're driving, and more importantly you don't want to lose them while you're driving.

Make sure that's on there, okay. Now, I'm going to go ahead and give you a measurement and this is going to give you an idea of how much the bike rack sticks out from the vehicle once it's installed. Measure from, actually the bumper would make more sense than that one. It's added about 19 inches to the end of your vehicle. Now, for close quarters situations, such as parking, you can fold these arms down. There's going to be these grey levers on either side where you just open them up and loosen them up.

Left to loosen. Then you can kind of maneuver them out. If you come in, you can see the little jaws here, and that's what it's going to catch on to when you move it back down. There we go, just snap it back in to place, do the same on the other side. You may have to work it out a little bit.

Suggest doing some arm exercises before you do this. All right, now that measurement has changed now. That's going to be about 8 inches now. Now, how this actually attaches to your vehicle, there's going to be 6 points of contact to your back hatch. You're going to have 2 straps up top here with these rubber coated hooks, to ensure it doesn't scratch or ding up the edge of your hatch there. You're going to have 2 on either side near the taillights.

Then, you're going to have 2 at the bottom here, at the bottom of the hatch. You also have pads both at the bottom here, and at the top here to make sure it doesn't scratch up your rear windshield or anything like that. Although I should mention, with this installed you cannot use your rear, excuse me, windshield wiper blade. Also, how this is set up, there's this dial here, the numbers are kind of hard to see, but this is how it adjusts to each vehicle. For this specific vehicle, the fit dial number is going to be 9. Keep that in mind. There you have it for the Thule Archway XT2 bike rack, part number TH9009XT on our 2015 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback. Let's see how it looks on our test course. 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 we'll 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.Speaker 2: Etrailer.com Expert Service Fast Shipping Lowest Prices 800-298-8924.


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