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Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2002 GMC Envoy

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Review of the Thule Hitch Bike Racks on a 2002 GMC Envoy

Today on our 2002 GMC Envoy we're going to be test fitting the Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack, part number TH912XTR. As you can see we already have a bike on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show some of the features off. Now, how the bike is attached to the rack is, it has 3 points of contact around the bike's frame itself. You have 2 straps up here plus an anti-sway strap here, which keeps the bike from moving back and forth, possibly going into the car or to the bike in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off. Now, it's always a good idea to reinstall your straps after you take them off just so they're not flapping around while you're driving or so you don't lose them while you're driving. Okay, while we're here I'm going to go ahead and give you a couple of measurements.

We're going to start out with how much distance is added to the vehicle once your bike rack is installed. From the bumper out to this point, excuse me . From the bumper all the way out to this point here, right at about 31 inches. For the ground clearance, right to about here, we're at about 17 inches. Then the closest point to the bumper, which will be this latch here, we're right at just under 6 inches. Now, the arms here do fold down for your close-quarters situations such as parking.

What you do is, you go to this latch here, you lift up, like so, and fold the arms down. You'll hear a click, and they're locked into place. Now I'm just going to give you one more measurement as the ground clearance and the closest point have not changed. From right here, we've now gone down to about 15 1/2 inches. Now another feature of this bike rack is it can tilt forward. Now to do that you go to this latch here at the bottom.

Again, you lift up and slide down, and now you have access to your rear cargo hatch. You'll notice that there's plenty of room on both sides to get whatever you need out, although it is important to note, you cannot have bikes on this when you do this. Now to put it back into position, all you have to do is just lift up, you'll hear that click, and it's locked into position again. Now, this is for both inch and 1/4 and 2-inch hitches, and it also has an anti-rattle bolt that you install here which kind of takes out the play of it while you're driving. There you have it for the Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack for inch and 1/4 and 2 hitches, part number TH912XTR on our 2002 GMC Envoy. 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.

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