Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Thule Hitch Bike Racks on a 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback, we'll be doing a test fit of the Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack. Part number is TH912XTR. I have a bike on our rack and we have a rack hooked to our vehicle. I would like to just show you a few features of it. How we have our bike connected to our bike rack itself, we have a total of three straps. We have two up top, and we have the one towards the side as our anti sway strap.

That's going to pretty much keep the bike from swaying a lot when you're riding down the road. Let's go ahead and take the two off top first. Then take off our anti sway strap. Then if you're reloading your bike, you just do the opposite way. We're going to set our bike off to the side, and it's always a good idea to go ahead and replace your straps, so you don't damage or lose them. Now we're going to take a few measurements. First will be overall distance we've added to our vehicle.

I'm looking at 29 inches. Our closest point will be here, and that's going to be 4 and a half inches there. For our ground clearance, right up under here, I'm looking at 11 inches. The cradle arms do come down. We pull on the gray lever here, swing them down, lock in position.

We're going to take one more measurement. Overall distance now, I'm looking at 13 inches. Say you need to get in your rear hatch, this has a tilting feature. We're going to pull this gray lever here, let the bike rest, and we can open up our hatch. You have plenty of room on both sides of the bike rack to put anything in or take anything out. Let's go ahead and bring it back up. Today we're using a two inch hitch.

This also can adapt to an inch and a quarter, after you take out the adapter. It does come with the anti rattle bolt on this side. That's going to keep out some of the play in your shank 00:02:07, as you're riding down the road. That's going to complete our look at the Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack. That part number again is TH912XTR, on today's 2012 Subaru Outback. Let's see how it does on a test course. Here it is on our test course. First is the slalom area, which simulates side to side action, like turning the corners or evasive maneuvers. Next are the alternate speed bumps, which show you the twisting action, like hitting a pothole, road debris, or hitting a curb. Finally we're at the solid speed bumps, which show you up and down action to simulate a parking garage or coming out your driveway.

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