Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Review of the Thule Hitch Bike Racks on a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee


Speaker 1: Today on our 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee we're test fitting the Thule EasyFold XT. This is a platform style two bike rack that's been designed to work with either inch and a quarter or with two inch hitches. The part number on it is TH903202. This is a really nice bike rack. It's designed to work with all different frame styles of bikes. We've got hooks that come up and grab the frame.

It has a 65 pound per cradle capacity so a total of 130. It works out really well for Ebikes like what we've got here today.A feature that's really nice about it, it's going to tilt a long way away from the rear of your vehicle. Let's get that done here. It's going to give you tons of room in between the back of your Cherokee or Grand Cherokee and the rack. We'll be able to get our rear door opened up.

With that kind of space we're going to be able to load and unload just about anything that we might want.Now your bike's held essentially in three spots. We're going to have two wheel straps on here on the front one here on the back. There a ratcheting design. Loosen it up a little bit here so you can see that. Once you get it taught just put that extra little bit of tension on it to keep everything nice and secure.

For unloading the bike you're just going to press in right here. That allows us to bring this up and out. Something I like about it, the strap we can store. It's going to tuck in just like that unlike other racks where those will just kind of flop around on you. Take care of my other wheel here and get it undone.You can see where it's connected at the frame here.

It uses a clamp. This is going to go from a frame that is .80 up to 3.1 inches. It will cover a lot of variety there. This is a locking knob. Once we have it secured you'll notice it clicks when it's fully secured. It's going to indicate to us we've go the proper torque. We can turn that into the lock position and that knob will just free spool so nobody will be able to remove the bike from the rack. Then we'll turn it the other way there. That's going to loosen it up and we can just fold that down out of the way. That will allow us to take our bike off.With the straps provided with the rack this is going to work for up to a three inch tire. If your tire is larger than that you can go up to 4 and 11/16. You just want to get the longer fat bike strap that's compatible with it.Let's get a few measurements and see just how far it comes off the back of the jeep here. Looks like to the very back going to have about 33 and 3/4 of an inch. Looks like that's the lowest point so we'll get our ground clearance there. Going to be about 22 and 3/4 of an inch. Then at the closest point here it's about 6 and 1/2 inches.There's an anti rattle knob here. The attachment method is really neat. You really don't need a pin and a clip. You've got a bar that slides into the pin hole. Then we loosen this up a little bit. It's also locking. That's going to secure the rack to the vehicle. See there's a lot of play in it but as soon as we start to tighten that knob back down . I like to move the rack as I do it a little bit side to side, up and down right back real nice and secure. Then using the same key that secures our bikes we can turn this into the free spool so it can't be removed. Over all a really nice set up, really nice design.It's a nice compact rack. You can see both of the cradle arms that come out can be folded up just like that keeping it nice and compact. Got our reflectors here so rather it's laid out flat or in the stored position overall people should be able to see it pretty well. They're nice acrylic reflector rather than just a piece of tape or something like that on it.Now give me a second, I'm going to remove the rack from the vehicle here and show you another nice feature that it has. This is that pin that we we're talking about. Stays attached and easily engaged. We can pull this back just a little bit got a lever underneath here. I want to just tilt my rack towards the vehicle a little bit. Bring it off. Then our stinger's going to rotate up so it gives it a nice compact rack. For a two bike platform rack they're generally very big. This is going to store in a nice convenient package. It's even got some wheels on it there if you don't want to lift it.There's also an included ramp. Pull that down here you can see you've got a slot here and here. That's going to be on both of the cradle arms that come down. It allows you to just more easily load those heavier bikes. We've got some footage of it going out through our test course so we'll take a look at that now. Once that's over with that's going to be just about all there is to the Thule EasyFold XT part number TH903202 on our 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee.Here on our test course we'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action. This simulates turning corners or evasively maneuvering. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole or driving over uneven pavement. Once we get to the full speed bumps we'll see the up and down action. This will be just like driving in and out of a parking lot, parking garage or driveway.


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