Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Thule Hitch-Bike Racks on a 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today, on our 2014 Subaru Outback, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Roadway Hanging Style Platform Bike Rack. Part #TH912XTR. As you can see, we do already have everything loaded up on our vehicle. We're going to first show you how we strap down the bike. We've got two cradles holding the bike in place with three straps. Two on the frame here and then one as your anti-sway strap. That's going to keep that bike from swinging back and forth, and possibly damaging your vehicle. To release those, we just pull down and lift up. We save the anti-sway strap for last. We can just pull our bike straight off and set it off to the side. Now, it's a great habit to get into, to always replace your straps so you don't lose or damage any of them. That will just keep them in place whenever you're not the bike rack. All right. Now, let's take a few measurements. Overall to the vehicle, we're adding about 28 inches with our arms extended out.

Now, we do have a way of compacting those. We just come to the grey lever here, and lift up. Those drop straight down for a more compact storage or for parking, as well. Now, we have about 16 1/2 inches added to the vehicle. Our ground clearance in the back here, is going to be about 11 inches. Our closest point is going to be this grey knob right here at about 1 1/2 inches. Now, this grey knob does allow a tilting feature. To do so, we just lift up, just like the other one. That will tilt down away from your back hatch, giving you complete access to that back cargo area to get anything out that you may need. We can just close that up.

To put it back into place, simply lift up so it clicks into place. Now, with this bike rack, we've got an anti-rattle bolt holding that it. Now, it also comes with a tool to tighten that down. That bolt's going to keep a lot of the shake and play out of the rack as you're heading down the road. You're not going to hear much noise. That's going to complete our look at the Thule Roadway Hanging Style 2 Bike Rack. Part #TH912XTR on our 2014 Subaru Outback. Let's see how it does on the test course. Here, 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. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb, 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, garage, or driveway.

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