Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Thule Hitch Bike Racks on a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon


Today, on this 2015 Subaru Outback wagon, 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 off some of the features. First, how the bike is actually attached to the rack. You're going to have 3 points of contact with your bike's frame. We're going to have 2 straps up top here, and 1 strap off to the side, which is going to act as an anti-sway strap to keep it from going back and forth, possibly hitting either the bike rack, or the bike in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off, and set it aside.

Now when you take the straps off, it's always a good idea to put them back in place, because you don't want to lose them while you're driving. All right, now that I've done that, I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements. The first is going to be how much distance is added to the vehicle once the bike rack is actually installed. Now to do this, I'm going to go ahead and measure from the bumper, because that's the furthest point out. From this point at the end of the bars here, down, we're looking at about 30 inches.

For our ground clearance, which would be this point here at the end of the mass, it's going to be about 12 inches. Then our closest point to the bumper would be this silver handle here, or excuse me, grey handle here, and that's going to be about 5 inches. For close quarter situations such as parking, or parking in your garage, these arms do fold down to give you a little more space. To do that, you push up on this grey handle at the top, let it fall down, and once you hear that click, it's locked into place. Now as far as measurements go, the only thing that's really changed here is going to be the overall distance, which is now, from this point here, down, about 15 inches. Now if you need to get to your back hatch area, this rack does also tilt forward, or away, from the vehicle. Lift up on this grey latch down here, let it sink down, and you have full access to the rear hatch of your vehicle, with plenty of space on both sides to get whatever it is you may need.

Now to put it back into position, all you do is just take the bike rack, push it up, and when you hear that click, it's locked back into position. Now this bike rack does work for both inch and a quarter, and 2 inch hitches, and it also comes with its own anti-rattle bolt right here, which will take out that shake and play that you may experience with some other bike racks, and make for a much smoother ride. There you have it for the Thule Roadway 2-Bike Rack, part number TH912XTR on our 2015 Subaru Outback. 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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