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Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Toyota Tacoma

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Review of the Thule Hitch Bike Racks on a 2015 Toyota Tacoma

Today on our 2015 Toyota Tacoma, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Vertex four bike rack hanging style, part number TH9029XT. Now I have a bike on the rack, and we have a rack onto our vehicle. I can just show you a few features. The first feature I'd like to show you is how our bike is connected to our bike rack itself. We have a total of three straps, we have two up top and one to the side. The one to the side we call our inside our anti-sway strap.

That's going to keep the bike from swinging so it won't damage your vehicle or other bikes. I'll take off the two up top first, then we take off our anti-sway strap. Now we're going to remove our bike. Then if you we're loading it up, we just do the opposite way. Set it off to the side.

It's always a good idea to put your straps back so you don't damage them or lose them, so I'm going to do that first. Now we're going to take a few measurements. The first measurement I take is overall distance we've added to our vehicle. I'm looking at 35 inches. Now for our ground clearance, right up under here that's 17 inches. Then for our closest point to our bike rack itself, that's three inches here.

Now the cradle arms do come down, so what we're going to do is pull up on the gray lever here, let it swing around, lock's in position. We're going to take one more measurement. Now I'm looking at 10 and a half inches. Now say if you need to get in your tailgate, it as a tilting feature. You come down here and pull up on this gray lever.

It'll bring down from a locking position. Now you have plenty of room to put anything in or take anything out and you see it doesn't touch, so let's close this back up. Now to bring it back up you have to come down here, pull up, now it locks in position. Today we're using a 2 inch hitch. This also adapts to 1 and a quarter. We also have a anti-rattle bolt that's going to help taking all the movement out of your shake as you're riding down that road. That's going to complete our look at the Thule Vertex four bike rack. The part number again is TH9029XT on today's 2015 Toyota Tacoma. Let's see how it does on our 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 have the solid speed bumps, which show you up and down action to simulate a parking garage or coming out of your driveway.

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