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Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Toyota Tacoma

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Review of the Thule Hitch Bike Racks on a 2019 Toyota Tacoma

Adam: Hi, everyone. Adam, with, we're going to be taking a look at the Tuli Canberra on our 2019 Toyota Tacoma. What we're going to do in this video is go over some features of the product and just show you how it interacts with our Tacoma here.Let's go ahead and get started. As you can tell, it is a hanging style bike rack, and it's going to be able to fit four different bikes with three tie-down points per bike. But what's going to set this one apart from most is just the amount of gap that we have in between our cradles.We're going to have about seven inches in between these. With that and the anti-sway cradle to help that bike to bike contact, I think that your bikes will probably be pretty safe on this hanging style rack.

Let's just go ahead and take it off the rack real quick. All we got to do is press in this little tab here and fish these through. As you can see on the inside of our strap here, we do have a rubber insert and that's going to protect the top of your bike frame. It's going to be the same for all of them. Press in the tab and even that anti-sway cradle.Once we get all that done, we can go ahead and remove our bike.As you can see here, this is a rubber insert and it has these little grooves here.

What that's going to be is just make room for your bike cables, just they're not smashing up against your frame. Between your straps and this rubber insert on our cradle here, I think that your bike will be pretty well protected when it's on the rack. It's always nice buying a product, knowing it's going to protect your investment. In this case, it's your bike. I always just try to replace these when I'm not using them.

Just so they're not flapping around whenever we're driving.With any hitch-mounted accessory, we are going to add a little bit of length to our Tacoma here. In this case, from our bumper, all the way to the end here, it is going to be about 42 and a half inches, but we can cut that down a little bit. That's another feature that I would show you guys right here, is just how easy this is. It's just a little lever, pull that, you don't have to mess with any pins and it locks into place. That's going to bring our length down to about 13 and a half inches.We are going to have another lever and that is down here.

I'm just going to pull this and that's going to access our tilt feature, which on our Tacoma here, we don't have any contact with the bike rack and our tailgate. You don't have to worry about that. We can use our tailgate. However, we would like almost the exact same as if we didn't have our bike rack installed. Whether you got a bunch of gear back there, or you just like to hang out after your ride, you don't have to lose the functionality of your tailgate with the camera installed.All you got to do is just lift it up and you're pretty much ready to go. This does not sit out of our hitch too far. Let's measure from the center of our hitch pin all the way to the outer edge, about 16 inches. That's going to be great for whenever we need to put it into a garage or in a smaller tire spot. We don't really have to remove this to be able to fit into those places. 16 inches isn't a whole lot, but let's go ahead and measure some ground clearance here. About 15 inches. I don't think we'll have any issues bottoming out whenever you're going up aggressive driveway or something like that. I don't think we'll have any issues there.One other thing, which is pretty neat is just the fact that we have a sleeve here, which is making it compatible with our two inch hitch receiver, but we can take that off and it will be compatible with a inch and a quarter hitch as well. Always nice buying a product, knowing you can put it on your Tundra, your Tacoma, or even if you have a inch and a quarter inch hitch on one of your sedans, you can put it on that too.It does come with an anti-rattle bolt and what that does, it takes out all that shake and play on the inside of our hitch. No play down here and our truck was really moving. Other than that, that's pretty much all there is to know about the Tuli Canberra on our 2019 Toyota Tacoma.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 invasively 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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