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Thule Hitching-Post-Pro Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Thule Hitching-Post-Pro Hitch Bike Racks on a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon


Today on our 2015 Subaru Outback wagon, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Hitching Post Pro folding bike rack for an 1-1/4" and 2" hitches, part number TH934XTR. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The cradles themselves are padded and have these indentations here so your brake cables and such can actually fit through there without being crashed against the frame once you install your bike. They are padded as well so your bike will not get scratched and they are movable along the arms here. That's to assist with loading and with space in between the bikes. It grips your bike at 3 points.

We're going to have 2 straps up at the top here and 1 off to the side and that's going to serve as an anti-sway cradle to keep your bike from moving too far back and forth and possibly making contact with the bikes in front of it. We also have this tie down point here on the back of it which you can use for a strap to wrap around your bikes or stabilization strap or even a cable lot to secure you bikes to the rack itself as well. Let's go and take the bike off and set it aside. With the bike rack in this position, I'm going to go ahead and give you a couple of quick measurements. Measuring from the edge of the bumper to our outer edge, we've added about 42" to the rear of the vehicle. For our ground clearance, we're right at about 12-1/2" and for our closest point, that's going to be 7-1/2" to this edge here.

From the center of the hitch pin hole to that same location, it's going to be about 10-1/4", so just keep that in mind. If you have a different style hitch installed on your Outback wagon then it either goes further in or further out. All right, now if you're on those close quarter situations such as parking or putting it in a garage, you're going to need a little extra clearance in the rear. To do that, these arms do fold down. You pull this pin and clip at the top of the mast, pull that out, let it fall down, realign the holes and reinsert the pin and clip. Now with it in this position again measuring from the edge of the bumper, now we've only added about 18" to the rear of the vehicle but it did make quite a bit of difference.

Now if you need to gain rear hatch access, this also tilts away from the vehicle although you can't do this when the bikes are still attached. We'll pull this pin and clip at the base, pull it out, let it tilt away and now we have full access to our rear hatch to get what we need. We put it back up and reinsert the pin and clip. Now how this actually attaches to the hitch, we're going to have an anti-rattle bolt that goes into the one side and that will take out the shake and play in the shank to make for a smoother ride while you drive. It also includes the tool to tighten that down so you don't need to carry inaudible 00:03:26 tools with you once you have this installed. There you have it for the Thule Hitching Post Pro bike rack, part number TH934XTR on our 2015 Subaru Outback wagon.Speaker 2: This is our test course.

Let's start with the slalom. This shows side to side action such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering. Then on to our alternating speed bumps. This shows twisting action such as hitting curbs, potholes, road debris or uneven pavement. Last of all the solid speed bumps. This shows up and down action such as driving through a parking lot or parking garage or driving in and out a driveway.


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