Thule Hitching-Post-Pro Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Thule Hitching-Post-Pro Hitch Bike Racks on a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today, on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're test fitting the Thule Hitching Post Pro. This is a folding and tilting four bike style rack, it's designed for use with the 1 1/4" or with 2" hitches. The part number on it is TH934XTR. Now, the Hitching Post Pro is going to use three points of contact to hold our bike in place. We're going to have two for the top tube on our frame. There's also going to be an anti-sway cradle, which you can see does a really nice job of keeping our bikes from swaying back and forth. To release them, we just pull down and out on our straps, which of course have several different locations to choose from so you can get the proper tension on your frame.

Let's get that out of there. If you take a look in the bottom of each cradle, they're going to have nice, large grooves there. Those are designed to let your de-railer cables, brake cables and things like that rest down in there, rather than being smashed, which might hamper their performance. Now, fully extended, as we have it now, the Hitching Post Pro is going to add about 38 1/2" to the back of our Outback, but we do have the option of folding our dual cradle arms down just by releasing the pin and clip, line that hole back up and then we can just replace it. Now, in this position, we're going to save ourselves quite a bit of room, so it could make parking and things like that much easier. It looks here we're about 16 1/2".

Let's also look at our closest point. It looks like that's going to be about 7 1/4" from the back of the vehicle. There'd be really no danger of it actually going up and making contact. Then the ground clearance, here, at the furthest point back is going to be about 12 3/4". To access the rear hatch, we're also going to have a pin and clip located right here at the bottom. You see that's going to tilt away nicely, it's going to give us more than enough room to open our hatch and get even larger things in and out.

It's pretty low, there. Now, of course, you will want to return this to the upright position, we don't want to move or travel with it like that, and then one more little thing we can take a look at - our connection point here, at our hitch, you can see how nice and solid that is. Thule's provided an anti-rattle bolt. You'll need a 3/4" wrench, which they also provide. You see how much movement and play there is without tightening that down It's got going to be a lot like some of your standard bike racks out there.

As soon as we get that re-secure, we're right back, nice and snug. It's going to give us a good ride for our bikes. We won't have to worry about them bouncing around too much. That's going to complete our look at the Thule Hitching Post Pro, part number TH934XTR, on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon. 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 onto 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 of a driveway.

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