Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Spark

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Review of the Thule Trunk Bike Racks on a 2014 Chevrolet Spark

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Spark, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Gateway XT trunk mount bike rack. That part number is TH9006XT. Now, we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We've got two cradles place with three straps, two on our frame and one as our anti-sway in the back. We'll remove our straps first.

We'll be able to pull our bike off and set it off to the side. With the bike out of the way, we'll start off with a few measurements. First is going to be overall, what we're adding to our vehicle. With those arms out, we're adding about 21 inches. We do have the option to rotate these arms down. We're going to open up our grey lever here on the side, loosen that up just a bit and we'll shake our arm back and forth or wiggle it.

You'll see in there, we're pulling our arm out of those grooves, just like so. With those released, we can rotate it down, tighten it back up and secure it in place. Same thing on this side, wiggle our arms, drop it down and secure it in place. Now, we're only adding about 9 1/2 inches. As for how we secure our rack down, we have six straps altogether, to over the top portion of our hatch, two to the sides and two underneath the bottom portion of our hatch. We've also got these foam pads down at the bottom and at the top that are going to prevent any scratches or abrasions from our rack onto our vehicle although you do want to clean underneath those beforehand.

One thing to note is that we cannot use that rear wiper blade while this is installed. As for how we adjust our bike rack to fit our vehicle, we've got our fit dial here on the side. We'll just press in on our grey levers. We have it set to 8 as per the guide for our Spark. Although you do want to double check that and make sure it is still accurate. That's going to be our completed look at the Thule Gateway XT part number TH9006XT on our 2014 Chevrolet Spark. Here 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. 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, garage or driveway. .

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