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Yakima FullTilt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

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Review of the Yakima FullTilt Hitch-Bike Racks on a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche we're going to do a test fit of the Yakima Full Tilt. This is a folding and tilting 4 bike rack. They've designed it for use with 1 1/4 or 2 inch hitches. The part number on it is Y02462. This is also available in a 5 bike configuration if you prefer that. Part number is Y02463. The thing that really stands out about the Full Tilt is this is going to be a complete tool free installation, but we have an anti-rattle device built right in. We'll place our thumb on that. Slide it into the receiver tube of our hitch.

We need to slide it in far enough so that the small silver pin appears in our hitch pin hole. Once that appears we'll come here to the rear. We're going to tighten the red triangle shaped knob. This engages the anti-rattle device on the rack. It's going to further secure it to our vehicle. I've found it's kind of a good idea to move our rack side to side and up and down a little bit.

It will help us ensure that we get all the play out of there that we can. You see Now we get a nice solid connection there. Get a set of measurements now. Looks like we're going to have about 12 3/4 of an inch worth of ground clearance. At its closest point to the rear of our vehicle the rack's going to be about 6 inches away. Overall we've added about 12 1/2 inches to the length of the Avalanche. Here on the rear of the rack we've got a black lever. Pulling this is going to allow us to tilt the rack down and away from the Avalanche.

Let's see if that gives us the room we need to open our tailgate. Yeah. More than enough room to get that open and get anything in or out we might need. We now lift back up on the rack until our lever goes into its original position. With that secure we'll pull the red lever located here at the top. This allows us to swing out our dual cradle arms.

Once that lever goes back into position we'll know our arms are secure. Now we'll go over another overall measurement to see what we've added. That's going to be about 38 1/4 inches that we've added to the back of our vehicle. To load up our bike we need to remove the zip strips. To do that we pinch the 2 gray levers together and pull out on the strips. You see the two levers located here on each side. We just squeeze those and pull it right out. We can then grab our bike. We're going to place it right up there into the cradles that we just exposed. We bring our strips back in and secure our bike. Just like that our bike's all loaded up and we're ready to hit the road. Now that we've taken a good look at the Yakima Full Tilt and how it works on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, let's take a look at how that very same bike rack performed when they had it out on the test course. 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 evasively maneuvering. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb, 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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