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Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

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Review of the Yakima Hitch Bike Racks on a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2014 Chevy Malibu we'll be doing a test fit on the Yakima HoldUp Platform Style 2 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" hitches. That's part number Y02445. I'd like to go right in and show you one of the best features about this bike rack is it's ability to tilt away with all bikes loaded so we can gain better access to our rear hatch. Come down here to our red knob, go ahead and pull it out. Let it rest down. Then we can gain access to our rear hatch or trunk to remove any cargo, gear, groceries, anything we might have with us on our trip.

Let's go ahead and shut that up. We'll just raise our bike rack back into position until that red pin clips into position. Now our bikes are secured in 2 places without any frame contact. We have this large front wheel hook going over our front wheel putting down pressure into our front wheel cradle. For our rear wheel we have a rear wheel strap going over and we can ratchet it down in place. All in all like I said, no frame contact.

It's a really really nice feature. Let's go ahead and take our bike off. What you can do is undo, take out the strap, press up on the red button. For our wheel hook, we'll squeeze the handle and raise it out of the way. We can set that aside. Now some people like to leave the strap undone that way they can quickly and easily load up their bike and hit the road.

I'm going to go ahead and replace mine and this is a good time to show you that the whole bike rack actually folds flat when not in use. Bring that front wheel hold over, bring the wheel roll cradle down on top. Then we'll bring our wheel hook over and lock it down behind it. Just like that. I'd like to point out that without our bike loaded we can also have plenty of room to get into our rear hatch to remove anything we may need. All right.

One of the other great features with this bike rack is it has the ability to tilt up against our vehicle for compact storage. Come down to that same red knob, pull it out and rotate it up. With that being said, with it up like that we've actually got about 10". The space between we're looking at about 2" here and our ground clearance underneath is 9". With it in this position it'd be ideal for parallel parking or pulling in your garage. Let's go ahead and grab those measurements with it folded down. With it pulled down we've added about 30" on the back of the Malibu. Our closest point is about 3-1/2" and our bike is actually going to be about 9-1/2" from our bumper to the center of the cradles. Here at the rear, we've got about 17-1/2" of ground clearance underneath. Now as I said in the opening our bike is to be used for 1-1/4" by 1-1/4" receivers only, excuse me, that's our bike rack. It also includes an anti-rattle bolt and lock. The nice thing about the anti-rattle bolt is it's going to help reduce a lot of play and rattle within our bike rack and our receiver to make a nice solid ride for our 2 bikes. That's going to complete our test fit on the Yakima HoldUp Platform Style 2 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" hitches, part number Y02445 on our 2014 Chevy Malibu.

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