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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


What's up everybody it's AJ with etrailer.com. Today, we're going to be checking out the Yakima OnRamp for inch-and-a-quarter hitches. Now this is a class two hitch on our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu.First off, we're just going to look at how it holds the bike. It's a platform-style bike rack. So it's going to hold it at the bottom, here with these two straps on the tires and then hold the frame here in the center with the center post. That's a good way to carry these kinds of bikes, especially the e-bikes are heavier.

Also some of them have fenders they're going to have on the front and the back and with it attached at the bottom with these straps, it's not going to interfere with that. There's a lot of questions on the website and people saying, "Will this interfere with my fenders" Would it be on the bottom, no problems, you don't have to sweat it.And then the nice frame contact I'll show you on this one. It's very customizable. It can move anywhere you need to. This even turns.

So it works with a bunch of different frames. If you have one e-bike and you have maybe a kid's bike, you can adjust it down here and attach it to that frame. The whole thing is customizable, so that's good.The trays themselves can actually slide and move as you need them to. So if you're having problems with handlebars, hidden seats or something like that, you can adjust these down here and the trail will slide back and forth. That one will too.

And even the straps are movable. You don't have to get a ratchet for that. Just loosen that and you can slide those back and forth to accommodate different frame sizes. So really it will work with any bike you want to throw on there.Now I will say that a fat tire bike, you have to get a separate kit, a part number for it. That's going to be a longer strap down here, but it's possible.

So you can get that. It's the longer strap. It's going to strap down that fat tire bike.Now, it also tilts away from your vehicle with the bike loaded. So I'm going to show you that when we have the bike loaded. You just come back here, you're going to pull this pin out. And the other pins stays in. You just have to kind of pinch it and pull because the cool thing about that is when you tilt it back up, it snaps back into place. So let me reach under there to get it.One of the things I will say before I do it is that if it's had two e-bikes on there, they recommend you get a second set of hands. But since we only got one bike on there, I'm going to still go ahead and do it myself. So it doesn't hurt to lift up on the rack just a little bit. So it's easier to pull that pin out the side. Grab the center mass, never grab the bike when you're tilting it down. And you can tilt it away from your vehicle, just in case you forgot to throw something in there, or you have it all loaded up and you forgot to grab something out of your trunk, easy trunk access.Pulled it up. You're going to hear that snap, that pin's going to go right back in. Like that. And then we come back down and push this pin back in that we pulled out in the first place.With that back in, let's go ahead and remove the bike so we can take a closer look and also show off why it's called the OnRamp. The ramp's attached back here to the hitch. Unscrew it here from the rack and you can remove it. So that's good that it's always going to be with you on your bike rack. You don't have to find a place for this in your trunk or store it in your vehicle. I'm going to replace that. And it attaches this easy.You got two tabs and face up like that. Let's put it in the end, bring it down. And that's how your ramp's attached. And I just want to show you because I was skeptical to moving it back and forth. It doesn't fall down or fall out. So even if there's a little bit of movement or ramp, it's not going to pop out on you. I can even pull on it. It's not coming out. You have to lift it all the way back up to remove it like that. So we're going to get it in place so I can show you how it works with the bike. And just a tip, when you're unloading your bike, do the bottom straps first and save the frame one last that way, something's still holding it up while you're removing the straps.There are ratchet straps. Do you want to come look at this one right here, I'll show you. They get nice and tight and they pull it at an angle, which is good because both sides pull in towards the center, which really helps stabilize the bike when you're going on the road and you pull it nice and tight, you see your holds in there and then release it. And you just push on that. Comes right back out, nice and easy.It's the same thing for the one on the cradle here on the frame. Move that. I'll move the cradle all the way. So we go ahead and roll down the ramp. So just grabbing the handlebars just to help make sure that it doesn't turn on you. It's not hard. I got one hand behind the seat. It's far easier than lifting up the bike and set it on your vehicle.Now I do recommend removing the battery before you install on your rack. It's just what's recommended when you're going down the road. It keeps it lighter, especially on your inch-and-a-quarter hitch. So set the bike off to the side and let's put the ramp back where it goes.I did misspeak earlier. I said it attached to your hitch. I meant it attaches to the rack, which I think it's nice that it has a place for it to go. Another bike rack that I've worked with called the TooEasy Pole also has a ramp, but it's in three sections and it folds up. That's cool that it gets compact, but I think it loses a little bit of its strength that way. This is one solid piece of metal, powder-coated just like the rest of the bike rack. So it's going to hold up on a, stay on side, but it's just solid and I liked that better when I'm pushing that heavy bike up on there.So now with it empty, I'm going to go ahead and replace the straps are open and then we'll get some measurements.So first off, I was going to go tray to tray, see how much space you have in between those. It looks like it's about from center-center, 12 inches from this one to this one. So that's how much space you have to work with. Remember the cradle pushes it out a little bit. So the bike kind of tilts. So you actually have a little bit more space because they're sitting more like this. Then they are straight up and down. And you can always adjust these if they are colliding any way. If there's a seat in the way of the handlebars, you can adjust that and fix it yourself. Another good one would be how long the trays are. So it's like it's 52 inches. So that's the span. That's going to work with most of your bikes.Let's check out the ramp while we're here. We got the tape measure. The ramp's 51 inches, and that's good to have a longer ramp, just because it's easier to go up that kind of incline. If it was any shorter, you'd have to kind of get a running, start to get that bike up there. And that's not good when you've got an e-bike in your hand and trying to go out there. This one's nice. It gives you plenty of room. Just walking up there really easy.Another thing is how far it sticks out from your Malibu and go from the center of the hitch pin to the edge of this bike rack to be 32 inches. So it's going to stick out that far from the back of your vehicle. So remember that when it's back there, if this is the first bike rack you're getting. Just be mindful it's there. It adds that extra to the back. So when you're backing up in tight spots and stuff, just remember, just be careful.Now this bike rack does have a function of it folding up against your vehicle. However, it doesn't work with the Malibu. It comes in contact with the bumper. So just warning you on that, the bike rack still works and functions just fine. When I tilt down to center mass, by pulling this pin, the same way we tilted it, I will fold it up. I pull that pin, pull up on the other one. I'll show you, tilt it up there. We'll tighten that back up. And you can see it makes contact right there. So it's so close for it to snap into place, but that bumper just hits there. So you're not going to be able to fold it up. However, the bike rack still works just fine in all other cases. So I'll use it here when it's got a bike just on it. When you get to the garage, you can fold it up and then store it easier in your garage. That's up to you.Another thing to think about is clearance. With the inch-and-a-quarter hitch, your car is kind of low to the ground. So this has a nice eight-inch rise. So I'll go out here and get that measurement. It looks like it's about 19 inches from the ground. So that'll give you plenty of clearance. When you're going up steep driveways or big hills. You shouldn't have anything to worry about. That's nice that they added that so it just comes up. Because you're already going to be carrying heavier bikes. And that might cause the rack to tilt down a little bit. This gives you that extra room. Then if it does, you got plenty of room.Looking down at the hitch, it just attaches right in there with an anti-rattle bolt and it keeps it nice and sturdy. I can shake the whole car and you see the bike rack's not shaking all that much. So it's in there nice and sturdy. And when we drove it down the road with any bike on there, it stayed pretty sturdy. It kept that side to side, moving down. We we're driving zigzagging and no problems at all. It moved just a little bit, but you're going to have a little movement in all the bike racks you have, so not that big a deal.Something I would suggest to help you though, when you're installing, this is the hitch aligner tool we have in each trailer. One that's on our site. That's for inch-and-a-quarter. That way you'll put this in, it'll attach and go around a collar on the shank of your bike rack. And we'll hit right here at the front of your head. So every time once you've got it lined up once and you tighten it down, you just put that bike rack in, put the shank in the hitch, it hits there and you know that it's aligned. You don't have to kind of look and duck down and see like, is it lined up and get that bolt in there. Easy to put it in there. You're done. Screw it in. You can get on with your adventure.Well, I think that does it. Thanks for hanging out. And I hope this helped.


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