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Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2020 Hyundai Tucson

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Review of the Yakima Hitch Bike Racks on a 2020 Hyundai Tucson

Hi everyone. It's Evangeline here at etrailer. And today we are looking at our Yakima EXO system with a double up bike rack here on top and the gear warrior cargo care here on our bottom shelf on our Yakima EXO swing base and top shelf on our 2020 Hyundai Tucson. Now, this is an awesome setup. We have the Yakima exo system we have two layers up here. We have, what's basically a roof basket on your hitch as well as a two bike rack.

So let's take a look at how it works with our vehicle. First, let's talk about the gear warrior. Right where it is, which is on the swing base If you use it without the top shelf it has a weight capacity of 250 pounds. I'm using each trailer straps to strap all my gear in but you can pick up really whatever shapes you want to use. Cause you have integrated tie down points all along the basket.

When you have it in this configuration with a bike rack on top, it now has a weight capacity of 110 pounds. If you threw this basket on the top shelf you will then have a weight capacity of 80 pounds. You can also add the gear, the warrior wheels kit which will turn this into a cart which you can then just roll away. When you're ready to go. here on top we have the double up two bike rack.

Right where it is on the top shelf we have a weight capacity of 40 pounds per bike. If you had it just on the swing race it would be 50 pounds per bike. I have a carbon frame bike mounted to our double up two bike rack. And this allows me with its front wheel clamp to carry my carbon frame bike without warping the frame. But it also works with your alternate frame bikes like your step two bikes, your children's bikes your women's bikes really bikes that you don't have to use a bike adapter bar with because you then have this front wheel clamp which makes it a lot easier to use.

You also have the tire width capacity of up to 4.8 inches. So even your fat tire bikes are going to work with this system. Let's take a look at some measurements as well on our vehicle, measuring from the rear bumper to the furthest point of the system which is at the end of the gear warrior. We have it at about 31 and a half inches. The swing base itself will be at 30 inches. And that's a clearance you'll have to think about when you're trying to park into your garage or park into a tight spot. Now let's talk about ground clearance. The bottom of our swing base is at 13 and a half inches and ground clearance is something you think about when you're going up a steep incline like a driveway or a Hill. Most importantly, though, please make sure that your hitch has a weight capacity for this entire system. The swing base, plus the top shelf are already 101 pounds. You have the gear warrior, which is around 23 pounds the bike rack, which is around 37 add that to your gear and your bikes. And you can very easily be carrying a lot more than 300 pounds on your hitch. So please check your tongue weight rating to make sure you got enough for the whole system. Last measurement we'll take is the closest point between our bike rack and the vehicle. So measuring from right there, where our door is to where the top shelf masks, we have a three and about a quarter inch clearance here for our bikes. It looks like it might come close to the window at first but when you look closer, there is no contact at all. You can also push the top shelf out if you are concerned about clearance, but on our Tucson. No problem. Now, one thing to do notice is that the backup camera, your license plate, as well as your taillights are obstructed by this whole system I highly recommend picking up the Yakima EXO lit kit which will relocate your license plate as well as add some extra tail lights to make sure that you are safe on the road. Finally, while some cargo carriers and bike racks can tilt away, if you can access the hatch what this does is something special. It swings away and to do so there is a knob at the back that you have to turn first. Now this knob I've noticed on this vehicle it's kind of a tight fit that you don't have to worry about clearance or contact, but you do kind have to squeeze behind there to rotate that knob. Once that is rotated, you then pull this knob, hold onto this handle and swing the system away. If swings a full 90 degrees until that knob in the corner latches it into place and secures it. Notice how I installed the Jack that comes with a top shelf because my bikes are kind of heavy. And I do need that extra support especially when swung away for an extended period of time. Now looking at our system itself it is completely swung away, but if I want to access my box right here, I don't have that much space between the box and the top shelf. Don't worry, there is a solution for that. First release this hitch pin lock and the hitch pin. And then you have to loosen this knob. So once you have that completely removed like that you can then step back and then swing the entire top shelf, a full 180 degrees. Now it looks like the bikes might come a little close like there's definitely clearance, but you're going to have to check that there's at least 13 inches of clearance between your bike handlebars and the vehicle. Again, if you do have an issue, you can swing this out but here on our bikes so far, it's perfectly fine. And you don't have to worry about contact with swinging out. Most importantly, though, in this position one person can be dismounting the bikes while the other one is unloading your gear and cargo both at the same time, because you have full access to everything you're carrying on this Yakima. Exo system. So my final thoughts about the system is I really like how it gives me the best of both worlds. I get to carry two bikes and all my extra cargo. If I wanted to carry more bikes what I'd have to do is also put them on my roof. But again, this frees up my hitch or this allows me to maximize my hitch security two different things, as well as if I have other Yakima accessories, I get to mix and match. I can throw a ski and snowboard carrier on there during the winter season. I can use the enclosed year locker. If I want to, again, though the bike can only be mounted on the top shelf or if it's on the swing base, it has to be mounted alone. So just remember that, but all in all, they work really well for storing and carrying my bike safely, as well as giving me the opportunity to carry all my gear and equipment for my adventures. So that was a look here at the Yakima. Exo system with a double up two bike rack and the gear warrior cargo carrier on our 2020 and Hyundai Tucson..

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