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Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2021 Toyota 4Runner

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Review of the Yakima Hitch Bike Racks on a 2021 Toyota 4Runner


Hi, everyone. Aiden here with etrailer.com and today we're gonna be taking a look at the Yakima StageTwo platform style bike rack here on our 2021 Toyota 4Runner. Now, this is a really sharp looking bike rack and it's really solid too. We're gonna be holding the bike by the back wheel strap and a front wheel hook which means zero frame contact, making it really nice for our carbon frame bikes, alternative frame bikes, and with a 60 pound weight capacity per bike, even some e-bikes with that battery removed. If you are planning on taking this off road it does have an off road weight capacity of 36 pounds per bike. So just keep that in mind.

Now, something I do really like about this bike rack is the integrated cable locks right here. So you can wrap it around your bike back into itself and lock it up nice and easy with the same key system. I really like having that built into the rack so I don't have to remember it when I'm going on my trips. It's something I more than likely will forget. And it's just nice to have it there when I need it.

And like other platform style bike racks, this does feature the ability to tilt away with the bikes loaded. I'll be honest, this is a really difficult one to get going. This handle is really stiff and you have to give it a bit of persuasive force, wiggle it a bit. And eventually you'll hear that click. You can lower it down and get access to the back of your vehicle.

Now, honestly, with how difficult it is, I might look into a different rack just for the ease of a handle, but if you can get past that part maybe you're an avid mountain climber with some really good grip strength, it might not be that big a deal. And with the 4Runner you've got that back glass that slides down so you might not even have to tilt it down if you don't need to. With that said, though, let's go ahead and get the bike unloaded by undoing this wheel strap at the back first, pushing that button and removing the strap, getting a hand on our bike up front and getting the wheel hook out of the way. Now I will say all these other parts on the bike rack move exceptionally smooth, making it really easy to get loaded and unloaded and we can set that to the side for now. And when we get back, we can replace these straps.

Now you do get full adjustment here along the length of the tray. So bikes with different wheel bases are gonna work really well with this. And we can put this back down here. Now for some measurements, we can start with our ground clearance. We do have a pretty significant rise and the platforms are even staggered. So at the back end, we are getting 30 inches of ground clearance, which is insane. Plenty for your 4Runner here. You're not gonna have any issues with bottoming out. Now, as far as length added goes, you can see it sticks back a fair bit, and we will be adding 40 inches to the back of our 4Runner. With an already long vehicle that is gonna be a fair amount added but like with the tilting, you can come back to this handle, put some upward force and you can fold it upright. Again, you do have to wiggle it a bit but eventually it'll go lock into place right there. And we can see that that distance does cut down to only sticking out 15 inches which is way more reasonable. Now with the way this rack is built really heavy duty and thick metal, it is probably going to block a big portion of your backup camera. So just keep that in mind when it's folded like this. Now down at the bottom we do have a tool-less anti rattle knob. It's got a really nice light knurling on there so you can get a really good grip on it. And it goes super smoothly. I really like this system and it takes out all that shake and play. It does lock and it's keyed alike with those cable locks up top. So it's really nice to see for the security of the bike rack itself. And at the hitch it'll fit in a two inch by two inch receiver with that anti rattle keeping it nice and still. Now, overall I think it's a really nice bike rack. That handle operation for me is a bit of a deal breaker, but I like the look a lot. I like the fit and finish, and it is a really solid rack for your 4Runner overall. Thanks for watching..


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