Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks on a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2015 Subaru Outback, we'll be doing a test fit on the Yakima HoldUp Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack. That's part number Y02443. I've already got it loaded up on the Outback just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it holds our two bikes. It actually holds our bikes with zero frame contact. We have this wheel hook going over our front wheel putting down pressure into the front wheel cradle, and then for the rear we have a strap going over the rear wheel and it rackets down into place, so that's going to be nice and tight. One of the best features about this bike rack is it has ability to tilt away from our vehicle so we can gain access to our rear hatch. Go ahead and make your way over to the center pin here, pull out, and then we can get into our rear hatch.

As you can see is it's fastened by our handlebars here. We just make it. Just keep that in mind. Depending on what kind of bike you may have or may using, you may or may not be able to get into your rear hatch. To put it back in place, pretty simple, just lift it back up until it snaps in, and you can tilt it away with bikes loaded. Let's go ahead and take off our bike.

We'll undo our rear wheel strap first. Simply just lift up on our red button. Then for our wheel hook, just squeeze in on the handle here and raise it out. Also like to point out that there is an integrated cable lock so we can further secure our bike. Some people like to leave their strap undone that way they can quickly and easily hit the road.

I'm going to go ahead and replace mine. Then we're going to bring the front wheel cradle over. The rear cradle's going to go on top of it. We'll bring the hook over behind the rear cradle and lock it into position. The whole bike rack folds flat.

We don't have to worry about anything coming up, and we can also get into our rear hatch without having to tilt it away. Let's go ahead and take a few measurements though. Overall, we've added about 28 inches to the Outback. For the space between, we're looking at about 2 1/2 inches. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the closest point, we're looking at about 8 1/2 inches, and at the very back here for our ground clearance I'd say about 17 1/2 inches. Another great thing about the Yakima HoldUp is it has the ability to fold up against our vehicle for compact storage. Use that same pin, rotate it up until it snaps in. This would be ideal for parallel parking or pulling in your garage overnight. Take a few more quick measurements here. Now, we've got about 9 inches on the back. The space between about 2 inches, and then from the center of the hitch pinhole we're looking at about 7 inches. Ground clearance here, we're looking at about 12 1/2 inches. This bike rack is to be used for 2 inch by 2 inch receivers only. It's what we've got here. The anti-rattle bolt and lock is included. The nice thing about the anti-rattle bolt is it's going to help reduce a lot of play and rattle within our receiver and bike rack, make for a nice solid ride for our two bikes. As you can see, I'm shaking the whole vehicle there, not a whole lot of movement in the bike rack itself. That's going to complete our test fit on the Yakima HoldUp Platform-Style Bike Rack, part number Y02443, on our 2015 Subaru Outback. This is our test course. Let's start with the slalom. This shows side-to-side action such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our alternating speed bumps. This shows twisting action such as hitting curbs, potholes, road debris, or uneven pavement. Last of all, the solid speed bumps. This shows up-and-down action such as driving through a parking lot or parking garage or driving in and out of a driveway.

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