Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks on a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're doing a test fit of the Yakima Hold Up Platform Style 2 Bike Bike Rack. That part number is Y02443. Now we already have our bike secured down. First we're first going to show you one of the key features of the rack. We're going to come here to the back, lift up on our rack, and then pull out on our red pin, and that's going to allow us to tilt our back rack fully loaded away from our vehicle. With that tilted away, we're going to gain access into our back hatch area, to get anything in or out that we may need. You may notice we have a few inches between that door and our handlebars whenever it's opening.

From the center of our handlebars to the outside edge we have about 9 inches, so if it's anywhere between there maybe even a little bigger, you shouldn't have to worry about possibly making contact with your door whenever that's opening. With our hatch door closed we can lift this up until that clicks into place. As for how our bike is secured down, on our back tire we have a ratching strap, we're just going to lift up on that red button there and release that. At the front we have a wheel hook, that either sits in front of our brakes or in front of our frame, we'll just release that. A great thing about it is that on the end there, we have an integrated cable lock to prevent any theft or tampering. Push that off to the side and we can take our bike off and set it off to the side. Each of our bike positions actually fold up for a more compact position so you don't have the bike rack folded out entirely.

We'll start by folding in the front wheel cradle there, we'll tilt the back wheel cradle to hold it in place on the edge. Then we'll take our wheel hook, fold that all the way to the back and the ratchet ends hold our wheel cradle in place, just like so. Now we can take a few measurements here, first is going to be our overall, we're going to have about 30 1/4". Our ground clearance is going to be about 19". Our closest point is about 5 3/4" and then from the center of the hitch pin hole to our closest point we're going to have about 7 1/4" there. For our next position, we'll come to the back once more.

We're going to lift up once again, folding it up against our vehicle. Now even if we do have a little bit of movement on our bike rack, we're not going to have to worry about it making contact with the back portion of our vehicle, because we do have a lot of room in between the two. Take another set of measurements here. We're going to have about 11 1/4" added to our vehicle, and our ground clearance is going to be about 14". That will be perfect for close quarters situations. As for our hitch, we have an anti-rattle bolt M lock holding this in place, it's going to help prevent against theft and tampering, it'll also keep a lot of the shake and play out of the bike rack as you head down the road.

That's going to be our completed look at the Yakima Hold Up Platform Style 2 Bike Rack, part number Y02443 on our 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon. 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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