Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks on a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be test fitting the Yakima Holdup 2 bike rack, part number Y02443. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now the first thing I like to show off is the fact that this can actually tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that, making sure you're holding onto the bike rack as you do this, come to this red knob at the end, pull it out, and gently let it come down. With the bike rack in this position, we can actually gain access to the rear hatch with just enough clearance for our handlebars to do so.

Now, measuring from the center of our handlebar to the edge, that's going to be about 9 inches. Anything longer than that, you may want to keep an eye on it when you open up your hatch. Now, to put it back in its original position, again gripping it by the bike rack, lift up, you'll hear that click, and now it's locked back in its original place. Now, how this is actually attached to the bike rack, we're going to have 2 points of contact with absolutely no frame contact at all. We'll have this padded wheel hook up at the front, and there's a ratcheting strap here at the back. Loosen it up, and then ratchet it down like so.

Also, at the end of our wheel hook here, we have this integrated cable lock, which you can pull around and attach it to this point here for additional security so your bike will not get stolen. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. To do that, we'll start at the wheel strap at the back, you'll have this red tab here, you push in on that, and that will loosen up the strap. With the wheel hook up at the front, before we loosen this up, you want to make sure you hold on to the bike, because you don't want it falling into the vehicle once you loosen this completely. There's going to be a red trigger on the inside of the wheel hook, push in like so, lift up, push away. Now, there is a way to fold this up.

You first fold in the wheel cradle here, and there's this little divot here, that's going to be for the rear wheel cradle to push into place, so that will not come back up. Finally, take our wheel hook, push that in, now everything's secure and it's going to stay flat. In this position, you can also lift up the rear hatch to get whatever you need. Now, I'm going to go ahead and give you a couple quick measurements. Measuring from the edge of the bumper to our outer edge here, that's going to be about 27 and 1/2 inches to the rear ...

We've added to the rear of the vehicle. For our ground clearance, it's about 18 inches. Our closest point to the bumper will be this edge here, and that's going to be about 2 and 1/2 inches. Although, this may vary when you have different style hitches. Now, from the center of the hitch pin hole to our outer edge, that's going to be about 8 inches. Keep that in mind when you have different style hitches, that's how far that will be. Now, we're going to go ahead and fold this up for those close quarter situations, such as parking, or putting it back in your garage. That way you have more access with the rear. With it in this position, again measuring from the edge of the bumper, now we've only added about 8 and 1/2 inches. Our ground clearance is now about 12 inches. Now, it does get pretty tight in here, but a couple shakes, this is not going to go anywhere near the bumper and damage your vehicle. Now, how this attaches to the hitch, it's going to have an anti-rattle bolt, with a lock, and that's going to take the shake and play out of the shank to make for a much smoother ride. There you have it for the Yakima Holdup 2 bike rack, part number Y02443, on our 2017 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 an 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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