Yakima Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2017 Hyundai Elantra

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Review of the Yakima Trunk Bike Racks on a 2017 Hyundai Elantra


Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Hyundai Elantra we're going to be test fitting the Yakima HalfBack 2 bike rack. That's part number Y02636. As you can see, we do have a bike installed, so let's take a close look and show off some of the features.Now, on the ends of our arms, we're going to have two bottle openers that Yakima likes to put on all of their bike racks. Our cradles are stationary, however they do have this nice rubber TPE padding. You can see these notches right there that are going to act as shock absorbers for the frame of your bike while you're traveling. It's going to help protect it from any damage.Our bike's secured at three different points of contact.

We have two zip strips on top of our frame. Then we have a zip strip down here with this anti-rattle cradle. Once that's secure, that's going to prevent our bike from shaking too much while we're traveling. It's going to help prevent any bike to vehicle contact or other bike to bike contact.Up front if we look at the front wheel, we're going to see it can kind of move however it wants, or however gravity wants it to. It's not coming close to making contact with our vehicle, but if this is something that bothers you, you will get a wheel strap with your bike rack that you can use to strap wheel to the frame of your bike.Let's go ahead and remove the bike.

We'll pull these zip strips right up and out like this, pressing in on those black tabs. And we can take our bike off now. Once you get your bike off, it's always a good idea to go ahead and replace your zip strips right away so that you don't take off without replacing them, and then you might lose them. So we're just going to secure those in there, because we don't want to have to buy any more of these.Now, I'm going to provide a measurement to give you an idea of the distance you're adding on to the back of your vehicle. So, from the back of our vehicle to the outermost part of our bike rack, we're adding on about 24 and a half inches to the back of our vehicle.

Now, we can cut down on that space by folding down these arms. We're going to twist up on this gray knob right there, fold our arm down, lock it back into place. Do that on both, now they're locked into place and we can measure again. From our bumper to the outermost part, is going to be about four and half inches. So, you want to keep that in mind for any close quarter situations you might have such as parking or maybe even storage.Our bike rack has four different points where it's secured to our trunk.

We have two rubber coated hooks on top, that latch under the top of our trunk. Now, the rubber coating is going to help protect your vehicle from any type of scratches or abrasions. They are also labeled, "Top". Right there in white letters on both sides, and that's going to help avoid confusion with the bottom hooks.Our other two points of contact are our bottom, rubber coated hooks right here. And as you can see, they are labeled "bottom" right there. So that's going to help avoid confusion. And they're also going to be rubber coated, so it's going to help avoid scratches or abrasions.If we look up top, we're going to have these nice foam pads that are pretty thick. They're wrapped around the steel frame of our bike rack, so that's going to help protect your bike rack and your vehicle from damaging each other. If you come look at this center knob that's between our two gray ones, that's our hub setting. So what that does is once we check Yakima's website on the thick guide to see what setting it needs to be on for our vehicle, we'll just twist that up and adjust this arm right here to whatever setting is specific for our vehicle. Once you do that, you're ready to install it.That's also going to let you know that this will work for a wide variety of vehicles, ranges from sedans to small SUVs with hatchbacks. The last thing I want to point out is that it is not recommended by the manufacturer to open your trunk, as it could cause damage to your vehicle or your bike rack.And that's going to do it for our test fit of the Yakima Hatchback Bike Rack on our 2017 Hyundai Elantra.First, we'll take it onto our slalom course. This will show you the side to side action such as making turns or evasive maneuvers. Now, we're at the alternating speed bumps. This will show you how it looks driving on uneven pavement or potholes. Finally, we're at the solid speed bumps, which simulates going into your driveway or parking lots.


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