Yakima Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2018 Hyundai Sonata

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Review of the Yakima Trunk Bike Racks on a 2018 Hyundai Sonata


Speaker 1: Today, on our 2018 Hyundai Sonata, we're going to be test fitting the Yakima Fullback 2-Bike Rack and that's going to be part number Y02634.As you can see, we have our bike installed. So, let's take a closer look and show off some of the features.Now, if we start from the outside and work our way in, on either arm, we're going to have a different accessory. We're going to have this integrated cable lock system on this arm, that can wrap around the second bike we have installed and it simply inserts under this little notch right here; and when you want to unlock it, you will get a set of keys and the insert for your key is right here.On the other arm we're going to have the bottle opener that Yakima loves to put on their bike racks.Right here, we're going to find that our cradles for the frame of our bike are stationary, however they do have this nice rubber TPE padding. Now, what that's going to do is act as a shock absorber for your bike while traveling. You can see these notches right here that are going to be able to press in like so.Our bike's going to be secured at three different points of contact. We have two ZipStrips on the top of our bike frame that are securing it into the cradles and then down below, we're going to have this anti-rattle cradle.

Now, once the ZipStrip is securing the frame of our bike into the cradle, that's going to prevent any unnecessary movement or any swaying at all while we're traveling; and that's going to help prevent your bike from making contact with your vehicle, or with the other bike that could be installed.Up here, we're going to notice that the front wheel is facing to the right currently. As you can see, it can kind of roam how it pleases and since it's not coming close to making contact with the vehicle, we decided to just leave it. However, if this does bother you, the wheel being turned like that, you can use a wheel strap that comes with your bike rack, to strap the front wheel to the frame of your bike and secure it like that, so that it can't move at all and make contact with the other bike.Now let's go ahead and remove the bike. How we're going to do that, we're going to come on this side of the ZipStrip and on either side we're going to push in those two tabs and we're going to pull the ZipStrip right up; and we'll do that on both the top cradles and the anti-rattle cradle and now we can go ahead and remove the bike.Once you're done removing your bike, you do want to be sure to replace your ZipStrips when you're done, so that you can keep track of them. Then you don't have to buy any more if you happen to lose them because it's a pretty annoying thing to have when you can't take your bikes out because you've got no ZipStrips.Now that we have the bike removed, I want to show you guys a measurement that's going to tell us how much space we've added on to the back of our vehicle.So, from the bumper to the outermost part of our bike rack, we're adding on about 27" to the back of our vehicle.

Now, a way you can cut down on that space is that these arms can fold down and conserve some of that space.We're going to come to this gray hub right here, we're going to twist it up and that's going to unlock our arm, to be able to fold down and once it's down, you just lock it back into place. We'll do the other arm as well. So, as you can see, they're locked into place and not going to go anywhere.So, if we measure again, we're going to see from the outermost part of our bike rack to the bumper is going to be about 8". So, that's a pretty good difference from when the arms we're folded up, so you do want to keep this in mind for any close quarter situations you might have. Such as parking or storage.Our bike rack's going to be secured at four different points of contact on our vehicle.

We're going to have two rubber coated hooks that secure right under the top of our trunk and they are labeled top, so you don't get them confused with the bottom hooks as well. Then if we come down below towards the bottom base of our bike rack, we're going to see two more rubber coated hooks that secure under our hatch. In some cases, you might have to go ahead and open your hatch up and put the hooks in to install it; and again, those hooks are labeled bottom.Up top, back on top of the trunk, we're going to have these nice, thick foam pads that are going to help protect your vehicle from any damage occurring from the steel frame of our bike rack.The last thing I want to show you guys is this knob that's in between these two gray ones. Now, this is how we get it set the bike rack to fit our specific vehicle and you can find what setting you have to have it at at Yakima's fit guide. You would simply just turn the knob up and adjust this arm right here up or down to the certain setting that Yakima provides you with for your vehicle.

So, that lets you know that this bike rack can be useful for many other different vehicles if you happen to have more than one at your house.And there you have it for the Yakima Fullback 2-Bike Rack on our 2018 Hyundai Sonata. Speaker 2: 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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