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 taking a look the Yakima HalfBack Two Bike Rack. And that's going to be part number Y02636. As you can see, we do have a bike installed. Let's take a closer look at some of the features. Now, on the end of the arms, we are going to have two bottle openers that Yakima likes to put on their bike racks. The cradles are going to be stationary, so they can't adjust back and forth along the bike rack.

However, they do make up for it for having this nice rubber TPE padding. Now, what that means is that it's going to act as a shock absorber for your bike frame while you're traveling.Our bike's going to be secured at three different points of contact. We have two zip strips on the top of our frame securing the frame into these cradles. And then down here, we're going to have this anti-rattle cradle with a zip strip securing the frame of the bike into it. Now, once that's secure, you're going to see that our bike doesn't rattle around too much while we're traveling.

Yeah, it's going to prevent any type of vehicle to bike contact or bike to bike contact, if you have two installed. Now, if we look right here, we're going to see that our front wheel can kind of roam free as it wants to. If this bothers you, you can use a wheel strap that comes with your bike rack to secure your wheel to the frame of your bike like that.Now, we can go ahead and remove the bike. How we're going to do that is we're going to come up to this cradle and there's going to be a black tab on both sides of the zip strip. We'll push down both of those tabs, pull the zip strip out.

And we'll do that to both cradles and the anti-rattle cradle. Just make sure you keep track of your zip strips. Now we can take the bike off. And when you're done removing your bike, you do want to be sure that you replace your zip strips so that you can keep track of them and you don't have to buy any more. And I would like to point out, if you look on the inside of the zip strip, you're going to see this nice rubber padding right there that's going to help protect the frame of your bike when you have the zip strip securing it.Now, I would like to provide you guys with a measurement to let you know how far this is going to stick from the back of your vehicle.

So from the bumper to the outer most part of our bike rack, it's going to be about 27" added on to the back of our vehicle. Now, a way we can cut down on that space is that these two arms right here can fold down and conserve some space. They are going to move independently of each other. So we're going to come to these gray knobs right here. We'll do one at a time. We'll spin it up, fold the arm down, lock it back into place. And do the same on both sides. As you can see, they lock into place. Now if we measure again, we're going to see from the edge of our bike rack to our bumper is going to be about 7-1/2", which is a good difference from when the arms we're folded up. So you want to keep this in mind for any close quarter situations you might have, such as parking or storage.Our bike is going to be secure at three different points of contact on our trunk. We're going to have two rubber coated hooks that hook under the top of our trunk. And the rubber coating's going to help protect the frame of your bike from any type of scratches or abrasions while you're traveling it and installing it. We're going to have the same two rubber coated hooks just on the bottom of our trunk that latch under it on both sides. And again, that rubber coating is going to be protective of your vehicle and not cause any damage. Up top, between this steel arm from the bike frame and our vehicle, we have these nice thick foam pads that are going to very protective and make sure that the steel frame cannot damage your vehicle at all while you're traveling.The last thing I want to point out is how we set this bike rack to fit our Hyundai Sonata. We come to this center knob right here, and we call that the hub setting. You just simply twist that up and you can adjust this steel arm right here to whatever setting that Yakima think/deems appropriate for your vehicle, which also lets you know that this bike rack can be utilized for many other vehicles, if you have more than one at your household. And there you have it for the Yakima HalfBack Two Bike Rack on our 2018 Hyundai Sonata. Speaker 2: First we'll take it onto our slalom course. This'll 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 lot.


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