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Comparing the Yakima FullSwing with the Thule Apex Swing

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I have read that these two models are very comparable. However, I have also read bad reviews that the Apex 9027 does not fit snugly into a 2inch hitch receiver. Is this true? Does the Yakima have a better fit? Thanks much

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The Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Rack (discontinued), and the Yakima FullSwing 4 Bike Rack - 2" Hitches - Swinging, # Y02465, are both very nice bike racks. I haven't heard any issues with either one regarding a snug fit. Both have quick install pins and anti-rattle integrated with a knob. The systems work differently, but we haven't had any issues with any of our test fits including the road handling tests. Both systems have provided a secure connection at the hitch receiver.

If I were to choose one over the other based on the anti-rattle and hitch fit design, I think the Yakima FullSwing has a much better fit in the receiver, which I know is a big concern of yours. The Yakima has a 2 inch shank receiver versus the 1-1/4 with 2 inch adapter. This will give it added strength, less vibration, and better overall durability. It would also edge out the Thule Apex based on additional weight capacity. I recommend the Yakima FullSwing in this comparison.

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Ira E.

Hello,As as follow up to this thread how do you feel about this today with current versions of the Yakima FullSwing Vs the Thule Apex Swing 9027XT? Thanks

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Reply from Chris R.

Good question! At this point my honest vote goes to the Thule Apex Swing # TH9027XT for a couple reasons. The cradles are spaced further apart (7" between each bike), which will keep the blood pressure down when loading up the bikes, and it's almost 15 pounds lighter overall for a much easier install/removal process. With its dedicated 2" shank you also don't need to worry about any rattle inside the hitch receiver like with the previous model.

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