Comparing the Yakima FourTimer Bike Rack # Y02469 with the Swagman Quad 2+2 # S64692

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How does this rack part # Y02469 compare to the swagman 2+2 Swagman/S64692? That one seems to have very positive reviews and is less money. I dont think it has the bottle opener though: Thanks.

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Both the Yakima FourTimer # Y02469 and the Swagman Quad 2+2 # S64692 that you referenced are excellent bike racks and would do a great job transporting your bikes. They both have the ability to hold up to 4 bikes that weight 45 lbs each and they are compatible with a 2 inch receiver. They both use the hook to stabilize the bike while it is in the cradles and they also have tilting and folding features. The ability to be adapted to a 2 bike rack is also an option between both of them.

Typically your Yakima bike rack would come out on top with more features. The features that the FourTimer has on the Quad 2+2 is that it is about 15 lbs lighter, includes the signature bottle opener, and can be tilted while the bikes are loaded. Bike must be unloaded to utilize the tilting feature on the Quad.

Aside from the that the Quad 2+2 has a few features that the FourTimer does not. It has a shank rise of 10 inches as opposed to the 4 inch rise of the FourTimer, plus it also comes with a bike and hitch lock. The FourTimer only comes with a hitch lock. If you want to secure your bikes you have to purchase the Cable # Y07233 and Lock Cores # Y07202 separately.

The Yakima FourTimer is definitely the better bike rack of the 2 because of the extra features. The trade-off is that it already is set at a slightly higher price point plus you have to purchase the bike lock if you want to add that feature. I recommend going with the FourTimer, but if the cost is an issue then the Quad 2+2 is a very comparable bike rack that is a little more cost-effective.

I have attached review videos of each bike rack that you can also reference.

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Follow up Questions

Megan Q.

Looking for a 4 bike platform rack to put on 2015 Toyota Highlander. Like the idea of the 2 + 2. What platform rack would you recommend. Thank you, 80394

Reply from Chris R.

I really like the Yakima FourTimer 4 Bike Rack # Y02469 mentioned above. It's really easy to convert to a 2-bike rack when needed, has a robust 45 pound per bike capacity, and includes a hitch lock to secure the carrier to your Highlander. The only thing I would add is a cable lock like # Y07233 to secure the bikes themselves to the rack. 66263

Reply from Megan Q.

@ChrisR Thanks Chris! Also, need to add a trailer hitch to the highlander. Looking at the Curt Class III C13200. Can you confirm that would be the best choice? Thanks again for all your help, Also, if I purchase the cable lock, do I need a "lock core"? Thanks! 66342

Reply from Chris R.

@MeganQ Yep! The Curt Class III Hitch # C13200 will work perfectly both on your Highlander and with the Yakima FourTimer rack. You're right that you will need to add a lock core to the Cable Lock # Y07233 . This is in case you have other Yakima accessories already so you can pick out a core that matches (so 1 key will work with all your stuff). If you don't want to mess with that though you can use part # Y07238 instead, which includes the core. 66636

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