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Recommended 2 or 4 Bike Carrier for 2011 Subaru Outback

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I have a 2011 Subaru Outback and need a bike rack 2 or 4 bike to carry both a mens and womens bike without having to use an adapter bar. My car is equipped with a trailer hitch. I also need one that is easily attached and removed without much difficulty. If the rack could be tilting, that would be an added bonus. Any ideas? Thanks.

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Many of the trailer hitch receivers for your 2011 Subaru Outback are 5 or 6 inches to the pin hole from the outer most part of the bumper. This will be important to know when looking at a hitch mounted bike rack. Because you are not wanting to use an adapter bar, you will definitely want to use a platform style rack.

If you want a 4 bike rack, you will need to have a 2 inch trailer hitch receiver as the 1-1/4 inch receiver cannot handle the torque of the longer and obviously heavier platform bike rack.

For a 2 bike rack, I recommend the Swagman Chinook 2-Bike Platform Rack # S64683. This rack can fold as well as tilt-away and comes with all the locks needed to secure your bikes and the rack to your vehicle.

For the best 4 bike option, I recommend the Kuat NV 2.0 4-Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Aluminum - Tilting - Gunmetal Gray # NV22G-NA22G. This has all the integrated locks and also has a bike stand for on the road repairs. It also can be used as a 2 bike or 4 bike carrier just like the other 4 bike options listed. It is by far a superior rack to the others listed and has tilting as well as folding capabilities for your 2011 Subaru Outback.

I've attached videos to assist with each option listed.

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