Compatibility of Yakima FourTimer 4 Bike Rack on 2014 Ford Explorer

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Reference the yakima #Y02469, will I have enough clearance to open the rear hatch of a 2014 Explorer with the rack lowered and bikes attached?

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The Yakima FourTimer 4 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Tilting # Y02469 has a distance of 17 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole on your trailer hitch receiver to the closest wheel cradle. It has a 4 inch rise in the shaft, so when tilted you will have plenty of room with your 2014 Ford Explorer to completely open your hatch and access cargo.

For instance, the Curt # C13386 trailer hitch receiver has a measurement of 4-1/2 inches from the outermost part of the bumper. That gives you 12.5 inches of clearance from the bumper to the closest wheel cradle prior to tilting for hatch access.

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