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What 4-Bike Platform Rack Do You Recommend with a 2019 Mazda CX-9?


Hello, I am trying to determine which 4-bike platform racks will have sufficient clearance to properly fold up on a 2019 Mazda CX-9 with the Draw-Tite 76020 hitch. I am unsure of the distance from the centre of the hitch pin hole to the bumper as the Draw-Tite installation video says 6inch while the video comparing the Draw-Tite and Curt hitches says 7. I am considering moderately priced racks like the following: Hollywood Destination HR4000 Swagman Quad 2+2 S64FR Swagman XTC4 Saris Freedom If you have tried any of these racks on a 2019 CX-9 with the Draw-Tite hitch I would appreciate any advice you can share. Thank you!


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The distance from the center pinhole of Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 76020 to the end of your 2019 Mazda CX-9 bumper will be about 7 inches. Fortunately, most trailer hitch bike racks have extra length on the shank to ensure that you will have enough room to both install the rack and allow you to open the back cargo hatch on the vehicle.

I recommend the Saris Freedom # SA. The reason why this rack stands out above the others is that it will give you more room on the hitch shank than the others while folded (10 Inches from the pin hole). The Freedom also features a tilting feature that can tilt with bikes loaded in order to access the cargo area. If you have fat tire bikes, you could go with the fat bike version of this rack # SA4414B-FB. For added security, you can purchase the locks # SA3022 and # SA981 to secure your rack and your bikes.

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