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Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Subaru Forester

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Review of the Kuat Hitch Bike Racks on a 2019 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2019 Subaru Forester, we're going to be installing Kuat's NV 2.0 Two-Bike Platform Rack. This is a premium two-bike platform rack that's going to be ideal if you have carbon fiber because there's no frame contact. If you have frame contact, that could potentially damage your carbon fiber bikes, so by clamping it here on the wheel, we keep our frame nice and safe.One of the great things about this bike rack is its tilt feature. There's a lever located here that you can pull to lower the rack down, giving you access to your tailgate. This is nice if you have things in the trunk that you need to access. You can get to those without having to take your bike all the way off.

Once you're done in your trunk, you simply lift the bike rack back up and it automatically snaps back into place.Our bike sits on our platform here at the front wheel. We have a cradle that can hold road bikes, mountain bikes, and fat bikes, and the wheel is cinched down tight with the arm here at the front up against our tire. At the back of our bike, we have a long platform that can be adjusted here with our strap to the length of your bike. You simple run the strap over your wheel, and the cam buckle pulls it nice and tight. When you're ready to take your bike off, you simply want to release the cam buckle, pull your strap out.

Here at the front, we'll just press in on the release button, pull our arm out. We can push that forward, and now we can lift our bike off and set it aside. Now that we're all finished with our bike, we can go ahead and put our arm and fold it back over and put our strap back in.Now you can see our bike racks in its loading position, and the clearance from the back of the rack to the ground is going to measure about 21". From the bumper to the furthest point on our rack, it's going to measure about 30", and to the closest point, it's going to measure about 5-1/2". Our rack can be placed in a storage position by simply pushing in on the lever and lifting it up.

This will minimize the impact it has on the back of our vehicle when it's not being used. Now from the back of our bumper to the furthest point, it's going to measure about 12-1/2". From the bumper to our closest point, it's going to be 1-3/4", and from the ground to the closest point, it's going to be about 11-1/4".Another feature that sets this apart from other bike racks is that when you're ready to use it again, you simply use your foot to push on the lever and you can lower it back down. Now, we we're already in our loading position, so I'm going to leave it in its upright storage position to show you the workstation that comes on here. If you pull the lever here at the back, we can pull the arm out, twist it back, lock it down, and now you've got a place to hold your bike.

There's a knob here at the back that will allow you to adjust and turn it as you see necessary as well as extend it here to make it easy to put your bike in and clamp it down. When you're all done, simply unlock it, push it back, and lock it down.The knob located at the back is an anti-rattle knob. When you tighten this down, it presses a ball out inside of your receiver that makes sure it's nice and tight, keeping vibrations out of your bike rack. Our bike rack works with any 2" x 2" receiver and it utilizes a 5/8" hitch pin, which does come included as well as the locking end here. Our lock has a dust cap on it to keep out any dirt and debris ensuring a long-lasting smooth turn of our lock tumbler.First, we'll take it onto our slalom course. This will show you the side-to-side action such as making turns or evasive maneuvers. Now we're at the alternating speed bumps. This will show you how it looks driving on uneven pavement or potholes. Finally, we're at the solid speed bumps which simulates going into your driveway or parking lots. That completes our installation of Kuat's NV 2.0 Two-Bike Platform Rack on our 2019 Subaru Forester.

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