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Yakima Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2020 Audi Q7

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Review of the Yakima Trunk Bike Racks on a 2020 Audi Q7


John: Hey guys, John here from etrailer.com. Today we're taking a look at the Yakima HalfBack Trunk Mount Bike Rack on our 2020 Audi Q7. This is a great way to get our bikes to our favorite destination without installing a hitch on the vehicle or installing a roof rack and having to lift our bikes up above our roof. The two bike version here that we have installed has a weight capacity of 35 pounds per bike. However, the halfback is also available in a three bike version and that has a total weight capacity of 90 pounds.Our bikes are secured at three points of contact. We have two zip strips up top and then another zip strip down here for the main mast and that's for our anti sway cradle.

The anti sway cradle just helps to limit the movement of our bikes so that they don't come in contact with each other or the vehicle.Let's go ahead and remove our bike now. To remove the zip strips, we'll press in on these tabs that are on either side of the bike, remove the anti sway cradle, both of them up top, and then I recommend storing these in our glove box instead of putting them back on here. That just means they'll last longer, we don't have to worry about losing them. So the zip strip's removed, simply life our bike and get ready to ride or to put it into storage.Our cradles here have a rubber pad, this helps to protect our bike frame and then we also have raised ridges that help to protect our cables. Here on the anti sway cradle, we can actually fold it up, which just makes it easier to load and remove our bikes.

Here at the end of each arm we have the Yakima signature bottle opener so we can enjoy our favorite beverage.Now that we have the bike removed, let's get some measurements to see how this interacts with the vehicle. From the rear bumper out to the furthest edge of our arm here measures about 27 inches. That's a good measurement to keep in mind to see if we can fit in our garage with the arms up. However, if we do need to reduce that, we can rotate the arms down.So to rotate the arms down, we're going to come to this section of our bike rack. We have three dials here, we're going to use the two gray ones.

We rotate it towards our vehicle, move our arms down and out of the way. It's the same process for either side, just make sure this locks back in place. With the arms rotated down, we'll get that same measurement. From our rear bumper to the furthest edge of our bike rack it's right about seven inches, so that reduces about 20 inches off the length of our entire setup here. So this will be a little easier to maybe get in your garage or a tight parking space with the bike rack loaded.

We might be able to do so now that we have the arms rotated down.To install our bike rack, we have two straps up top and two straps on the bottom. The hooks are labeled as such. We have bottom and top, so we want to make sure that we put those in the right place. But also normally we will use this portion of the hook and it's just going to hook over our hatch or over just our door. In this instance though, just the way that our hatch is designed, we're going to need to put these in anchor mode. And what that means is we take the strap and we're going to loop it through this hole here, pull it all the way through, and now instead of using the hook to connect to our hatch, we're actually going to drop this whole piece inside of our hatch and then attach our bike rack to the strap. So now this entire piece, this entire bracket, is just going to be pulling on the inside of our hatch to help keep it from being damaged.If we're trying to load up a kid's bike or maybe a bike that has a step through frame or we don't have enough space inside the bike frame, we might need to use an adapter bar. So this part goes over our handlebar post and then this over our seat post which provides us a nice horizontal tube that's going to set on top of our cradles. We know that these two dials here are used to rotate our arms up and down. This center dial here is used to move this section of our bike rack which supports against the windshield. We're going to refer to our instructions to see exactly where we need to set the fit dial.Just a few things to note, we won't be able to utilize our rear windshield wiper with the bike rack installed. This is actually the case for any trunk mount bike rack. Simply put, it's just going to make contact with the bike rack which will damage both our bike rack and the windshield wiper. We also won't be able to open up our rear hatch, which is a same case with any trunk mount bike rack, and that's just to keep the bike rack nice and safe and that we also don't damage our car. But that's going to complete our look at the Yakima HalfBack on our 2020 Audi Q7, thanks for watching.


Johanna F.

4/28/2021

Hi. How do I know at what level the upper bar should rest on the rear window. In the video it shows the bar resting in the middle of the window, is that the correct way? Thanks. Great video btw!

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Jon G.

4/29/2021

What year/make/model vehicle do you have? You start off by adjusting that middle dial to what the instructions say and then there is normally a place in the instructions where it talks about where you want the bottom part of the rack to rest. Then it's simply a matter of rotating the rack until the top bar finds a resting place. On hatchbacks it is not uncommon for that to be in the middle of the glass.

Johanna F.

5/6/2021

@JonG thank you so much for your response. My car is a 2019 Infiniti QX50
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Jon G.

5/6/2021

@JohannaF According to Yakima you'll want to set the hub for the HalfBack or FullBack to 2 and then make sure the measurement from the bumper or hatch to the base pad is 9". As long as you follow these directions the top bar will rest where it needs to be.