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Curt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

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Review of the Curt Hitch Bike Racks on a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek


Speaker 1: Today on our 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek, we're going to be test fitting the Curt 4x platform rack for 2-inch hitches, part number C18087. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's take a closer look and show off some of the features.One of the features of this bike rack is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with all four bikes still attached. To do that, we'll come up to the front here. Going to see these two pins, smaller and larger. We'll remove the smaller pin first.

Then, holding onto the rack, we'll remove the larger pin. It may help just to lift up just a little bit on the rack while you remove this. Then let it come down. Now we have full hatch access to get what we need, and thanks to the spacing between the bumper and the bike rack, we have plenty of space to do so.To put it back in its original position, we'll just lift up on the rack, grab the larger pin or smaller pin, doesn't matter which one, reinstall it, snap it in, give our arms a rest. I'll take the smaller of the pins, put that through as well.

There we go.How the bike is held into place, we're going to have just one point of contact, and that's going to be this frame hook up at the top. It is padded to ensure the frame of the bike will not get damaged once this is being installed. To also hold it into place, we have two wheel cradles here, which are adjustable back and forth to accommodate bikes of different sizes and to assist with loading. By loosening and tightening these knobs here, you can move it back and forth. Also, back up to our frame hooks here, they do come with locks, so once you have this installed, you can lock it down and have your bike be secured to the bike rack.I want to show you a little trick here when it comes to unloading this, especially being right close to the edge there.

We'll first lower this mask by loosening up the pin, reinstalling it on the other side. We'll do the same with the front one here. But first, we'll remove the pin at the base here, which can be a bit of a pain in the butt. There we go. We'll remove that.

Now, holding onto the bike, we'll actually push in on this button at the base here, and that'll release it. Otherwise, it will ratchet into place. But we'll lower this out of the way, and that makes grabbing our bike about ten times easier. Incidentally, when it's folded down like this, we still have access to our rear hatch to get what we need.I'm going to give you a couple quick measurements now. Measuring from the edge of the bumper, now, I'm going to discount this since we have these folded down and normally you wouldn't drive around with them folded down. But measuring from the edge of the bumper to our outer edge here, which, when the bikes are installed, would be this cradle here, we've added about 49.5 inches to the rear of the vehicle. Our ground clearance is going to be the bottom edge. It's going to be about 20 inches, and our closest point is going to be about 9.5 inches to this edge here.Now, for close quarters situations, such as parking or putting it in your garage, you can fold this against the vehicle to give you a little more clearance in that area. Again, you'll come to the base here, but this time we're just going to remove the larger of the two pins, and this time lift up on the rack and then reinsert the pin at the top. Again, measuring from the edge of the bumper out, now we've added about only 16 inches to the edge here and about 12 inches for ground clearance, and the closest point is going to be about 5 inches to this edge here. That's going to be folded up your vehicle when you're not using it.There is one more position we can show you here. We'll have to lower it back down for that. For this, we're also going to have to put our main mask back up in place. This is going to be the suitcase position. Basically, what we're going to do is we're going to fold up both arms with our wheel cradles up to make kind of a suitcase shape with it. That's going to be more for storage when you're finished using it and you want to put it away in your garage or basement, wherever. We'll remove our pin. We'll do this for all the rest, and this is going to be the suitcase position. You can see it already saves you a lot of space with the generally bulky rack that it normally is.Now, we're coming up to the bottom here. Attached to the hitch, we're going to have an anti-rattle bolt and clip, and that's going to take the shanking plate out of the shank and make for a much smoother ride while you drive.There you have it for the Curt 4x platform rack for 2-inch hitches on our 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek.Here on our test course, let's first go into our slalom. This is going to show side-to-side action, such as going around corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our solid speed bumps. This is going to show an up-and-down action, such as pulling in and out of a driveway or out of a parking lot. Then finally onto our alternating speed bumps. This is going to show a twisting action, such as going over potholes or uneven pavement.


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