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Hollywood Racks Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Jeep Cherokee

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Review of the Hollywood Racks Hitch Bike Racks on a 2017 Jeep Cherokee

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Jeep Cherokee, we're going to be doing a test fit on the Hollywood Racks Trailrider two-bike platform rack for fat tire bikes, part number HR200Z-FB. This bike rack is able to hold your fat tire bikes up to five inches wide. And you're also going to get the standard size wheel trays, which will hold bike tires up to three inches wide. You just have to remove and replace them due to whatever bikes you want to have that day. As for the bike itself, we have three different points where it's secured. We have a hook and loop strap on the front tire and we also have another one on the back tire back here.

Those are securing both tires into their wheel trays. And we also have this padded frame hook putting downward pressure on top of the bike forcing it down into the trays. Those points of connection are going to make sure that is very sturdy, and it's going to stay on our rack and not cause any issues.Let's go ahead and remove the bike. We are going to start with the hook and loop straps. You just tear the hook and loop apart and then pull it out like so.

Then let it just sit there. Do the same on the other side. Then when we come to the frame, you want to make sure that you have a grip on your bike. The first, to help make things easier, we're going to go ahead and pull this pin out down here and I'll show you why in a second. Now we're going to lift this up real quick.

I'm going to press down and release it like so. Done. And because these bikes to have a bit amount of weight to them, what's going to help with unloading them, instead of having to maneuver around the hook, we took that pin out so that this arm could come down. That makes unloading a lot easier.Now something else I want to point out with this arm folded down, you are going to able to access your trunk with this since this bike rack does not tilt away. With no bikes loaded and that arm folded down, we can open up our trunk and we've got a lot of space to get whatever we might need.We'll go ahead and fold this back up and then replace that pin.

I'm going to provide you guys with a few measurements now. First from the bumper of our Cherokee to the outer most point of our bike rack, we have added on about 26 inches to the back of our vehicle. We do have a slightly raised shank so our ground clearance is going to be 16 inches at this point right here which is plenty of space so you won't bottom out on any steep inclines you go up. Then our closest point which about right here on these wheel trays, that's 8 inches right there but as you see it's stationary and it won't pop up and make contact.Now because we can't fold this up towards our vehicle to conserve on space added on to the back of the vehicle, there still is a way to fold it up to make it compact a bit. I'm going to come to these pins right here and remove them like so. Once you do that, we're going to fold up this arm and we'll replace this pin and clip. Once you get the notches lined up, that's when the pin will come through. There we go. We'll do the same on the other side. Sometimes you've got to maneuver around these arms a bit. Once you've got that, we can replace the pin like so. Sometimes you've got to shake it just a little bit to get that pin to go all the way through. And this will be easier over time once the bike rack is broke in a little bit.So once you get that pin in, you are good to go. And as you can see, it has conserved a lot of space. You want to keep this in mind for any storage purposes you might have.We'll take a measurement real quick and we'll see. It is only 9 inches wide right here so it's going to fit in various amount of spots wherever you want to store it, whether it's in your garage, in your house, whatever that might be.So let's come down here and see how it attaches to the hitch. We have an antirattle bolt with a two inch receiver. Once that's tightened down, that takes away the shake and play from our bike rack while we are traveling. We do have a lock on the other side which is a nice security feature. No one can remove the bike rack without the key to unlock anti-rattle bolt.As you can see, the shank is a little bit small for the receiver, however we have the two inch sleeve added on to it so that it makes it compatible with two inch hitches. If you've got another vehicle in your household with an inch and a quarter receiver, you can take that sleeve off and it makes it compatible with inch and a quarter hitches.Now we've gone over some of those features, let's show you guys how it's performed on our test course fully loaded.

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