Hollywood Racks Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Jeep Cherokee

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Review of the Hollywood Racks Hitch Bike Racks on a 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Today, we have a 2019 Jeep Cherokee, and we're gonna test it with the Hollywood Racks Sportrider SE four bike platform rack. Now this is a great hitch mounted accessory you just can put on your Cherokee. It'll allow you to haul up to four bikes to and from the trailers or wherever you wanna take them.Now one of the coolest features about this bike rack is that we could take off this two bike addition if we want to, and convert to it a two bike rack if you wanna just take off that extra length. First, you would loosen this handle back here. That's kind of an anti rattle system. Once you loosen that, you're gonna be able to remove this pin and then just pull out the two bike version, and then you could put the cap on fit and convert it to a two bike rack.Now another cool thing you could do is if you wanted to take that off, you could also use the Hollywood Racks cargo carrier to put on the end.

That way, you can haul two bikes and then any gear that you don't wanna put inside your vehicle.Another great feature is that we can tilt this away from the Cherokee to gain access to the trunk. Now we're gonna come in here, but first we're gonna pull this safety pin. We'll just flip off that clip and then pull it out. And then we're gonna pull this top pin right here and tilt it away.Now with doing that, you're gonna see we can open up our trunk. It does ...

It comes within about seven inches of making contact with that handlebar, but you shouldn't have to worry about anything unless you just have a bike that has a wide handlebar spread. We have enough space to get in here, grab whatever we need, and be on our way.Now to tilt it back up, we're just gonna grab ahold of the bike rack down here and lift it up, and then replace this pin. Now you can use this feature while the rack is fully loaded, but I would advise maybe get an extra set of hands because that'll be a lot of weight with four bikes on there.Now the bike itself is held in at three different points of contact. We're gonna have a hook and loop strap on the back wheel right here, and we're also gonna have the same thing on the front wheel. The straps are just securing them into the cradles, kinda holding them down.Now kinda the main point of contact that's holding the bike in place is this padded frame hook that's putting downward force on top of the bike, forcing it down into the wheel trays.

The padding is gonna help protect your bike frame from any type of scratches or abrasions.Well, let's go ahead and remove the bike so we can take a closer look. Pretty easy. You just rip off the hook and loop first. ..From there, you wanna make sure you have a grip on your bike before you lift up on the hook. We're gonna push that button and lift up.

Now we can remove it. .Now with no bikes loaded, it's always a good idea just to go ahead. We're gonna push down these hooks, and then we're gonna pull this pin and fold the arm down just to conserve on space, and replace the pin right there, and go ahead and just replace that hook and loop so it doesn't flop around too much.Now with any hitch mounted accessory, you are gonna have added length to your vehicle. In the case of our Cherokee, we're gonna go from the bumper to the outermost point. We've added on 43 inches to the back of our Cherokee. Now you can see we have a raise in the shank, and it's kind of angled up as it goes farther out, so our ground clearance is gonna be pretty nice at 19 inches. Any, you know, going up your curb into your driveway or into a parking garage or over a speed bump, you shouldn't have any problems.Now the closest point is gonna be down here, around where these cradles are, or even at the shank, but the shank's kinda stationary. We're eight and a half inches right there and four and a half inches right there. But like I said, those are stationary parts. They're not gonna move and make contact with your vehicle.Now we can go ahead and fold this up to conserve on all that space we've added on to the back. We're gonna come down. We don't have to touch this safety pin, but we do need to pull on that pin again, except we'll lift up 'til it locks into place.That's locked into place. Let's go ahead and take another measurement and see how much is added on the back. We're down to 12 inches added onto the back of the vehicle, which is a very big difference from when it was folded down. This is something you wanna keep in mind for a tight parking spot, or if you're just in a parking garage, or even going around town with an empty rack.Also, our closest point has changed. We're now about an inch and a half away from the vehicle, and even up top, you can see, it's pretty close. But you can see, as I kinda push on it, giving it a good nudge, it's not coming in contact with the Cherokee, so nothing to worry about there.Now let's come down here and see how it attaches to our hitch. We're gonna see that we have a two inch receiver. That's what this is compatible with. We have a standard safety pin with a lock on the other side. This is a nice security feature so no one can remove the bike rack without the key. And the anti rattle system is back here, at the front of the bike rack. What you do is you tighten down this handle, and it basically pulls on the pin and pulls it back, and basically jams it into the pin hole. That takes away the shake in play.Now with all of that being said, that's gonna do it for our test fit of the Hollywood Racks Sportrider SE four bike platform rack on our 2019 Jeep Cherokee. This is our test course. Let's start with the slow one. This shows side to side action, such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering. .The solid speed bumps. This shows up and down action, such as driving through a parking lot or parking garage, or driving in and out the driveway. .Then on to our alternating speed bumps. This shows twisting action, such as hitting curbs, potholes, road debris, or uneven pavement.

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