Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Forester

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Review of the Kuat Hitch Bike Racks on a 2016 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester we're doing a test fit of the Kuat NV 2.0 platform-style 2-bike rack. That part number is NV22G. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you the main feature of this bike rack. We're going to come to our lever here in the middle and we're going to pull that down. We'll be able to tilt our bike rack away from our vehicle with our bikes fully loaded.

In this position we do gain full access into our back hatch area to get anything in or out that we may need. You can see we're not going to have to worry about our hatch door making contact with our handlebars. We've got plenty of room to stand in between our bike rack and our vehicle. What's great about this is that we don't have to worry about removing our bikes or our bike rack just to gain this access. To put it back into place we'll simply lift up until it clicks. Now as for how our bike is secured down, we have a cam buckle strap here at the back.

We'll just push on the top gray portion to release that. At the front we have a wheel hook. This sits either in front of our brakes or in front of our frame depending on how our bike is made. We'll simply push the button at the top to release it and pull straight down to tighten it down. You'll notice at the end of each of our cradles we do have cable locks.

That's going to help to prevent theft and tampering of your bikes. I like to replace my hook the other side so it doesn't get damaged once I remove my bike. Now we'll take a few measurements here. First is going to be overall what we're adding to our vehicle. It's going to be about 29-1/2". Our ground clearance is going to be about 22".

Our closest point is going to be about 6-1/4". We have one more position we can put our rack into. This position's going to be great for close quarters situation. Again pulling down on that tab, we're going to fold our bike rack up against our vehicle. Now one thing I do want to mention, if we open this lever here we do have a work station where we can secure our bikes and make any adjustments before or after a ride that we may need to. This position is great for close quarters situations, as I mentioned before, because we're only adding about 13" to our vehicle here. As for our hitch, this is designed to work with 2" hitches only. Down here you'll see a pin and lock. That lock's going to help to prevent theft and tampering. At the very back we're going to have our anti-rattle knob. If we tighten this down completely, it's going to keep a lot of shake and play out of the bike rack as we head down the road. That's going to be our completed look at the Kuat NV 2.0 platform-style 2-bike rack, part number NV22G, on our 2016 Subaru Forester.Speaker 2: 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.

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