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Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Kuat Hitch Bike Racks on a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback wagon we're going to be testing fitting the Kuat NV 2.0 bike rack, part number NV22G. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first one I'd like to show off is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that there's this latch here toward the center of the mast, you'll just hold onto the bike rack as you do this, you pull towards you, let it come down gently, and with that we have full access to the rear hatch to get whatever we need with plenty of space on either side to do so. You can see that it had plenty of space between the handle bars and the hatch as well and from the center bar handlebar to the edge that's going to be about 9 inches.

Anything longer, just keep any eye on it. Close that back up. To put it back in it's original position, again gripping it by the bike rack, lift up, you hear that click and now it's locked back in its original place. Now how this actually attached to the rack, well again I have 2 points of contact with no frame contact at all. We have this padded wheel hook up at the front and this wheel strap at the back. We also have an integrated cable lock at the end which you can bring out, wrap around your bikes for additional security to prevent theft and tampering. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside.

To do that we'll push in on this gray tab at the top of the back wheel strap, then we'll go up to the front, holding on to the bike rack as we do this, push on this trigger at the top of the wheel hook, lift up, and push away. Lift that back up around so we get the hook out of the way. Now with the bike rack in this position I'm going to give you a couple measurements. Measuring from the edge of the bumper to the outer edge it's going to be about 29 inches. For ground clearance from this edge is going to be about 20 inches.

Our closest point to the bumper is going to be about 5.75 inches, although this may very from hitch to hitch that you have. Then from our center of our hitch pin hole to our edge, that's going to be about 11 inches. Keep that in mind if you have different style hitches as well. Now our final position, I can actually lift up against the vehicle for those close quarter situations such as parking or putting in your garage. Again, pull that latch towards you, push up, you hear that click and again it's locked into place. Again, measuring from the edge the bumper to our outer edge, now we've only added about 13 inches, our new ground clearance is about 12, and our bar here looks to be about an inch and half from the bumper and I know that's close but you can shake it as much as you want and it's not going to make any contact so you wouldn't have any problems there. How this attaches to the hitch, it's going to have a locking pin through here and then it's going to have this anti-rattle knob at the end.

You turn it to the right to tighten and the left to loosen and that's going to take the shake and play out of the shank to make for a much smoother ride. It also has this station at the top which comes out and can grip your bike so if you have to do any maintenance to your bike right before you ride, you can do it then. There you have it of the Kuat NV 2.0 bike rack for number NV22G on our 2017 Subaru Outback wagon.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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