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Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Jeep Cherokee

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


Adam: Hi everyone. Adam with etrailer.com. Today we're going to be taking a look at the Kuat NV 2.0 on our 2019 Jeep Cherokee. So this does come in three different colors. You see the gun metal gray color here. It does have that orange accent.

If that's not necessarily your style, we will have a metallic black and flat black on etrailer.com. So whatever goes best with your ride, go ahead and pick which one you want. So is this going to be a platform style rack holding two different bikes. And the cool thing about this, it has no frame contact. We secure this bike down with a wheel hook in the front, and a cam buckle type strap in the back.

One of the best features about this bike rack is we can tilt it with the bikes installed. There is a lever here. We're going to hold and then pull this lever down. And that's going to allow us to grab anything out of the back of our Compass, or on our Cherokee here.Whether it be a book bag, maybe a helmet, maybe even a lunch or two, we're going to be able to access that with our bikes installed. I know when I'm on vacation, a lot of the times when I'm on the road or at a gas station, I've realized I need something out of the back.

You don't want to be in an unknown area unloading your bikes in the parking lot. It's just not going to be the safest situation. So, lift it back up. You do just that. Lift it back up, and it will snap into place, letting you know it's nice and secure.

Let's do some measurements real quick. We are going to add a little bit of length to our vehicle, and in this case it's going to be 31 inches from our bumper to the outermost point right here.So let's go ahead and take this bike off the rack. It's relatively easy. We are going to start with the cam buckle type strap, as it doesn't really hold it upright, it just helps with that vertical movement. Press this tab in here, and we can remove that. And you can see that it does actually allow you to slide this all the way up and down, this whole entire rail here. So it's going to be able to fit all sorts of different style bikes. So now we're up to our wheel hook. Always put your hand on the bike, just so it doesn't fall into your car and damage it or fall into you. We're going to press this tab here, pull it up and tilt it out. Then we can go ahead and just lift this right off the rack.And if you can notice here, we actually do have a cable lock and it is going to be on both sides. And what it's going to do, it's going to wrap around your frame, or your wheel, and it's going to hook back into it. And we will have a key that comes with the kit, and it's going to be the same on both sides. Whenever you're not using it, it is going to stow away pretty nicely in the edge there, find the sweet spot. There we go.So, now we can take this and just kind of put it back. Now I can lean this up against the car. It's always nice to know if we can park this in our garage without having to remove it out of our hitch. We're going to use the same exact lever here, push that down, and it will snap into place. There's not a whole lot of room between our bike rack and our bumper, maybe about an inch and a half, but even when I'm pushing on it, we're not going to make any contact with our bumper. And this is going to break down our length to about 13 inches from our bumper to our knob down here.And I'll tell you about this knob. What this is going to do, by tightening it, it's going to spread out a little ball in our shank, to take out all that shake and play in our hitch. It is going to act as an anti rattle device and counter-clockwise is going to loosen it. This is going to be only compatible with two inch hitch receivers, so be sure to check and see which hitch size you have, and make sure that it is two inch, and you can go ahead and go with the NV 2.0. We are going to have about 10 inches of ground clearance, which isn't a whole lot, so be careful in those off-road situations. You might have bottom out a little bit, but just be mindful of it. It does come with a lock on the end of our bolt through here, and that is going to be a key with your bike cables up top. So, that just about does it for our look at the Kuat NV 2.0 on our 2019 Jeep Cherokee. 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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