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Malone Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Toyota 4Runner

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Review of the Malone Hitch Bike Racks on a 2012 Toyota 4Runner


Today on our 2012 Toyota 4-Runner we're going to be test fitting the Malone Pilot Solo Two Bike Platform Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" hitches, part number MPG2109. We already have a bike installed on our rack, so let's take a closer look and show off some of the features. One of the more prominent features about this bike, or about this platform rack, excuse me, is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with both bikes still attached so we can get rear hatch access. To do that, we'll come up to the front here, and see it has this pin. Release the snap portion of the pin on the other side, lift up slightly on the rack to remove the pin. You'll notice that even with the pin removed, the bike rack actually isn't tilting away. This is a safety feature because it has a catch up at the front to prevent that from happening.

So should you have two bikes on here, it won't just start falling immediately while you loosen up the pin. You can come around back and get a decent footing. So grab a hold of the bike rack, pull out like that, and let it tilt forward. Now we have full access to our rear hatch to get what we need, and plenty of space on either side to do so. Now with the bike rack back up, lining up those pin holes, but again you'll have to push inward so it's into that catch now. Then we'll push that pin back through, and lock it in place.

How the bike is attached to the rack, we're going to have three point of contact. We're going to have, excuse me, we're going to have this hook up at the front which is gripping it by the tire right now, but you can also grip this around your frame too if the situation warrants that. It is padded, so there won't be any scratches or abrasions to your bike once you install this. We also have these straps on either wheel. You have two options with those as well.

Right now we have it in the setting for your standard 20" to 29" tires, but you can also have this wider setting on both sides for your fat bikes, which these can fit up to 4-1/2" wide fat bike tires. The cradles are adjustable by loosening and tightening these bolts, and you can adjust it accordingly to fit bikes of different sizes. So let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. I'll start by removing the straps first. Then coming up to the front on the inside we have this notch here that you want to turn inward. That's going to unlock our hook here, slide it out of the way, and then grab our bike.

When the bike's taken off, put the straps back in place just so they're not flapping around in the wind, you can actually push our hook in and utilize our strap to hold our hook in place once it's folded down. We do also have this integrated cable lock to wrap around the two bikes for additional security for our bikes to the rack. This is not keyed alike with our lock at the anti-rattle bolt, and we'll get to that later. Now with the bike rack in this position let me go ahead and give you a couple of quick measurements. Measuring from the edge of our bumper to our outer edge here we've added about 29-1/4" to the rear of the vehicle. Our ground clearance is about 27-1/2", and our closest point is about 9" to this edge here. For close quarter situations such as parking or putting it in your garage, you can fold this up against the vehicle as well. Again you come to this pin at the base, and when you remove it just simply push up. Again measuring from the edge of the bumper now we're at about 14" to this edge, and our ground clearance is about 17". Our closest point will still be 9" to this edge here seeing as our wheel craters are well above our bumper in this case. How this attaches to the hitch, we're going to have an anti-rattle bolt which will take out the shake and play in the shank. We'll also have a lock on the end of it with a cover to it. This is to keep all the dirt and debris out, and it's also to secure it your vehicle. There you have it for the Malone Pilot Solo Bike Rack on our 2012 Toyota 4-Runner.