Saris Freedom Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2007 Honda Pilot

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Review of the Saris Freedom Hitch-Bike Racks on a 2007 Honda Pilot

Today, on our 2007 Honda Pilot, we're going to be test fitting the Saris Freedom 4 Bike platform style rack for 2 inch hitches, part number SA4414B. We'll begin our test fit by inserting the shank of the rack into the hitch on our vehicle. With that in, you'll want to watch for the hitch pin holes to line up. We'll then take the included anti-rattle hitch bolt and thread that into place. We'll get this as tight as we can by hand, and then we'll finish it off with our wrench. Tightening this down helps to take any extra play out of the shank of the rack, which helps eliminate movement overall, going down the road. As you can see, we're nice and snug, so we'll insert the clip on the other side. With our rack in this position, the closest point of contact is going to be here With this mast to the bumper, that's going to measure about six and 3 quarter inches from the rear of the vehicle. Our ground clearance is going to be about 16 inches at the bottom of the shank, and overall to the rear of the vehicle, we've added about 17 inches. We'll go ahead and tilt our rack down. We'll pull the lever here on top so we can tilt it down into the loading position. As you can see, we can easily open our rear hatch to load any extra cargo you might be taking along. We'll pull the yellow T-handle here, and we can rotate the mast into position. It'll lock there, so we'll go ahead and undo our wheel straps.

That way we can load our bike. Go ahead and grab our bike, and then we'll position it onto our rack. Start by securing the frame of the bike here to our rack. With that secured down, we'll go ahead and attach the wheel straps. We'll get that nice and snug. These are a ratcheting style strap, so they're pretty easy to get snugged down. Another nice feature of this rack is that it does tilt away from the vehicle, allowing you cargo access with the bike loaded.

We'll pull the pin and clip here at the base, push on the same handle, and it tilts down. As you can see, we can fully access our rear cargo area again. To bring the bike rack back into position, we'll just push up on it, and it locks into place. We'll then reinsert the pin and clip, and we're ready to hit the road. We'll go ahead and take it through our test course. That way you can get an idea of what it looks like in action. That does it for our test fit of the Saris Freedom 4 bike platform style rack, part number SA4414B, on our 2007 Honda Pilot. Here on our test course, we'll go ahead and take it through the slalom. This will show you the side-to-side action, such as sharp corners, or evasive maneuvers. Secondly, we'll go through our alternating speed bumps.

This will give you the twisting action, which simulates potholes, hitting a curb, uneven pavement, or hitting road debris. Lastly, we'll go through our solid speed bumps. This will show you the up and down action, such as driving through a parking lot, parking garage, or out of a driveway that has a steep grade. .

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