Swagman XTC4 Wheel Mount Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2008 Toyota Highlander

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Review of the Swagman XTC4 Wheel Mount Hitch Bike Rack on a 2008 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2008 Toyota Highlander, we're going to be test fitting the Swagman XTC4 4 bike platform style rack for 2 inch hitches. Part number S64665. We'll begin our test fit by inserting the shank of our rack into the hitch on our vehicle. You'll want to watch for the hitch pin holes to line up. With those in mind, we can take the included, threaded anti-rattle hitch bolt and thread that into place. We'll go ahead and get this hand tight and then we'll finish it off with our wrench.

Sometimes it helps to wiggle it around as you're trying to thread that in, as it can get bound up. Tightening this down helps take any extra movement out of the shank of our rack, which helps eliminate movement overall as you're going down the road. So we'll attach our clip to the other side, and grab some measurements. The closest part of the rack to the vehicle is going to be here at the back. That's going to measure about 3 inches from the closest part of the rack to the bumper. Overall we're adding about 11 inches to the rear of our Highlander and our ground clearance comes to around 12 inches. We'll go ahead and pull the pin and clip here at the base of the rack.

That's going to allow us to tilt the rack down into the loading position. You'll want to reinsert the pin and clip, and as you can see with a rack in this position, we've got full availability to open up our rear hatch and access our cargo area. So we're going to be loading our bike closest to the vehicle. We'll go ahead and pull the pin and clip here, which is going to allow us to fold the mast up. And then we'll reinsert that.

You want to make sure that the hooks are at the very top. And we're going to go ahead and undo our wheel straps. You'll notice with our rack down in the loading position, our measurements have changed. So the closest point of the rack to the vehicle now will be here at the wheel hoop. That's going to measure about 12 inches to our bumper.

We've added a significant amount of distance to the rear of our vehicle. We've added together, about 43 inches to this point here. Our ground clearance from the back of the rack is going to come to about 21 inches. We'll grab our bike and we can get it loaded up here. With our bike in position I like to start first by lowering down the wheel hook. So we'll go ahead and bring this down over top of our frame, and were going to give it a firm push to lock it into place. You'll want to go ahead and attach your wheel straps and with your bike secured down, you're ready to hit the road. We'll go ahead and take, excuse me, with the bike secured to our 2008 Toyota Highlander, we're ready to hit the road. We'll go ahead and take our Swagman XTC4 4 bike platform style rack, part number S64665, out on our test course so we can get an idea of how it's going to look going down the road. 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 pot holes, 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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