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Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Toyota 4Runner

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


Speaker 1: Today on our 2012 Toyota 4Runner we're going to be test fitting the Swagman Semi 2.0 2-bike platform rack for 1-1/4" and 2" hitches, part number S64686. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's take a closer look and show off some of the features.How the bike attaches to the rack, we're going to have two points of contact. We're going to have this frame hook up at the front. Excuse me, we're going to have this wheel hook up at the front. The advantage to having the wheel hook over the frame hook is you don't have to purchase any aftermarket accessories like bike adapter bars for alternate frame bikes, plus it's a lot easier on your carbon frame bikes because it grips it by your wheel instead.

At the end we also have an integrated cable lock which will wrap around the frame of the bike and attach to itself for additional security. At our rear here we have this rear wheel strap which is adjustable the length of this arm here to adjust for bikes of different sizes. It also has a frame rim protector here.Another feature about this is, like with many platform racks, this can tilt away from the vehicle with both bikes still attached. To do that you come to the front here, and there's going to be a latch you pull up and let it come towards you. With that we have our rear hatch access.

There's plenty of space in between the vehicle and the bike rack itself to get what you need. To put it back in its original position, just simply lift up on the bike rack, never the bike, till you hear that click.Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. We'll start by pushing in this tab here like so. One thing to note, with these wheel cradles you can only put tires sizes up to 3" wide in there. With our wheel hook here you push in on this tab and up.

Then we can lift our bike up and out.With the bike rack in this position I want to give you a couple quick measurements. Measuring from the edge of the bumper to our outermost point, this edge here, we've added about 38-1/2" to the rear of the vehicle. Our ground clearance to this point here, thanks to the raised shank, is going to be about 23". Our closest point is going to be about 16-1/2" to this edge here, so there's plenty of space in between.For close quarters situations such as parking, this does fold up as well, again by pulling up on that latch and pushing up. Measuring from the edge, now we've only added about 20-1/2".

Our ground clearance is about 15-1/2". Our closest point, that's been cut down to about 7" here. Still plenty of space. You don't have to worry about making any contact.How this attaches to the hitch, we're going to have an anti-rattle bolt and lock which, once tightened down, will take out the shake and play. It also has a cover for where the keys go into to make sure no road dirt or grime gets in there. Also, we have this collar at the end here. Now you remove this bolt here. This comes apart and you can use this with 1-1/4" hitches as well, so this can work with multiple vehicles. There you have it for the Swagman Semi 2.0 2-bike rack on our 2012 Toyota 4Runner.


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