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Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Swagman Hitch Bike Racks on a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback wagon, we're going to be test-fitting the Swagman Dispatch platform rack, part number S64684. This can carry up to two bikes. You already have a bike installed so let's go ahead and show off some of the features. It has adjustable wheel cradles on both sides to accommodate different size bikes and to make fitting the bikes a little bit easier. How it actually grips the bikes, it's going to have three points of contact. We're going to have a padded frame hook up at the to make sure your bike doesn't get scratched once you install it.

We also have these straps on either side of the wheels. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. We'll go ahead and push on this tab at the top. That'll release the wheel straps. Then with the wheel hooks, or excuse me, the frame hooks, we're going to make sure that we hold onto the bike once we release these because we don't want the bike falling into the vehicle.

Go to the base of the frame hook, push in on this trigger, lift it up and now we can take the bike out. With the bike rack in this position, I'm going to go ahead and give you a couple quick measurements. Measuring from the edge of the bumper to our outer wheel well, we've added about 28 inches to the rear of the vehicle. Our ground clearance is going to be about 20 inches to that edge . and about 13 here. Our closest point to the bumper, that's going to be about six inches and from the hitch pin ...

the start of the hitch pin, that edge is going to be about 12 inches. If you have different hitches for this vehicle, just keep that in mind. This is rated for both RVs and for vehicles, so once you're done using it on your Subaru, you can go ahead and use it on your RV as well. The main mast does fold down. You pull up on this latch here. You just push and now we have access to our rear hatch to get whatever it is we need, with plenty of space on either side to do so.

This is for two-inch hitches only and comes with a locking hitch pin and clip, or excuse me, a locking hitch pin. It's inaudible 00:02:33, excuse me. That's going to take the shake and play out of the shank to make for a much smoother ride. There you have it for the Swagman Dispatch bike rack, part number S64684, on our 2017 Subaru Outback wagon. Here it is on our test course. We'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side-to-side action which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Next we're at the alternating speed bumps which we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole, or driving over uneven pavement. Finally, we have the full speed bumps where we'll see the up and down action, which is just like driving out of a parking lot, garage or driveway.