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Swagman Impakt Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Swagman Impakt Bike Rack


Speaker 1: Today we're going to be looking at the Swagman Impact Fork Mount Bike Rack, part number S64703. The Swagman Impact comes in a pack of one, which can carry one bike, and it's designed to be mounted on any of the rails inside the truck. The great thing about being in the back of the truck is you have clearance for any kind of overhang that may be an issue around where you live. It also allows for plenty of room inside the truck for other objects that you may bring with you. And since it's installed there you don't have the bike rack in the back so you can fully open your tailgate with no obstructions.The bolts included are tamper-proof torques to help prevent with theft. This is also made of aluminum with a nice black powder coating to prevent rust and corrosion.

This can also be used with the Swagman Patrol Truck Bed Carrier, which will allow an additional bike to be used with that accessory. The bike rack comes with a nine millimeter skewer, and also a 15 millimeter through bolt adapter. Available on etrailer.com is also a 20 millimeter through bolt adapter sold separately, with part number S647145.This also works on bikes with standard and disc brakes. And if your truck doesn't have the accessory rails it an be installed on any flat surface, you'll just need to drill out the holes and then use the provided hardware on the other side to screw it, to mount it securely. When comparing it with a similar product, such as the Rocky Mounts Low Ball Bike Rack, the Swagman Impact is going to be more of a value product whereas the Rocky Mounts is going to be your premium product.The Swagman features more versatility because it has the included 15 millimeter through bolt adapter, and the extra hardware to mount with different width utility track.

The Rocky Mounts does have a locking feature on the skewer while the Swagman does not. The durability of the two is better on the Rocky Mounts because it's made of stainless steel and has UV resistant coating, while the Swagman is made of aluminum with the black powder coat. The Swagman Impact can also be installed on any flat surface.So here included with the Swagman Fork Mount Bike Rack System you're going to have your main piece, your choice of hardware to fit your application, the 15 millimeter adapter that comes included with the kit, and the tool to install it. So, before we begin our installation you're going to want to remove the skewer to make it easier to install into the bed and also put the hardware that you're going to be using. Today we're going to be using this hardware.

So take the bolts and put them through the holes here, and thread on the mounts.To install the extra 15 millimeter adaptor that comes with it you'll need a three millimeter Alan wrench, which is not provided in the kit. Loosen the set screw, slide out the skewer adaptor, and insert the 15 millimeter adapter. Then re-tighten the set screw. So here we are at the bed of the truck. We've got several places where we could mount it.

You can do it long ways or short ways depending on the clearance of your bike, if it allows it.So we've decided to install the Impact right behind the passenger side. Turn the mounts the appropriate direct and slide them into place. Then take the supplied torques wrench and tighten it down until it's secure. Then take the fork and slide it back on through, and put the end cap on. This will need to be adjusted again later when you install your bike. All right, once you've got it installed take your bike, lift it into the bed making sure that it's in the open position, align the forks up with the skewer, and then set it into place.Once it's in place use the lever to tighten it down. It's still a bit loose so you need to adjust it a bit tighter. There we go. Nice and secure. Now we'll take it on our test course and show you how it rides.Here 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. Once we get to the alternate speed bumps we'll see the twisting action, this will simulate hanging a curb or pothole, or driving over uneven pavement. Once we get to the full speed bumps we'll see the up and down action. This will be just like driving in and out of a parking lot, garage, or driveway. That concludes our review of the Swagman Impact Fork Mount Bike Rack.