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Swagman Upright Roof Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Equinox

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Review of the Swagman Upright Roof-Bike Racks on a 2014 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Equinox we're going to be doing a test fit on the Swagman Upright. Now this is a frame clamp-style roof-mounted bike rack. The part number on it is S64720. We've already got our Rhino Rack Vortex Aero roof rack system installed so we're going to begin our test fit by just placing our rack right up onto our load bars. We want to center the front upper portion of the clamp over our load bar. We'll then bring one of our metal u-bolts up around the underside. We'll fit it up through the head of the carrier.

Then we're going to thread two wing nuts on it to hold it in place. Now it's a good idea to take the slack out of your wing nuts just to hold our clamp into position, but we don't want to tighten it down fully yet. We'll now take a second one. We're going to repeat the same process over here on the other side here at the head or the front of the carrier. Thread our wing nuts down and on. Now we'll just be sure that we've got it sitting squarely on our bar, and then we'll finish tightening it down.

Just want to give them even constant pressure on both of our wing nuts here. That way we'll have a good firm hold on our bar. Once we have those tight, you'll see our front's nice and secure, so let's move here to the rear. Here we've got a little different process. I'm going to move my frame clamp up and out of the way just for now. This time we're going to take our u-bolt and we're going to bring it down through our rack.

We'll want this positioned to where one of the threaded portions are coming out on the front side, one of the threaded portions are coming out on the rear side. We're then going to take our rubber-coated metal plate. Oh, this isn't a rubber-coated metal plate. Just our metal plate. We're going to put the flat side up, feed it up onto the u-bolt. I like to pinch with my middle finger on the u-bolt and then use my thumb to hold the plate into position while I start threading on our wing nuts here.

We'll put one on each of the threaded portions of our u-bolt of course. Just like on the front there we'll just thread them up to start to get the play out. Now that we've got the play out, let's continue to tighten both of them down evenly. All right, we're good and secure there. To load up our bike we'll undo the rear wheel strap, undo our front wheel strap, and we also need to loosen our center frame clamp knob. Our black knob here, we'll loosen it. Be sure that our frame clamp is spread open. Then it will be time to grab the bike. Depending on how tall you are, you may want to get this door open in case you need to step in. We're just going to place the bike up on the rack. We're going to bring our frame clamp arm up until it engages our frame. That in position, we'll tighten down our black knob here. This black knob closes that frame clamp around our frame. As you can see, once we get it tight, it's a nice secure connection, so now that's going to free up our hands. Come right up here to the front, secure this wheel with the strap. Get that door out of our way, and then we'll do the same thing right up here on the rear. There we go. All right, it's time for us to hit the road now. Let's take a look before we go to see how this rear hatch is going to interact with our hack. That's perfect. We've got plenty of room there. We can fully open our hatch, get into any of the riding gear or coolers or whatever we got in the back we might need. Now that we've taken a good look at how the Swagman UpRight works on our 2014 Chevrolet Equinox, let's see how that very same rack performed when they had it out on the test course. Here on our test course we'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action. This simulates turning corners or evasively maneuvering. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or a 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, parking garage, or driveway. .

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