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Thule Helium Aero Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Honda Odyssey

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Review of the Thule Helium-Aero Hitch-Bike Racks on a 2014 Honda Odyssey

Today on our 2014 Honda Odyssey we're going to be test fitting the Thule Helium Aero. This is a folding and tilting two bike rack. It's been designed so you use it with the inch and a quarter like we're doing today or the two inch hitch; Part number on it is TH9042. This is also available in a three bike configuration; Part number is TH9043. To begin our test fit we're going to hold out on the black pin located on the right side of the shank and slide that shank right into the receiver tube of our hitch. I'll need to loosen my anti-rattle device up a little bit more here to allow it to slide in freely. You slide it in so that we line up our pin holes and then we'll allow the attached pin to go into that pin hole.

We'll then tighten up the black anti-rattle device here, or the black knob, which is going to expand our anti-rattle device and further secure the rack to the vehicle. It's a good idea to move it side to side a little bit, lift the rack up and down as you tighten it. As you can see that's going to be sure that we get all the play out of that rack. Let's go over some clearance measurements now that we got it installed. Look likes its going to offer us about 10 3/4 of an inch worth of ground clearance and it's closet point to the rear of the vehicle it's only going to be about 1/2 inch away there, but we don't have any worries about it actually coming up and making contact. Overall we've added about 14 1/2 inches to the length of our Honda. The small grey lever that's located here at the base will allow us to tilt the mast away from the vehicle.

As you can see this is going to give us the room we need to open up our hatch and get into our cargo area. When I lift on the mast until our lever goes back into its original position, and then we'll pull the grey lever that's located here at the top. This allows us to swing out the dual cradle arms. With the arms in the extended position we're now added about 25 1/2 inches to the length of the Honda. To load up our bike we want to undo our cradle straps first, then we can grab our bike, we'll place it up into our cradles. Now we want the down tube of the seat to be over by our anti-sway cradle. We'll slide that on.

We'll place it right up into the cradles, and now we can go through and secure it with the three straps. It's just that easy. Weve got our bike all loaded up and were ready to hit the road. Now that we've been able to see how the Thule Helium Aero going to work with the Honda Odyssey let's see how that same rack performed when we had it out on the test course. .