Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Toyota Prius

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Review of the Thule Hitch Bike Racks on a 2012 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2012 Toyota Prius, we'll be doing a test for the Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack. That's part number TH912XTR. I've already got it loaded up on the Prius just to give you a good idea of what it's going to look like and how it's going to hold our bike. It is a hanging style bike rack, as you can see. It secures out bike in 3 spots. We have 2 straps for our top 2. Then 1 strap for our seat post 00:00:22 2.

This one's going to be our anti-sway strap here. This one's going to help prevent a lot of the sway on the bike as well as prevent bike-to-bike contact and bike-to-vehicle contact. Let's go ahead and take our bike off. We'll just kind of stretch the strap out a little bit. Then remove it from the hook. We can bring our bike over the arms.

It's always a good idea to go ahead and replace those straps as if your bike we're still loaded. That way you don't damage or lose 'em. All right. Let's take a measurement with the arms out here. We've added about 29 inches to the back of the Prius. The nice thing about these is that we can fold 'em down.

We'll bring the grey lever up, rotate 'em down until it snaps into place like so. That being done, we're at about 15 and 1/2 inches. This would be ideal for pulling in a garage or in a close quarter parking spot. The space between our bike rack and our center mast here, we're looking at about 9 inches and about 6 inches from here to here. Our ground clearance, (be at the bottom of the shank here), about 9 and 1/2 inches. One of the other nice things about this bike rack is it has the ability to tilt out so we can gain easier access to our trunk.

As you can see, we've got plenty of room to remove any cargo, gear, groceries, anything we might have with us on our trip. Now to bring that up, pretty simple. Just raise it up until it snaps into position. Now, this bike rack can be used for either inch and 1/4 or 2 inch receivers. We've got the adapter sleeve removed from it so it will accommodate our inch and 1/4 receiver. It also includes an anti-rattle 00:02:20 bolt which you can see from this side. The nice thing about the anti-rattle bolt is that it's going to help reduce a lot of the play and the rattle within our receiver and our bike rack to make for a nice, solid ride for our 2 bikes. That's going to complete our test fit of the Thule Roadway Hanging Style 2 Bike Rack part number TH912XTR on our 2012 Toyota Prius. This is our test course. Let's start with a inaudible 00:02:51. This shows side-to-side action such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our alternating speed-bumps. This shows twisting action such as hitting curve, potholes, road debris or uneven pavement. Last of all, the solid speed-bumps. This shows up and down action such as driving through a parking lot or parking garage, or driving in and out of a driveway.

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