Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Thule Hitch Bike Racks on a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon we're going to be test fitting the Thule T2 Classic two bike platform rack for 2" hitches, part number TH9044. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Our first and most prominent feature is the fact that this can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that we'll come up to the front here and pull this pin so once we release this lever it actually will go all the way down. Then, releasing the lever, holding onto the bike rack, we'll let it come down like so, and now we have full access to our rear hatch and plenty of space on either side to get what we need. We'll lift it back up into position, like so, and then reinstall that pin. How this bike is actually attached to the rack, we'll have two points of contact and no frame contact at all.

We'll have this wheel hook up at the front and this wheel strap at the rear. The cradle for the wheel strap is adjustable along the arm here to accommodate different size bikes. The wheel hook has this lock core point here which you can insert a Thule lock core into that and once you have this tightened down all the way you can lock it into place so your bike will be secured to the rack. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. We'll push in this tab here at the top, lift the strap out, and come up to the wheel hook here while holding onto the bike, we'll push the trigger here on the side, first we hook up and away, bring this back down. A couple other things I'd like to go over. One of them is the fact that this has a raised shank to it so there's not going to be any clearance issues between the bike rack and the ground no matter how low your hitch sits, and the wheel wells themselves can accommodate road, mountain bike, and tire sizes up to 3" wide.

This is what we would be calling the loading position and while it's in this position I'd like to go ahead and give you a couple quick measurements. Measuring from the edge of the bumper to our outer edge here we've added about 35.5" to the rear of the vehicle. For our ground clearance we're at about 19", and then for our closest point we're about 7" to this edge and about 10" to this edge from the center of the hitch pin hole. Keep that measurement in mind if you have a different style hitch installed on your vehicle. While it's in this position you can get to your rear hatch as well but for those close quarters situations such as parking or putting it in your garage you can actually fold this up to get more clearance in the rear. Again, you pull this lever and just push up until you hear that click.

Now, again measuring from the edge of the bumper, now we've only added about 14" to the rear of the vehicle so that did make quite a bit of difference. How this actually attaches to the hitch, we're going to have an anti-rattle bolt that installs on the side here that is lockable, and 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 Thule T2 Classic two bike rack, part number TH9044, on our 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon. First, we'll take it onto our slalom course and this will show you the side to side action such as making turns or evasive maneuvers. Now we're at the alternating speed bumps. This will show you how it looks driving on uneven pavement or potholes. Finally, we're at the solid speed bumps which simulates going into your driveway or parking lots..

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