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Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 BMW X1

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Review of the Thule Hitch Bike Racks on a 2017 BMW X1


Today on our 2017 BMW X1 we're doing a test fit of the Thule Helium Aeor Hanging Style 3 Bike Rack. That part number is TH9043. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We have three cradles with three straps in place. Two over our frame and one as our anti-sway strap in the back. We're going to pull down and lift up to release those.

Then we'll be able to pull our bike off and set it off to the side. With our bike out of the way we'll take a few measurements. First is going to be overall what we're adding to our vehicle. We're going to have about 32-1/2". We do have the option to rotate our arms down. We're going to lift up on the lever at the top, and our arms rotate down.

So now we're only adding about 15-3/4" to our vehicle. Ground clearances is going to be about 10-3/4", and our closest point is going to be about 5-1/2" away. We also have a option to tilt our rack away from our vehicle. We're going to lift up on our lever at the bottom, our rack tilts away, and then we're going to gain full access into our back hatch area to get anything in or out that we may need. What's great about this is that we don't have to worry about taking our bike rack off of our vehicle just to gain that access. Another great feature of this rack is that it is very lightweight, so it's easy to maneuver.

As for our hitch, this is designed to work with both 1-1/4" and 2" hitches. On this opposite side we have our auto-pin that inserts into our hitch pinhole. Then we have our anti-rattle knob. As you can see, with that locked up it's going to free spin, not loosen or tighten. That's going to help to reduce theft or tampering.

Then with that knob tightened down, it's going to keep a lot of shake and play out of the bike rack as you head down the road. So that's going to be our completed look at the Thule Helium Aero Hanging Style 3 Bike, part number TH9043, on our 2017 BMW X1.Speaker 2: This is our test course. Let's start with the slalom. 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 curbs, 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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