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Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2018 Honda Odyssey

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Review of the Thule Hitch Bike Racks on a 2018 Honda Odyssey


Adam: Hi, everyone. Adam with etrailer.com. Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Thule Apex XT, on our 2018 Honda Odyssey. So this does come in a four configuration and a five bike configuration. It's going to be the same length, except that five bikes are going to have these posts a little bit closer together. So whatever fits your needs, go ahead and grab whatever you need at etrailer.com.This is going to be able to hold four and it's going to have three tie-down points per bike.

We're going to have two here up top and an anti-sway cradle down at the bottom. What that's going to do, it's going to limit that bike-to-bike contact that you get when you're going down the road. It is a cam buckle type strap and pretty easy to take off. You just got to press in this tab here and get these straps undone.As you can see, there is a rubber coating on the inside of the strap, so it's going to protect the top of your bike frame. On top of that, we do have a rubber insert here, with these little grooves, that's going to make room for your bike cables, just so they're not smashing up against your frame.

It's always nice buying a product that's going to protect your investment and in this case, it's your bike. Once you get all those undone, you can go ahead and take your bike off the rack.I just always try to replace these when I'm not using them. It's just a habit I got into. You do whatever you guys want. And while we're talking about protection, we do have an integrated cable lock that stows away in our center mast here.

You can hardly really tell it's there. It wraps around your frames. It's going to link up into this slot here and the key you will get with your kit.Let's do some measurements for you. With any hitch-mounted accessory, we are going to add length to our vehicle. In this case, on our Odyssey, we are going to add about 41-1/4".

We might not be able to get this into our garage. This is a longer vehicle. So to cut down on that length, we can pull this lever up top and then these arms are going to collapse and snap into place, breaking our distance down to about a foot, which is definitely a great, great decrease in our length.This also is going to allow us to tilt so we can access anything that's in the back of our Odyssey. It's going to be a lever. Just pull it and tilt it down. There's no clearance issues so you can go ahead and grab your book bags, a lunch, maybe a couple of helmets. Whatever you have in the back, you won't have any issues accessing any of that. Then whenever you are done, all you got to do is just pull this lever and it'll snap back into place, letting you know it's nice and secure.The ground clearance is always something you want to take into consideration. We will have about 12-1/4" of ground clearance, which I don't think we're going to have any issues bottoming out when you're going up steep driveways. And this is going to be compatible with a 2" hitch receiver and an 1-1/4 and this sleeve is going to make that possible. But this sleeve is removable to fit that 1-1/4 hitch.It does come with a anti-rattle device and this is what the knob controls. This silver arm in here is going to expand as you turn it counterclockwise or clockwise, and as you do that, it's going to take out all that shake and play inside that hitch receiver and we will be able to lock this wheel. By locking it, it's going to free spin on these threads, just so no money can loosen it and take it out of your hitch.Just so you guys can see it really doesn't have any play on the inside of our hitch. Our car is really moving and there isn't any play in there. It's very easy to install on your hitch and it has an auto finding hitch pin hole, so all you got to do is put it in there. It'll find it for you. Turn the knob and you're ready to hit the road.Well, thanks for looking at the Thule Apex XT on our 2018 Honda Odyssey.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 pothole, or driving over on you 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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