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Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

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Review of the Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Racks on a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek


Hey guys, today we have 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. We're going to do a test fit of a Thule Hitching Post Pro Four Bike Rack. This is a hanging style bike rack. It's going to allow you to transport up to four bikes to and from your destination. A really cool feature about this bike rack is that it is RV approved so you can use it for your motorhome and that that'll be a nice and easy way to get your bikes loaded up and to your destination. Then when you get there, you can switch it back to your vehicle, and then haul them wherever you need them.Now our bike is connected at three different points.

We have two thick rubber straps on the top tube. We're going to have one towards the handlebars and one towards the seat. The third point is going to be with the seat post tube.There's another strap securing it into the anti-sway cradle. That just helps take out a lot of the unnecessary movement. Giving it a good shake and you can see there's still a little bit of play but not near as much as there would have been without it.

That's going to help prevent bike-to-vehicle contact and bike-to-bike contact. We're going to go ahead and remove the bike, and that'll give you a closer look at the rack, and we'll show you how to operate the straps. They're pretty easy. You just pull down on it to get over the notch like that. Do that for both sides and then the anti-sway cradle and unload it.It comes off nice and easy.

Now with any hitch mounted accessory you are going to have added length to your vehicle. In the case of our Crosstrek, we're going to measure from the bumper to the outermost point of our bike rack. We've added on about 38-1/2 inches to the back of our vehicle. We can actually cut down on that space by folding down these arms. This would be convenient for any tight spaces like parking in your garage without removing this.

We'll pull that pin and clip right there, fold it down, and then replace it in the same slot.Now if we measure again bumper to the outermost point, that is going to be about 17-1/2 inches. Like I said, we cut down on that space, and anytime you want to park in your garage, or maybe you're just driving around and you don't want to have to unload it, it's going to help take away that length added on.Now, we can also tilt this away from the Subaru so we can gain access to our trunk. How we're going to do that, I'll pull the pin and clip down here and tilt it away. The clip and pin will hang there. Now we can open up our trunk. You see plenty of clearance between the rear hatch and our bike rack. We can grab whatever we might need out of our trunk and be on our way. To tilt it back up, we're just going to pull it back up and then replace that pin and clip.Now let's come down and see how it attaches to our hitch. We're going to have a two-inch by two-inch hitch receiver on our Subaru, however, if you have another vehicle in your household that has an inch and a quarter receiver, you can remove this sleeve right here, and that'll convert the shank to be compatible with inch and a quarter hitches. We have an anti-rattle bolt on the other side over here. We've tightened it down, and that's going to take away the shake and play from our bike rack. You see I'm just giving it a real good shake and the whole vehicle is moving.Well, thank you all for watching. That's going to do it for our test fit of the Thule Hitching Post Pro Four Bike Rack on our 2019 Subaru Crosstrek.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 a pothole or driving over uneven 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 a driveway.


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