Thule T2 Classic 4 Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Thule T2 Classic 4 Bike Rack


Today, we'll be taking a look at the Thule T2 Classic Platform Style Tilting 4-Bike Rack for 2-inch hitches. Part Number TH9044-TH9046. This platform style 4-bike rack tilts away even when the bikes are loaded allowing you full access to your rear hatch. Now, it is a 2-person job, so I'm going to have a buddy come in and give me a hand. What you'll want to do is you'll want to take the pin out and then push in on the gray lever. We can open up our rear hatch and get anything we need. When you're done, simply lift up to secure it back in place.

Then, we'll just replace the pin and we've got it. A lot of 4-bike racks can be pretty tight when fully loaded, but as you can see, the T2 Classic offers more than adequate spacing for our bikes. It's going to fit a wide variety of bikes. As you can see, I've got a mountain bike here, ladies' bike, a road bike, and a kid's bike. It secures the bike with wheel hooks and wheel straps. There is no frame contact.

The wheel hooks ratchet down allowing it to accommodate a wide variety of bike tire sizes that can also be locked with Thule Locking Cores, Part Number TH544. The rear tires are held in place by a ratcheting strap. It also features a soft rubber pad. We'll go ahead and take a bike off, so we can get a closer look. The front wheel cradles will accommodate a wide variety of tire widths.

You've got your narrow road bike tire here, a mountain bike tire, all the way out to a 5-inch fat tire size. The wheel hooks pivot out of the way making it easier to load up our 4 bikes. They also have rubber padding. The rear wheel cradles are adjustable along the tray. This allows it to accommodate bikes of different wheel bases. Each tray can support up to 60 pounds, but you want to be sure not to exceed 160 pounds when fully loaded.

The bike rack is made out of a solid steel construction with a black powder coat finish, so it's going to be stylish, and it's going to resist rust and corrosion. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the end of the shank is 55 inches, so just keep in mind, you're going to be adding quite a bit of length to the end of your vehicle. When not in use, the bike rack folds up against the vehicle. This would be ideal for pulling in your garage or a tight parking spot. The T2 Classic offers a limited lifetime warranty. Now that we've gone over all the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. First thing you'll want to do is go ahead and load up your 2 bike, so we're just going to just slide it into our 2-inch receiver and line up our pinholes. Once we get those pinholes lined up, we can take our included anti-rattle bolt and lock, and we're going to thread that through on the passenger side. Once we get that hand-tight, we can then get our included wrench and tighten that the rest of the way down. Now that that's done, we can go ahead and put our lock on, lock it in place, and then we've got it. Now, in order to put on our extension, we're going to tilt this down. It's just going to make it a little bit easier to put that on. We'll come over here to our gray handle, pull up, and then tilt it down until it snaps in place. Now, we can grab our extension and just slide it in the back. If you've got an end cap there, you'll want to go ahead and remove that. We'll just line it up in the back and then slide it on. Now, if you're having some trouble sliding it in, it's not a bad idea to use some spray lubricant. It's just going to make it a little bit easier. Now, you want to be sure and push it in far enough to where your holes line up, and so that you can put your bolt through. If you notice here there may be a small gap, that's not big deal. We'll take our included hardware and run that through. We've got 1 bolt that's going to go in the side as you see here, and there's going to be 1 going in on the bottom. We'll get both of those finger-tight, and we'll take our included tool and tighten them down. All right. That looks pretty good. Now, we can get ready to load up our bikes. We'll need to fold out our wheel hook. We'll also want to make sure it's raised all the way out, press in on this gray button here. We'll also want to make sure that our rear wheel strap is undone ready to receive our back tire. Now, let's grab our bike. Now, when loading up your bikes, it's important to load up the heaviest bike first. We'll come up, we'll set the front tire in the front wheel cradle there and the rear in the rear. Now, once we have it seated in the cradles, we'll come up to our front wheel hook here, lower it down in front of our fork or our brakes, whatever comes first, give it a nice push. As you can see, it's going to hold it in place. Then, we'll come back to our rear wheel strap. We'll want to be sure to adjust our cradle, front or back, make sure it's center with the tire. Then, we'll want to adjust our wheel, so that the strap can go between our spokes. Then, we'll just pull that down and then we've got it. Now, if we need to for the rest of our bikes, we can adjust our tray. You simply loosen these 4 bolts here. We can move it front to back or from side to side within these lines. Now, let's load up the rest of the bikes. Now, with all 4 bikes loaded up, let's go ahead and take it on our test course and see how it performs. Here on our test course, let's first go into our slalom. This is going to show side-to-side action, such as going around corners or evasive maneuvering. Then, onto our alternating speed bumps, this is going to show a twisting action, such as going over potholes or uneven pavement. Then, finally onto our solid speed bumps, this is going to show an up-and-down action, such as pulling in and out of a driveway or out of a parking garage. That's going to complete our look of the Thule T2 classic Platform Style Tilting 4-Bike Rack for 2-inch hitches. Part Number TH9044-TH9046. .


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