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Yakima BackSwing Swing Away Hitch Extender Review

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Review of the Yakima BackSwing Swing Away Hitch Extender


Speaker 1: Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Yakima Backswing Swing Away Hitch Extender for bike racks, part number Y02483. The Yakima Backswing is going to help solve the problem of limited access to your rear hatch area. For instances such as this, with the Yakima FourTimer, while it can't tilt away with all four bikes attached, we still can open our rear hatch here on our Jeep, all the way. Even when the main mast is folded flat, we still don't have full hatch access. The backswing is also going to help out in situations such as this where the bike rack that you may have doesn't even tilt away, so you have to remove the bike rack completely just to get rear hatch access.The Yakima Backswing acts as a hitch extender for your existing bike rack to either allow access to your rear hatch or to make access to your rear hatch a lot easier. It does this by extending to 90 degrees, so you can get to where you need.

It starts up at the front here with this handle. You pull up to release it, and then we'll pull out this pin here, and then we'll pull our bike rack out and away. As you can see, with our hatch all the way open, the tire not even making contact with our bike rack here. To fold it back in its original position, it's very easy, you come to the latch here, lift up, and pull it back towards you. Swing it back around until that latches back in place.

With the latch here, you want to make sure that when it comes down, it goes in this area here. A lot of the times it can get caught here and you do not want that to happen. Then, you just push down and it's secure back in place.This will also fit platform style, like you see here. This will fit almost all Yakima bike racks with the two inch hitches, and most other bike racks with two inch hitches, as well. Although, if it's a conversion where it can go from one and a quarter inch to 2 inch, that will not work on this system.

But it can also be used with hitch cargo carriers and hitch mounted grills. The carrying capacity for the backswing is going to be up to four bikes for your bike racks or 250 pounds for other applications, such as your cargo carriers or your gas grills. There's a specific note I like to give for cargo carriers. The weight capacity for the backswing is going to be 250 pounds, but most cargo carriers go above that. For example, this one could go up to 600 pounds, so just be careful you're not overloading the weight on the cargo carrier once that's installed.This is also very easy to install.

Without the actually attachment on it, it simply slides into the two inch hitch. It's tightened down by anti-rattle bold, which will take out that shake and play in the shank and make for a smooth ride. It also has a lock on the other end of it with an SKS lock horn installed to help secure it to your vehicle and deter theft. On the end of the lock, it also has a dust cover to it to keep the road dirt and grim out of it while you travel. All accessories, such as, the cargo carriers, bike racks, or gas grills are sold separately, however, once you install them, it does come with this set screw here to add a little bit of stability once it's installed, as well as a lock nut to keep everything nice and in place.Comparing this with other products, one that come up is going to be the Kuat Pivot Hitch Extender, part number PVP20B. These are very much alike. They have almost the exact qualities to them. One difference between these two is going to be the set screw. They Pivot doesn't come with one, while the Yakima Backswing does, and that provides that extra little bit of stability while you're traveling. Another difference is how they swing out. While it still has the same lever style action here, it does have this easy release pin, as opposed to the pin and clip that you have to remove with the Pivot. This you just pull out and it's ready to go. Also, once it finally does swing out, it has this catch at the end where, with the Pivot, you'd have to reinsert the pin here to keep it in place. One final difference between the two is going to be the weights of the carriers themselves. With this being 36 pounds, and with the Pivot being 46 pounds.Next, I'd like to give you some quick dimensions here. The measurements for this application are going to be 30 inches long by 8 inches tall. Also, from the center of the hitch pin hole to our upright point here, that's going to be 8.5 inches. From the center of our hitch pin hole to the edge is going to be 16 3/4 inches to this edge. Also, from the center of the hitch pin hole to the center of our hitch pin hole up here is going to be 14 inches.One final note, this is designed to work well cars, vans, SUVs, and trucks. This is not designed to work with motor homes, RVs, or towable campers, or 5th wheel campers.Now, we can install the backswing itself, but it's a very easy install. You simply slide it into the hitch and line up the pin holes. I'll thread in our anti-rattle bolt. Then, we'll tighten it down with a one inch ratchet or wrench, depending on what you've got. Get it nice and tight, so there's on shake or play in the shank. Then, on the other side, we'll install our lock. We'll lock it in place. Put our dust cap over it. With that installed, now we can install our bike rack. Lining up the pin holes again, and installing it accordingly. We can tighten down our stabilizer bolt. This is going assist with keeping everything in place. This is 3/4 inch bit that we're using or socket, I should say, that we're using. Get that nice and tight, and then we'll tighten down our lock nut as well, so that won't come loose. All right. Now, we're ready load up our bikes, and then we'll take it out on our test course and show you how stable it is.Here it is on our test course. We'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action, which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Next, we're at the alternating speed bumps, which we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb, or pothole, or driving over uneven pavement. And there you have it for the Yakima Backswing Swing Away Hitch Extender for bike racks, part number Y02483.


Questions and Comments about this Video

Jacques L.

I have a tiffin class c 25' wayfarer. I have a slide in the back. Before I use my Hollywood rack I have to remove the bikes.can I use this swing arm yakima

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Reply from David B.

Howdy Jacques, The Yakima BackSwing Swing Away Hitch Extender for Bike Racks - 2" Hitches # Y02483 can not be used on a motorhome 5th wheel or other bumper towable campers. It is not tested or rated for use on them. Because the bumper sits so far away from the back axles the hitch and anything attached to it is put under a LOT of stress and pressure. However, I do have a couple that can be used on a motorhome like your Tiffin Wayfarer, I will link that part numbers here for you. # RKY37ZR # TH9027XT

Richard O.

Thanks for the clarification.

Richard O.

I have an old Thule two bike hanging rack that came with two pieces which bolted on the hitch "tongue" to make it fit a 2" hitch. Does that make my rack unusable with either the Yakima Backswing or the Kuot Pivot?

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Reply from Jon G.

Technically, yes. Your bike rack will fit and can be installed in one of the swing away adapters, but all of the manufacturers of the swing aways say that you should only be using a bike rack with a solid 2" shank with the adapter. The mentality behind this is that adapters can tend to cause the bike rack to have more movement and so they want people to be using something that is a solid piece of metal instead of filler pieces.

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