Yakima FourTimer 4 Bike Platform Rack Review

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Review of the Yakima FourTimer 4 Bike Platform Rack

Speaker 1: Today we're gonna be taking a look at the Yakima FourTimer Four Bike Platform Rack for 2" hitches, part number Y02469. The Yakima FourTimer is a great bike rack for people who have multiple bikes, or perhaps a family with bikes, that doesn't want to have to deal with the hassle of the roof rack bike rack systems or the hatch bike rack systems as well.This is a bike rack that could also carry a wide variety of bikes, ranging from mountain bikes to alternate frame bikes to road bikes to kids' bikes, although in some cases you may need to purchase aftermarket adapter bars to make those fit. This will also work with fat bikes as well, and those adapter kits are also sold separately.This rack does hold your bike at three different points. We're gonna have a padded frame hookup at the top to help protect the frames of your bikes once they're being installed from any scratches or abrasions, and then at the base we'll have two wheel straps, as well as wheel cradles. These are adjustable back and forth by loosening and tightening the knobs on the inside here, and this is gonna be to accommodate those different size bikes or different bike lengths.Like most platform style bike racks, this can tilt away with all bikes still attached; however, due to the length of the bike rack and the fact that my arm just isn't long enough to get to the switch to the front, you may need an extra set of hands to help you do this. Having our extra set of hands, we're gonna have them go on the other side of the bike rack here while we loosen up the gray pin on the side and the red pin out front to tilt it away.Now in some cases, unfortunately, the hatch will make contact with one of your bikes, as it is too close to the vehicle.

That depends on what style hitch you have and what type of vehicle you have, as well. Now to put it back in position, you simply lift it back up until you hear the click. You might need an extra set of hands for this as well.Also coming with this bike rack are gonna be two stabilization straps to wrap around your two sets of bikes. This is gonna help keep everything nice and together while you're traveling, and you can also convert this bike rack into a two bike rack by removing this rear section. If you wanted to convert it to a two bike rack, you would move this bolt up at the front, and then you would replace the bottle opener at the end here onto this end.The hooks are also very easy to use.

It has these push buttons here on the side to move them up and down, or you can ratchet them in to place around your bike. Also, it has these silver pins on either side. If you push them in at the same time, you can move them out of the way, and this is gonna make loading a lot easier.The two masts do fold down out of the way by pulling out the red pin here, inaudible 00:02:17 it come down. And now with it folded flat, we have full hatch access as well. And also with it folded flat, you could actually fold it up against the vehicle for close quarters situations such as parking or putting it in your garage.

It's the same process as tilting it forward. You remove the pin on the other side first. Then lifting up slightly, pull out to lift out the red pin and push up until you hear that click, and then you reinstall the pin.Also on the side here, we can see this a little bit clearer now with it folded up, is this loop here. And this loop can be used for a wide variety of purposes, such as a tie down point, if you wanted to have another anchor point for your bikes, or you can utilize this with a cable lock from Yakima that is also sold separately on etrailer.com.And finally we have our locking anti-rattle bolt here, which is gonna hold our hitch in place and also secure it to the bike rack. It does have this dust cover on it, and that's to help keep the road, dirt, and grime out of the lock while you travel.And when it comes to customer reviews, there's a couple that came up that actually have had it over a year.

David S writes, "We like our FourTimer after owning it a year. The positives are the straps are easy to tighten down, and the bikes held very sturdy. The only negative is that it's heavy, but I can still maneuver it." John R writes, "One year later, this rack is doing really well. It's easy to use and stood up to the first Minnesota winter."When comparing this with other bike racks, one that comes up is gonna be the Hollywood Sport Rider SE2 Bike Rack for four bikes, part number HR1400. Now, some of the differences between these two bike racks. While both can carry both four bikes and be converted to a two bike version, the Hollywood racks can also have a cargo basket put on the end of it as well to replace the previous two bikes. Also, with the two bike racks themselves, the Hollywood racks is gonna be a little bit heavier at 74 lbs for four bikes, with this being 66 lbs for four bikes. Also, the SE2 has open wheel cradles, leaving your tires exposed, while the FourTimer's cradles are closed at the bottom, offering more protection for your bike's tires.Now that we've gone over some of the features of the FourTimer, let's go ahead and show you how it installs. We have our vehicle here. We'll line up with our hitch and just push it into place, lining up our pin holes on the side. Once we have our pin holes lined up, we'll take our anti-rattle bolt and lock washer, put it through one side, getting it hand-tight first. Then we'll take a ratchet with a 15/16" socket and we'll tighten that down the rest of the way. Then we'll take our locking end here, push that into place, and take our dust cap and put that over as well.Now we're ready to put it in its loading position. We'll start by coming to the base here. We'll remove the gray pin on the passenger side, and then we'll come to the red pin here to fold it out. So we'll put the pin out, and it's just a snap pin, and let that hang out. And then we'll come to our red pin, pull that out, and let it come towards us until you hear kind of a pop like that. And then we can reinstall that gray pin on the side.Next we'll fold up our first mast. To do that, we'll come to the red pin here, pull out, and just lift up. Next we'll get our frame hooks al the way up. To do that, you push the gray trigger at the base here like so, and then you see these silver pins on either side. You push those in at the same time to push those off to the side, and this is gonna help out with loading up our bikes. We'll repeat this for the other hook as well. Then we push in on the gray tab to loosen up our strap, and we'll also loosen up our knobs, or at least make sure they're loose here so we can move these back and forth as needed for our bikes. We'll repeat this for our other cradles as well.We'll start loading the bikes, and you want to load the heaviest bike closest towards the vehicle. Set it down, bring the hook back around, and just kind of get it held in place for now so we can adjust the wheel cradles. Looks like the front one's gonna be okay, so we'll go ahead and tighten that one down. Bring our wheel strap around and tighten that down as well. Now we can repeat this process for our second bike.Our final step for our first two bikes is to take our stabilization strap, wrap it around the frames of the bikes to secure them to the first mast. All right, so we'll tighten it up, nice and tight, and tie off the excess. With this done, we can now move to our second set of bikes and start installing those.Now we're ready to put on our final strap, take it out on our test course, and show you how it looks. First we'll take it onto our slalom course. This will show you the side to side action, such as making turns or evasive maneuvers. Now we're at the alternating speed bumps. This will show you how it looks driving on uneven pavement or potholes. Finally, we're at the solid speed bumps, which stimulates going into your driveway or parking lots.And there you have it for the Yakima FourTimer Four Bike Platform Rack for 2" hitches, part number Y02469.

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