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Yakima FullSwing Hitch Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Yakima FullSwing Hitch Bike Rack

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Yakima full-swing, four bike rack for two inch hitches. Part number Y zero two four six five. The Yakima full swing is great for minivans and SUVs to gain full access to your rear hatch without having to remove the bikes. It swings out with just a few simple steps. First come back here, undo the big black lever. Make sure it's loosened up.

Then we can pull up on the red pin. It's going to allow our center mast to start swinging out so we can push it out. We'll want to be sure to reengage the pin in the arm here. Then we can swing it the rest of the way out, and then we'll want to engage the pin here. As you can see, we've got plenty of room to remove any cargo, gear, groceries, anything we might have with us on our trip. To swing it back in, push down on the button here.

Then it will allow it to start rotating in. We can pull up on the pin here to get it to swing out and then we can finish bringing it back in. We can just push it back in place to reengage that pin. Once that's done, we'll tighten up our black lever. The dual arms are going to provide great support for our four bikes. They're rubber coated to help ensure that our bikes don't get scratched up.

They also feature a hundred and sixty pound weight capacity. The cradles themselves secure our bikes in three spots. We have two cradles for our top tube. The anti-sway cradle is going to help prevent bike to bike contact. It too has a rubber coating.

They are adjustable along the dual arms. Once we've got them set, the anti-sway cradle raises up, locks it in position. The other cradle has a locking lever that locks it. All of the cradles do feature zip strips which are easy to install and remove. For added security, the full-swing does offer an integrated cable lock which comes out from the back of the center mast and plugs in here at the end of the arm. Don't forget Yakima offers the signature bottle opener so that you can have a drink with your buds at the end of a hard ride. The dual arms do have the ability to fold down for compact storage. Pull up on the lever, rotate it down until it snaps in. Now this is ideal for parallel parking or pulling into your garage. The auto pin makes it a tool free installation, while the speed knob reduces play and rattle. The speed knob is lockable and it uses the same key as the integrated cable lock. To give you an idea if this bike rack is for you, we'll go ahead and give you some measurements. The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the front of the arms when folded down measures nineteen and a half inches. The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the foot of the carrier is nine inches. The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright mast measures fifteen inches. The distance between the arms, outside cradle to outside cradle measures twelve and a half inches. The bike rack is made out of a sturdy steel construction with a chip resistant, high gloss, black powder coat finish. It features a limited life-time warranty. Now that we've got all of the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. Now the bike rack weighs fifty-six pounds so you may need to get an extra set of hands. I'm going to go ahead and lift it up and set it into place. I'm going to rest it on my receiver tube. Then I'm going to take my hand and hold this little tab in place so I can engage my auto pin. We're just going to push that in place where our pin hole is until it snaps in. To release it, you can use this button right here, and then you can remove it from the receiver tube. For now, we'll just slide it in like so. Then we'll come back here to our speed knob. We're going to turn that clockwise to tighten up. By doing so it's going to reduce a lot of play and rattle within our receiver tube and our bike rack. While I'm tightening it up, I'm just kind of lifting up on the bike rack just to make it a little bit easier to tighten up. Now in preparation for loading up our bikes, we'll need to raise up the dual arms. We can do that by simply lifting up on the red lever on top, folding up until it snaps into place. Now we can remove our zip strips. To do so, we could just squeeze the two grey tabs on either side and then they come on out. Now if you we're just transporting one bike, it could help to make sure those zip strips are all the way down. It can just help assist you in loading up your bike over the dual arms. You can also just fold that anti-sway cradle back around. Now it's recommended that you put the heaviest bike on first. We're going to come up over our dual arms, work our way to the back. Now it's important to line up this cradle here with our seat post tube here. This is going to be our anti-sway cradle. Then we can just take our zip strips, go right over the top of the tube, kind of push down, and pull from the underside to get it to stay in place. I've gone ahead and loaded up the rest of the bikes. Some bikes such as women's, children's, and bikes inaudible 00:06:01 turn of frame styles may require the use of a bike adapter bar to sit evenly within the cradles. Yakima makes one and that's part number Y zero two five three one. Now the only think left to do is run our cable lock, and then we're ready to hit the road. We can find that right behind the center mast here. Just go ahead and pull it all the way out. We're going to run it underneath our top tube. Once we get to our last bike, we're actually going to go over the top tube and then plug it into the arm here. Once we've got it plugged in, we can lock it up. Now we'll take it out on our test course and see how it performs. Let's first start with our slalom. This is going to show side to side action such as going around corners or evasive maneuvering. Then on to our alternating speed bumps. This is going to show a twisting action such as going over pot holes or uneven pavement. Then finally on to 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 lot. That's going to complete our look at the Yakima full-swing, four bike rack for two inch hitches, part number Y zero two four six five.

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