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Yakima FullBack 2 Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Yakima FullBack 2 Bike Rack


Today we're going to be looking at the Yakima FullBack 2 Bike Rack, part number Y02634. The Yakima FullBack 2 carries up to two bikes and secures it with both an integrated cable lock and stabilization straps. This bike rack can carry a wide variety of bikes ranging from road bikes to mountain bikes, to even some kids' bikes and alternate frame bikes. However, in some cases, you may need to use an adapter bar, which is sold separately. The bikes are held into a place at three points. We're going to have two zip strips up at the top here, and one off to the side, which is going to serve as an anti-sway cradle to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth and making bike-to-bike contact. Zip strips are also very easy to install, just push on the tabs on either side and they can come loose or push back into place. While one side has the integrated cable lock on the end of the arm, the other end of the arm has a bottle opener. The cradles themselves are stationary but have this SuperCush material here so when you sit the frame of your bike in there, it's not going to get scratched up.

The zip strips also have this material, so it's protected on both sides. For those close quarter situations such as parking or putting it in your garage, it has these easy turn dials here, you just pull up and the arms fold down to give you a little more clearance in the back. It also has this central hub dial here, so you can fold it down to your specific vehicle. Always refer to your instructions to know the proper settings for each vehicle. How this actually attached to your vehicle, we're going to have four mounting points. We're going to have these two rubber coated hooks up at the top, labeled as such.

Then we're going to have two hooks labeled bottom at the base of our trunk. In certain instances, you'll have to convert these hooks into anchor points for certain vehicles with glass hatches or other requirements. It also has these convenient rubber strips to hold the excess straps once you tighten the cam-buckles down. To help better protect your vehicle for either the trunk or the windshield of your hatch, it has these two rubber pads at the top, and the base is padded as well where it makes contact with the bumper or the base of your trunk. It should be noted that if you're installing this on some hatch vehicles that you may not be able to use your rear windshield wiper once this is installed. For additional security, it does come with this safety strap, which is optional for your vehicles. It will wrap around your actual bike rack and install in between where the hatch or trunk meets the vehicle.

When you're finished using your bike rack, you can fold it into this position for storage or to put it in your vehicle so it's ready for its next use. 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 simulates going into your driveway or parking lot. Now that we've gone over some of the features of the bike rack, let's go ahead and show you how it installs.

One of the first things you want to do is clean off the area where the bike rack is going to sit, which in this case is going to be the base where our hatch meets the bumper and our windshield. We'll set the bottom of our bike rack at the base here where the hatch meets the bumper, get it centered up, then we'll come up to the top here to the center hub and adjust it for our vehicle. You do so like that. We're able to extend this out. If you come to the inside, you can see the numbers, and that's going to be the dial we'll use for this vehicle. We'll get it centered up, then we can start attaching our hooks. Take our hook marked top, put it up in between our hatch and our vehicle. I'm going to make that I position it so that it's not blocking off any of the lights in our rear here. Then come to our strap here, push down the tab, and tighten it up. We'll repeat this for the other top strap. Now we'll move on to the bottom hooks. You can open up the hatch or your trunk to put these in, but for this vehicle I can kind of maneuver it down there into position, and again, we'll take our straps and tighten them into place. We'll repeat this for the other one as well. Take our excess here, just fold it up, and then it has these rubber straps here, and you can push that through to hold that in place. With the bike rack fully installed and secured, next we'll fold out our arms so we can start loading up some bikes. We'll come to the lighter gray dials here, push those up just like we did with the center hub, and that'll lift our arms out. Move on to our zip strips. If you push the tabs in on either side, that'll release them and we'll go ahead and remove all of them as we're going to be installing two bikes on this. A little trick you might want to do here is fold up the anti-sway cradle all the way. That'll make loading a little bit easier for you. I'll load up our first bike. Now we can reinstall our zip strips. Before we install our other bike, I'll install our wheel strap here, it's the buckle strap and it helps keep the front tire in place and from making contact with your vehicle while you drive. Next we'll install our second bike, making sure it's one contact with the pedals to each one. Then we'll install our zip strips. Next we'll take our stabilization strap, wrapping it around the frames of our bikes as well as behind our actual bike rack, back through bike, and back towards the front. Then, just cinch it up, keep the bikes together, we'll tie off that excess as well. Finally, we'll install our integrated cable lock. Wrap it around our front bike, attach it to our locking points, and now we're ready to hit the road. Now that we've shown you how to install it with just the hooks, let's go ahead and show you how to install it with the anchor points as well. We have a vehicle here that does require that, and the first thing we'll do is remove the top strap completely from the cam-buckle. Next you'll see it has this slot at the top of the hook that we'll slide that through like so, and pull it tight. Next, we'll open up the hatch of our vehicle. We'll install these from the inside out, making sure we avoid pinch points such as the hinges. We'll get it started, set those aside. Now we'll get our other strap and do the same. Now we can close our hatch and pull those anchor points tight. Then we'll set them down like so to receive our bike rack. If you're installing this for the bottom part of the trunk as well for the anchor points, it would work the exact same way except you would set them in between here to make sure it doesn't come within the contact of the hatch or the latch point. Next we can install the rest of our bike rack, following all of the instructions and pic guide specifications. Bring your cam-buckle up, and reinstall our straps. Again we'll tie off our excess, then we'll install our bike and we're ready to go. There you have it for the Yakima FullBack 2 Bike Rack, part number Y02634.


Liz M.

9/7/2020

I am looking for a bike rack for my 2019 RAV4 that is fairly easy to take on and off. I don't use my bike super frequently currently, but would much rather have a bike rack instead of trying to load/unload from the trunk.

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Jon G.

9/10/2020

If you're looking for an easy-to-use trunk mount bike rack then the Yakima FullBack 2-Bike # Y02634 or 3-Bike # Y02633 is a great option. Here is a video I did of installing this rack on a 2019 RAV4 that you can check out. If you're wanting something easier to install than this, you're going to want a trailer hitch # C13416 and a hitch mount rack like the Kuat Beta # B202-2 .

Liz M.

9/10/2020

@JonG Thanks!! I don't currently have a hitch or that would be easier. Is there actually a difference between the Yakima 2-bike model HalfBack vs. the FullBack? I can't seem to find one. Thanks again!
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Jon G.

9/14/2020

@LizM The differences between the Yakima HalfBack # Y02636 and FullBack # Y02634 are that the HalfBack is grey and doesn't come with any locks while the FullBack is black and comes with both bike and rack locks. If you are wanting to have the locks (which can be added to the HalfBacK) then the FullBack is actually more cost-effective.

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