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Yakima HoldUp 4 Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Yakima HoldUp 4 Bike Rack


Today we're going to be taking a look at the Yakima hold up platform style four bike rack for two inch hitches. Part number y02443-2. This platform style four bike rack is going to allow you to carry a whole family of bikes on the back of your vehicle. It's going to work with a wide variety of bikes. As you can see here, we've got a mountain bike, a road bike, a woman's bike, and a kids bike. One of it's best features is it has the ability to tilt away, even with all four bikes loaded, so we can gain access to our rear hatch.

It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands. We'll have one person pull out on the red pin, and then one person at the back. Then 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. You'll just need to be sure to grab that same extra set of hands to put it back in place. Just raise it up until it snaps in.

From the center of our hitch pin hole to the end of our rack is about fifty-six and a half inches. Because of this length, Yakima has added a few safety features. Here we have a red flag to increase visibility, and here we have two battery operated lights to increase visibility at night. They operate with two triple A batteries, which are not included. We've gone ahead and removed three bikes so we can go over additional features. Our bike is held in place without any frame contact.

In the front we have our ratcheting wheel hook that puts down pressure on our wheel into the front wheel holder. The wheel hook will accommodate tire sizes between fourteen and twenty-nine inches, and the wheel holder will accommodate tire widths up to two and a half inches. Our rear tire is held in place by a ratcheting strap. In the rear wheel cradle pivots, so we can accommodate different size wheel bases. The wheel trays are adjustable from side to side with the included tool.

This will help for better bike spacing to prevent bike to bike contact. When not in use, all of our components fold flat. We'll just fold up our front wheel holder, bring our hook over, raise up our rear cradle, and back here we have a keeper for our hook which keeps everything in place. You can see that keeper here on the front wheel hook. Then we can fold the whole bike rack up against the vehicle for compact storage. Simply pull out on that lever, raise it up until it snaps in. This would be ideal for parallel parking or pulling in a garage. As you can see that flag will not be an issue with most vehicles. The whole bike rack is made out of a solid steel construction with a glossy black powder coat finish, so it's going to be stylish and it's going to resist rust and corrosion. It features a sixty pound per bike weight capacity, though you want to be sure not to exceed two hundred pounds total, and it has a limited life time warranty. Another great feature is that if you wish to only carry two bikes, the rear two bike section can be removed by simply removing this anti-rattle bolt here. Let's not forget Yakima's signature bottle opener, so after a hard ride you can celebrate with your buds. Now that we know the features, I'll show you how to go ahead and get it installed. We've got our two inch receiver here today, so let's go ahead and place our shank and then line up our pinholes. I'd say that looks pretty good. We'll take our included anti-rattle bolt, and we're going to thread that through here on the passenger side. Once we get that threaded hand tight, we'll take our included tool and tighten it down. Now the nice thing about the anti-rattle bolt is it's going to help reduce a lot of play and rattle within our hitch in our bike rack. You can see without that being tight there's a lot of play there. Once we get it tightened up, we'll give it another shake. With that tightened up, you can see it's actually shaking the whole car. We'll place on our included lock, lock it up, and then put on our dust cap. Now we get ready to load up our bikes, we'll need to lower it down into the platform position. Just come down here to this red know, go ahead and squeeze it to unlock it, and then pull out. We'll lower it down until it snaps in. Now to load up our bikes, we'll first need to raise up our front wheel holder and then we'll need to raise our our wheel hook. We'll squeeze in on the button, raise it out, and then all the way out in front of the wheel holder. We'll also want to be sure and undo our rear wheel strap. To release it you can simply press up on the red button there and pull the strap out. It's always a good idea to load up the heaviest bike first, so I'll bring in the front wheel. I'll set that in place first and then I'll bring around my rear wheel. Then we can raise up the wheel hook. Now that's going to come right in front of our breaks, or our fork, whatever comes first. Then we can just lower it down. Once it makes contact give it a good push. For our rear wheel strap, we'll just pull that between our spokes, feed it down through, get it half way tight, and then we can use the ratchet mechanism to get it the rest of the way. We've gone ahead and loaded up three more bikes, the only thing left to do is to run our integrated cable lock. There's one for each bike, giving a total of four. We'll just go through secure point on the bike and back to itself and then we can lock it up. With all four bikes secured, let's go ahead and take it out on our test course and see how it performs. Here at 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 or out of a driveway, or out of a parking lot. That's going to complete our look at the Yakima hold up platform style four bike rack for two inch hitches. Part number Y02443-2.


Tony

1/19/2021

I have a 2" reciever hitch and was wondering if this holdup fits all receivers or is there something special that this rack would need?

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