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Yakima RidgeBack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Toyota Highlander

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Review of the Yakima RidgeBack Hitch Bike Racks on a 2017 Toyota Highlander


Speaker 1: Today, on our 2017 Toyota Highlander, we're gonna be test fitting the Yakima Ridgeback four bike rack for 1 1/4" and 2" hitches, part number Y02458. We already have our bike installed on our rack. Let's go and take a closer look here. Starting with our arms, at the ends of both of them, we do have the patented Yakima bottle openers. The cradles are gonna be stationary, meaning they can't move back and forth. But they do have this TPE padding here, which is gonna help absorb some of the shock while you're driving and help protect the frame of your bike.

The top portion of our zip strips here are also padded and again, that's for protection of your frame. It's gonna grip your bike at three points. So we're gonna have two zip strips up at the top and one off to the side here and that's gonna serve as an anti-sway cradle to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth and causing bike to bike contact.There's also a stabilization strap that wraps around all four bikes when they're installed to keep them nice and compact together while traveling and prevent too much movement. While this doesn't have any locks included for the bikes, you do have options. There is this plastic piece on the back here, which can be removed and replaced with the Yakima hand cuff lock, which is sold separately.

So let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. Starting with the zip strips here, there are gonna be these tabs on either side of the zip strip. You push them in at the same time. That'll release it, very easy and then you can just lift the bike up and off. We'll put the zip strips back in just so we don't lose them.

With the bike rack in this position, I'd like to give you a couple quick measurements. Measuring from the edge of the bumper to our outermost point, there's gonna be the arm here. We've added about 24" to the rear of the vehicle.Our ground clearance is gonna be about 11" and the closest point to the bumper is gonna be about 7" to this edge here. Now looking at the mast of our bike rack, you can also see that it curves or arches outward. This is gonna provide better clearance between your bike rack and the vehicle.

But more importantly, when we tilt this away later, it's gonna provide extra clearance so you make sure you can get your hatch open once it is tilted away. The arms do fold down out of the way when not in use and this is good for your parking or putting in your garage situations or just putting it away for storage. You come to the latch at the top, lift that up, let it fold down and now measuring from the edge to the bumper, now we're only at 14 1/2". So that's quite a bit of difference there. This can tilt away by coming to the latch at the front. Pull that towards you. Let it come away and now we have full hatch access to get what we need and there's more than enough space on either side to do so.To put it back into its original position, just simply push up on the bike rack itself and how this attaches to the hitch is it's gonna be a tool free install. You just push the bike rack into position, push the red pin into place and then come to the speed nob at the end and you turn that to the right to tighten it up, which will take out the shake and play in the shank and then you can lock it down and it'll just free spin and be secure in your vehicle. There's also a collar on the side here that can be removed and you can utilize this with 1 1/4" hitches as long as they're class 2. So this can work with either multiple vehicles or if you get a class 2 hitch for your Highlander, this will work with that as well and there you have it for the Yakima Ridgeback four bike rack on our our 2017 Toyota Highlander.Here it is on our test course. We'll start by going through the slalom. This is gonna 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 the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole or driving over uneven pavement. Finally, we have the full speed bumps where we'll see the up and down action, which is just like driving out of a parking lot, garage, or driveway.


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