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Yakima SwingDaddy Hitch Bike Racks Review

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Review of the Yakima SwingDaddy Hitch Bike Racks

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Yakima SwingDaddy 4 Bike Rack for 2 inch Hitches, part number Y02464. The Yakima SwingDaddy is a great bike rack for your minivans or SUVs if you're wanting full rear hatch access without having to remove your bikes. It simply swings out with just a few steps. Undo the lever here. Once that's loose, pull up on the pin here, and then push out on the center mast. That's going to get it to come around.

We can then rotate the pin back into the setting here, and then finally bring the whole bike rack around until it snaps in right here like so. As promised, we've got full access to our rear hatch and plenty of room to remove any cargo, or gear, groceries, whatever we might have with us. Then when we're all finished removing our gear, we'll of course want to rotate it back in before we take off. It's going to work with a wide variety of bikes, regardless of the frame size, weight, or style. The bikes rest on our padded cradles to minimize road vibration and absorb road shock. The anti-sway cradle prevents bike to bike and bike to vehicle contact.

Our zip strips secure our bikes with 3 points of contact. The super cush padding also helps minimize road vibration and shock. When not in use, our cradle arms fold out of the way for compact storage. This is ideal for putting in your garage overnight, or fitting in a tight parking spot. Now that we've done all the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. Now this bike rack does weight about 70 pounds, so if you need to get an extra set of hands to load it into your receiver hitch, that's okay.

I'm going to go ahead and set it in place. What we can do is we can rest the shank on the receiver. Then I'm going to come around, and hold this tab in place with my thumb, and then push it the rest of the way in, and then line up my pinholes. That looks pretty good. Once my pinholes are aligned, I'll take my included pin that is attached to my bike rack and push that into place.

Once that's in place, I'll come back here to this knob. This is going to be our anti-rattle knob. What that's going to do is put pressure on the inside of our receiver where that tab was, and reduce most of the play and the rattle within our receiver and our bike rack. What I'm doing now is I'm just turning it clockwise and tightening it up all the way. Once we get it tight, we can take our included keys, lock it up. Now as you can see, it spins freely and no one can loosen it up. Now in preparation for loading up our bikes, we need to raise up the dual arms. We can do that by the lever up here, pull up, rotate it up until snaps into place. Now, we can remove our zip strips. We've got 2 little tabs on each side. We can just squeeze them together. It's going to allow us to pull those out. Then, we'll grab out bike. We'll bring our bike up, and we'll work our way to the back, and then onto the last set of cradles. We'll also want to be sure that our seat post tube here sits nice and snug up against our anti-sway cradle here. Now, we can replace our zip strips. We'll just put them back in, and then push down. We've gone ahead and loaded up the rest of the bikes. Some bikes, such as women's, children's, and bikes with alternative frame styles, may require the use of a bike adapter bar to sit evenly on the cradles. Yakima makes one. That's part number Y02531. Now with all the bikes loaded, we can go ahead and run our wheel straps. Yakima has provided us with 2. If we we're just having 1 bike loaded up, we would use this on our front tire to keep that from rotating and moving around, but since we've got all the bikes loaded up, we're going to use the longer strap. We'll start by going between the wheels, then we'll come around the rack, and then go back out. Then, we'll bring the 2 together. We're going to go through the second slot first, and then back through the front. Then, we'll pull it nice and tight. Now we can take it out on our test course, and see how it performs. Let's start with the slalom. This shows side-to-side action, such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our alternating speed bumps, this shows twisting action such as hitting curbs, potholes, road debris, or uneven pavement. Last of all, the solid speed bumps, this shows up and down action such as driving through a parking lot or parking garage, or driving in and out of a driveway. That's going to complete our look at the Yakima SwingDaddy 4 Bike Rack for 2 inch Hitches, part number Y02464.

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