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Review of the Thule Hitch-Bike Racks on a 2011 Dodge Nitro - etrailer.com

Published on Dec 22, 2015


Today on our 2011 Dodge Nitro we're going to be doing a test fit of the Thule Vertex Swing. This is going to be your hanging style 4 Bike rack with the swing way option. Part number TH9031XT. This rack only comes with a two inch inc for your two inch receivers only, as well as a three quarter inch anti-rattle bolt to help secure it and make it so it doesn't have a whole lot of sway, rattle, and wobble. Let's go ahead and start off by getting a few measurements. Our closest distance will be first and that's going to be from the backside of the bumper to the T handle on the front at about a seven, and a quarter, inches. Overall distance that we've added to the back of the vehicle, from the back of the bumper to the back of the cradle arms, at about 38 and a half inches.
 

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LiteRider Hanging Style 2 Bike Rack


Published on May 5, 2016

Today, on our 2007 Dodge Nitro, we're doing a test fit of the Yakima LiteRider Hanging Style 2 Bike Rack, that part number is Y02472. We already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we did that. We have two cradles in place with three straps. Two on our frame and one as our anti-sway. They're also known by Yakima as zip strips.
 

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Vertex Hanging Style 4 bike rack


Published on May 5, 2016

Today on our 2007 Dodge Nitro, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Vertex Hanging Style 4 bike rack. That part number is TH9029XT. Now, we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We've got 2 cradles in place with 3 straps, 2 on our frame and 1 as our anti-sway strap. We'll start by pulling down and releasing those.
 

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Roadway hanging Style 2 bike rack TH912XTR


Published on May 5, 2016

Today we're doing a 2007 Dodge Nitro. We're doing a test fit of the Thule Roadway hanging Style 2 bike rack. That part number is TH912XTR. Now we already have our bike secured down, so we're first going to show you how we do that. We have two cradles in place with three straps. We've got two on our frame and one as our anti-sway strap in the back. We're going to start by releasing those, and then we'll be able to pull our bike off and set it off to the side. With our bike out of the way we can start by taking a few measurements. First ones going to be overall what we're adding to our vehicle with our arms hanging out. We're going to add about 29 1/2 inches. Now we do have the option to rotate our arms down.
 

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Swagman Dispatch 2 platform-style S64684


Published on May 5, 2016

Today on our 2007 Dodge Nitro we are doing a test fit of the Swagman Dispatch 2 platform-style bike rack. That part number is S64684. We already have our bikes secured down. I'm first going to show you how we do that. At each tire we have ratchet straps that are going to hold them in place, and then we also bushings there that are just going to prevent any scratches or abrasions from our strap onto our tire. Start by releasing those.
 

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Swagman Trailhead Hanging Style 4-Bike Rack S63380


Published on May 5, 2016

Today on our 2007 Dodge Nitro we're doing a test fit of the Swagman Trailhead Hanging Style 4-Bike Rack, that part number is S63380. We already have our bike secured down, we're first going to show you how we do that. We've got 2 cradles in place with 4 straps all together. We've got 3 on our frame and 1 is our anti-sway in the back. We're going to start by removing those, then we'll we'll be able to pull our bike off of our rack, and set it off to the side. Now we'll start off by taking a few measurements here. First is going to be overall, what we're adding to our vehicle, it's going to be about 38-1/2".
 

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Sherpa platform style 2 bike rack S103


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Today on our 2007 Dodge Nitro, we're doing a test fit of the Kuat Sherpa platform style 2 bike rack. That part number is S103. We already have our bike secured down. First we're going to show you a great feature about this bike rack. We come over to this side and pull out on our silver handle down here. We'll be able to tilt to our bike rack away from our vehicle and we're going to gain access to our bike hatch area.
 

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Quad Transport platform style 3 TS03G


Published on May 5, 2016


Today in our 2007 Dodge Nitro, we're doing a test fit of the Quad Transport platform style 3 bike rack, that part number is TS03G. We already have our bike secured down, we're going to go over one of the key features of this platform style rack. The first thing we're going to do is move our two back rear hooks out of our way, we're going to reach out with our foot and push down on that lever, that's going to allow us to tilt this bike rack away from our vehicle and then we're going to gain access to our back hatch area to get anything we may need in or out. We can close it back and then to put our bike rack back into place we're simply going to lift until it secures back in position, after our bike is secured down we're going to wrap the strap here in the back and the wheel hook in the front that it's inaudible 00:00:55 in front of our brakes or in front of our frame, we'll just release that and push it off the to the side and then we can remove our bike. Then I like to put my hook back just so it doesn't gets damaged. Next thing we'll do is take a few measurements here first thing overall, what we're adding to our vehicle, it's going to be about 46 1/2 inches, our ground clearance here in the back it's going to be about 23 1/2 inches and our closest point is about 7 1/2 inches. We can actually put this in another position, we're going to move those hooks out of the way once again, hit that bottom, make sure you close up these hooks and we can lift this bike rack into the storage position or the fold up position this is going to be great for close quarter situations. We're only adding about 14 1/2 inches now, we have a ground clearance of about 15 inches and our closest point looks to be the bottom of this hook here at about 5 inches now. As for hitch this inaudible 00:02:22 1 1/4 and 2-inch hitches and comes with an anti-rattle bolt and clip to keep the shake in place out of the bike rack as you head down the road. That's going to be our completed look at the Quad Transport Platform style 3 bike rack, that part number is TS03G on our 2007 Dodge Nitro. Here on our test course, we'll start by going through the slalom, this is going to show us the side to side action, which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers.
 
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