I was so thrilled to receive the bike rack in the mail. The assembly was easy (note: I'm a female) and I can't wait to hit the trails with my bike. The rack fit great on my Honda Pilot. When I searched for prices online this rack sells for up to $155 (on sale) to $233. Great buy! Thanks Big O.
We've only had a chance to use the bike rack once, and it worked well. The only issue I found was the design where the ball is to be fastened to the receiver tube. The receiver tube is cut at an angle and you can't get a wrench or socket in there to torque the nut on the ball as required. When I contacted Swagman about this issue I was not impressed with their solution, "Jam a screwdriver inbetween the nut and the tube and tighten the ballside." Not exactly the best way, how can you properly torque the ballside?? My solution was to remove a very small (approximately 1/8"-1/4") of the metal from the bottom side with a grinder to be able to slide a socket on the nut. Then repaint the bare metal to protect against future corrosion.
We have owned several bike racks over the years and this is by far the best! We bought a pick up truck so we needed a new rack that would attach to the hitch. We drove from Western New York to Florida with 2 bikes on it. We found it extremely easy to put together, light weight, and easy to put the bikes on and off. Buy it you won't regret it!!
Overstock had the best price I could find on this bike stand. The stand is just a vanilla bake stand. Nothing special, easy to assemble, does what it was designed to do. I'm happy with it.
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