Review by Marty Posted on April 16, 2019I have used the full swing for the past two years as I travel full-time around the US. It has weather snow, sleet, rain, the desert heat, and back roads carrying one mountain bike. The paint and materials have yet to fade, and the lock is visible as a preventive notice to would-be thieves — incre...read moredibly sturdy Yakima product and seriously reliable.
Quality Rack, Sprinter owners beware the fit
Review by bwc Posted on July 16, 2018After waiting with bated breath, my Full Swing arrived today. As the owner of a 2015 Sprinter, I've been searching high and low for a rack that allows me to access the back of the van through the rear swing out doors. After reading a few reviews (on other sites), I thought I had found the ideal solu...read moretion in the Full Swing... sadly, I did not (but almost).
Install was easy and product is beefy and of good initial quality... the problem is, when fully extended it is about 3 inches too short to allow my right van door (the one that opens first to access the rear) to open to it's safety stop. This means that anytime the rack is on, opening the rear doors becomes dangerous; The door can swing shut at any time and bonk a head or crush a finger. Disappointing... so close. 3 more inches to a perfect solution.
I'll keep it, because there isn't anything else out there any better for the Sprinter... just know what you are getting before you order for a later model Sprinter - I wish I had.
First Impression: Heavy duty & feels solid
Review by Jimmie Posted on June 16, 2018I bought a Class B Sprinter and wanted to take our bikes with us. We knew a swing away style was the only option we had for this vehicle and travel, so I started to read as many reviews as I could from multiple sources then went to the local bike shop and compared. Both brands mentioned compete in...read more this category and are high quality and well built. The final decision was the 2" receiver hitch support bar from Yakima, After buying and installing the rack I'm slightly concerned that the rack has potentially a level ing issue when the bikes are swung out to open the rear doors. Instead of a level rack, the swing arm tilts slightly downward (perhaps a 1/4-3/8" of an inch) and when you need to engage it into position before you drive away, you have to lift up on the rack and the alignment is a little work. Our first trip was this weekend and we drove 500 miles with the rack on and two bikes installed, The bikes didn't move, everything was as I put it on when I left. If you're looking for a how to install, you tube has some great installation tips and it made the job a breeze installing the rack. First Impression, this is a good quality product.
Solid bike rack
Review by Mama C Posted on January 27, 2018This is a good, solid bike rack. But... it is very difficult to get it on and off (2 person job). I was misled by my salesperson and they installed it so when I got home and couldn't even get the thing unscrewed by myself I was pissed off. But...I got help and eventually with one of us lifting it...read more up and the other unscrewing the thing, we got it off. Don't think it's a one person job even for a 6'1" strong man. You need 2 people to screw the rack on tight as well. One has to hold it up and straight and the other has to screw it on as tight as possible. Once that is done the bikes are secure.
With 4 bikes on there, they are secure and don't move around at all except it only comes with one band to keep the tires from moving so I had to make 3 more as it's a 4 bike rack! Also, if your bike has any type of angle on the bar, then you need to purchase the accessory for $75 more to make it hang correctly and fit with the other bikes. I live 2 hours from where I bought it, otherwise I would have returned it as I had told the Rack & Road guy I wanted to be able to put it on and off myself (I am a 5'1" woman but not weak) and there is no way I can do that. But, overall it is a solid rack.
good first impressions
Review by BLK Posted on October 28, 2017I had my hesitations with this rack reading some of the reviews all over the internet. So when I installed it onto my Explorer I made sure I did everything correctly and even watched YouTube video.
Fairly easy to install.. it is pretty hefty.. which I like and gave me more confidence ...read morein this hitch rack. I made sure the notch that sticks out in the section you insert into the hitch from the base was engaged properly. Then I tightened the red knob as much as I could. When taking the rack off the hitch don't go crazy and loosen the red knob all the way. The silver inner locking device will come off. It's easy to screw back on, but be nice if there was a way that it wouldn't come off.
When I attached the fullswing post the bolt was a little stubborn to get in and I just used a rubber mallet to encourage it a bit. One thing I noticed, it seems, you need to make sure that the bolt head is aligned and sits in with the slightly arched or angled notch. It's not very noticeable and it doesn't show it in the directions. I think if the bolt head isn't aligned correctly this will create a small space and may cause the main post to wiggle more than it should. With regards with the wrench provided that's nice, but I would advise using a socket wrench if you have one.
I did buy the adapter that attaches to the stem and seat post for my kids bikes. For me it was worth it instead of trying to "DIY" it or try fitting a "square into a circle" moments. The only negative I have is it only comes with one tire strap... I'd think it would have four straps since it's a rack for four bikes. Looks like there was enough zipstrips (only hauled 2 bikes, so far).
I live in Chicago and the roads are not the best. With all the bumps and potholes in the roads the bikes and rack took it well with small movements. The bikes stayed very secured. Overall, I am very pleased with this rack and hope to use it more next summer.
Poor written instructions
Review by oldtrekguy Posted on August 17, 2017As others have noted, the rack is very heavy to muscle into the receiver hitch, but that is to be expected.
My principal complaint is the quality of the written instructions. Yakima's supplied instructions consist of a series of "pictogram" line drawings. I gave up on the wr...read moreitten instructions, and found some good videos on YouTube posted by etrailer.com and rackwarehouse.com. Once I saw it demonstrated, it was very easy to install the rack and secure the bikes to the rack. Yakima also had an installation video, but the other two mentioned were longer and more informative.
I currently have the rack installed on a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. I will be curious to see how well it works on our new 2017 Honda CR-V. I had the Honda fitted with a Curtis 2" receiver hitch, so it should slide right in. Yakima does not currently have an official solution for my model (EX-L) as it does not have the optional roof rails. I really didn't want to go with a roof mount anyway, as it would be awkward for me to lift the bikes that high in the air.
Rack for everyone
Review by Jared Posted on May 25, 2017I had Flipside before this rack. I had good experiences with that rack but now have a wife, 2 kids and 200lbs + in dogs in the back of my car. Taking bikes off the rack to get in the back was a giant pain.
Enter the Fullswing. Yakima quality has been high and I had no issues with the previ...read moreous product, so this seemed like a natural progression. The Fullswing has been great!
Even though my wife scoffed at the price, first time we had bikes on the back and needed to get in the back of our Outback, she was impressed. My giant slow dogs can't jump over a tray rack, so it is an absolute necessity to have the rack swing out of the way. This rack ticks that box. The bikes are secure. Everything on the rack is easy to use.
My only gripe is the threaded handle that secures the rack at the receiver base rubs on my bumper. For all the good the rack has, I don't care.
Review by Lovinradar Posted on June 25, 2016I have owned this model for 8 years and still use it. The model has minimal changes over time from my 4 bike swing away rack. It works with road bikes, many kid bikes (not the really small though), mountain bikes and even my relatively heavy beach cruiser with a basket although I use an add on Sar...read moreis bar to connect my beach cruiser. This bike rack in my opinion is easy to handle because it attaches simply and I can use the swing bar as a handle to balance it. I really like the lock features on this rack too.
Great Bike Rack
Review by Shawn Posted on June 3, 2016I'm a father of four small children and we love to bike as a family. Additionally, I'm an avid mountain biker who likes to go after work and away for the weekend. This bike rack is great for hooking the bike up in the morning and still being able to handle the "cargo" of life. It is easy t...read moreo load up the kids backpacks or do some shopping over my lunch break and not have to unhook my bike to access my rear lift gate.
The bike rack is very sturdy and while they don't recommend hanging from it, I'm sure it could hold a large cow. Is it heavy? Yes, but look what it is engineered to do. Hit the gym and bend with your knees! Installation was a breeze, but I did over tighten the large bolts at first which makes the swing feature hard to do. After loosening the bolts, the rack swung out very easily.
The bikes are very secure once they are mounted on the rack and I would have no trouble bringing it over a bumpy back-country road.
Now stop reading reviews and go buy one!
Very Heavy Duty, and very heavy!
Review by jnossoff Posted on October 15, 2015The "speed knob" for tightening the rack into the hitch receiver gets VERY difficult to turn as the anti-rattle wedge approaches desired fit to avoid rack rattle and "play". I use (and recommend) a "Strap Wrench" (get it at Sears) to further tighten and loosen the spee...read mored knob, and I simultaneously rock the rack up and down for the anti-rattle wedge to seat fully. Another reviewer stated "Once it is on there is some play in the connection to the hitch left to right but will not endanger anything just is a little un-nerving while watching in the rear view mirror." Use of the strap wrench will eliminate the play, which is otherwise unacceptable.
Also, the rack is VERY heavy and installing and removing it can be very difficult. I took a wooden "furniture dolly" with casters, and modified it to act as a "cart" to receive and store the rack in my garage.
My Toyota Tacoma is heavy duty, but I expect installing this very heavy rack on a much lighter vehicle might weigh the back end of the car down, causing the front end of the car to rise, which can affect steering and handling.
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