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    Swagman XTC2

    Just putting a plug in...

    I opted out of my ($300) Thule Helium and went with the Swagman & have to say it was a good move. The XTC is super solid and bikes feel more secure with less sway. The new ratchet clamps are a big improvement over the old style. As long as you can deal with navigating around your trunk/rear hatch, this price point rack is a killer deal. I found a coupon & purchased from ***.com for under $180 shipped.

    Once again, more money for beer. Ching.


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    I have the 4 and had read some negitave posts regarding it but my experiences have been all positave. $300 for a 4bike tray type carrier is hard to beat.

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    I just bought this rack as well. I've used it twice so far and it has been great. Very stable, and I agree the ratcheting clamps are far superior.

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    I have this rack as well, i use it almost everyday, its been great.

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    i have a xtc2, its great for my tc, esp with no loss of MPG like my yak rack. what kind of locks do you all use in the arms? i bought some masterlocks with 3/16" shackle but with these you can still move the arms. 1/4" is too big it seems
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    whoops double post
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    I called Swagman and told them that the hole in the arms made for locking only worked on one of the arms and they said that they know the design was a bit off and sent me a locking hitch pin with the integrated cable. Great company.

    One of my arms works with a 148 Master lock but not the other arm.

    another option I was considering was drilling a new hole through the arm while it was on the rack all the way through the bracket and the toothed piece so that when a lock is used there would be no movement to allow the teeth to disconnect from the bar.

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    All anyone would have to do is unbolt the arm from the base. Locks on the ratchet wont really stop any but the most casual thief.I just run a cable through the wheels and frame and lock them to the hitch although even that could easly be cut.

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    Gosh... I didn't even think of that. I guess I'm not a very good thief.

    Thanks for the advice. I guess a cable is the best we can do.

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    I've got the 4 bike version and the only negative is the wheel trays are bending after a few years of use. i think it's because i really crank the bike down onto the trays to make sure they are in there so i'd say it's a user issue. there is absolutely no way a bike can fall off the rack with this type of rack, IMO. trays keep the bike from rolling forward, arm prevents it from moving side to side. if the trays were beefier it'd be an unbeatable rack for the price.

    I also loop a cable through the bikes to lock them to the hitch. i looked for locks that would fit in the ratchets but like the above poster said, just unbolt from the base.

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    I scored mine for under 150 around xmas. It is solid. I really like how fast I can adjust it to toss on my kids 24" bike, or another 29er. +1 on the more beer money.

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    I bought mine a couple months ago, and I love it so far! holds the bike well and loading/unloading is a breeze


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    I've had mine for close to a year now and still love the function of it though am getting some surface rust on a few spots because I had to park the car outside the garage for 6 months or so and leave the rack on most of the time.

    I cable lock to my hitch when needed.
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    Yup, still happy with it.

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