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  • Swinging design effortlessly pivots your bikes to the side of the vehicle for easy rear access
  • Dual-arm design fits all types of bikes and eliminates the need for top-tube adapters on most bikes
  • Padded arms feature fully adjustable, anti-sway cradles for superior protection and stability, eliminating bike-to-bike contact
  • Intuitive levers with anti-pinch trigger covers make operating the rack a simple endeavor; arms fold down for easy storage
  • Tool-free SpeedKnob™ quickly tightens and locks the rack to your car
  • Not intended for tandem or recumbent bikes; carrying bikes with step-through frames requires the purchase of an adapter (sold separately)
  • 4-bike capacity; fits 2 in. receiver hitches

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Specs

Best Use Cycling
Number of Bikes 4
Hitch Receiver (in.) 2
Rear Liftgate Access Yes
Weight 50 lbs. 7 oz.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so far so good received as a gift, only used it a bit in town. I like that it is sturdy and locks in place without the need to buy a separate piece like another receiver rack i have. I like that it seems very durable and that the bikes are easy to securely fasten in place. my only complaint is that on my particular vehicle ( a tacoma ) I cannot open the canopy without swinging it out which entails unscrewing a retaining bolt then returning it. I could see that bolt being a little temperamental to start on a dark evening after a ride if i'm a little tired and shaky, you need to align the rack just right to get it started. but that is a minor issue.
Date published: 2014-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2014 Swingdaddy an Improvement over Old Version This 2014 Swingdaddy is the all new version. I actually waited 6 months for this one to come out after finding the previous model slightly flawed. The things I did not like about the old Swingdaddy were the lack of a built in lock on the hitch connection and the ties used to connect the bikes to the rack. All of these issues have been resolved in the new Swingdaddy. The new version has the lock built in to the knob used to tighten the rack to the tow hitch. It is actually a very clever design and also decreases the wobble (sway) of the rack. Also, the old straps were a real pain sometimes to strap the bike tubes to the rack. It was like pulling a bungee cord or super rubber band and hoping to catch it on a hook. Now, these quick release and tightening straps are a breeze to use. The Swingdaddy is a very heavy rack but that is due to all the metal involved with the "swing" component. If you are buying this style you must be doing it for the ability to access your trunk of your SUV. This is why I chose it though, interestingly, I am temporarily using it on a sedan which has a tow hitch mount. The only comment I will say about this is that the rack totally blocks all 3 of my brake lights which is something I did not consider about using on a sedan and which will be less of an issue on my SUV. I have put 4 bikes on at once though two were childrens bikes requiring the top tube adapter and the others were an adult mountain bike and a tri bike. Everything else about this rack has been solid. If there were a Yakima designer reading this, my only complaint would be about the stickers used to put the Yakima name on the rack visible to cars behind it. The Stickers are already peeling off practically right out of the box when brand new.
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not as good as hoped It did swing out and back in nicely when fully loaded and that was great. The negatives: 1/ the cam mechanism doesn't keep the rack from rocking quite a bit inside receiver hitch. 2/ The bulky fixed position cradle's seemed designed to inhibit loading and unloading. 3/ You must buy extra adapters for ladies bikes and then install one on each bike every time you want to put it on the rack. 4/ the Yakima sticker started falling off almost immediately 5/ there's no bumper between the vertical part of the hitch and the vehicle hatch, it's only a matter of time until you forget and push the remote open on your hatch and ding the hatch.
Date published: 2016-08-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Won't fit Jeep Wrangler or others with spare tire? Despite the "Fit your Car" tool on Yakima's website - the spare tire supplied in Jeep JK Wranglers - in my case a 2015 4DR - has some safety conflicts that were unresolvable. (Yes I've noted this to Yakima) The red knob catch on the top rubs the tire, and you have to press it in... The secondary, and IMO primary safety device, is a bolt that has a large handle on the back side - that you need to rotate. In the case of the Wrangler, the spare is completely in conflict with it. This leaves the rack able to swing out while driving - NOT COOL.... I gave it a 1 star - to draw attention to it. But otherwise the rack seems well made, and well designed - very robust. Its just that some attention to the fit to the vehicle needs attention. Specifically to those with a rear mounted spare. Yakima has a sheet, that has 3 criteria of fit for hitch mounted racks. They need a 4th criteria for the 'height of remounted spare'. While this is definitely a problem with the Jeep Wrangler, (See picture) one should note that with a rear mounted spare, this conflict could extend to other makes and models. Also - I think brake lights are important - I noticed the middle brake light would be concealed, and with bikes on it, maybe other brake lights too?
Date published: 2015-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bike rack I bought the rack a month ago and love it. While it's heavy, it's designed to swing out of the way so I can leave it installed and easily access things from the back of my SUV.
Date published: 2016-06-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very heavy and difficult to assemble I life the features, however, this items is 53 pounds, so one needs to be in good shape to be able to lift and slide into hitch mount. Moreover, aligning the bolt pin and safety retainer is extremely difficult - a design improvement opportunity for Yakima! I plan to take this one back and try the Thule Vertex to see if that is easier to assemble and use.
Date published: 2015-12-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Used for a over a year and dissapointed The rack functions great mechanically and is well built. I also like the way the rack locks into the hitch and I can use the same key as my other Yakima bike racks. My biggest frustration with the rack is the arms that hold the bikes are to short. This makes loading the bikes harder than it should be. For instance handle bars are always hitting seats. I should be able to put the bike onto the rack with no adjustments other than seat height, this is the impression all the advertising for the rack gave me, it does not live up to this expectation. We carry two adult mountain bikes and two 16" children's mountain bikes. We also purchased adapter bars, this made it a little easier but it still is not as easy as it should be. Also, the bikes rub together a lot even with the straps provided, so if you have nice bikes you will not want to use this rack. We use this bike for rides around our house, short two hour trips and longer 14 hour drives.
Date published: 2016-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from YAKIMAless SwingDaddy. Very heavy, but manageable. Well designed, and fits my Subaru Outback perfectly. Had to buy an additional $35 part for my grandson's BMX bike to fit on the arm, but hey, after you've spent $400 on a bike rack, what's another $35? My 4 star rating instead of 5 stars has nothing to do with the rack itself, but three rather abstract reasons I came across after assembling and mounting it on day one. First, the amount of packing material (heavy cardboard) in the box, and the box itself, was ridiculous. And the effort to open the box safely was not clear. I've unboxed many items in my life, but this was way overkill. You'd swear Yakima owned a cardboard factory somewhere. It filled my 96 gallon recycle bin full even after I cut up the cardboard with a knife, and I've still got a lot laying in my driveway. And for all that heavy cardboard, one of the handholds cut into the box broke while I was lifting it, and a corner of the box dropped on my toe. Pi.......Irked me mightily. Second, the word "YAKIMA" on the vertical arm wasn't painted, or etched on the metal. It was some cheaply made and applied tape that was damaged on mine. Since the box was not damaged, that means somebody at the factory did a poor job applying it. I didn't buy this this $400 rack just for the logo, but come on. I had to strip the crummy appearing tape logo off. So I have a "YAKIMAless" Yakima SwingDaddy. Third, the vertical arm runs right smack up in front of my rear license plate. A foot or so away from it, but directly from the rear, you can't read my license plate number. At at angle from either side, the plate is perfectly visible. Hope no cop ever takes exception to not being able to see my plates from directly behind. We'll cross that bridge when we get there. So, other than that, very happy with the included secure, swayless hitch mounting system. And the swingout feature is excellent and well implemented. After the packing material is gone, and my toe stops throbbing, the first con will disappear. And where the cheap, damaged "YAKIMA" logo was, I'll apply some reflective tape, and be better off for it. Hopefully the third con will never come to pass. Excited about using it to take my grandson's 20" Mongoose BMX bike and my TREK on sone great bonding rides.
Date published: 2015-12-31
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Anyone know how wide the U-shaped bar is that holds the bikes? I'm trying to figure out if this will work for our full-suspension mountain bikes.

Asked by: JimD
The cradles on the rack are tapered. However at the narrowest point, these cradles are 1 ½" wide. If your bike has an angled top tube we recommend using a Top Tube adapter to fit the bike to this rack. https://www.rei.com/product/670346/yakima-top-tube-adapter
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-20

Will this work with a Chevy Express full size van with rear cargo doors?  There is 36" from the center of the hitch to the side of the van.

Asked by: FJF
The SwingDaddy extends to 36” at its maximum.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-05

How well do children's bike fit on this rack?  I've heard of difficulties with the smaller bikes on some racks.

Asked by: jdtart
For bikes without a top tube (such as most children's bikes) Yakima recommends using the Top Tube Adapter. Here is the link: http://www.rei.com/product/670346/yakima-top-tube-adapter
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

My bike weighs approximately 45 pounds ( it has a bionx system) without the battery. Can I use the SwingDaddy with one other bike? Should I remove the front wheel, seat, etc, to make it lighter?

Asked by: Smokeater46
The SwingDaddy 4 Hitch Rack has a maximum load capacity of 150 pounds. Yakima recommends a maximum bike weight of 40 pounds on each bike placed on the rack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-05-27

What is the wieght capacity on this rack?

Asked by: TG
The SwingDaddy 4 has a weight capacity of 150 lbs. The maximum bike weight is 40 lbs. each.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Does this item come with a security cable to lock the bikes. I've seen it listed else where saying it does. Sometimes they call it a SK cable and I've seen it mentioned at a 'handcuff' cable too?

Asked by: KevinH
The HandCuff is not included with the SwingDaddy 4 Hitch Rack. It would have to be purchased separately. http://www.rei.com/product/879100/yakima-handcuff-bike-rack-lock
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-05-25
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