Hitch Fit Tips
1. Do I Have a Hitch?
All of our Hitch racks require one important thing, a Hitch. Don’t have a hitch? Check our dealer locator to find a local installer.
2. What Size is it?
Before purchasing a hitch rack, it’s a good idea to make sure it will fit in the hitch receiver you have on your car. Hitch’s generally come in two size, 1.25″ and 2″. If you’re not sure what size you have measure across the the face of the opening, like the diagram below.
3. What Class Hitch is it?
Check the sticker on your hitch to determine its class. If there is no sticker, don’t fear, we can still find the perfect hitch rack that will fit your car. If your receiver is 1.25″ it is either a Class I or II. If it’s 2″ it is a Class III or IV. Choose a hitch rack that fits your receiver and then double-check the “Hitch Fit Tips” on Step 6 to ensure the proper fit.
4. DETERMINE WHAT STYLE HITCH RACK YOU WANT
Holds bikes by the frame. Tilts down to provide rear-of-vehicle access.
Capacity: 2, 3, 4 or 5 bikes
Holds bikes by the frame and swings away with bikes loaded to provide rear-of-vehicle access.
Capacity: 4 bikes
Tray supports the bike’s weight while a soft padded hook holds the bike by the wheels or frame. Tilts down with bikes loaded to provide rear-of-vehicle access.
Capacity: 2, 3 or 4 bikes
Increased testing, strength and materials to withstand the greater forces seen on the back of RVs and travel trailers. Holds bikes the frame.
Capacity: 4 bikes
Models: RoadTrip, LongHaul
5. Chose a rack that fits your hitch size, class, and Style
6.Check the hitch Fit
Yakima designs products with the goal of fitting all vehicles. Our engineers do such a good job at this that Yakima hitch products fit the vast majority of cars with no issues at all.
Just to be certain, we have included this handy guide to ensure that Yakima hitch products will fit your car. If you have any questions or concerns, visit your local dealer to “try on” a Yakima rack.
check your depth
To ensure proper fit, it’s important to know the depth of your receiver. Determine this by doing the following:
- With a ruler inserted in the receiver, measure from the center of the hitch mounting hole to the point where you make contact with an obstacle. This is Fit Measurement A.
- If you do not contact a backstop or your hitch receiver does not have a backstop, another potential point of contact could be an undercarriage-mounted spare tire or the undercarriage itself.
- Using the table below, compare your measurement to see which hitch racks will work with your vehicle. Your Fit Measurement A must be equal to or greater than the product measurement listed in the table below for a proper fit.
check your bumper
Make sure your bumper will not interfere with the Yakima hitch rack. Measure the distance from the center of the mounting hole on your hitch to the end of your bumper. This is Fit Measurement B.
Your Fit Measurement B must be equal to or less than the product measurement listed in the table below for a proper fit.
check your spare tire
If you have a spare tire on the back of your vehicle, it may interfere with the installation of your Yakima hitch rack. Measure the distance from the center of the mounting hole on your hitch receiver to the end of your spare tire. This is Fit Measurement C.
Your Fit Measurement C must be equal to or less than the product measurement listed in the table below for a proper fit.
check your PIN HOLE DEPTH
If you have selected a RidgeBack bicycle rack, you will need to measure the depth of your receiver’s mounting hole to determine which of the pin mounting holes on your RidgeBack’s tongue to use.
- If Measurement X is between 1.5″ and 2.375″ wide, use pin hole B
- If Measurement X is greater than 2.375″, use pin hole A
- If Measurement X is less than 1.5″, it is considered not to be a fit