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Today we'll be taking a look at the Hollywood Racks Baja 3, trunk mountain bike rack, part number HRB3. The Hollywood racks Baja is an inexpensive way to carry three bikes with the need of a hitch. What differentiates this trunk mount from other trunk mount bike racks is that the dual arms don't fold down for compact storage while it's on your vehicle. That's not necessarily a bad thing. It's going to be a lot sturdier with less moving parts. It uses six straps total to mount it to your sedan or SUV, and the hooks are rubber coated so it won't harm the finish of our vehicle. It also features two pads at the top, and two pads at the bottom.
These are going to hold most of the weight, and they're also going to help absorb road shock and vibration. I've gone ahead and removed two bikes so we can take a closer look. The dual arms are going to provide excellent support for our three bikes. The cradles are made out of a one piece molded design, and it's going to secure our bikes in three spots. We have two spots for our top two to set in, and then one for our seat post tube. This one's going to be our anti-sway.
It's going to help prevent sway in our bike when we're on the road, as well as prevent bike to bike contact. The larger of the two cradles has raised grooves, so it's going to accommodate brake lines and cables, and all of the cradles use rubber straps so it won't harm the finish of our bike. Here at the rear of the bike rack, we have two reflectors, which is going to make our bike rack more visible at night. The hubs are going to make it easy to adjust to fit our vehicle, and the whole bike rack is designed to accommodate spoilers. The whole bike rack is made out of a sturdy steel construction, with a grey powder coat finish, so it's going to resist rust and corrosion. It also features a thirty-five pound per bike weight capacity, and it has a limited lifetime warranty. Now that we've gone over the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. We've got it in the stow position right now.
Now, this will be the position you want to stow it on a shelf or in your garage somewhere. To get it installed on our vehicle, we can go ahead and open up the two hubs, we'll raise it up and set it in position. We'll set the bottom in place, close to our trunk. The pads are going to rest on our bumper, then for the top, our arms need to be parallel with the ground, or slightly inclined. We'll position them about there. Once we've got it where we want it, we can close up our hubs.
Now, let's connect our hooks. We'll start with the hooks right here in front, these are going to connect to our trunk here. It's a good idea to have most of the access already through the cinch, that way when you set it in place, you can go ahead and tighten it up quickly. We'll just repeat that same process with the other one on this side. Once you have them both in place, they should hold your bike rack still. Now, let's move on to our side straps. It's a good idea that when we connect these, we don't connect them to any plastic, so we're going to go right above our tail light here, and then we'll tighten that up. We'll just do the same for the other side, so we'll just choke up on that access. Now, in some cases, if we got too small of a crack to put our hook in, then we can pop the trunk. Once we've got it where we want it, then we can close it back up. Now, for our bottom hooks, these are just going to attach right here at the bottom of the trunk, just like that. With all of our hooks in place, let's go ahead and pull our straps nice and tight, and then we can bundle them up. Also at the top, and move on to the side, and then finally the bottom. I'm actually going to just use the rubber band that it came with. You can tie it to itself, or use a zip tie, or whatever you'd like. With that one done, let's go ahead and repeat the same process for the other straps. Now as you can see, our bike rack is nice and tight. Let's go ahead and load up some bikes. First thing we can do is undo our straps. Now, if we have to, before we load up our bike, we can adjust our cradles, that way our bike will fit better between our vehicle. We'll bring in our bike, and then we'll just work our way to the back. Now, once we have it sat in the cradle, we need to make sure that our seat post tube here is nice and snug up against this cradle here, and we'll bring our strap around, then connect it together. Then, we just finish off our top two straps. With one bike done, let's go ahead and load up two more bi