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Item # YAK0329

Don't let your bikes keep you out of your car

Have you ever had to unload all your bikes in the middle of a road trip because you had to grab something out of the back of your truck? Have you ever had to get 2 other guys to hold your bikes off the ground while you tilted your hitch-mount rack to access your tailgate? It's huge pain in the .... right. Unlike most hitch-mount racks, the Yakima Swingdaddy 4 Bike Rack lets you access the back of your car, even when it's fully loaded. Yakima was able to accomplish this by designing the Swingdaddy to swing horizontally away from the rear end of the truck. The days of the miserable road trip interruption are over!

  • For use with 2-inch receivers only
  • Fits just about any style bike (no tandems or recumbents) from 20-inch to 29-inch wheels
  • Carries 4 bikes right out of the box
  • Swings out of the way of your tailgate, even fully loaded
  • Includes SKS security cable for added security
  • Tough powder-coated finish
  • Integrated bottle opener for post-ride hydration

  • Folding arms
  • Swing-away design
  • 2-inch receivers only
  • SKS security cable
  • Integrated bottle opener

Tech Specs

Bike Capacity:
2-inch receivers
Locks Included:
Recommended Use:
road trips
Manufacturer Warranty:

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Backcountry Carried Yakima on This One

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the Swingdaddy a few days before roadtripping down to Moab from Bozeman, Montana. It worked great and was a nice rack for any road driving, or smooth dirt road conditions. However, we took the rack (usually only loaded with 1 or 2 light bikes) around the white rim road in Canyonlands National Park and it barely survived. The 2in tubing that mounted the rack to the hitch of the car bent downwards at about a 10 degree angle. The tubing that the large bolt connected to (to prevent the swinging motion the rack is named for) was completely bent in and barely usable. 3 of the mounts were ripped off (which may be understandable due to the condition of the road). The two arms that swing up and down to hold the bikes bent down as well over time by a few inches. The locking mechanism at the very bottom of the rack, which seemed sweet at first, was obviously the first thing to go, and we had to break that to get the rack off. Why would Yakima put that in the first place the rack is going hit when you drive through a wash or over rocky terrain?

I have driven the white rim several times with other Yakima racks and never seen or experienced the issues that we did with the Swingdaddy. By the end of the trip we had lost probably 1.5ft in the height that the bikes rode off the ground (had to remove wheels to prevent damage).

Luckily Backcountry is great. We were able to exchange the rack for a new one as we passed through SLC. Backcountry was even nice enough to allow us to attach a tow strap to the foundation of their light post so that we could pull the damn rack out of the hitch (the bend in the tubing had it stuck in there pretty good).

Overall, if you're just doing paved or relatively smooth dirt roads, the swing daddy is great. Perfect rack and exactly what you'll need. However, if you plan on doing any sort of road that requires speeds less than 20mph, you'll want to find a different rack. The lock mechanism and the mounts will surely be quick to go.

Again, a huge thanks to Backcountry for a great return policy and sturdy light poles!

Backcountry Carried Yakima on This One

Picture of older Swingdaddy 4

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Caution you are not getting what you see in this picture. Yakima has updated the swing daddy 4 big time and in my option I liked the older version better. New version has lots of plastic If interested look at the Yakima website to see what you're going to get. 1) With the standard hitch height at 14-16" the tip of the rails are around 66" high, not so easy if you're short. 2) They did away with the rubber straps for a harder plastic U-shape. 3) No longer comes with the cable lock, the HandCuff locking cable (sold separately) for an additional $39.00 and not available at B/C yet. 4) on the old version you were able to move the frame saddles around on the rails, this version they are screwed in place. 5) on the sway part the bike frame does not align being the new angle of the rails.

Picture of older Swingdaddy 4

I just bought a swing daddy, and lucked out because it's the older version with all the better stuff that they've done away with to save money (no doubt). It's late in the season but I know I'm gonna love it!