Ryan Watterswrote a review of Kuat Transfer 3 Bike Rack on October 4, 2016
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I switched to this rack from a Swagman XC2 as I wanted something a little higher quality (and to be able to carry more bikes - for friends/family). To my surprise the rack arrives 90% unassembled. It includes instructions which are very helpful, but there is a LOT of screwing metal bolts into soft plastic fittings and they do not provide any sort of torque specs. More than once I tightened too much and either cracked the plastic (which is very easy to do) or caused some threading issues. I had to replace one nut as it would not thread onto a bolt as well which was annoying. Once everything is assembled and tightened down I noticed there is a little bit of play in the assembly that allows you to lower the rack down or pull it up so that you have more clearance while driving. It's not horrible, but it's a little worrying at first. The amount of play hasn't changed any after use.
Once assembled I was blown away by how heavy it was. Jesus it's heavy. It's very cumbersome to attach to my car so I'm guessing it's a put it on and never take it off kind of rack. If you're looking for one that's easy to install and remove, this is absolutely not the rack for you. I have a 1 1/4 receiver on my hitch and the Transfer 3's fitment in it is hilariously bad. It's too small so even after tightening down you can move the Transfer 3 up and down. I solved this by using a quarter as a spacer and that prevents the up and down movement. Side to side movement is gone once you tighten down the hitch bolt.
Mounting bikes is a breeze and they are very secure once everything is in place. There is a little bit of movement over bumps but it's the same amount of movement whether it's a tiny crack or a crater. The bikes are held very securely in place. It's very easy to load a bike and remove it as well. The bike lock kit (optional) is integrated into the existing components of the Transfer 3 which is really nice. It makes it very easy to lock up the bike.
On the move the bikes are very secure. Over bumps the Transfer 3 does make an odd noise every once in a while but everything seems nice and secure. The bikes move a LOT less than they did with my Swagman.
Overall I'm happy, but not as happy as I thought I'd be after making the upgrade. It's a much more solid rack than my Swagman was, but there is a lot of plastic in this thing which I find a little insulting considering the price tag of this thing. All the plastic bits are what hold your bike in place as well so you have to wonder about longevity and what happens if it breaks. I'd rate the Swagman I had as a 3, and this one as a solid 4 as it is definitely a better rack than the Swagman was. I won't give it a 5 because of the amount of plastic for the price, and the fact that I had to build almost the entire thing myself for the price as well.