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02-17-2015 03:28 AM
Slicknick I have my hitch coming tomorrow and we are going to install it Friday on my buddies lift. Also ordered my bike rack, ski rack and cargo carrier. I will use the stabilizer straps for most loads as roads around here are pretty bad.
02-02-2015 09:13 AM
filter If I remember correctly all I used was wheel ramps, 3 ton jack stands, a cordless drill, a good drill bit, ratchet, extension, deep sockets, torque wrench, and a bench grinder to modify the bolts. Oh and a sharpie to mark the new holes that needed to be drilled.

Wheel ramps come in handy. I use them for changing the oil and just about anything else I need to get under the car for. I'd rather to use the ramps than the floor jack and jack stands. Rhino ramps are pretty cheap and they stack to make them easier to store.

It was different backing up the ramps though to do the hitch. With a lift and close access to the right tools and someone to help hold the hitch it in place you can get it done fairly quickly.
02-02-2015 01:51 AM
Slicknick That is the only thing that worries me, no lift and not many tools. Although my buddy does own a shop, he can probably do it in a few mins.
02-01-2015 02:30 PM
filter
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Originally Posted by roger821 View Post
It's a ridiculously easy process if you have the tools. Wheel ramps and jack stands work just fine. I have a pretty good set of tools, but I don't have the ramps and stuff like that. For me, it was easy just putting the car on a lift. Plus, unless you have a high torque drill, you still have to drill through the frame, as the carriage bolts get fished through new holes.

$20? You're pretty lucky to get that price. Mine was on sale, AutoAnything wanted $109 retail for it, and that was a great price. For the same hitch, you should see what U-Haul is charging...
Yes I did get lucky, my buddy called me to ask if I wanted one while he was there. I said for $20 heck yes.

I own more tools than I probably need, and definitely more than the average joe. As for the drill I used a Dewalt 18v with a cobalt drill bit. I didn't have much problems aside from hot metal chips falling on me.

I really dislike U-Haul. My father had a 7 pin harness installed by them. Turns out 3 wires weren't hooked up and they used a 4 pin converter into the 7 pin harness. Nissan makes a T harness that was plug and play for $50. All I ended up having to do was run a wire from the battery to the harness. And find a good ground. I would not trust them for wiring.
02-01-2015 11:31 AM
roger821
Yeah, that will work too...

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Originally Posted by filter View Post
I put a Curt on mine a couple months back. Cost me $20 for the hitch. A buddy of mine picked it up for me at Summit in their scratch and dent section.

I did it in my driveway using wheel ramps and a jack stand to help hold one end. As far as enlarging the hole to get the carriage bolts in, it's easier to take the bolt to a bench grinder. Grind a little off the bolt and it will fit in the hole on an angle. It took me about an hour start to finish, I had to keep going in the garage for tools and to use the bench grinder.
It's a ridiculously easy process if you have the tools. Wheel ramps and jack stands work just fine. I have a pretty good set of tools, but I don't have the ramps and stuff like that. For me, it was easy just putting the car on a lift. Plus, unless you have a high torque drill, you still have to drill through the frame, as the carriage bolts get fished through new holes.

$20? You're pretty lucky to get that price. Mine was on sale, AutoAnything wanted $109 retail for it, and that was a great price. For the same hitch, you should see what U-Haul is charging...
02-01-2015 09:59 AM
filter I put a Curt on mine a couple months back. Cost me $20 for the hitch. A buddy of mine picked it up for me at Summit in their scratch and dent section.

I did it in my driveway using wheel ramps and a jack stand to help hold one end. As far as enlarging the hole to get the carriage bolts in, it's easier to take the bolt to a bench grinder. Grind a little off the bolt and it will fit in the hole on an angle. It took me about an hour start to finish, I had to keep going in the garage for tools and to use the bench grinder.
01-31-2015 09:00 AM
roger821
U-Haul is OK, but you can do it yourself for cheaper

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Originally Posted by Slicknick View Post
I didn't want to start a new thread but I plan to get a hitch installed at uhaul. they want $32 to install it, another $50 if I want them to wire it up for lights, but I don't need that. It will be $180 OTD. They also cover any corrosion or anything that happens to it.

I plan to use it for bikes and to carry cargo on a rack. Also a 22" snowblower on the rack, it can't weigh more than 75lbs.

FYI I had them put one on my last SUV and it worked great, lights and all.
I just put a Curt hitch on my 12 SEL myself, total cost out the door was around $120. The key is that you need to put the car on a lift to get to the frame underneath, you can't do it with the car on the ground.

BTW, the Curt hitch is the one that U-Haul OEMs, so it's identical. And the instructions are easy to follow.

My hitch cost $79 on sale from AutoAnything (including shipping). I had to take it to a local DIY auto shop so I could use their lifts, and a heavy duty drill for the 2 holes you need to put in the frame. The hitch mounts using the existing muffler mounts, and the 2 drilled holes. Took me a little over an hour for the whole thing, and $40 for the shop. Not bad.

Also, you will need a second pair of hands to maneuver the hitch into position, cause it is heavy. But there. Done, and $60 less than U-Haul.
01-26-2015 05:25 PM
Lincoln61 I would not let u-haul touch the wiring, to just install the hitch is no big deal.
01-26-2015 12:40 AM
Slicknick I didn't want to start a new thread but I plan to get a hitch installed at uhaul. they want $32 to install it, another $50 if I want them to wire it up for lights, but I don't need that. It will be $180 OTD. They also cover any corrosion or anything that happens to it.

I plan to use it for bikes and to carry cargo on a rack. Also a 22" snowblower on the rack, it can't weigh more than 75lbs.

FYI I had them put one on my last SUV and it worked great, lights and all.
08-18-2014 10:13 PM
cocatfan
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You don't really need it unless you are hauling heavy bikes. Most are light enough to use the rack without a strap. You are limited to two bikes with this configuration. Usually no more than 50lbs total. I have had no problem with the Thule t2 rack and two bikes mounted. I also stood on it and jumped up and down on it a few times to be sure it was secure when I first mounted it in the receiver just to see if there was any deflection. I didn't notice any and have not seen any yet. With some bikes such as cruisers that weigh 30+ lbs each, I think a strap is advisable to reduce the possibility of damage, mostly for rough roads that cause bouncing. You might also check out the Hollywood sport rider rack. It is a nice design and not too expensive at $240. Carries 2 bikes and folds up for storage.
http://hollywoodracks.com/bike-racks...hitch-rack.htm
Thanks for the input. My bike is a Trek 3. Not sure how heavy. I will probably use the strap just to be safe. I don't know what rack I will get yet. Thanks.
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