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Old 03-18-06, 06:37 AM   #1
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Anyone put a hitch rack on a Honda civic?

I have a Honda Civic, 2003. I'm wondering if anyone has put a hitch (1 1/4 in) , and a hitch rack on a Honda? This week I went in to get some service done on the car, and the guy seemed hesitant about putting them on Honda. He's seen it, but Civic doesn't have anything special to attach it to underneath supposedly, and said they go thru and attach it thru the trunk--though different places may do it differently.

With 2 bikes, and a rack it might be at least 75 pounds, and I'm wondering if this is a wise move or not. If anyone has done this, how did they do it, and is it holding up well?

I have a full suspension mtn bike, and would be using one of those platform racks, and am geting real tired of taking my front wheel off everytime I need to take it anywhere, not to mention losing all that space when I do go somewhere with it in the back seat.
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Old 03-18-06, 07:00 AM   #2
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I haven't mounted a hitch to a 2003 Civic specificaly but I have mounted a towbar to a Diahatsu Charade and I'm looking at mounting a hitch for a bike rack on a Mitsubishi Lancer and yes it can be done but there are issues. The hitch for the Lancer is only rated at 90 kg (200 lbs) so its not exactly heavy duty. With the Diahatsu there was issues with the weight on the hitch bending the floor of the monococque chassis where it was bolted on and we did have to have it re-enforced with angle iron bolted on inside the spare wheel well.

So how precious are you about your car?

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Old 03-18-06, 09:59 AM   #3
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I put hitch racks on all my cars, which are sedans not SUVs.
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He's full of crap. I've put hitch receivers on all my cars and my van. Here are the ones for your car.

Go to a place that installs trailer hitch receivers on a daily basis. The guy you talked to is obviously a ******. Of the ones i showed you, the cheaper one is probably very easy to mount. The instructions are there with it. I used a similar one on a grand prix i owned and it took me about 15 minutes to install.

The more expensive receivers that i provided in the link require more install time and are more difficult.

EDIT> Is your car a hatchback? Don't think these will work with hatchback but that has nothing to do with what is underneath the car.
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Old 03-18-06, 10:39 AM   #5
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I have an Accord, not a Civic. I have used a Hollywood folding rack to haul all sorts of stuff, including an upright freezer. It works very well to haul either of my Greenspeed recumbent trikes, one of which is a tandem. The one I use cost about $60 (10-12 yrs ago) and folds up when not in use. I put it in the trunk while I'm out riding. Only takes a couple of minutes to take on or off. I'm not sure what the load capacity is, but I'm pretty sure the freezer was a bit beyond recommended specs. (I only had to haul it a few miles, not on the freeway)
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Ihave a Mitsubishi 3000 GT and everyone told me there was not a trailer hitch made that would fit it. In desperation I called a Local U-Haul dealer and he got one, put on and it has worked just fine for the last 2 years. Hope this helpsyou.
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Old 03-18-06, 03:32 PM   #7
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I have a hitch on the back of my 05 Civic Coupe, i will take a picture of it later if you want to see how it looks.

Its a "Hidden Hitch" brand hitch.
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Yeah, FYI, mine were put on by U Haul also.
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Yes, I am kind of partial to my car. It's not paid off, and it gets me to the bike trails. But I only put about 5000 miles/yr on it.

It's not a hatchback. 4-dr sedan, Civic.

I'll print this out and go into a place that supposedly installs them, and see what they say. I'd rather not do it myself. I will mess it up.
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How much does Uhaul charge to install a hitch? We're considering one for our 03 Civic.
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I endorse the recommendations to go to a U-Haul or a trailer hitch company. Some of my friends had similar problems, and they went to a local company that specializes in fabricating and installing custom hitches, and it worked like a charm for them. As it turns out, the company was able to fabricate a custom bracket but use a standard hitch, which really kept the cost down.
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I'd rather not do it myself. I will mess it up.
i dont think you have to worry about that. Most hitches are just bolt on's, easy as pie. The only reason i didnt do mine myself is because it was the middle of winter and its very uncomfortable in the snow, and i have a bad back.
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i dont think you have to worry about that. Most hitches are just bolt on's, easy as pie. The only reason i didnt do mine myself is because it was the middle of winter and its very uncomfortable in the snow, and i have a bad back.
The installs vary greatly in difficulty, and between receivers. For example, on my 2001 Pontiac Gran Prix all i had to do was take out the spare and pop a couple rubber plugs out of place in the bottom of my trunk and then match up the holes and bolt it on.

On my 2001 Pontiac Montana I hired it done. They had to move the compressor on the back. (yes my van has a compressor to level the ride and to air stuff up.) On my chrysler cirrus, they had to unbolt the muffler and install hitch receiver between muffler and frame.

So it does vary. You can't just say they are all easy. However, that difficulty scale provided at that website is pretty accurate. If it says it is a 15 minute install, then just about any moron can do it. If it is an hour install, I'd think twice.

Most of these places of lifts where they can get under the car and stand. Not too fun to do a difficult install lying on your back, with a heavy receiver over your face.
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I had u haul put one on my 2006 civic. I would have put it on myself but I didn't want to lie on my back in the snow while I drilled the holes.
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I endorse the recommendations to go to a U-Haul or a trailer hitch company. Some of my friends had similar problems, and they went to a local company that specializes in fabricating and installing custom hitches, and it worked like a charm for them. As it turns out, the company was able to fabricate a custom bracket but use a standard hitch, which really kept the cost down.
x2 .... they do that for a living.
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A hitch should mount to the frame. I have an 02 Civic, and I haven't checked, but my old Corolla had holes predrilled in the frame with weldnuts on the inside of the frame rails to thread bolts into for a light-duty receiver. You might try peaking underneath and seeing what you can spot.

If you'll all forgive me hijacking the thread for a post or two, has anyone put a roof rack on a new Civic coupe? Yakima and Thule say it's ok, but the length of doorline parallel to the roof seems really short.
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If you'll all forgive me hijacking the thread for a post or two, has anyone put a roof rack on a new Civic coupe? Yakima and Thule say it's ok, but the length of doorline parallel to the roof seems really short.
i wanted a roof rack for my 05 civic coupe, but the price scared me way too much. i forget the name of it, i think it might be a called a short roof adapter or something, look it up on thules website, and thats what really jacks the price up. I think i was quoted $650cdn just for the bars, the adapter, and the bike attachment.. so i decided to go the hitch route.
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Hmm...I've got mixed feelings between having a hitch rack, which would pretty much be just for bikes or getting a roof rack and also being able to carry skis or move bulky items.

Sometimes I wish I'd gotten a pickup. I'm not used to not having a 3/4 ton diesal and a flatbed trailer at my disposal.
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I just bought a Swagman XP 3 bike rack on ebay the other day, i should get it next week, so i'll take some pictures of it when i get it....
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I'm using the Hollywood platform, too, on a Ford Focus, which may or may not be comparable. Do some internet shopping on Class 1 receiver hitches. Some give usage charts and even tell you if drilling is necessary. It wasn't on mine, but I had it installed at work. U-Haul couldn't afford talent like that.
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I always wonder what happens in posts like this. Guy shows up, posts 4 posts and vanishes. We never get to hear the end.
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has anyone put a roof rack on a new Civic coupe? Yakima and Thule say it's ok, but the length of doorline parallel to the roof seems really short.
I put a Yakima rack on the roof of my 2002 Civic Coupe. Very solid.
Because there's only one door on each side, you need to get the Q-Stretch kit (part # 8000134) for stability. I don't use it because I'm the type of knuckle-head that would drive through a low overhang, like a garage, and demolish my bike.

As soon as I sell the Yakima, I'll probably go with the Hidden Hitch and find a suitable rack for that.
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Can you tow a trailer with one of those 1 1/4" hitchs? I don't think I've ever seen anyone with that setup with anything other then a bike rack.

I have a 2000 Civic hatchback DX (smallest version) and wanted to get a small trailer so I could move large (not so heavy) things. Etrailer seems to think so but my owners manual doesn't.
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Yes, you can but you will seldom see it, and I wouldn't recommend it for long trips or high speeds.

Keep in mind that driving with a trailer is not as intuitive as you might expect. If you do get one, find a big empty parking lot to practice turning (to learn how wide you'll need to take corners) and backing up (that's the tough part...you can find tips by doing a google search). I'd also be curious to hear how it works out if you do. Moving is a pain in the butt with my Civic.
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thats funny, i have been considering making a hitch mount for a older civic hatchback(93). i havn't checked into it yet but it shouldn't be to hard. the other perk of having a hitch, with hatches ecspecially, is you can buy or make those storage platforms for the rear. w/ a 1 1/4" hitch you can get a platform for the rear, weighs maybe 40lbs, can hold upto 200lbs easily. great for bulky coolers, beach stuff, whatever you have that you don't want cramming up your interior on your tiny hatch. but then there goes your bike transport solution. so you get a roof rack also.. who needs a 7000lb suv haha (btw if anyone WANTS a 7000lb suv, i have a 01 yukon for sale haha)
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