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    2" reciever for a truck step bumper: will this work?

    Hi,

    I drive a Ford Ranger pickup with a topper. I'd like to be able to transport two bikes to the trailhead using a 2" receiver rack...but I lack the receiver / hitch.

    Hitches are expensive, so I was wondering: would this thing work? Though intended for ATVs, It fits the ball hitch hole on the step bumper of my truck:



    Any risks? It's definitely beefy enough to hold the relatively light weight of two bikes and the rack itself (70-80lbs, I'm guessing), but do you think the leverage of the rack and bikes would allow it to sway-- possibly working the nut loose?

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    I might trust it with a Huffy, but I sure wouldn't with a Madone. I know my rack has a longer insert that would hit the bolt head. What you want is a step bumper receiver.

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    I think it would work fine. Just keep the mounting bolt tight . After you install rack & bikes, you may want to use a " bungee cord " at the outside wheel of a bike & attach it to somewhere on the frame or bumper. Without the cords , some of these racks wobble & rattle a lot & are distracting .
    I would not use this to pull anything larger than a small utility trailer, though. Remember, you are still only pulling with your bumper.

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    My question is: Will your rack slide in far enough to fit the retaining pin through the hole? If not that would be a deal breaker for me.

    If your rack will anchor in the receiver, I'm thinking that the torque spec for the receiver mounting bolt is around 140 lb/ft. That's a bunch! Grease up the threads, use a lock washer and tighten that nut as much as you can with a 15" crescent wrench.

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    I would probably go with something like this.

    http://www.sjdiscounttools.com/16165.html

    I trust 4 bolts more than one, but your going to need premium drill bits to drill through you step bumper. I welded a reciever to the back of my dirt bike trailer so I could take pedal and motor powered bikes with me camping and it has held fine from Tejas to Moab and up to Mena Arkansas a couple times.
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    yeah, I figured I'd kill a few drill bits trying to get through the chrome and all that. I ended up picking up a 2" class III hitch off craigslist for $35. now I can use any old 2" rack!

    had to use a breaker bar on my bumper bolts to get it mounted, though. luckily Harbor Freight had a serviceable one for $9!

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