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Old 05-17-10, 11:53 AM   #1
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Installing Tow hitch for car?

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I wanna get a hitch mount bike rack. However my car doesn't have a tow hitch. I am wondering if it is possible to install a tow hitch by myself? Or does it require a visit to the dealership? How do you get one of these anyways?
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Hello I personally have never installed one but I have watched my brother install lots of them. most are model spefic and pretty much seem to boilt in with 4 or 6 bolts. if you normally work on your auto you should beable to install it yourself. wiring the lights can be tricky though but you don't really need those just for bikes.
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I can't help you there, but you probably can get a kit.

But this being a bicycle forum, I instantly had the vision of someone trying to get a hitch for their bicycle to tow a car.
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Depends on your car. There are special units for lots of cars. A Google search will find something that will work for you if it exists.

I had to borrow use of a hydraulic lift and a powerful drill to drill the required holes in the framerails. And being a tiny car, it was tough to get that drill in where it needed to be. If you're lucky, the version for your car will attach to existing mounting points.

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Most cars are prepared at the factory for bolting on a trailer hitch. I put one on my car - install four bolts and your done. Seriously - simply stuff.

Naturally the hitch is specific to your car. There are two sizes 1 1/4 and 2 inch. Many small cars only have 1 1/4.

Try the following site and look at the install directions.

http://www.hitchesonline.com/

Wiring is another story....

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It should be noted that for a bike rack you do not need to worry about the wiring. Call U-haul, they specialize in trailer hitch installations and will let you know if a bolt-on kit exists for your vehicle. I was quoted ~$350 for my SUV which already had a "towing prep" package. Also, hitch mount bike racks tend to cost more than other options.
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I just installed a hitch on our '06 Terraza last weekend. Remove three bolts, hold the hitch into position, install five bolts. No drilling.
I bought the hitch from etrailer.com. Harbor Freight has a ball mount that will let you tow a trailer and use a hitch mount bike rack at the same time.
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Many cars have pre-punched holes in the frame. After-market hitches are available that line up with these holes. I installed one during the 2003 power outage. Two possible problems: 1) getting under the car safely. 2) Mine used odd sized metric nuts (18mm) which complicated the task.
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