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    Default Has anyone actually installed he Curt Hitch?

    Hey guys- found the curt hitch for $118- reading the posts- I'm sure the tork lift is better- but mine is a company car- and I need he cheapest solution to haul a hitch bike rack since I turn it in every 18 to 24 mths .

    Has anyone used - or installed this hitch..?..

    I know it goes under the light will be horrible for ground clearance- but for one or two weekends a month I'll deal

    My main concern is- is his easy to install? If not I will have to do a tailgate strap carrier which I'm VERY worried about for an upcoming 8 hr memorial day biking trip

    Any knowledge / opinions will be great

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    yes i have. one largeish hole has to be drilled. removing and cutting the under tray instructions are daft. curt should just have made a full size paper template.

    the curt reciever is 1.25" most bike racks are 2".

    i duct taped a small cardboard box where the hitch would hang down and drove it around for a week. if the box is still there and undamaged then you wont have a problem.

    my problem is that there is no wiring harness schematic avalable and the led tail lights seem to work backwards from a regular car. this should be no problem for just carrying bikes as in your case.

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    Thanks emd. Much appreciated. My rack is 1.25 opening which will work perfectly. Should be interesting as it hangs out far....any small incline will probably scrape- but I don't plan on having the rack on unless the bikes are on it to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by torn66 View Post
    ... I will have to do a tailgate strap carrier which I'm VERY worried about for an upcoming 8 hr memorial day biking trip
    I'd like to know more too- I just purchased a Thule Gateway strap-type trunklid carrier for my Volt.

    I commute by car+bicycle two or three days a week so having the bike carrier stay attached to the car nearly all the time is important. But I'm leasing, so I will be dinged for any scuffs or scratches when I turn the car in. The instructions that came with the Thule note to remove it when it is not being used to carry a bike.

    I've never used a strap style trunklid bike rack. Is that why Thule says to remove it?

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    because any dirt between the rack and the contact point WILL mar and scratch the finish...

    I would never use one of them... but then again i have an expensive bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holland_patrick View Post
    because any dirt between the rack and the contact point WILL mar and scratch the finish...

    I would never use one of them... but then again i have an expensive bike.
    I would never use one of them.. but then again I have an expensive Volt.


    I've already carried by volt inside, no need to even take the wheels off, just put the seat down (and I used a blanket). Works fine for 1 bike.. but for 2+ well a rack would be nice. Let us know how it goes.
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    FWIW, we use to use the Saris Bones bike carrier and did notice a few, very minor scratches. The trick is to put the clean feet on a clean surface and get it tight so it's not wiggling. I never really liked that system though because we worried about theft.

    We have a swing away bike carrier on the SUV, but I imagine that would be too much for the Volt either hitch - probably for the Torklift but especially the Curtis with it's floorpan mount. But either should be able to handle a regular hitch mounted carrier.

    If you're carrying a nice bike regularly I'd use a hitch mounted carrier. As soon as Torklift comes down in price that's what we'll be doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tboult View Post
    I would never use one of them.. but then again I have an expensive Volt.


    I've already carried by volt inside, no need to even take the wheels off, just put the seat down (and I used a blanket). Works fine for 1 bike.. but for 2+ well a rack would be nice. Let us know how it goes.
    I have the knowledge to buff out the volt if i had to use one of those.. but i would not beable to weld up the frame of the bike it is ever fell off...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan & Nan View Post
    If you're carrying a nice bike regularly I'd use a hitch mounted carrier. As soon as Torklift comes down in price that's what we'll be doing.
    Me too, I think. One concern with the TorkLift is that the license plate is up (and unreadable) when a bike carrier is installed. I wonder how bothered the LEO's will be by that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff.Rivers View Post
    Me too, I think. One concern with the TorkLift is that the license plate is up (and unreadable) when a bike carrier is installed. I wonder how bothered the LEO's will be by that...
    Very. Which is why I don't understand why they're including the flip down mechanism. You're going to have to remove and remount the plate somewhere when carrying a bike or basket so they should cut the mechanism and the price
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