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Old 03-09-2009, 10:35 PM   #21
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So your saying you think this carrier would cause frame issues on a compact truck?
On most, I would say. If the truck has a full box frame, then maybe it can handle it.

My other hobby is off-roading. My rig is a '97 Tacoma 4x4. We've had issues of bent frames with rigs utilizing a rear tire carrier, and the resolution was to reinforce the rear frame with 1/4" plates at key stress points, or box the frame altogether. Most frames nowadays are not fully boxed, but rather are open on one side (like a C-Channel). I'm only talking 33" tires causing that kind of stress, enough to cause a stress crack. It was determined to not be so much the weight of the spare (which weighs significantly less than a 400# sportbike), as it were it being a cantilevered weight. Of course, in off-roading those forces are amplified even more, just due to the nature of the sport; but all it takes is one good BUMP in the road, to create an applied impact load to stress that member beyond its limits.
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:38 PM   #22
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this would be ok for around town or to the track not on long trips......... but all in all i dont think my bike will fit ( to long ) looks to be like a stock lenth is just cutting it
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:47 PM   #23
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Around town is worse. Stop and go with bumps. I would rather ride hwy with it.
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Old 03-10-2009, 12:09 AM   #24
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this would be ok for around town or to the track not on long trips......... but all in all i dont think my bike will fit ( to long ) looks to be like a stock lenth is just cutting it
Your bike would fit fine.

To any one considering this. You need to know the weight of your bike (wet) and the max. tongue weight your trailer hitch can handle. If your not confortable using one of these then don't do it. No point in sweating bullets if your pride and joy will be OK.

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Old 03-10-2009, 12:18 AM   #25
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:03 AM   #26
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Who else is in the "rolled an explorer" club?

not me, but I am in the "rolled an S-10 Blazer" club, not to mention "rolled an F-150 extended cab" club as well. lol

You got it, same accident, totalled 2 vehicles (Ford towing, Blazer on a trailer) after a trailer blowout sent the trailer into a fishtail and slammed us into a guardrail. Walked away with a 2" cut on my knee. Thank you Lord.

On topic, I wouldn't use those hitch carriers for a full size bike.... I stress enough about laying my bike down at the track, no need for stress on the way there and the way home. ha ha

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Old 03-10-2009, 09:15 AM   #27
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i've now dropped my dirtbike more loading and unloading onto the hitch carrier than I have using a ramp going into the bed of my truck. i'm starting not to like it.
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:17 AM   #28
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I have an FJ Crusier with the spare tire mounted at the rear of the truck...i wonder if the system would work with this or if the spare tire and system would need to be removed?
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:38 AM   #30
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will a FJ even carry that much?
Yeah she has a factory hitch / tow package from Toyota...if I can carry 3 fat chics in the cargo compartment then I can do a 08 750 np.

But the spare is what I am concerned about...
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I chose the fold up 4x8 trailer over that option, I might have $400 in the trailer now including the wood and upgraded wheels/tires. I have a full size truck, but the hitch is rated at 500 lbs. My bike is 450+ so that is a bit too close for me.

Especially on smaller trucks and cars.. not recommended.
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I chose the fold up 4x8 trailer over that option, I might have $400 in the trailer now including the wood and upgraded wheels/tires. I have a full size truck, but the hitch is rated at 500 lbs. My bike is 450+ so that is a bit too close for me.

Especially on smaller trucks and cars.. not recommended.

Ok, Ill look into a trailer...where did you get yours?
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i'm a bit leary still... I might use one for a dirt bike or supermoto... but my liter ZX is stayin in the trailer for road trips
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:48 AM   #34
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Mud... I don't think i'd try it with the zx7... that things close to 450lbs dry..
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I was leary of the racks as well, until we got one for the shop...


We've used it to haul everything from dirtbikes to large Harleys. It takes a little getting used to, but it holds just fine.
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Ok, Ill look into a trailer...where did you get yours?
Northern Tool.. mine might be for sale if anyone is looking... the bike grab isn't included. I do have a spare wheel and tire for mine.

The 4x8 is perfect for a single bike... but is a bit narrow for 2 street bikes.
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I have a joe hauler. Used it to carry my Busa from htown to Fredericksburg on the back of a Chevy pickup. No issues, but it did touch down over a speed bump when we forgot it was there.

No plates,no registration, no trailer lights...great for minibikes and smaller streetbikes.

But nothing beats a pickup truck.
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