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Old 04-24-2005, 08:00 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Hidden hitch and bike rack on sti with borla hush

I installed my hidden hitch and bike rack on my STi yesterday so I can hit the trails with my new gary fisher tassjara. This setup was $240 shipped from etrailer.com and is top quality.

I could not justify having a roof rack because I simply don't like them...besides this now gives me reason to get a jet ski.

I have the borla hush on my car and you will see where thie hitch touches one of the tips...not optimal but I don't have much of a choice right now. I'm thinking of putting some sort of high temp pad on the tip, but it's really not that huge of a deal to me and it is not audible as a rattle.

Here's some pics...hope this helps anyone considering a hitch.






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Do you already have long exhaust hangers? Adding some might give you enough clearance between the hitch & tailpipe.
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Old 04-29-2005, 11:43 AM   #3
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Tidy install. Did you need to trim the rear bumper at all? I'm looking for a hitch-mounted bike rack at the moment but the Subaru hitch is $200 and requires trimming.

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Old 05-11-2005, 04:59 AM   #4
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That hitch is great!

The hitch on my Legacy is not anywhere near that discreet. The crossbar runs UNDER the tailpipe rather than over like yours. So I drag it on speedbumps and driveways a lot. No bumper trimming needed, but it did require relocating the charcoal box.

I totally agree that rear mounted bike carriers are the best. But I also like to use my hitch for this!
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Old 05-11-2005, 11:52 AM   #5
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I plan on gettin a hitch installed so i can get a "tire Tail" to carry my gravel tires to and from rally-crosses

and it doesn't look like you have the long exhaust hangers... try those.. might help your clearance issues
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Old 05-11-2005, 01:04 PM   #6
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i was just talking about a hitch with my friends the other day, so i can carry my mtn bikes. how many bikes can it hold? like 3?
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Old 05-11-2005, 01:08 PM   #7
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Nice. The only reason I went with a roof rack is a lot of my buddies have crazy freeride bikes, which never work with a hitch. As well, my 21" frame means my tires are always really close to hitting the ground when its on a hitch.

For hardtails the hitch option is great.

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Old 05-11-2005, 01:12 PM   #8
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Quote:
you will see where thie hitch touches one of the tips...not optimal but I don't have much of a choice right now.
I have a Hidden Hitch as well with a Cobb TBE. Same thing as you - a tiny bit of contact, but no rattles. If you find a solution other than long hangers let me know.

The hitch works awesome, though
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Old 05-11-2005, 01:19 PM   #9
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any picts with out the bike rack attached?
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Old 05-11-2005, 01:20 PM   #10
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No trimming of the rear bumper at ALL with this and the carrier I got holds 3 bikes.
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Old 05-11-2005, 01:52 PM   #11
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any picts with out the bike rack attached?
I'll have one in a couple of hours - I'd have it now, but work keeps on interupting my subie fun
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Old 05-11-2005, 02:49 PM   #12
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any picts with out the bike rack attached?
Here we go




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Old 05-11-2005, 03:31 PM   #13
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nice bike!
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Old 05-11-2005, 03:37 PM   #14
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Agreed, I just sold my 2001 Tassajara - it was an awesome bike. Bought a 2005 Santa Cruz Superlight to replace it .
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Old 05-12-2005, 12:43 AM   #15
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If anyone is interested, my hitch (just the hitch that bolts to the car, not the bike rack) is for sale. I'm selling my car asap and just took the hitch off.

$70 shipped will work for me. Thanks
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Old 05-12-2005, 07:54 PM   #16
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You're lucky - my exhaust tip is big enough that it pushes against the hitch. I've already ordered longer hangers, but I might also modify the tip. I don't like how low it rides now.
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Old 05-12-2005, 08:30 PM   #17
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Here are some pics:





If push comes to shove, I'll just paint the whole damn thing black to make it stand out less.
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Old 05-13-2005, 12:25 PM   #18
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Just to add another data point to this thread, I have a Hidden Hitch as well for my STi. I installed it late last summer and discovered that the stock STi exhaust tip hit the hitch in the same location as shown in the other photos in this thread. Based on my previous experiences with aftermarket exhaust systems rubbing and banging underneath my old Audi A4 1.8T I made the decision to pull the hitch off the car (without even taking it for a test drive) as I had a sinking feeling that it would be knocking and banging over every bump.

I did purchase a set of the extra-long KartBoy exhaust hangers, but haven't yet determined if I'm going to try the hitch again or not. I really, really, really don't want the exhaust to sit any lower than it does already so I'm thinking about just getting rid of the hitch and rack and go back to a roof-mounted rack (I had a Yakima setup on my A4 and S4). But for *****s and giggles I may try the hitch again with the stock hangers just to see if it actually makes any noises.

My only other thoughts on adding more clearance between the hitch and exhaust was to either bend the exhaust hangers a bit on the rear muffler, or perhaps add a "dent" on the exhaust tip where it comes into contact with the hitch in order to provide a bit more clearance between the two.
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Old 05-13-2005, 12:39 PM   #19
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You can always dremmel out a portion of the hitch where it touches the exhaust too...better than adding a dent to the exhaust tip as you suggest....
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Old 05-13-2005, 01:10 PM   #20
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Even if the hitch doesn't rattle on the exhaust, it will eventually wear the paint off the hitch.

...Then you'll have to deal with the hitch rust getting on your chamios when you dry your car...

On a related topic, has anyone successfully put a hitch on a WRX/STi with the rear OEM bodykit?

...I have the bodykit and really want to get a hitch mount rack. I've used roof racks for 12 years now, and I'm ready for something that doesn't mess up door seals and the paint on the roof...
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Old 05-13-2005, 02:12 PM   #21
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You can always dremmel out a portion of the hitch where it touches the exhaust too...better than adding a dent to the exhaust tip as you suggest....
I thought about that too. Probably would work OK as well, and shouldn't really make a difference with the "capacity" of the hitch (at least for me) as I don't intend to ever use the hitch for anything other than a bike rack.
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A quick update:

I installed Kartboy long exhaust hangers, and I now have *just* enough clearance that it no longer is held against the hitch. Additionally, the hangers are stiff enough that it holds it that precious millimeter or two away from the hitch.

I can force it to hit if I pull up on the exhaust, but I don't imagine those kinds of forces will be replicated in my daily commute. I'll find out tomorrow.

Thanks for a good product, Kartboy! (and quick service)
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Old 05-19-2005, 01:40 PM   #23
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that's pretty sweet. isn't there a snowboard rack attachment thing you can use on the hitch too? how many boards can it hold? Thanks!
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Old 05-19-2005, 02:11 PM   #24
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Yakima has a rear carrier that will carry either four pairs of skis or four snowboards, it's called the Powederhorn. I'm sure Thule has something similar.
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Old 05-19-2005, 06:01 PM   #25
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I have a draw tite hitch that several people here pictured. I have stock 03 WRX exhaust and hitch clears dual tips just fine. But I have another sort of problem, on the left side hitch arm goes too low, so the exhaust ends up tilted to the left. It still bothers me after 2 years of having hitch on my car, I have a feeling that kind of setup puts unnecessary stress on catback piping. I heard that some people have their Draw Tite hitches re welded to allow for even hanging points and clearance for big exhausts.
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