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Old 04-17-2007, 03:05 PM   #1
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Default Bike rack in trailer hitch?


I'm brand new to this group and am very impressed with the feedback and help/nice things everyone has to offer here!

I just picked up an 05 WRX and had full intentions of putting a class 1 trailer hitch on it for the purpose of putting a hitch mounted bike rack on. I was told by the guy at the shop that the trunk can buckle and I'd also have to chisel out a pin to prevent bike racks from being used. I saw the tongue weight is 200lbs and I'd probably have 60lbs in bikes (max of 2 bikes) and 25lbs for the rack totaling about 90lbs on there. Can anyone answer the following questions if you do have a hitch/receiver?

1) Has your trunk ever buckled or do you know of anyone that had that problem? Have you carried 60lbs of bikes on it?

2) Did you have to chisel out the pin to put a bike rack on it?

3) Has the hitch receiver ever bottomed out?

4) Are there any other drawbacks? Such as it being in the way of the exhaust, fuel efficiency or anything else?

Thanks very much!

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Old 04-18-2007, 11:12 AM   #2
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Are you running stock suspension, and if not, how low is your car? I wouldn't be too worried about running a hitch. If you did a search here you would find many others putting a hitch w/ bike or ski rack on their imprezas - on the 2.5i, on the wrx, on the STi. Maybe they are referring to an aftermarket hitch and not the subaru one...
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Old 04-21-2007, 08:39 PM   #3
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i had a draw-tite hitch installed today on my 04 wrx wagon by a hitch shop. i could have done it myself, but i was worried that i might be in over my head. i watched while the guy installed it, and i realized that i could have done it alone. it's really not too difficult.

i can answer one of your questions- the draw-tite doesn't require cutting into the rear bumper like some other brands, but if you have an aftermarket exhaust with a big tail pipe, you might have to buy exhaust hangers that hang about and inch lower than stock. the subaru one looks a bit different where it bends over the exhaust and may be better for exhaust clearance.
the hitch itself is pretty high up and i don't see how it would ever bottom out.

i've read about problems with the subaru one with mounting bike racks and the like. do a search and you might find the post.
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Old 04-21-2007, 10:13 PM   #4
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The old (dont know about the newer ones) class I drawtite hitches had a safety tab in the receiver so people couldn't slide in class II drawbars and think they could tow 3500 lbs on a class I (2000lb) hitch. My drawtite hitch had it on my last car and could use the hitch mounted bike rack I bought at wally world some years ago, but a few other bike racks of the day wouldnt fit I've heard. I use it on my WRX with no problems. The only concern of carrying bike(s) on the back of your car is blocking the taillights. A cop with nothing better to do could write you a ticket for obstructing your tail/brakelights. I wired/made some easily mounted trailer lights that can attach to the bicycle wheels in a fly so others can see my lights and to avoid the keystone cops.
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Old 04-23-2007, 10:20 PM   #5
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Default Re: Bike rack in trailer hitch

I put in a draw tite trailer hitch on my 02 WRX Sedan for carrying bikes and I love it. Once I figured out the fitment it was no problem. The strain of the hitch is not on the trunk, it is on the frame. Your trunk will not buckle. I did have to bend the arms slightly to get all the holes to line up. Once I figured that out all was good. The bike rack fit no problem.

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