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Old 04-20-2017, 07:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Moto hitch carrier

Looking to get a hitch carrier for my YZ250F. I've read some horror stories about some racks being cheaply made. this is just to take the bike to local trails, not cross country trips. anyone have any good or bad experience with a particular brand? I would love to spend under $200.

Edit: one i was looking at is the Rage Powersports AMC-400
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ultimate MX Hauler, they're dang pretty sweet.

Expensive new, I found one used for $200.
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If you own a welder you can beef up the HF one pretty easily.

A guy at work bought one. It was super floppy from the box but with a few pieces of scrap metal laying around the shop and a couple hours of time he has it working really well.

He even added a couple of lights to keep his bike from getting rear ended since it blocks his factory taillights.

That's probably one of my biggest peeves about those things. I see them all the time at our local riding areas and you can never see the guys taillights worth a fuck.
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I used a joe hauler. Good stuff. Too bad you are far away, is forsale.
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If you own a welder you can beef up the HF one pretty easily.

A guy at work bought one. It was super floppy from the box but with a few pieces of scrap metal laying around the shop and a couple hours of time he has it working really well.

He even added a couple of lights to keep his bike from getting rear ended since it blocks his factory taillights.

That's probably one of my biggest peeves about those things. I see them all the time at our local riding areas and you can never see the guys taillights worth a fuck.
I'll take a look to see how much the lights are blocked when installed. i don't want to be the dick on the road where no one can see you stopping. might just get one of those lights to plug into the trailer harness.

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I used a joe hauler. Good stuff. Too bad you are far away, is forsale.
If you can get it to Monterey this weekend i'll buy it for cheap....
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might just get one of those lights to plug into the trailer harness.
that's all he did, just built little tabs so that the lights could be bolted to the carrier rather than rely on the magnets that come with them. HF for those too.
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Mine has reflector stickers like used on the back of u4 cars on it.

I don't think it would fit inside my car, so I don't think it's going to make it to Monterey I don't know why people make cars without hitches?
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I have a Harbor Freight one someone threw away. I replaced the receiver part because it was 1/8 wall and added a couple pieces of angle aluminum and an old pair of motocross bars slipped over it to hook tie down straps to. It works well and is pretty light. I use a double receiver that raises it's height by 6 inches too.
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so the ultimate MX uses a bottle jack? Hmm seems like there could be a bit better lifting method.
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I've been using the Rage one for years with no problems. I put stop/tail/turn lights on it that just plug in to the trailer light plug.

I've carried my Husky 610 (~300 lbs) and my old bmw 650 (~375 lbs) without much issue other than a bent receiver on an Xterra
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so the ultimate MX uses a bottle jack? Hmm seems like there could be a bit better lifting method.
do you typically use something other than a jack to lift a vehicle? Crane?
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What ever carrier you buy, invest in some decent tiedowns.
I lost a bike off a carrier once because of tiedowns with out captured hooks.
I use these now
Pro Taper 84x1.5" Tie Down with Swivel Carabiner 02-2819 022819 Motocross | eBay
well worth the cost.

This is the carrier that I use.
https://www.amazon.com/Black-Widow-A...er+hitch+mount

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What ever carrier you buy, invest in some decent tiedowns.
I lost a bike off a carrier once because of tiedowns with out captured hooks.
I use these now
Pro Taper 84x1.5" Tie Down with Swivel Carabiner 02-2819 022819 Motocross | eBay
well worth the cost.
that is the one thing i've heard. Since these racks hang off the back they get a bit more force when the car compresses and i've hear the bike can compress a lot and possibly loosen the straps up. Is there any reason a normal ratcheting tie down won't work well? i have a ton of those at home.
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that is the one thing i've heard. Since these racks hang off the back they get a bit more force when the car compresses and i've hear the bike can compress a lot and possibly loosen the straps up. Is there any reason a normal ratcheting tie down won't work well? i have a ton of those at home.
I used standard ratcheting tie downs to the bars, and a strap around the rim to rack. Mostly because I don't like watching the bike rock back and forth. My bar tie downs are straight vertical and don't preload the front tire.
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I have a joe hauler that worked really well for me back when I rode. I hauled a rmz450 from Houston to Baton Rouge once, about 5hr drive with no problems. I did weld some angle iron at an angle to stiffen it up a bit. I have mine for sale in Houston. I would think if you keep your eye on craigslist for a few weeks you should be able to pick one up at a good price
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do you typically use something other than a jack to lift a vehicle? Crane?
Never trusted a bottle jack, had alot of them bleed down. A cam over system is what I was thinking of.
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Never trusted a bottle jack, had alot of them bleed down. A cam over system is what I was thinking of.


Notice the hole in the arm above the 1 in 31", and the hole in the upright to the left of the bottle jack screw. When fully raised those line up and you put a pin in there to eliminate any problems with bleed down.

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ah ha! thanks
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