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Old 04-07-2010, 07:05 PM   #1
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Hitch, have 1.25 and need 2". New bumper?

I have a Mopar factory 1 and 1/4" reciever hitch but everything I want to attach to is is 2". I want to tow a 2" trailer, 2" reciever bike rack for 4 bikes and a cargo carrier that 2".
Should i just change out the hitch for a new 2" hitch and be done with it or take the opportunity to trade out the factory bumber(that had the end caps stolen ) for a nice shinny new tubular bumer that has a 2" reciever built in?
Do these tube bumpers handle anywhere near the weight of a real hitch? Not that I would be towing too much. In a pinch, I might need to tow two full size 600lb quads on a snowmobile trailer, although I am not sure this would be a good idea. It would only be for aout 80 miles of highway and maybe once a year.

It's $50 delivered for one of those Hidden Hitch 1.25 to 2" adapters and they dont recomend it with a 4 bicycle carrier given the awkward tongue weight.

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Old 04-07-2010, 07:11 PM   #2
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Go to any farm store, uhaul place, or similar and you can pick up a step up adapter, no shipping... Not sure how an adapter will handle the load tho'....

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Old 04-07-2010, 07:16 PM   #3
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Don't go with a 1.25" to 2" adapter, that's going about it the wrong way. I would either bolt on a hitch like InfernoGirl suggests if you don't offroad much, or go with a rear bumper with an integrated 2" receiver hitch like Olympic's Rock bumper if you do offroad. The reason is that a bolt-on hitch is low enough that it drags when you're offroading & a receiver hitch integrated into the bumper is high enough up that it doesn't. The first page on my website, link below, shows a pic (second one down) of my TJ where you can kinda-sorta see my rear Olympic Rock bumper's 2" receiver hitch.
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With 0 firsthand experience, an adapter doesnt sound like a good idea, esp for the awkward loads some of the accessories you mentioned would put on it. Personally Id get a better bumper, but thats just me.
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I know the adapters won't work. The bike rack company says VERY bad idea considering how much play is in those things already. It would also add at least 6" on to the length making the bike rack stick out something fierce.

Not much off serious off roading here. Mostly old trails up in NH & Maine.

Can those tubular bumpers with integrated hitches handle a real 2000lb load or the tongue weight of 4 bicycles give the awkward way it loads??
I see the havey duty rock bumpers with hitches would handle the load but I really have no need for that nor the expense (:
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