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Old 02-21-2012, 10:25 AM   #1
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Dirt Bike Hitch Carrier 2012

Has anyone used a hitch carrier for a motorcycle with their JK? The hitch will support the weight but I am concerned about clearance with the spare tire and how the Jeep will handle on the interstate with an extra 300 lbs on the back end.
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:45 AM   #2
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Has anyone used a hitch carrier for a motorcycle with their JK? The hitch will support the weight but I am concerned about clearance with the spare tire and how the Jeep will handle on the interstate with an extra 300 lbs on the back end.
You "could" get a hitch extender but I wouldn't recommend it as that would put even more leverage on the hitch. You can always leave the spare at home when you go dirt biking?

My concern about the whole set up is that I thought that you were only supposed to have a 500lb tongue weight on it? The ball where the weight is placed is about 4inches from the hitch, whereas your rack has the weight coming down on it at least a foot from the receiver. This will create more leverage on the reciever and could damage it. You should keep an eye out on your reciever and frame crossmember its bolted to, to see if there is any bending or stress cracks. If you haven't already bought the rack, you can always get a cheap utility trailer instead and be at about the same price

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Old 02-21-2012, 10:47 AM   #3
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Your concerns are valid, especially on a 2-door. Even with the Max Tow Package on a 4-door you will be butting up right against the max tongue weight. Might be sketchy, I know 100 pounds can be felt, I am sure 300 will require extra care as a driver.

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Old 02-21-2012, 11:03 AM   #4
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I have a Versa-Hauler & a CRF450. I'm heading to the track this weekend. I did make sure the bike fits and it does no trouble. As to weight issues I can't imagine any issue. I do have the max tow package and it's the 4 door.
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My JK does feel the difference with 300# of various gear tucked in the cargo space. I have forgotten what the tongue weight allowance is for the Class II receiver hitch.

When I got under the JK and looked at how the hitch was attached, I was far more aware of *not* wanting to overload the design.

300# tongue weight is about what a 3000# trailer would measure.

Perhaps a new excuse for looking for a Bantam trailer?
Amazing how rugged & handy they can be.
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:33 AM   #6
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Think of it like using a giant crowbar on your hitch mount. At 500lbs, using the simplest static model, the additional weight on the tongue from a 12 inch extension is ~62lbs.
But, really, it will be much more than that if you hit a bump and there are other dynamic forces (I only considered Y axis movement). A little too much for a stock JK hitch of any trim.
It can be done, but should really be done with some additional support to distribute the weight over to the actual frame, not the cross bar that the hitch mounts to. It will eventually deform.
If possible, I would recommend maybe taking the top off or putting the soft top down and attaching a strap from the hitch carrier to the roll bar to minimize some of the stress.
Avoid bumps, drive slow, and don't do it often.
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If possible, I would recommend maybe taking the top off or putting the soft top down and attaching a strap from the hitch carrier to the roll bar to minimize some of the stress.
This is a very good idea. 2 simple rachet straps will take a lot of weight off
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If you haven't already bought the rack, you can always get a cheap utility trailer instead and be at about the same price
I was also considering the bike carrier for the hitch until I saw a lifted TJ at the track. Looked unstable swaying side to side driving through the entrance.

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I picked up this 5x8' trailer for $600 at home depot. At least I don't have another rack hanging out in the floor of my garage.


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Like this one does.

I guess one more thing I thought about was fitting my gear bag and gas can inside the jeep, or the discount we get for having multiple bikes enter at the same time.
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Thanks man! They are a blast.
Once bitten by the supermoto bug it becomes an affliction I swear.

Never had any problems carrying bikes on the JK, hauled plenty of them hundreds of miles. Just make sure your suspesnion and reciever are built for it.

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