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Old 10-28-2010, 02:40 PM
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Question Tow hitch on YJ for Motorcycle

Hey guys. I need a tow hitch for my YJ. I still have the original Rear Bumperettes. I need to either tow a trailer with my Bike on it or get a BIKE CARRIER SPORT BIKE MOTORCYCLE CARRIER hauler hitch rack trailer: eBay Motors (item 120639489350 end time Nov-02-10 19:48:46 PDT)

Will the jeep be able to handle 400 to 500 pounds of weight on her?

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Old 10-28-2010, 06:29 PM   #2
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I would go with a small trailer

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Old 10-30-2010, 07:27 PM   #4
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Did you follow up on this? Would be perfect for moving my bike.
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Why would you guys go with a trailer? is it cuz the jeep wont be able to handle the 400+ pound on the rear frame? and need wheels to carry the wait?
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:17 PM   #6
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Why would you guys go with a trailer? is it cuz the jeep wont be able to handle the 400+ pound on the rear frame? and need wheels to carry the wait?
You would have to have at least a class 3 hitch on your jeep to be able to carry that much tounge weight. And in my opinion thats alot of stress to have on the hitch. A small trailer would distribute the weight alot better.
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Old 11-02-2010, 06:16 PM   #7
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The bike carrier is only rated at 500 lbs. Does your bike weigh less then 500 lbs. I think this might be ok for a dirt bike for the weekend worrior but would not want that much tongue weight on my hitch for long trips. I'll have to agree with the people above and say get a small trailer. You will have a lot more options with the trailer. Storage space, and with a jeep that comes in handy.
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I have a yamaha R1 its about 425 pounds.
What about a normal trailer what class hitch do i need.
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I'd go ahead and get a class 2....that way if you have to borrow a reciever from your buddies truck it will fit
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Now what type of hitch should i get. My I dont have the OEM hoops in the back still. and she sits abouts 6 inch higher now
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you want a 2" reciever, frame mounted-NOT BUMPER MOUNTED!!!! might be time for a little upgrade and get a new steel bumper with built in hitch...and the YJ will handle 1000-1500 pounds in your trailer behind it, even with a 4 banger. Just have good tires in case you have to slam on the brakes...my 1500# camper pushed my YJ almost into traffic when I had to come to a sudden stop....so we haul it with the rubicon now.
If you don't want a full 'trailer' for your bike, just get the 'bike hauler' type of trailer. Then you can kick yourself in a couple months when you need to haul something else big and it won't fit on your little bike hauler.! LOL....always, figure out what you want to do and then buy UP one step from that and you'll be prepared.
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I have to go with NHRubi on this one.
I was thinking about getting a bike carrier on the back of my TJ too.
But, it won't be of much good if you ever need to haul anything else - couch, engine, mother-in-law's coffin, you get the idea.

A small trailer has a million and one uses.

Also, try loading 400 pounds of anything in the back of your Jeep, waaaay in the back, then drive around town. This is how your Jeep will handle with a bike on the tow hitch. Also, look at your fender clearance. With that much weight on the back, you may need more clearance, if you're not on stock size tires.

Just a little food for thought. Hopefully it's not too spicy.
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no she is lifted 6 inch and she is on 35 inch tires. so clearance as you mentioned might be an issue there for. I will look into getting a trailer. Whats a good rear affordable rear bumper to get?
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To add to everything above, R1 is fairly close to the load limit. Look at it this way - roads are not perfect and what's 425lb (dry weight BTW without weight of the carrier) on the "ironing board" will add a he'll a lot of stress when you hit holes and other imperfections that adds some momentum to the bike, which eventually brake it open. I have my doubts insurance will not have any issues with that setup. I have a 4XXlb bike and always take a trailer for that reason.
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I am steering towards a trailer now! just need to find maybe a bumper with a receiver on it
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I am steering towards a trailer now! just need to find maybe a bumper with a receiver on it
Alot of those bumpers with the hitch mounts in them are not rated for towing an will often bend. If you find one make sure its rated. Or just get a hitch that mounts to the frame rails.
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thanks for the look out!
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I was surprised by the amount of variations of those, although H2's right - some of those are not rated. It makes you wonder while looking at a class III hitch attached to some funny looking bumper

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