• 12-07-2012
    eurospek
    You can also try Amazon.com, I bought my Curt hitch brand new from them for only $109.99, shipped next day via Prime, it was quite a bargain. I had it installed where I service my WRX for a 24-case of Heineken. :D
  • 12-07-2012
    Axe
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DRILLINDK View Post
    $525 + shipping, and only being able to carry one bike. Yikes.

    You forgot $20K+ you paid for the car. ;) Just to carry a bike..

    Seriously though, hitch, or roof rails will be a fixed cost no matter what.
  • 12-08-2012
    eclipse24
    I went with etrailer.com for my hitch. Over $150 is free shipping. Mine was just under 150, so I ordered a few extras. With the video, its easy to install. Maybe 30 mins for my Civic.

    Love the rack. The only issue I've had is a sticky bar (the bar the lever slides on). A few drops on dry lube and it works like new.
  • 12-10-2012
    Lev
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    You can also try Amazon.com, I bought my Curt hitch brand new from them for only $109.99, shipped next day via Prime, it was quite a bargain. I had it installed where I service my WRX for a 24-case of Heineken. :D

    What year is your WRX? I have a 2010 hatch and I've heard that some hitches require some minor drilling. 109 plus a case isn't a bad deal at all...
  • 12-10-2012
    eurospek
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Lev View Post
    What year is your WRX? I have a 2010 hatch and I've heard that some hitches require some minor drilling. 109 plus a case isn't a bad deal at all...

    Drilling the car or trimming the bumper a bit underneath? I've heard of the latter needing to be done in some cases, never extra drilling.

    Either way, I drive a 2005 Saab 9-2X Aero, aka 2005 WRX, and it was complete plug and play. 4 bolts and that's it for me. Plus the Curt hitch doesn't look like an eye sore from a mile away like the OEM Subaru hitch. It extends a lot beneath the bumper line.
  • 12-10-2012
    Algernon
    1up and ground clearance
    I'm strongly considering a new 1up rack but I'm a little worried about ground clearance. I have an A4 with a Kurt hitch and my driveway is steep. I'm currently running an Xport 2 rack (cradle style) and it hits the street unless I really turn in at a shallow angle. Does anyone have a side view if a 1up so I can get an idea of clearance?
  • 12-10-2012
    racerwad
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Lev View Post
    What year is your WRX? I have a 2010 hatch and I've heard that some hitches require some minor drilling. 109 plus a case isn't a bad deal at all...

    Is it a Curt hitch? They tend to be the brand that requires drilling. Bad idea.
  • 12-11-2012
    woodyak
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Lev View Post
    What year is your WRX? I have a 2010 hatch and I've heard that some hitches require some minor drilling. 109 plus a case isn't a bad deal at all...

    I recently put one on my 2013 WRX Wagon. I had to do some minor bumper trimming where the hitch part comes out. No drilling was required as they used existing holes in the frame. I did have to fish the bolts into the frame but they included the fish wire with excellent instructions on how to do it. I did have to drop the muffler to fit the hitch into place. Overall it took a couple of hours.

    You can check the details on the install for your car from here.
    Trailer Hitch | etrailer.com
  • 12-11-2012
    jn35646
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    You can also try Amazon.com, I bought my Curt hitch brand new from them for only $109.99, shipped next day via Prime, it was quite a bargain. I had it installed where I service my WRX for a 24-case of Heineken. :D

    Amazon is worth checking. Got a Curt on the Matrix from them. The car was about 5 years old when I installed so I had to buy a tool to chase the existing threads under the car due to a little rust from our salty roads. Still was a 1 hour job and easy.
  • 12-12-2012
    JohnJ80
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DRILLINDK View Post
    Called a local U-haul shop. They quoted me $225 for parts and installation of hitch. $75 in labor if I bought one myself from somewhere else.

    $525 + shipping, and only being able to carry one bike. Yikes.

    if that's all you use the hitch for, then it adds $225 to the cost of any rack. We use our hitch for pulling trailers too.

    J.
  • 12-12-2012
    DRILLINDK
    I would probably ruin my transmission in my sedan pulling something.

    Anyway I pulled the trigger. I'm just one of those that has to gripe and complain a bit to justify something like this.

    Uhaul is installing the hitch Tuesday.
  • 12-13-2012
    JohnJ80
    Funny.

    J.
  • 12-13-2012
    pimpbot
    It'll be about the same as the XPort
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Algernon View Post
    I'm strongly considering a new 1up rack but I'm a little worried about ground clearance. I have an A4 with a Kurt hitch and my driveway is steep. I'm currently running an Xport 2 rack (cradle style) and it hits the street unless I really turn in at a shallow angle. Does anyone have a side view if a 1up so I can get an idea of clearance?

    Here's mine on the back of my B6 A4 with sport package...

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/-90QJSF5zYKkmxmiRN0ybXNfEeC9Yzrk7A2JpaspXd4?feat=em bedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-v1O6my59mZI/Tmq6CayrZCI/AAAAAAAAYF0/UoHJHZ60ba8/s800/IMG_1216.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a>

    it grinds a bit, but it's no big deal. I would just say inspect it once in a while around the bolt holes to be sure it doesn't crack.
  • 12-14-2012
    tednugent
    http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/a...422A92A358.jpg

    here is my lowered Passat

    yes it grinds... so did my Yakima holdup
  • 12-15-2012
    DRILLINDK
    Just courious, do you guys have any suggestions for cable locks that work really well with this bike rack? I'm looking at purchasing something like this:

    Amazon.com: Kryptonite 720018210610 KryptoFlex 3/8" x 7&#39; 1007 Double Loop Security Cable: Sports & Outdoors
  • 12-15-2012
    tonyride1
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DRILLINDK View Post
    Just courious, do you guys have any suggestions for cable locks that work really well with this bike rack? I'm looking at purchasing something like this:

    Amazon.com: Kryptonite 720018210610 KryptoFlex 3/8" x 7' 1007 Double Loop Security Cable: Sports & Outdoors

    That is the cable I use.
  • 12-15-2012
    pimpbot
    Cables suck
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DRILLINDK View Post
    Just courious, do you guys have any suggestions for cable locks that work really well with this bike rack? I'm looking at purchasing something like this:

    Amazon.com: Kryptonite 720018210610 KryptoFlex 3/8" x 7' 1007 Double Loop Security Cable: Sports & Outdoors

    Use a chain. It doesn't take much to cut a cable, even those crazy thick ones.

    I would also suggest using a good quality U-Lock around the rear wheel and frame of the bike. Make the thief have to defeat several things before he can ride the bike away.

    I use a U-Lock around the bike, thick chain, and another tiny U-Lock around my trailer hitch safety chain loops.

    Those thin cables that come on other bike racks are pretty close to useless. I guess they will keep somebody from casually walking by and making off with your bike, but if your friendly neighborhood bike thief has any kind of tools on him he can defeat it. Some of those locks you can defeat with a big screwdriver and a pair of vice grips. :eek:
  • 12-15-2012
    DRILLINDK
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by pimpbot View Post
    Use a chain. It doesn't take much to cut a cable, even those crazy thick ones.

    I would also suggest using a good quality U-Lock around the rear wheel and frame of the bike. Make the thief have to defeat several things before he can ride the bike away.

    I use a U-Lock around the bike, thick chain, and another tiny U-Lock around my trailer hitch safety chain loops.

    Those thin cables that come on other bike racks are pretty close to useless. I guess they will keep somebody from casually walking by and making off with your bike, but if your friendly neighborhood bike thief has any kind of tools on him he can defeat it. Some of those locks you can defeat with a big screwdriver and a pair of vice grips. :eek:

    Great suggestions! I'm not quite sure what you mean by this. Maybe once I receive the bike rack I'll understand.
  • 12-15-2012
    racerwad
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by pimpbot View Post
    Use a chain. It doesn't take much to cut a cable, even those crazy thick ones.

    I would also suggest using a good quality U-Lock around the rear wheel and frame of the bike. Make the thief have to defeat several things before he can ride the bike away.

    I use a U-Lock around the bike, thick chain, and another tiny U-Lock around my trailer hitch safety chain loops.

    Those thin cables that come on other bike racks are pretty close to useless. I guess they will keep somebody from casually walking by and making off with your bike, but if your friendly neighborhood bike thief has any kind of tools on him he can defeat it. Some of those locks you can defeat with a big screwdriver and a pair of vice grips. :eek:

    Agreed, the cables are whack. Chains are your best solution.
  • 12-16-2012
    BigSky3
    Kuat Sherpa vs. 1UP for Mazda3 hatchback (2012)
    Hi, fellow biking enthusiasts -

    I just got a 2012 Mazda 3 (5-door) hatchback, and am now shopping for a bike rack that I can put on a tow hitch on the back of this lovely car. I'm seeing lots of good posts for the Kuat Sherpa and various 1UP racks. Has anyone put either of these on a Mazda3 hatchback? An pros or cons?

    Thanks!
    BigSky

    Note - I love the white of the Sherpa, but it looks like it leans in a bit towards the car in the pictures ... and my hatchback door bulges out a bit - possibly a bad combo. Also, my friend's Kuat NV made my front brakes tighten on my front tire. Maybe my bike (a Novara Kia) doesn't tolerate being held close to the brakes.

    The 1UP looks lighter in weight, which is a big plus. (I'm a female, and light-weight is desirable.) A possible downside is that I have a cargo rack and basket over my back wheel, so I'm not sure if the 1UP design will accommodate that.
  • 12-17-2012
    pimpbot
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DRILLINDK View Post
    Great suggestions! I'm not quite sure what you mean by this. Maybe once I receive the bike rack I'll understand.

    One of these:

    http://lockitt.com/images/onguardpic/dlon5046_350.jpg


    I also used a Disc lock. The storage unit and fixie bike folks favor this kind of lock:

    http://www.plumbersurplus.com/images...097-164148.jpg

    These work well for securing a chain to itself or around the hitch's safety chain loops. They are fairly hard to cut, and hard to get the jaws of the bolt cutters around the shackle.
  • 12-17-2012
    tonyride1
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by pimpbot View Post
    One of these:

    http://lockitt.com/images/onguardpic/dlon5046_350.jpg


    I also used a Disc lock. The storage unit and fixie bike folks favor this kind of lock:

    http://www.plumbersurplus.com/images...097-164148.jpg

    These work well for securing a chain to itself or around the hitch's safety chain loops. They are fairly hard to cut, and hard to get the jaws of the bolt cutters around the shackle.

    These are interesting solutions. Do you have pictures of them being used on the rack? I'm curious as to how you use them.
  • 12-17-2012
    DRILLINDK
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tonyride1 View Post
    These are interesting solutions. Do you have pictures of them being used on the rack? I'm curious as to how you use them.

    +1 I'd like to see how you use the hitch rack as well. TY!
  • 12-17-2012
    FloriDave
    I've got one on my 2012 Mazda 3 hatchback. Got a Curt hitch from Amazon and it was an easy install.

    I LOVE the rack. I've put a few thousand miles with a bike on it and it's working great.

    The bike sits far enough back that the rack on your back wheel won't be a problem.

    http://www.daveharper.com/inetphotos/GT_IDriveTEAM.jpg

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BigSky3 View Post
    Hi, fellow biking enthusiasts -

    I just got a 2012 Mazda 3 (5-door) hatchback, and am now shopping for a bike rack that I can put on a tow hitch on the back of this lovely car. I'm seeing lots of good posts for the Kuat Sherpa and various 1UP racks. Has anyone put either of these on a Mazda3 hatchback? An pros or cons?

    Thanks!
    BigSky

    Note - I love the white of the Sherpa, but it looks like it leans in a bit towards the car in the pictures ... and my hatchback door bulges out a bit - possibly a bad combo. Also, my friend's Kuat NV made my front brakes tighten on my front tire. Maybe my bike (a Novara Kia) doesn't tolerate being held close to the brakes.

    The 1UP looks lighter in weight, which is a big plus. (I'm a female, and light-weight is desirable.) A possible downside is that I have a cargo rack and basket over my back wheel, so I'm not sure if the 1UP design will accommodate that.

  • 12-17-2012
    BigSky3
    Thanks, FloriDave! That helps me out a lot!!