So I've got a 2010 xterra, 2" hitch, and kuat NV rack.
Nearly all my friends and I run 30" handlebars, which leaves about 5" between the bars and my back window. On really rough roads (i.e. shuttling / driving off road with poor conditions), there's just enough slop in the hitch mount and flex in the rack for the handlebars to hit the back window.
This has been a problem on/off for 3 years, over the winter my back window shattered ($250) which I'm pretty sure was caused by the occasional handlebar banging. So I need to get this fixed!
Kuat does not recommend a hitch extension as it would add leverage, possibly another hitch bolt connection (more slop) etc. But at this point i need to do something, and of course the leverage would be a result of the extension length.
I've thought about getting some pipe insulation, or a floaty, that could be cut down & used as a "over the grip" bumper...
Is there a way to get a minimal (2"?) hitch extension?
Any other ideas to secure the bikes away from the window, or create more clearance?
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