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    New question here. Hitch for rack?

    I need to have a hitch put on my Pathfinder for a rack. Nissan charges a couple hundred $$ - I figure that's so I can tow a boat or something. Anyone know where I can get something lighter duty and cheaper for a bike rack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorCAMBA Prez
    I need to have a hitch put on my Pathfinder for a rack. Nissan charges a couple hundred $$ - I figure that's so I can tow a boat or something. Anyone know where I can get something lighter duty and cheaper for a bike rack?
    Lot's of aftermarket hitches out there.

    You'll want a class III / 2" receiver set up. Search for "Hidden Hitch" or "2" receiver hitch" and most sites / catalogs have a vehicle finder interface. Most all hitch set-ups can be a DIY project.... bolted mine to my 2000 cherokee and did the wiring in about 2 hours. Got the hitch and all the hdwe. I needed from etrailer.com, but there are lot's of dealers out there.

    DO NOT let U-Haul install a hitch for you, BTW, as they typically are BUTCHERS. I had an old grand wagoneer that they had installed a hitch on before I got it, and they had cut the FRAME and the exhaust pipe brcket to fit the dang hitch in place!

    Lastly, look into all the different aspects of hauling a trailer. Check the owners manual for rear differential fluid change, as it usually requires a heavier wt. oil, and usually recommends synthetic at that.

    If you've got an auto. trans, look into a HD trans. fluid cooler. With a Manual tranny, clutch wear is accelerated, so if you are in need of a clutch soon, get an aftermarket performance/HD unit....

    Lastly, with trailers, make sure everything else in your truck is in good shape, like brakes and suspension.

    As for bike rack add-ons, 2" receiver is more stable than the litle 1 1/4" style.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NorCAMBA Prez
    I need to have a hitch put on my Pathfinder for a rack. Nissan charges a couple hundred $$ - I figure that's so I can tow a boat or something. Anyone know where I can get something lighter duty and cheaper for a bike rack?
    You can pick up an aftermarket 1 1/4" hitch for about $100 and install it yourself. That would probably be fine if you just want to carry a couple bikes. A 2" hitch is only about $50 more. I find my hitch incredibly useful for hauling all kinds of things since trailers are so inexpensive to rent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Bob
    You can pick up an aftermarket 1 1/4" hitch for about $100 and install it yourself. That would probably be fine if you just want to carry a couple bikes. A 2" hitch is only about $50 more. I find my hitch incredibly useful for hauling all kinds of things since trailers are so inexpensive to rent.
    the entry lever offerings from thule and yakima are about 150 bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorCAMBA Prez
    I need to have a hitch put on my Pathfinder for a rack. Nissan charges a couple hundred $$ - I figure that's so I can tow a boat or something. Anyone know where I can get something lighter duty and cheaper for a bike rack?
    JC Whitney had some for around $100. Go with the two inch hitch. If you want to haul more than one or two bikes at some point, the two inch hitch will allow more flexibility.

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    my reciever hitch was installed by a local welder. pretty darned cheap. i found him searching this old thing called "the yellow pages."
    Take the long cut, we'll get there eventually.

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