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    Difference between class 1 and class 2 racks?

    I have a class 1 hitch and rack but I'd really like to get one of the racks where its held by the wheels. I have can't use it on one of bikes without one the bars that go from the stem to the seat. I wondering if I'd be able to use a class 2 rack? If not why?depth of hitch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by usctom
    I have a class 1 hitch and rack but I'd really like to get one of the racks where its held by the wheels. I have can't use it on one of bikes without one the bars that go from the stem to the seat. I wondering if I'd be able to use a class 2 rack? If not why?depth of hitch?
    Class I has a 1 1/4" square opening, Class II has a 2" square opening. You can adapt a 2" hitch rack to a 1 1/4" receiver as long as you don't put too much weight on it. Eh, I prolly still wouldn't do it.

    There are Class I racks like you describe out there.

    Like this one. I got one of these and love it.

    https://www.performancebike.com/shop...tegory_ID=4411


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    Class 1 = 1 - 200lbs tongue weight 2000lbs pull weight.
    Class 2 = 1 250 to 350lbs tongue weight - 3000lbs pull weight.
    Class 3= 2 500lbs tongue weight 5000lbs pull weight.

    Using a platform type rack on a class 1 hitch is a borderline situation.
    They seem to hold the bikes out further from automibile. As an end result, greater leverage is applied to the hitch frame.
    You will get mixed opinions here as well as on retail and manufacturers sites
    on weather a class 1 hitch can support this type of rack system.

    I myself plan to use a platform rack on my 2004 Accord but not until I
    do some upgrades to the class1 Hidden Hitch I purchased from e-trailer.
    In short I will be combining the designs of two hitches (Valley Hitch / Hidden Hitch)that I researched on the net . This will more than double the attachment points. In addition
    a rectangular plate of steel will be added in the spare tire compartment just above the Honda Accords tie down loop area and secured with additional bolts to the hitch frame.
    Last edited by John-E; 07-29-2007 at 10:34 PM. Reason: Typos

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