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    Hitch Rack for Subaru Impreza

    I am about to order a hitch rack for my Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan.

    I found the best prices to be on etrailer.com and I was wondering if any of you guys had experience with either the hitch itself or the rack itself.

    This is the hitch I was thinking of.

    http://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2003_Subaru_Impreza.htm

    The one that is priced $100.95

    http://www.etrailer.com/productdetai...arfrom=2003&h=

    While this is the rack I was thinking of. Its a SportRack Wheel Mount Type.

    http://www.etrailer.com/pc-wmc~A30901.htm

    I'll be putting a 29er Mountain bike on it and a 26er on the rare occasion I'm riding with two bikes.

    The ratings for the rack are all very positive which makes me a little skeptical.

    Thanks in advance!

    Edit: I just noticed that the bike rack says it requires a Class II hitch however the one I listed is only a Class I. Can anyone explain this to me or suggest a good cheap Class II hitch?
    Last edited by GFisher2001; 01-17-2008 at 07:25 AM.
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    I've got the same hitch.

    I put that $100 one on my '04 WRX Wagon. Easy install. The only weird thing is the muffler hanger replacement. It ended up raising the passenger side of the muffler about 1/4"-1/2". I don't think you notice unless you are looking for it. My car does have the dual tip exhaust so maybe that makes it more noticable (to me).

    Don't know about the rack, I bought a $70 thing from Performance that has the wheel tray and you clamp to the seat post. I haven't seen one like it before or since (about 3 years). Works great, like the one you have picked should. I guess the only potenial problem I see with the frame hook thing is if you have full or even front suspension, is the bike preloaded enough to keep it from "bouncing" loose of the hook? The racks with the hook things that grab the front wheel shouldn't have this problem. Link to pic- http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=155016&page=16

    Just thinking, but I don't think it will be problematic.

    I think the class II is for the 2" sleeve option on the rack, that you won't be using with that hitch. I haven't seen a class II for the WRX.

    Rock
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    I use the exact same rack on my Forester with no problems. A class II hitch is 1 1/4 and a class III is 2". The reason it specs a class II is for the 300 lb tongue weight limit. My local hitch place (who has done 4 hitches on various cars for me) tells 2 bikes max on a 1 1/4" hitch. Some class I hitches are also 1 1/4" to confuse things even more but are only rated to 200 lbs tongue weight. Check here for more details: http://www.autotropolis.com/wiki/ind...itle=Tow_Hitch

    Or go to www.hiddenhitch.com and click on Products then click on Hitches. I use Hiddenhitch for all my hitches.

    The wheel trays are pretty large and should handle a 29er but check first or send an email to the manufacturer (www.sportrack.com). They are based in Quebec, Canada and their telephone people are great to deal with but have a thick french accent.

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    hitches...

    class 1 is 1.25" receiver

    class 2 can be either 1.25" or 2" receiver

    class 3 is 2" only


    if you have a class 2, 1.25" hitch you can carry 4 bikes using a traditional rack where the bikes hang by the top tube

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    Hey guys thanks for the response I looked at hiddenhitch.com and at a couple other sights but everywhere is only spec'ing a Class I 1/4" hitch for my car '03 WRX Sedan Dual Tip Exhaust. Are you guys using a Class I with your racks on your subarus? Any issues if so?
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    Quote Originally Posted by longman
    hitches...

    class 1 is 1.25" receiver

    class 2 can be either 1.25" or 2" receiver

    class 3 is 2" only


    if you have a class 2, 1.25" hitch you can carry 4 bikes using a traditional rack where the bikes hang by the top tube
    perhaps, but 4 bikes is way too much for a 1.25" reciever (huge sway and leverage issues), will make your front end ride high, and put a lot of stress on there. Not a good idea, even it's "possible".
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

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    Quote Originally Posted by GFisher2001
    Hey guys thanks for the response I looked at hiddenhitch.com and at a couple other sights but everywhere is only spec'ing a Class I 1/4" hitch for my car '03 WRX Sedan Dual Tip Exhaust. Are you guys using a Class I with your racks on your subarus? Any issues if so?

    I believe as long as you are under the tongue weight (200# for a class 1) you are good - and most carrier manufacturers specify a max weight well below that.
    I've got a class 1 on my Impreza with a T2 and haven't destroyed anything yet...

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    I'm planning to put the curt Cl1 hitch on my 2007 Subaru Impreza
    http://www.etrailer.com/pc-H~11318.h...cleid=20079016

    Onto that hitch I'm planning on getting the Thule T2
    http://www.etrailer.com/pc-wmc~TH917.htm

    Sure it's not the cheapest price on the internet for the rack but... if I buy both from Etrailer... free shipping. 60+ pounds I don't feel like paying out a ton for shipping.. Hopefully I'll get no tax too.. I like the idea of all my stuff coming from one place anyway.
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