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    i plan to make my own hitch for my camry

    using trunk rack now
    and want to go to a trailer hitch style rack.


    has anyone built or fabricate their own hitch mount ?

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    Why not just save yourself the trouble and buy an off the shelf hitch? They've already done all the homework and CAD simulations to make sure it can hold the weight intended. Once you start adding the weight of the hitch and 3 bikes, it can get pretty heavy for a home fabricated hitch. You'd have to make it extra beefy, or just buy an off the shelf unit.

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    i will post the pix when i am done

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    I was going to, but the cost of materials and time wasn't worth the hundred bucks I paid for a commercial one. And I know the one I bought won't fail.
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    i will post pix

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    I would have to agree with the above posters, buy an off the shelf hitch and have the comfort of mind knowing that it won't fail. There is no way I would ever put my bike on a rack on a homemade hitch.

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    Like the others said, usually not worth the hassle. I've made a hitch, bumpers, crossmembers, etc before. All out vehicles have off-the shelf hitches. My time is worth something, and hitches are cheap
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    I agree with the consensus that it's silly to reinvent the wheel when perfectly suitable and good solutions are already out there, but now I'm kinda curious as to how his homemade concoction comes out, and more importantly, how it performs.

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    Coupon code "P20" will get you 20% off at Advance Auto Parts. And they have free shipping. Last hitch cost me $105 and change delivered to my door. Installed it in thirty minutes.

    While I certainly understand the desire to DIY with projects, I finally realized that time I spent building things was time I could have spent riding. Good luck.

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    I bought a Curt hitch for my wife's Audi, a little over 100 bucks and a nice quality item. Driving around looking for stock, cutting, welding, grinding a hitch together would be too big of a project for a hundred bucks or so. I think the Curt is even powder coated. I have a mig and an arc welder, but I'd rather spend my weekend riding than banging on steel in the garage!
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    I have seen a couple Camrys with aftermarket hitches. Both looked like a fabricator's nightmare, big plates sandwiching the floorpan and changing from square tubing to strap to clear the tailpipe. I fabricate a fair amount of parts, but couldn't imagine myself sinking that kind of time into building one.

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    i will post pix when i get done.

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    Look online for the installation instructions for commercial ones. you will get an idea of how they attach their to the body, and stuff like that. valley, hidden hitch, curt, etc should have downloadable installation instructions with good drawings.

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    i looked under the car and it was easy to figure out.

    i was looking under the car
    because i bought it used.
    and it had been hit in the back
    and a new plastic bumper and foam bumper shaped block was installed.
    but under the new bumper.
    the actual steel part of the car body is not straight / square any more.

    so even a manufactured hitch would not line up - not square on the car.
    and will require fabrication / mods

    this will make sense once you see the pix.
    Last edited by lunna; 09-22-2012 at 11:18 PM.

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    Will you post pics when you get it done?




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    I made my own hitch for my Audi allroad because the only other option was Curt and the particular hitch they make for the allroad sucks. But I am also a mechanical engineer and have access to a full machine shop at work.

    I posted my design on some of the Audi forums and enough people wanted them that I had a shop build me several batches of them to sell. So it worked out well for me. But in general, the cheap readily available hitches for most cars work fine, even if they are ugly.

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    Please let me know when you plan to test your new, homemade hitch and the route you plan to take. I could use a new bike or at least whatever parts aren't destroyed after it falls off the car.

    Thanks in advance!

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    play nice...

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    This is going to be great

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    Quote Originally Posted by adam728 View Post
    Will you post pics when you get it done?




    I to am curious, Will you post pics when your done?

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    pics or it didn't happen

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    I'm betting fabrication will go without a hitch...
    Last edited by s0ckeyeus; 09-20-2012 at 12:47 PM.

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    Just kidding, hope it comes out ok.
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    OP will surely deliver.
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    here is my new hitch.
    my old trunk rack is still on the car in these first images
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    Last edited by lunna; 09-22-2012 at 11:13 PM.

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    Nice. I bet your bike is worth more than the car? =D

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    I built a hitch for a older GS300 because they do not sell one..it has been good for years not, He uses it to pull a small trailer for this Kayak..
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    That doesn't look like it would hold up to much more weight...
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    Is it bolted to anything structural? Or a floor pan?

    Edit: I was expecting a hitch that would bolt to body rails on the side, but it seems like that body style doesn't have that sort of hitch. Seems like making your own was much more simple in this case.

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    it is mounted to the exact same holes a aftermarket hitch would mount to.
    the factory mount holes are all threaded right into sections of the uni-body.
    that the manufacturer put into the stamp steel body of car for a hitch to be mounted .
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    I made one for my Audi, I don't like trunk racks. They annoy me. I had access to flat stock and tube steel from work. I built it on the clock, so I thought it would be better to be paid to build and install, instead of paying $300 bucks to get some cheesy uhaul hitch. I have had zero problems with it so far
    60% of the time ......it works all the time

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    OP delivered, and its not a hack job. Nicely done!!!!!
    Oh noes. I'm going to drink the Kool-Aid.

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    Looks good. Nice work.

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