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Unread 12-02-2007, 06:57 PM   #1
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Hitch mounted motorcycle carrier?

Has anyone used this (or a similar) setup on a TJ?



If so, any problems? Any pictures?
I understand that the extra spacing required to clear the spare tire will act as a lever, increasing the load on the receiver. Anyone think this would be unsafe in the TJ?

The carrier weights 35lbs (aluminum) and my motorcycle weights 192lbs. dry.

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Unread 12-02-2007, 07:00 PM   #2
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This has come up before but in short I would not do this. That is a lot of weight on the hitch and can make you squirelly.
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Unread 12-02-2007, 07:18 PM   #3
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i have seen it done on TJs and XJs around here. it looks real unstable on such a small vehicle....and the front tires are darn near off the ground there is so much tongue weight. 250lbs is A LOT for tongue weight on a TJ.
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Unread 12-02-2007, 07:44 PM   #4
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ive seen it done but its not very safe, the front end gets light and can "walk" a little in the corners and over big bumps.
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Unread 12-02-2007, 07:51 PM   #5
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I think you'd be better off with a small motorcycle trailer. And much easier to get the bike up and off of it.

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Unread 12-02-2007, 10:15 PM   #6
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I have the steel rack and have had it and my 2000 ktm 400 sxc on the back of my old 02 jeep se I used to have. Drove from WV to MI with it on the back. It was fine but the 4 popper with it just s**cked. Thats why i got rid of my SE and got a unlimited. Haven't had it on my new jeep yet though.
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Unread 12-02-2007, 10:37 PM   #7
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I did it once, carrier is my brother's. It was fine. I didn't notice the Jeep being any squirrelier than usual. I have Rancho adjustable shocks though and usually have em pretty stiff. I didn't have my spare time on at the time either and I don't know if his carrier would actually clear it or not. Good luck!
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Unread 12-02-2007, 10:52 PM   #8
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Would not recommend this. I watched a dirt bike fall off one of these on the highway at about 65mph. The angles for the ties straps are almost straight up and don't really secure it very well. As stated before get a small trailer.

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Unread 12-03-2007, 07:35 AM   #9
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I haul my bike around all the time with one of these. It works fine, it isn't squirly at all, and also much easier then pulling a trailer.

If you hook the tiedown to the jeep and the carrier it won't come off, it wont move at all. It pulls the bike against the spare tire and secures it.

The front tires arn't anywhere near off the ground unless you tried hauling something like a quad on one of these.
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Unread 12-03-2007, 07:56 AM   #10
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If your bike ways more than 200 lbs it would be dangerous. Max tongue weight is only 200 lbs on your tj - your barely above the weight limit with the carrier but i still wouldnt do it
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Unread 12-03-2007, 09:46 AM   #11
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I personally use a trailer. But, I was thinking. Why the 200lbs tongue weight limit? Is it because of the "tipping" hazard (front end light, back end heavy). If that's the case, would throwing a 100lbs winch on the front increase your tongue weight to 300lbs? Maybe mount a bike to the front and rear and you would be "even-Steven".

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Unread 12-03-2007, 09:55 AM   #12
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I use a small utility trailer for my Kids dirt bikes - works well.
As far as the OPs question, it sounds like those who have tried it didn't have any trouble - Those who have not tried it say the sky is falling... Some things never change.
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Unread 12-03-2007, 10:04 AM   #13
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I've used this setup with zero problems. No light front end. No trailer trying to get in front of the Jeep. Make sure you use tie downs to the Jeep, not just to the carrier, and if your receiver is in an aftermarket bumper, make sure you install frame tie-ins.
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Unread 12-03-2007, 11:06 AM   #14
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I use a small utility trailer for my Kids dirt bikes - works well.
I have an enclosed trailer but its a real pain to pull behind the Jeep. Its just a tad too big and heavy.

I like my big trailer (when using a proper tow-rig) and I'd rather not buy another (albeit smaller/lighter) trailer. I also have limited storage space at my current location.

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I haul my bike around all the time with one of these. It works fine, it isn't squirly at all, and also much easier then pulling a trailer.
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I've used this setup with zero problems.
An pics? Did you guys fab up an extension to make it clear the spare?

Thanks for the help
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Unread 12-03-2007, 11:47 AM   #15
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On a light bike like you have, I wouldn't have any problem with it. You aren't putting any more back their than people who have a hitch rack and a couple full coolers are putting in back.

Now, if you went to a bigger bike, I might have some issues... But with ~200 lbs back there... that's not much.
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