Yeah, the bolts are actually way forward almost in line with the center of the wheels. Definitely nice hitch setup, but does go against what the owners manual says. :S Seems for very light weight work it shouldn't be a big deal though.. Nice..Those bolts in the picture are from the suspension, nothing to do with the hitch. Therefore, no impact to ground clearance.
Haha.. Saves you some work from having to load on top? I bet she is not reading this forum!Thule Helium: 26 lbs.
2 Road Bikes: 50 lbs.
Hitch Weight: 23 lbs.
Total Weight: 99 lbs.
Being able to have wifey easily attach Thule bike rack and load both bikes....
Interesting...Any time I look at a used car with a hitch receiver I move on to another one without the same. Towing and using a hitch for other accessories puts a lot of stress on the vehicle. The engine and transmission have to work significantly harder and the brakes and suspension take more abuse. Even a light weight utility trailer without a load puts a great strain on the vehicle. A bike rack induces a pretty significant moment arm load on the vehicle's under carriage and structure. I think all of these reasons are why the car manufacturer does not recommend using it with a hitch. It'll definitely work for you but be advised you're asking for trouble and will likely take a hit at time of trade-in.
Yeah.. I'm not worried.. My Curt hitch is arriving today... Just was curious what his answers would be... RKalo925,
A bike rack does not put signifcant stress on the carriage and frame. Neither does a light utility trailer. I have a light wieght boat I can move it by habd and the tongue wight is probably only about 30-40 lbs.
Regarding moment arm load, the bike rack does apply. The center of mass of the bikes is a certain distance away from the hitch. The force exerted on the tongue is the mass times the distance away. A trailer is different because it has its own axle and wheels to help balance and distribute the load. When properly loaded a trailer's weight at the tongue can be minimal in comparison to the total weight loaded into the trailer. Once in motion a trailer's momentum can ease the burden on the car's drive train. A bike rack doesn't have this same benefit because there are no wheels to carry part of the load.
Thanks for these replies! Helps me understand it more quickly. I only plan on putting a couple bikes on for now. But pulling a small trailer on a rare occasion is something I want to understand more.Kalo925,
If you have a lever 10 feet long and you move it 1 foot with 10 lbs force then the momment arm torque is 100 ft-lbs. The fulcrum point only moves slightly when you move the end of the lever a foot. This is simliar too and why a socket wrench allows you to tighten nuts far tighter than by hand. Obviously the force at the fulcrum is much greater than the force you extert at the end point. So 200 lbs save four fout out on a Curtis hitch could potentailly exert 800 ft-lbs toque on the carriage frame which is rate at 825 lbs of human/cargo weight limit.
Thinking is not a sin! hahaare you s******* me? over thinking this way too much. A couple bikes on the hitch isn't going to stress anything with this car.
I thought Nabby's response is quite good. Actually kind of what I was looking for from TAZII. Which points of Nabby's reply do you totally disagree with?
No offense, but it is obvious you are not an engineer. I had a friend like you and he switched to business and actually did very well; had his own company.