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Old 04-16-2015, 07:21 AM   #1
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Rear hitch receiver pricing and options

Hey guys-
I'm wondering what you guys have paid for your hitch on the rear and what they are. My dealer says they have one for $240 + 2 hours install. That seems a bit much for something that isn't rated to pull another traile, just for bikes and cargo.
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Old 04-16-2015, 07:38 AM   #2
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It depends on how the hitch is mounted. Welded, bolted or extra support.
It is not a cheap addition. The one I had added to another rig was in the $400. Parts/labor range and that did not include the carrier, only the hitch receiver. Also 6 years ago.

edit: I took it to a hitch shop and had it installed.
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If it were me, I'd buy the hitch and install it myself!

Case in point - I just had new tires put on my truck at the Firestone store. Since the original shocks had 75K miles on them, I asked what it would cost to have new shocks installed. They quoted me $438, parts and labor. I declined. I bought the same shocks from O'Reilly for $170, borrowed an impact driver. Using my floor jack, I removed the old and installed the new shocks (all four) in 2-1/2 hours in my garage.

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Old 04-16-2015, 09:51 AM   #4
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I took mine to a hitch/welding shop. They installed for $375 (parts and labor). Did not include bike rack.
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If it were me, I'd buy the hitch and install it myself!

Case in point - I just had new tires put on my truck at the Firestone store. Since the original shocks had 75K miles on them, I asked what it would cost to have new shocks installed. They quoted me $438, parts and labor. I declined. I bought the same shocks from O'Reilly for $170, borrowed an impact driver. Using my floor jack, I removed the old and installed the new shocks (all four) in 2-1/2 hours in my garage.

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I agree (I just did my shocks a few months ago - would have done them sooner if I knew how easy it was - didn't even need a jack), but this install is usually a welding job to make it strong. I personally wouldn't bolt on a hitch after seeing how much they bounce around back there. I could see it breaking the bolts on the highway. If you know how to weld, have at it. If not, better to take it somewhere that does.
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Old 04-16-2015, 09:56 AM   #6
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I would talk with a welding shop. Their welders are top notch, and know exactly what the are doing. When we bought our HTT, they quoted $250 for the parts and about the same for the install. I decided I would go to a welding shop and have it done. But I got lucky, the dealer accidently installed the hitch on my HTT during their trailer prep instead of a different identical HTT that was in the shop at the same time. No complaints from me, other than the welds look horrible in my option.
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I agree (I just did my shocks a few months ago - would have done them sooner if I knew how easy it was - didn't even need a jack), but this install is usually a welding job to make it strong. I personally wouldn't bolt on a hitch after seeing how much they bounce around back there. I could see it breaking the bolts on the highway. If you know how to weld, have at it. If not, better to take it somewhere that does.
My trailer already has mounting holes for a rear hitch attachment. With hardened bolts and the proper torque, everything should be OK. If you don't have that option available, then yes, have one made and welded in place. I'll probably have a local welding shop make one for me, then paint and install it myself.
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Old 04-16-2015, 11:25 AM   #8
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Bolt on hitch from Curt. Mounts to I beam, C channel, or square tubed frames. I bought this to tow my jet skis behind me when going to Lake Powell. 3500 pound tow rating and 350 pound tongue weight. More than enough for what you want and $312.

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$295 for a parts and labor at a custom hitch shop in Fresno, CA. They custom fabricated the receiver and welded it frame to frame with a couple mid-span support brackets as well. It is the second hitch I have done with them and both have been great.
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Motorcycle carrier

What about putting a motorcycle carrier into the rear, frame mounted hitch for a dirt bike, would, say a 33RLDS frame support that?
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