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Old 02-05-2009
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Motorcycle Hauler frustration.

I recently had to ad a topper to the ranger for work purposes. The topper conflicting with my MX bikes didn't even cross my mind, because I have been wanting to buy hitch-hauler for quite some time. Not only would it save me some headache, it would REALLY help when we took my dad's full size truck to the races, we could haul one extra bike with no trailer.

Off to CL I went to find a hitch. Scored one the first day for $75 bucks, and installed it yesterday. I soon realized that this thing was LOW.

I'm hoping you all can check out the pics, and give me some advice. When the carrier goes into the hitch, it sits pretty low. When you thrown on a 350lb Dual sport bike or a 250lb race bike, it takes it almost to the ground. I am not kidding when I say that there were only 2 inches of clearance from the rear tie-down point to the ground.

What do you think the easiest solution would be? I would have to get a BL to flip the hitch. Add-a-leaf? Different tires?

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Do those hold the bike sturdy? I think I remember seeing one that didn't exactly hold the bike solidly and it looked like it was going to eventually fall off.
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That hitch looks like it sits low...Should be closer to the bumper then that
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I'll let you know once I haul something.
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Yeah, get rid of the hitch. The fact that it only sits a few inches off the ground as it is, is not helping you.
A new hitch and an add-a-leaf or airbags or something would help.
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Get a 6" lift. Problem solved.
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I just thought about another problem. If I lifted the rear a little, I would want to crank t-bars to level it. I don't want to do that, because I already have enough stress on my b-joints with those wide wheels. Ugh. I just found a 98 4x4 tacoma with only 60k miles on it down the road for $2600, I think I might go buy it and use the ranger strictly for work.
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that truck is coil sprung no T-bars..

also is that one of those junk universal hitches thats hanging WAY WAY To low it should be up right to the bumper
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Yeah, look for a new hitch thats made specifically for a Ranger. Mine sits right against the bottom of my bumper since it's made for my truck, check CL for one, I always see ones for like $50 up north by you. If that still doesn't fix it, buy AAL's or rear airbags.
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Yeah, look for a new hitch thats made specifically for a Ranger. Mine sits right against the bottom of my bumper since it's made for my truck, check CL for one, I always see ones for like $50 up north by you. If that still doesn't fix it, buy AAL's or rear airbags.
I don't think that will be enough. Even if it were right under the bumper, it seems too low.

How much do airbags cost? I imagine when I'm ready to took the bike up, I inflate them? How much Height will they give me?
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a new hitch that is specifically for a ranger will be easily up 3in higher then do and AAL becuase the added weight of the topper and the bike are also part of the prob.
or just lift it 6in
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