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Old 05-14-2008, 07:30 AM   #1
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So I was wondering how best to carry bicycles on my 2004 GMC DMax and read about front hitches. Called local hitch center and they have them but wanted $225 plus $75 to install.

Now me being a thrifty firefighter who likes to keep my business local, went to the local welding shop and for $150 cash had him make up a much stronger hitch.

So now the bikes will travel up front.

Best part was, I spoke to the local Airstream dealer and they would want $700 to make up a very nice bike carrier on the trailer so in theory I've saved $550!

That will go toward my Diamondback cover I think.
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Old 05-14-2008, 08:00 AM   #2
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Old 05-14-2008, 08:01 AM   #3
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just as soon as I finish my coffee....haha
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Old 05-14-2008, 09:55 AM   #4
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well here it is. Just have to shorten the bike rack for height and number of bikes.
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Old 05-14-2008, 10:44 AM   #5
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I bought a front hitch from JC Whitney and I think it was about 100 bucks.
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Thanks for the pictures. A very clean looking installation. Have fun.
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Old 05-14-2008, 02:03 PM   #7
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well here it is. Just have to shorten the bike rack for height and number of bikes.
That looks really nice. And thanks to peegreen for the JCWhitney lead!
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Old 05-14-2008, 03:33 PM   #8
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unfortunately up here in Canada we don't have such stores as JC.

We usually end up getting screwed royally on accessories. Like I said the hitch place wanted $300 installed.
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unfortunately up here in Canada we don't have such stores as JC.

We usually end up getting screwed royally on accessories. Like I said the hitch place wanted $300 installed.
Like the hitch - always wanted one myself. BTW - JC Whitney is a catalog parts company - they ship worldwide and have a web page. Still, for the price you made out - shipping on a $100 order with a heavy item would be about $50.
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Old 05-14-2008, 05:40 PM   #10
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well here it is. Just have to shorten the bike rack for height and number of bikes.
You and I appear to have the same front-mounted hitch.

I posted a photo of bikes mounted on mine in this thread and got booed a little bit.

I recommend you skip posting a picture of the bikes mounted, ready to hit the road.

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Not sure why you'd need to see the 10 feet of road in front of your front bumper at freeway speeds. At city-street speeds, you won't be going fast enough for it to matter anyway.

Maybe if a hobbit wanders in front of your car at a stoplight or something...?
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Drove several thousand miles with the bikes up front on my hitch and wouldn't do it again. Visability is an issue and besides that it just bugged me looking at them there. Since then got a nifty rear trailer mount professionally mounted...perfect..
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... Since then got a nifty rear trailer mount professionally mounted...perfect..
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