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Old 04-20-2014, 07:57 PM   #1
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Need SHORT hitch extension for bike rack

I connect a 4-bike hitch rack on my Jeep toad. I replaced my current hanging rack to a nicer rack that the bikes sit on (Thule X2).

My Jeep wrangler has a spare tire on the rear gate that is just a little to wide to allow my new Thule bike rack to fit & work properly. I need a hitch extension but the shortest I could find is 8". I do NOT seek a drop/riser. Just a straight hitch extension but not very long.

Can anyone point me to a 2" hitch extension that is shorter than 8"?

Ideal would be 5" or so.. I'm only trying for the minimal extension possible--this rig is already pretty long!

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Old 04-21-2014, 07:07 AM   #2
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Go to any welding shop. They can make you one. I dont know where you are but there is one in every town around my area and are very good.
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:54 AM   #3
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Make sure you measure from the end of the bike rack receiver up to the pin hole. You can get a very short one made but it won't do any good if the rack won't go into the extension far enough to line up the pin holes.
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I would tend to say that you buy the 8" one and take it to a welding/fab shop and tell them you want it 5" long. That would be a real easy task. Most likely they will cut off the end with the pin hole in it and drill a new pin hole. It's quite easy with a Sawzall and a drill.
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:15 PM   #5
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Good tip on the distance required from opening to the pin hole. I measured that and I think if I can find a 6" extension I should be good.
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Old 04-23-2014, 04:47 PM   #6
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Bike rack

I have the exact same vehicle and bike rack. I use an 8 inch extension and m fine with it. I don't think the hassle involved in getting a shorter one is worth the benefit.
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Old 04-24-2014, 06:24 PM   #7
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Same problem....had an 8" extension, but it stuck out too far for me. You can get a 4" at U-haul or most bike stores. I got mine at an RV dealer in AZ who also sold accessories.
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I would get larger tires so the 8" extension is the right size 😁.
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This one can be as short as 5 1/2" according to ETrailer
HitchMate RotoHitch Rotating Hitch Extender for 2" Hitches - 250 lbs Heininger Holdings Accessories and Parts HE5990

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Amazon.com: HitchMate 5990 Black RotoHitch Rotating Hitch Extension: Automotive

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Old 04-26-2014, 12:56 PM   #10
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Dick. Thanks for that find. Any ideas why you'd want your extension to rotate like that? Some opposite of what you'd want??

I did find that Blue Ox makes a great 6" one but they are asking $150ish for it. Pricey.
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The pictures on Etrailer show it tilted to get a Lawn Mower off without lifting the mower, but one review says if you have a good bit of weight on it it's really hard to get the pin out to tilt it. That may work for bikes. The weight limit it think is 500 lbs so perhaps he was just overloading it.

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Copy that. Seems like extra engineering that I don't need. But for the right use it's pretty cool.
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U-Haul has them. Bought on for my Wrangler.
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ID:	61627i just ordered this one. The description suggests that it can be short (<6") or longer. I'm hopeful that the short length will work. Looks like a reasonable anti wobble system too, that locks if you buy their lockable bolt. If it's no good, Amazon is great on returns. Thanks everyone.
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