Trailer Hitch Installed on XR

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Trailer Hitch Installed on XR

Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Mon Oct 10, 2005 5:50 pm

I had no idea this would be as simple and easy as it was. I didn't tighten anything up - no need, as it was just
a test fitment on the parts-mobile - but I had it done in 5 minutes. Removing the bumper and cover is NOT
required - I just already had it off, which made fitment only slightly quicker. This is a Reese Omni II MultiFit
Trailer Hitch #88002, as seen in the following auction. The one I got on eBay a couple weeks ago came with a
complete "fits-all" parts kit - 98% of it I didn't use.

NOT recommended for cars as rusty as this hulk!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... AMEWA%3AIT

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Post by jkxr4ti » Mon Oct 10, 2005 9:03 pm

Nice work brad. I was thinking about this a while back but i wanted to keep it hidden and make a removeable notch in the bumper cover. Would that hitch allow you to raise the receiver up to hide it in the bumper cover?
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Mon Oct 10, 2005 9:26 pm

jkxr4ti wrote:Nice work brad. I was thinking about this a while back but i wanted to keep it hidden and make a
removeable notch in the bumper cover. Would that hitch allow you to raise the receiver up to hide it in the bumper cover?
Maybe? :? I suppose you could put the leg over the top of the bumper mounts, with the u-bolt point upward.
You'd need to cut both the cover and the bumper bar itself. to provide clearance for the hitch.
There' a gazillion ways to use this thing. I'm sure I could make it work on most any vehicle.

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Post by wilky » Tue Oct 11, 2005 8:56 am

Brad - it looks as though the only thing holding it on are a couple of exhaust pipe "U" hangers?? If that's true I don't think it's going to be very strong - particularly as they are subject to a twisting load and not a straight pull. Make sure it's safe mon amis.

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Post by MerkXRTurbo » Tue Oct 11, 2005 9:11 am

Why would you use an XR to pull a trailer? :?
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Tue Oct 11, 2005 10:26 am

wilky wrote:Brad - it looks as though the only thing holding it on are a couple of exhaust pipe "U" hangers?? If that's true I don't think
it's going to be very strong - particularly as they are subject to a twisting load and not a straight pull. Make sure it's safe mon amis.
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I had the same concerns David, and still do to some extent, even though these are "graded" U-bolts, and not just cheapie exhaust hangers.
But given the relatively light loads I'd be pulling, I'm not terribly concerned. It's not as if I'm going to be towing a boat or car
with this thing! (hope that answers Luke's question too).

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Post by smoke3006 » Tue Oct 11, 2005 12:04 pm

What are you planning on towing with it?
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Tue Oct 11, 2005 12:13 pm

smoke3006 wrote:What are you planning on towing with it?
Go here and you'll see the 6x4 utility trailer I built:
http://www.merkurclub.com/forum/viewtop ... c&start=60

I might also use it for a hitch-mounted bike rack.

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Post by John Brennan » Tue Oct 11, 2005 2:27 pm

Conventional Wisdom says you never tow anything with an XR-- you'll be under boost constantly, like always going uphill-- unless it were extremely light... :?
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Tue Oct 11, 2005 3:41 pm

I trust you're not suggesting that I am conventional John! :wink:

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Post by Greenturbo » Tue Oct 11, 2005 4:02 pm

John Brennan wrote:Conventional Wisdom says you never tow anything with an XR-- you'll be under boost constantly, like always going uphill-- unless it were extremely light... :?
thats what i thought too
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Tue Oct 11, 2005 11:27 pm

Greenturbo wrote:
John Brennan wrote:Conventional Wisdom says you never tow anything with an XR-- you'll be under
boost constantly, like always going uphill-- unless it were extremely light... :?
thats what i thought too
Y'all are over-reacting. People put 2.3T motors in Rangers, don't they? Those things weigh almost 1000 lbs more than an XR
before anything even gets thrown in the bed or attached to the hitch. Haven't you ever had three fat people in the car with
you? Okay, I haven't either, but you get the point, don't you? I'm not suggesting that I'll be towing a 2-ton boat with this thing,
just a lightweight utility trailer or some even lighter weight bicycles!

Of course, I'd eventually like to put a 2L BMW diesel engine in this thing; do smoke-stacks and the whole deal. Then watch
me pull tree trunks!!! :twisted:

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Post by vcallaway » Wed Oct 12, 2005 10:14 am

There is no reason you can't tow a light load with an XR. Just about every vehicle out there that is made to pull uses a turbo.

I bought a hitch for mine to pull a small tent trailer. I figure if my motorcycle can pull it across country the XR should be able to handle it just as well.
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Post by MerkXRTurbo » Wed Oct 12, 2005 10:17 am

I'd think that a trailer would kill the fun of your motorcycle ride.
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Post by vcallaway » Wed Oct 12, 2005 10:22 am

Not at all.

In fact one of the best rides I've had was crossing death valley. The hills going in and out are a great twisty ride. I was riding two up and pulling the trailer. The guys riding solo had a real hard time keeping up.

BTW. Pulling a trailer teaches you straight line breaking REAL quick :lol:
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