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Old 05-12-2015, 09:36 PM
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Z4 U-Haul Trailer Hitch

I bought the U-Haul hitch and installed it over the weekend. It's about $200 and they make them to order.

There is not a lot of information out there on it so here is a video of the installation:

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Old 05-13-2015, 06:17 AM
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Good video. What are you planning to tow?
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Old 05-13-2015, 06:30 AM
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It's for a bike rack. I'm currently shopping for one.
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Old 05-13-2015, 09:15 AM
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It's for a bike rack. I'm currently shopping for one.
Do you have a carbon fiber frame? If not, then Allen Sports makes a good hitch mount rack for a fraction of the cost of a Thule or Yakima. If you have a carbon fiber frame then obviously you'd want to stay away from any bike carrier that doesn't support the bike from its wheels and those carriers are all big $$$.

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Old 05-13-2015, 01:56 PM
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Thanks for posting. Quick question, can you confirm this is the Part number: UHI25918
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Old 05-13-2015, 05:59 PM
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Thanks for posting. Quick question, can you confirm this is the Part number: UHI25918
Yes, that is the part number.

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Do you have a carbon fiber frame? If not, then Allen Sports makes a good hitch mount rack for a fraction of the cost of a Thule or Yakima. If you have a carbon fiber frame then obviously you'd want to stay away from any bike carrier that doesn't support the bike from its wheels and those carriers are all big $$$.
It's for my trusty Trek hybrid. I need a tool-less rack that is light, durable, easily removable and that can be stowed in the trunk. The Yakima Highlite seems to fit the bill so I have just ordered an open box item for a decent discount. The Yakima Highlite is for a class II hitch. The UHaul should be able to accommodate it.
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Old 05-13-2015, 06:04 PM
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Just a note that looking at the car from the side, around 20 feet away, the under-hanging hitch is clearly visible and the look might upset some. I'll try and post a pic tomorrow.
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Old 05-19-2015, 06:50 PM
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Here are some additional pictures of the trailer hitch and Yakima Highlite 2 rack. I thought the hitch would work with the class II bike rack - I measured them and they looked compatible. However the rack pin hole was 1/4 inch short of position when inserted. I had to take a grinder to the rack to make it fit. The bolt to the left of the hitch interfered with the pin so I had to trim the pin. All works well now.
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We have a law that would make that setup illegal - you're not allowed to obscure the rear license plate. Trouble is, some police enforce it, others don't - luck of the draw.
You can buy a 'secondary' plate and hang it on the bike so it's visible, and thus legal.
I guess it's to stop all those bank robbers who drive getaway cars with bikes on the back...
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:26 AM
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Damn, only $200!? I've been hunting for a hitch for my z4 and i thought the only option was a custom solution.
And it has a 200lbs capacity. Towing my own wheels and tires to the shop would be amazing. The bike rack as well.
I think im going to have to get one. Thanks for the install video mate.

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Old 08-18-2015, 07:46 PM
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Just an update on the hitch. It is hardly getting use! The reason is my new toy - The f-bike folding bike. They say that best bike is the one you have on you, and that makes it the f-bike which has taken residence in my trunk for the last couple of months.

The bicycle is supremely easy to set up and fits perfectly in the trunk. Well built and affordable, handling my tall, heavy frame with ease. It is unexpectedly very efficient and practical. I have ridden decent distances with it comfortably (20+ miles). It is also perfect for town commuting. Park the car in one end of town then cycle to where parking is a hassle or where you don't want to leave your Z exposed. Sadly I've just learned that the company chose to close business rather than expand.

As for the Uhaul hitch, it has worked without a hi.... Well, no pun intended. Only thing is that it will very occasionally bottom out on some driveways when exiting. A bit unnerving when it happens.
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Tight fit, but good that you can get the bike in there. It's always a shame when a company with a really good product goes out of business. A bit like the US company Contour who make the Roam series of helmet/action cams. I could never work out why people bought those ugly big boxes (gopro) when there were much nicer alternatives (same quality, better price). It was gopro's heavy investment in advertising that made the difference (and a story about them on 60 minutes must have been worth millions). Anyway, looks like Contour are back in business with new owners so I hope they do well.
Didn't mean to hijack your thread sorry....
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Yes, it takes up most of the trunk though there still is plenty of room to stuff loose items in the corners. The bike fits in very easily too. One last obvious advantage is that there is no exposed bike on a rack for crooks to swipe.
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That's a pretty neat picture of the folded bike in the trunk. Thanks!
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Man, that's a goofy looking bike. It's only for commuting right? Doesn't look comfortable enough for recreational trail riding.
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Old 08-19-2015, 08:28 AM
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Yes it is very goofy looking, attracts even more attention than the Z4 . It is supremely comfortable, so much so my regular hybrid bike has been collecting dust. Handles trails like a champ!
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Did I mention how much I love the F-Bike?
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Now you're just showing off.
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I can fit a full size mountain bike in the back seat of my truck. No folding or anything. And the truck can get me to the good trails, unlike the Z4
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I can fit a full size mountain bike in the back seat of my truck. No folding or anything. And the truck can get me to the good trails, unlike the Z4
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Twixboy, the trails I ride are all roadbike-accessible county trails, though more suited to a hybrid.

The story behind the pictures: I've been dying to roadtrip the Z to the beach ever since I got it. There are some awesome back roads and stunning views along the way. I wasn't planning on bringing a bike along but the F-Bike is so convenient, it was a no-brainer throwing it into the front seat anyways.

It was a blast. Light, fast and maneuverable it was perfect for dashing up and down the beach road, and touring the long, crowded (bike-friendly) boardwalk.
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