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I'm looking at hitch mount carriers - probably either a Yakima (Dr Tray) or Thule (unsure yet)
My first problem is, my car doesn't have a tow bar. I have a 2004 impreza. After calling a couple of places and reading a little, it seems only a flat tongue style tow bar is available, and not a hitch due to the lower towing capacity/ class of the vehicle.
I noticed this company supposedly do a 40mm hitch tow bar that includes my car: http://www.carasel.com.au/towbars/subaru/impreza (SEDAN, HATCH & S/WAGON & WRX 3/93-8/07 (40X40 HITCH BAR))
Most of the hitch mount carriers are 50mm. I also noticed Hayman Reece make a 40mm to 50mm hitch adapter (https://www.apbauto.com.au/shop/hayman- ... 40mm-50mm/)
This may or may not be a good forum to ask, but I'm wondering if this setup would work and if anyone has successfully done similar?
I'd prefer to stick with a hitch mount carrier if possible, as there are more wheel mount options for my carbon frame, i could move the rack to my partner's vehicle etc.
From what I gather, a ~25kg carrier, plus 2 x ~13kg bikes = 51kg.. I believe the tow ball capacity for my car is 70kg, so this should work?
Am I missing anything here?
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The tow ball capacity on mine is 75kg. The carrier weighs 19kg, it takes 3 bikes of 15kg each, so fully loaded to spec you would need a tow ball with 64kg, and you would be fine.
Only thing to watch with a platform on a sedan is that going into certain driveways can be tricky because the rack sticks out so much that it can scrape the ground. Other that, it’s great.
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