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Ohh, I dunno......I think I'd be afraid of the lack of 'mounting' places for your bike....not sure I'd risk it.

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I'd run straps from each end of the bike to your truck for insurance.

It looks pretty good for 60$ but you will have to keep it from spanking the tail gate of the truck.

Joe Hauler needs the money tho and he has the pro setup ready to go.

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I'd be worried about the structural integrity of that thing. Harbor Freight is well known for a lot of things that go south after a couple of uses. Try saving some extra coin and go with a proven set up like www.JoeHauler.com

just my dos centavos:cool:

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I would not haul a dirt bike with the one pictured. My friend has a similar one for hauling camping gear and has had nothing but problems with it. The durability of the rack on uneven roads is terrible. The gear is always bouncing around, even when well tied down.

If you are going to be hauling dirt bikes, I would suggest buying a rear hitch that is specific to dirt bikes. They are more stable, durable and provide a greater piece of mind. :cry:

Don’t sacrifice your dirt bike for a cheap carrier. :cry:

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There was a post about this carrier here. A TTer modified one of these to make a nice bike carrier. The post had pictures. It may have been before the update and the post may be lost. Try search.

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There was a post about this carrier here. A TTer modified one of these to make a nice bike carrier. The post had pictures. It may have been before the update and the post may be l:cool: ost. Try search.
Thanks, I'll do some searching

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I have one of those that I bought for carrying gas cans. I would not use it for any bike bigger than an 80.

I bought the Shadowrider for carrying my DRZ. Works pretty well on smooth roads, but pretty bouncy over the rough stuff. You really need to tie the bike down tight. Key difference between shadow rider and the HF unit is the anti-wobble mounting system on the shadow rider.

www.theshadowrider.com.

Jim

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Hey, if you have any fabrication skills, it could be made sturdy. I modified one for my buddy, but I am relatively skilled at metal working. PM me if you interested , and ill give you a step by step how to do it.

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I modified one (from Cabela's) for my VOR to ride on.

Here what I had to do.

I had to replace the existing tongue as it was too flimsy.

Mounted a piece of square tubing so I could add the handle bar tie down eyelets.

(Make sure the eyelets are spaced wider than your handle bars or your bike may just fall over.)

I would try not to use steel channel for the rail and ramp as it will be too heavy. I used aluminum for almost everything I added and it is heavy.

You will need some kind of stop for the front tire.

You will need some way to keep the whole thing from moving in your receiver. As any slop between the tongue and the reciver hitch will make for a very "active" load. Your bike will sway with every bump.

I drilled and tapped two 1/2" holes in my reciver hitch and use stainless bolts for "set screws" to get rid of any movement and it works well. One on the side and one in the bottom.

I used four tie downs. I could probaly get away with 2, but I just want to make sure the VOR stays put.

Here are some pics...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/VORdude/Carriernobike.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/VORdude/carriernobikeangle.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/VORdude/rampopen.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/VORdude/Bikeonside.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/VORdude/Bikeonback.jpg

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Don't do it:thumbsdn: , is you bike worth saving a couple of bucks on a hauler? I tried the same hauler and it was so flimsy I chucked it into the closest dumpster. You can spend money attempting to beef it up, or start with the right tool. A good bike hauler is $250-ish. Save your money and buy the right toy hauler. IMO

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I see guys out here use them with no problems, they did just what your thinking, putting a rail on for the wheels.... Works great, one even made his rail quick disconnect so he can use it for other uses also...

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