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I just got my UMXH and put it together. But in the lowered position, the top of the platform is 17.5” off the ground. The bike of course only sits about 12” off the ground, so how do I load it onto the platform? I have it in my GMC Envoy, so my hitch only sits about 18.5" off the ground, which does not seem high compared to most vehicles. I haven't had this type of hitch carrier before, so I don't know how the others function, but they don't expect you to lift the bike up onto it do they?

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One more thing,

The manufacturers offer hitch adapters. The adapter can be a 1-4" rise or lowering. It slides into your receiver and has a riser on it or reverse it for lowering. The adapter was on the website and went for $29.

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I won't be happy if I have to lift it. The whole reason to spend more was the easy loading. The ramp style ones are easier than lifting the bike 6" off the ground.

Yeah I have seen the adaptors, but it is annoying if I have to buy it. Again, I assume my hitch is no higher than most, so that would mean everyone would have to get one. So then shouldn't it be part of the deal, or at least something they tell you about?

Also, they advertise the no wobble design. There is a screw that you tighten down against the hitch to keep it from moving. But there would be nothing to keep the adaptor from wobbling.

I guess I am just going to call them tomorrow and hopefully they will have some answers.

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I have the rail type which utilizes a ramp to load. The one I have has a slot for the front wheel to drop in. It also has a "no wobble bolt" instead of a hitch pin which works a little better than a hitch pin, but it still wobbles a little. I use extra straps from the tires to my Cherokee to stabilize it. Mine works great for getting the bike around.

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A typical jack-up stand lifts from 12" to 17" high. You could park the bike behind the hauler, put the stand underneath, lift the bike and and slide it back onto the hauler's platform.

Easier than trying to lif it yourself.

Ian

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This is why I got the MJR. I had the same issue and had my MJR built to be lower, when in the low position. I did not like the idea of an adapter, even though the UMXH is alleged to be better built.

UMXhauler makes and adapter that will lower it.

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I spoke to Howard at UMXH and he said that I should be able to lower it another 1" or so by grinding the top of the jack a little. However that still leaves me about 4" off, so it looks like I will need an adapter ($40). He said my hitch is a little high and my bike is a little low, and that's the problem. It pisses me off, but I like the unit and would rather not send it back. But he gave me a pretty good deal on it to begin with because it is blue, so I cannot gripe too much.

But I'm curious, does the DRZ sit lower to the ground (mine is about 12") than most dirt bikes? And is 18" to the bottom of my hitch (on my envoy) higher than most?

12many...how low does your MJR get? Did you say the specially made it to be lower?

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When I bought the motojackrack the sales man had me measure my hitch height. My truck - a 1998 dodge ram 3/4 ton 4x4 with 285/75/16 tires is tall.

They made the hitch to fit the height. But when it arrived it was too high. I would have to lift the bike 4 to 5 inches - bummer. I was ready to redisign it on my own - cut it up and rebolt when I realized the hydraulic jack was adjustable with a screw extension on top. When I lowered it all the way it dropped the jack to just the right height. I only have to raise the bike 1 inch - not lift the whole bike just pull up on rack and lighten up the suspension.

It also works on my Jeep (but is too heavy for the suspension). Just a little adjust on the jack goes a long way - the lever principle.

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I spoke to Howard at UMXH and he said that I should be able to lower it another 1" or so by grinding the top of the jack a little. However that still leaves me about 4" off, so it looks like I will need an adapter ($40). He said my hitch is a little high and my bike is a little low, and that's the problem. It pisses me off, but I like the unit and would rather not send it back. But he gave me a pretty good deal on it to begin with because it is blue, so I cannot gripe too much.

But I'm curious, does the DRZ sit lower to the ground (mine is about 12") than most dirt bikes? And is 18" to the bottom of my hitch (on my envoy) higher than most?

12many...how low does your MJR get? Did you say the specially made it to be lower?

I think 18 is about average or on the tall side for a stock vehicle. I don't remember my exact number. Go to a parking lot with a tape measure.

The MJR does not us an adapter, they specially build it to go lower by using different cross bars or some different configuation. I really don't know as I could not tell the diff in construction between the first one they sent me incorrectly and the second one that goes lower. I think it is magic, but it goes very low, like 8 inches off the ground, but still goes up to the same height. :)

I remeber at the time that it seemed odd that I had an average height hitch, and would have to lift my bike up on to the rack, but you can not use the MJR on a low car or a rig with out pretty good suspension. I ride a 300+ lbs dual sport, so most people probably just lift a lighter bike up.

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