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    Hitch Carrier For Lifted Truck

    Hi everybody. I'm looking to get a TW200 (which will be my first motorcycle). I need to be able to haul it home but my truck has a 6 inch lift with 35 inch tires. I don't feel comfortable putting it all the way up in the bed. I was thinking a hitch carrier would be easier. My question is do you think the ramps that usually come with them will be long enough to get the bike on the carrier? Should I make a longer ramp or get a lower adapter that drops the whole carrier a few inches?

    Here's a picture of my truck
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    Hello JB. I can tell you from my experience with my hitch hauler that the ramps that came with mine are too short-even for my 2000 F350 with stock tires! FWIW-I have the Versa-Hitch hauler. I had a friend fabricate a 6" "drop hitch" for my rig because I use my hitch hauler in a front-mounted receiver too. These are not commercially available (that we could find) so we fabbed one up using existing hitches and welded gussets onto BOTH sides. This is a rudimentary pdf. of what we fabbed and your dimensions will likely vary. We also load tested it with a 550 lb BMW for 1 hour. Total Cost: About $40 for the hitches, pins and paint.Capture.PNG
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    I have gone from a Ford f150 to a Ram 2500, both 4x4. The f150 was easy to use a hitch hauler with no modifications. The 2500 is enough higher that using the hauler with no modifications is very difficult, and unsafe. Rage Powersports does make a drop adapter. I will be making my own. My plan is to use 2.5 box tubing since my hitch is class V. Both tubes will be the same length with 2 3" pieces standing vertical between them. The lower tube will have pin holes that will allow for the hauler to be attached either extended or close to the bumper keeping it the same distance from the bumper when not during the adapter.
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    I use that drop gizmo with the rack. Works great.20150925_123730 (Medium) (2016_12_04 20_59_33 UTC).jpg
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    I gave Admiral one of these I didn't need, does same thing if mounted inverted from photo below: Drill your own pin hole to optimize location.adapt.jpg

    ~$30 US from Harbor Freight image_22888.jpg adapter.jpg

    It was surplus from a similar lowering job as I had the drop Z-bend welded directly onto my MotoHitch instead in order to keep TW as close as possible to heal vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motoad View Post
    I use that drop gizmo with the rack. Works great.20150925_123730 (Medium) (2016_12_04 20_59_33 UTC).jpg
    That's the same rack that came with my bike, the guy I bought it from bundled them together. I've been a little iffy about using it. Paranoid it's going to fall off the back.
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    Don't be like this guy:

    -trailer-hitch-accessories-jeep.jpg

    Needs three of these to limit play even on the highway much less Jeeping: tighten.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motoad View Post
    I use that drop gizmo with the rack. Works great.20150925_123730 (Medium) (2016_12_04 20_59_33 UTC).jpg
    I was actually looking at a similar product and was wondering if it could be turned upside down like how you did it. How many times have you carried the bike that way?
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    Or you could just ride the bike up a ramp into the bed of the truck and tie it down there. This is the cheapest of all answers to the problem.
    And the most secure.
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    If you're an advanced trials rider and can balance on it going down backwards to unload it!
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