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  • Receiver hitch options for the S13

    I've been searching for a bolt-on receiver for the 240, but so far have come up with the same one at most places. It just bolts behind the licence plate to the bumper support I assume and has a fixed tongue... I'd really like one where I can remove the draw bar (tongue).

    Here is the one that can be found at JCWhitney or most other places online when I was looking... http://fileresource.sitepro.com/file...89563F65C1.pdf

    Any other options out there that I've missed? All that I'm needing this for is pulling the tire trailer to the track once a month.
    -Monty

  • #2
    Seems like I could only find the Curt one shown above. Look into the Draw-tite options. I think someone mentioned they had a bolt on version after I bought the Curt receiver. =(
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    • #3
      I got mine from hitch web, but it looks as though they list the same hitch as you've already found:

      http://www.hitch-web.com/vhitch.asp?...PID=6&VID=9187


      I'd wonder if you could get the '95+ one to work....

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      • #4
        To late... I just ordered the one above for $85 shipped. The tire trailer is so light as it is and I figure that I can always have one fabricated later on once I have my own welder and a little more spare time on my hands.
        -Monty

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        • #5
          Yep, I searched the net and made phone calls for weeks and the only one I came up with was the CURT with the flat draw bar, which is the same as the D'alan if you find that one. I really wanted one with the 1-1/4" receiver so I took it to the local trailer fab place and had them cut the flat tongue off and weld on an adaptor made to bush a 2" hitch down to a 1-1/4" size. Spray painted it with Rustoleum and it looks like it was made that way!
          Don Johnson (really!)
          Just so you know.

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          • #6
            That'd probably work well, but my only concern would be the weight distribution if the ball isn't located in a place similar to "stock".

            What I do like about the 1-1/4" hitch is the ability to use a riser for the ball, though. The flat bar was so low my safety chains would scrape everywhere. I also bottomed out the crap out of that hitch.

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            • #7
              Hmmm, I do have a 1-1/4" receiver from the sentra laying in the garage, maybe I can take the two to the fab shop and have them graft the two together .

              PJ, I think the ball location would be pretty close, well I could try to get it as close as possible if I did this. Luckily the tire trailer with tires/tools is not that much weight.
              -Monty

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              • #8
                Yeah, my friend's trailer with an aluminum box is still pretty light, even loaded with wheels/ tires. Tongue weight is probably 50ish lbs max, and I can pull it up a decent incline by hand (my driveway slopes down on the side). Just be careful with that hitch, though. The 500/1500 lb capacity is probably rated for a car that hasn't been rusted/ fatigued over 15+ years :P


                That said, I'm picking up my new trailer this weekend. 50" wide tire rack! Really hope I can get all 4 tires on it....

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                • #9
                  FYI...my Curt hitch has had rust on it ever since about a week after I bought it. I'm not sure if this is inevitable with these things but if I had the time and could do it again I would powdercoat the hitch before installing it. I think it comes with some cheap black paint on it.
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                  • #10
                    Well, I just dropped off the Curt hitch and my old sentra hitch to have them cut/welded together at a local fab shop. I really want to have the 1 1/4" receiver so that I can just pull the tongue out whenever and not worry about it. I think I'll have them powdercoat it black too just so that it doesn't look like crap a year down the road.
                    -Monty

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                    • #11
                      I thought it would be a few days, but I got a call at 6pm tonight telling me it was done. I'll try to get it installed sometime this week if possible.

                      -Monty

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                      • #12
                        I had come on my car when I bought it over a year ago. I've been toying around the idea of making a utility trailer for it, and possibly a motorcycle trailer as well.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Longfellow View Post
                          I had come on my car when I bought it over a year ago. I've been toying around the idea of making a utility trailer for it, and possibly a motorcycle trailer as well.
                          same here. I have a 5' x 8' trailer that i will be using to tow my rotax kart that i recently picked up as well as my bike (cbr600rr). would that still be under the weight limit (say a bike and typical trackday items??)

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                          • #14
                            The trailer I can't imagine would be over a couple hundred lbs, and the kart or bike should be under 400. As long as the weight is distributed correctly, you should be fine towing with an S13.

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                            • #15
                              Really old picture of my car when I first got it.



                              Its some where out in the garage. I'll get it down soon and take a better picture of where it mounts.
                              Last edited by Longfellow; 06-30-2008, 06:23 AM.

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