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Honda civic question.... - May 1, 2007, 12:33 AM

Hey just wondering if I can put a hitch on my car. I have a 2000 honda civic SI. Im probably gonna be moving to Florida begining of August and was thinking about just renting a U-haul trailor to bring my bike and things down but i dont have a truck. So just seeing if I can and should just get a hitch. I want to buy a truck before I head down there but not sure if that is gonna happen yet. Thanks!


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May 1, 2007, 12:52 AM

is it possible? = sure.
would i recommend it? = not if you like your bike or your car

the problem is the type of trailer hitch that you can get for a compact car isnt sufficient for towing anything more than one of those small trailers - 400-500 lbs max before you're risking not being able to stop, or breaking something and possibly losing the trailer.

What i did was rent the Uhaul truck and used the trailer hitch setup on there to tow a whole other car. You could probably pack the bike in the back of the uhaul with all your stuff if you really wanted to - its got a pull-out ramp.


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this might work for you... http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=90154

check out sportbikerchic's (SBC) car and trailer
http://dcsportbikes.com/forums/3/852891/ShowThread.aspx


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I'm thinking she doesn't want to keep the trailer once she gets to FL and since she's getting the truck.


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i have seen people at the track trailer with a civic. you should be fine. http://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2000_Honda_Civic.htm here are some hitches. if it makes you feel better i have even see someone tow a bike with a geo metro LOL i bet that guy probably avoided all steep hills . like stated before i would double check to see if your brakes are in good condition and pads are in good shape. but as long as you leave alot of following space for the car in front of you should be good.
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If you're just towing a bike on a small open trailer, then the civic will pull it fine with a hitch kit. If you want to pack up a larger trailer with boxes of stuff, furniture, your tv, mattress, etc (typical apartment sized move), I would not use a civic to pull it. I'd agree with boost on renting the truck itself, throw your bike in there and just tow the civic.

You can also try one of those services where they bring an empty shipping container to your house, you pack it with your stuff (inc. bike), then they pick it up and ship it to your new address. I've never looked into it specifially, but i've heard it's comparable in cost to the whole u-haul thing, especially for longer distances.


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My roomate tows with his LS Integra... but its got about 40 more lbs of torque than the B16 you have in your Civic. The brakes should be ok if you get yourself some aftermarket pads. But again, your motor is considered the torqueless wonder, its not going to like being a tow bitch. My advice would be to get a Uhaul truck, tuck the bike in the back with the other things, and tow the civic down on a dolly or flat bed.

I put the bike in the back of my Uhaul when i moved... just use a blanket and some ratchet straps... it wont even move.


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Got my hitch from this place online and installed it myself, pretty easy and used a Uhaul wiring harness.
==> http://www.etrailer.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=SFNT

The trailer is the mini Harbor Freight one, modified a bit to support the bike and add some length to the tongue.


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is it possible? = sure.
would i recommend it? = not if you like your bike or your car

the problem is the type of trailer hitch that you can get for a compact car isnt sufficient for towing anything more than one of those small trailers - 400-500 lbs max before you're risking not being able to stop, or breaking something and possibly losing the trailer.

What i did was rent the Uhaul truck and used the trailer hitch setup on there to tow a whole other car. You could probably pack the bike in the back of the uhaul with all your stuff if you really wanted to - its got a pull-out ramp.

+1 on this.

I suggest renting a uhaul truck and a uhaul car trailer.

Load all your junk in the truck, including the bike. Put your car on the trailer and down to florida you go. Much much easier, less wear and tear on your car.

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you could just not move and save ur self the trouble.....moving sucks
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Fuckin put it on your car... don't listen to these pussies.

Make sure your car can deal with the extra load (oil, fluids, brakes), but beyone that there are no fuckin mountains on the way to florida... You'll be just fine.


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hell Elena towed her bike to the track with an old CRX. she did just fine.
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May 1, 2007, 05:45 PM

Thanks everyone for the advice. I think I might just go with renting the truck and all.. I dont need to pack much cause the apt is gonna be fully furnished but my jobs gonna pick up the tab on moving expensese so what the hell!


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