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#2166 of 2175 hitch for 2007 Honda Accord Coupe I4 (ultimately for bike rack)
Jul 03, 2010 (11:30 am)
The last discussion on a hitch for an Accord that I see in this thread is a few years old. I'm trying to get one installed on my wife's 2007 Accord Coupe I4 so we can then put on a rack to transport our bicycles.
I came across this thread on driveaccord.net where someone put a hitch (from etrailer.com) on their 2009 Honda Accord and a Thule bike rack. Anyone know if this same setup would work for my 2007 Accord? Here are all the options from etrailer.com. I thought I would take the hitch to uhaul to get it installed (not sure what it would cost) but the description on the various hitches says no drilling required so maybe I can do on my own?
Also, what exactly is this Sportframe Drawbar 2-1/8" Rise or 2-3/4" Drop 2000# Kit Draw-Tite Ball Mounts - 3592? When I go to the product detail page of the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch for the Honda Accord, 2007Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch for the Honda Accord, 2007, it says that this is the recommended ball mount. But, the Hidden Hitch one doesn't have a recommended ball mount
Also, any thoughts on the end tip for the exhaust so that the heat doesn't get to the bike? I saw a discussion on that here: http://www.dirtragmag.com/forums//showthread.php?t=22046
#2167 of 2175 Re: hitch for 2007 Honda Accord Coupe I4 (ultimately for bike rack) [srizvi1]
Jul 03, 2010 (1:52 pm)
If possible, you want one of the options with no drilling. It just makes the install go faster. If the heaviest thing you are going to hook up is the bike rack, then it doesn't really matter. Most of them have you fish a bolt through part of the frame and have it pop out an existing hole (sometimes you need to enlarge it).
My '93 Accord and '05 Legacy both have 1 1/4" Hidden Hitch recievers. My 2007 Accord 4dr sedan is likely to soon, as well. Primary duty for each one is a 1 1/4" 4 bike rack.
The hidden hitch comes with a ball mount. You wont be using any of the ball mounts if you are using a receiver hitch rack.
U-haul has their own hitch they can install as well, its made by one of the companies mentioned above but I forget which one.
#2168 of 2175 Re: hitch for 2007 Honda Accord Coupe I4 (ultimately for bike rack) [lilengineerboy]
Jul 03, 2010 (7:58 pm)
Thanks for the response. Looking on etrailer.com for the 2007 Accord (http://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2007_Honda_Accord.htm ), Draw-tite and hidden hitch do not require drilling so looks like it will be one of those. Hidden Hitch is $20 more, but the draw-tite has the recommended ball joint which is at $20 and if I need that ball joint, then it would end up being the same price.
You say I won't be using any of the ball mounts if I use a "receiver hitch rack." What exactly is a receiver hitch rack versus a non-receiver hitch rack? I had mentioned earlier, I was considering the Allen Deluxe 3 Bike Rack Carrier for 1 1/4" & 2" Hitch (which is $69.97 from walmart) ( http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=2072198 ). Is this the kind of hitch that I would not need a ball joint for? $20 isn't too big a deal but just wondering. I'm probably going with the Hidden Hitch just because I see you're using it and the other person I liked in my last post is using it as well
#2169 of 2175 Re: hitch for 2007 Honda Accord Coupe I4 (ultimately for bike rack) [srizvi1]
Jul 03, 2010 (8:13 pm)
You are correct, for that rack you do not need the ball mount. The rack itself has a square end that fits into your 1 1/4" receiver. You only need the "ball mount" and a ball if you are actually going to tow with the hitch vs just sliding in the bike rack.
A couple of other notes - 1. in the ad for that rack, it mentions the arms fold out of the way when not in use. This is a VERY NICE feature. The arms on my rack are rigid, which makes parallel parking or fitting the car in the garage something of a pain in the butt. 2. it is a 1 1/4" and 2" mount together so you can use it on your buddy's SUV or what not that may have a 2" receiver, and 3, it folds out of the way so you can get stuff out of the trunk. This is more of a big deal for hatches and wagons but still nice.
If you ever want to tow a trailer, you also need a $30-50 "t-connector" for the electrical side. That is how you get lights to work on the trailer...it snaps in place and gives you a flat 4 connector for the trailer. There are other systems that make you cut the wires to install it, but the ones that use factory connectors are much easier and cleaner and less likely to cause trouble down the line.
#2170 of 2175 2008 Honda Accord
Aug 17, 2010 (11:26 am)
Do the 2008 Honda Accords have bluetooth?
#2171 of 2175 Re: 2008 Honda Accord [timsmom]
Aug 17, 2010 (11:35 am)
I believe the EX-L models with Navigation are the only ones with bluetooth for 2008.
Aug 17, 2010 (12:23 pm)
thanks the graduate!
#2173 of 2175 Re: hitch for 2007 Honda Accord Coupe I4 (ultimately for bike rack) [lilengineerboy]
Aug 29, 2010 (1:29 pm)
Never thanked you for the further help regarding the hitch lilengineer boy. Thank you, still haven't purchased the hitch (or the bike rack I would ultimately use with the hitch)
One quick question - you mentioned:
"A couple of other notes - 1. in the ad for that rack, it mentions the arms fold out of the way when not in use. This is a VERY NICE feature. The arms on my rack are rigid, which makes parallel parking or fitting the car in the garage something of a pain in the butt. 2. it is a 1 1/4" and 2" mount together so you can use it on your buddy's SUV or what not that may have a 2" receiver, and 3, it folds out of the way so you can get stuff out of the trunk. This is more of a big deal for hatches and wagons but still nice. "
Where specifically are these features mentioned in the product description? I looked at the product description for both the draw-tite and the product description for hidden hitch and I saw this on the hidden hitch one:
"Removable drawbars and ball mounts eliminate banged or bruised shins and enhance the appearance when not in use "
Is that what you're talking about?">link title
Aug 29, 2010 (2:05 pm)
what you described were all features of the bike rack. Nothing to do with the hitch.
the only thing you need to worry about with the hitch is what the receiver size is (1 1/4 or 2"), but as you noted, a lot of racks now work on either size.
I have a Yakima that does all the things you mentioned (swing down, fold up arms, either size receiver) that is very nice, and you do want all those features if possible IMO.
For the hitch, try to get the one (probably the hidden hitch) that tucks up and out of the way the best. some of these hang down really low.
Aug 29, 2010 (2:07 pm)
if you are only using a bike rack, you dont actually need a drawbar or ball mount, although it will probably come with the ball mount (but not the ball). You just wont need to use it