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bsedwebt
April 3rd, 2011, 05:59 PM
I am looking for an easy to install NO DRILLING needed hitch for a 2007-9 SX4 AWD Crossover. If not - is there a bike rack I can use that does not require a hitch and will not damage the hatch - I do not want to use the roof rack!

Balansero
April 4th, 2011, 11:19 AM
I have a "universal" trunk mount bike rack that is attached to the back of the car with straps. This model fits most of the hatchbacks and station wagon types of cars. I bought it for my previous car, Opel Vectra SW and it fits SX4 too. It has space for 2 bikes, though a bit tight.
Can't open the 5th door when it's mounted. :( And it's a bit of PITA to mount but if mounted properly it is stable an leaves no marks on the body or window.
Looks similar to this one:
http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/public/yOzggkXabplqOcLSJPiqLYlExc_TEk-fkpqXtw6mv4EcrPxNIz2noOs69SLMVPAs9oNsJVIZ3SCs1JPkc tzKQP4o8CAAYxK90uZDZq8HuljAsBnvulcpvB6jQK5efOKXG0s-snFB51YMvtBoUx--xDU_ZnmmUiBHNES77D2tch2gQHjI

sx4inlv
April 4th, 2011, 12:42 PM
The "drill" kind really dont take that long to install. The holes that are drilled are completely out of site. I love mine because I got the bike rack type that swings down so I can open the hatch with the bike still on the rack.

qinbill
April 5th, 2011, 02:54 AM
The "drill" kind really dont take that long to install. The holes that are drilled are completely out of site. I love mine because I got the bike rack type that swings down so I can open the hatch with the bike still on the rack.

What Drill trailer hitch you have installed?

Edsky
April 5th, 2011, 07:11 AM
I'm going to order this one.
http://www.hitch-web.com/vhitch.asp?CLID=1&SM=Premium+Hatchback+5+Door&DR=&MD=SX4+Crossover&C=Passenger+Car+or+Station+Wagon&MK=Suzuki&Y=2011&SMBBID=667-74&YID=93&CID=3&MKID=57&DRID=4&MDID=1697&OID=8&SMID=&cmdNext=Next&BPID=6&VID=40209
Great price on the Curtis hitch and wiring that merely plugs into the tail light. You can download instructions to see what's involved in mounting the hitch.

The Shadow
April 5th, 2011, 08:07 AM
A funny thing about having a trailer hitch, , , you will find all sorts of uses for it, besides pulling a trailer.
I don't even have a trailer, and I use my hitch several times a week.

For the person without a good work area, proper tools and the expertise to install a hitch, U-Haul makes a very good hitch, (that's what I have) and they know how to properly install it and hook up a light cable. If you just want to use the hitch to support a bike rack, etc, you won't need the lights.
I PULL 'things' with my U-Haul hitch which I installed with a little help from a friend. I got mine from my Suzuki dealer, after they removed it from one of their own cars. It's $149 from U-Haul and I got it for $100. That's ironic, since Suzuki USA, says DO NOT TOW with the SX4.

In my case, there is a 1/2" hole already in the frame, which I had to enlarge to 9/16". Then the mounting bolt has to be dropped down from inside the box frame, so I had to make 1& 1/8" (1.125") holes in the frame close to the 9/16" hole, so I could get the mounting bolt up into the frame and down into the 9/16" hole. Curved nose, long hemostats made that job pretty easy.

In the center, the hitch bolted to the center Tow Loop. It took me and my friend about an hour to do the whole job.
If I had it to do again, it would take much less time.

Good Luck!

:cool:

Edsky
April 5th, 2011, 08:11 AM
What kind of drill did you use to drill the 1 1/8" hole?

redzuki
April 5th, 2011, 08:16 AM
hey shadow - do u have a photo somewhere of what your hitch looks like?

thx!

The Shadow
April 5th, 2011, 03:00 PM
1: the hole.... a 1.125" metal cutting hole saw, in a 1/2" power drill.

2: Hmmmmmm, a picture.....Yup!

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g90/DrWho1943/BallMountOnCar-1.jpg

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g90/DrWho1943/BallMount.jpg

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g90/DrWho1943/MufflerPaint2.jpg
Here, I'm using a bottle jack under the hitch, to raise the back of the car just a little, against the suspension.
I believe this was the day I painted my muffler and tail pipe. ??
Most of the hitch is up behind the rear bumper so it doesn't even show.

I thought I had more pix than that, but that's all I have on Photobucket.

Shadow :cool:

Edsky
April 5th, 2011, 03:30 PM
Thanks, great shot under the car.

Stinson Driver
April 5th, 2011, 09:06 PM
I put the Curt Industries hitch on my car. It is basically identical to the UHaul and the Reese hitch, with one exception. It is powder coated instead of painted, which means it will look just the same in five years as it does now. The painted hitches will be quite rusty in five years, a real eyesore. They all install the same. I think it took me about an hour and half to install mine, and another hour or so to do the electrical wiring for the lights. If you do not have the skills and/or tools to install it, the fee is not bad to have it done at a trailering specialty shop.

Edsky
April 5th, 2011, 09:47 PM
Rookie, I found the Curt at a good price, so I'll be getting that one. Seems worth going for the better coating.

yakfishgoguy'11
April 6th, 2011, 08:20 AM
That's ironic, since Suzuki USA, says DO NOT TOW with the SX4.

:
I'm pretty sure the manual says the sx can tow up to 2000 pounds if you have the manual transmission :D- If you have the CVT it is a big No No

rubicon4wheeler
April 6th, 2011, 03:22 PM
I am looking for an easy to install NO DRILLING needed hitch for a 2007-9 SX4 AWD Crossover.

Every hitch is a no-drill installation if you weld it. :hi:

bsedwebt
April 6th, 2011, 03:41 PM
thanks all -- I purchased through Etrailer - They are great! It is a DrawTite name brand for $95 - I have found NO hitch that does not require a bit of drilling but I really want a solid bike rack to take on long trips. I was also able to purchase a really nice platform style bike rack with a ratchet hold down hook that pushes down on the bikes while they are strapped in to the lower wheel hoops for $189 - pretty much all the reviews on this bike rack were 5 star must buy, etc... They also have a "T" plug in trailer wire harness for $39 if anybody is interested in hooking up lights. Now I just have to get under the car and put it on.

Edsky
April 6th, 2011, 03:46 PM
I've got the same bike rack and love it.

Mascman
April 8th, 2011, 02:59 PM
Drill the holes in the hatch and mount the nuts inside...won't rust.

There was a thread on the old site.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2002-12/76747/hitch1.jpg

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2002-12/76747/Holes.jpg

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2002-12/76747/0228091804.jpg

Edsky
April 8th, 2011, 03:10 PM
That's looks great. This seems like an easier way to go. What size hole did you have to drill to drop the bolt through? I guess you locate the hole by drilling up through the bolt hole from underneath? Any difficulty dropping the muffler to do this?

Mascman
April 8th, 2011, 03:45 PM
Don't remember the hole size.

My muffler wasn't there at the time. It will drop out of the way or can be unbolted right above the axle for easy removal.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2002-12/76747/hitch2.jpg

bsedwebt
April 10th, 2011, 07:03 PM
Finally got around to installing the hitch today - it was a fairly easy job. I took a screwdriver and put it up inside the holes and hit it with a hammer to dimple the floor so I could drill a 1" hole in the proper location from the inside versus the underside. That was a great suggestion I read about in other posts. The bike rack is AWESOME. It has hoops for the wheels to fit in and tie down straps on each wheel and ratcheting "J" hooks and an anti-rattle hitch pin aready built in. I have two full suspension mountain bikes with a "Y" shaped frame and it holds them so good I will not have a worry in the world on the highway - it is solid!

Edsky
April 10th, 2011, 07:08 PM
Are you going to use a load strap back up to the car to support the weight of the bikes on the hitch. The Curt instructions say to use it for non-trailer loads. How hard was it to drill the 1" hole. Did you use a hole saw? Or just a big speed drill. sounds like you have the same bike rack as I do and they are great. Very easy and stable.

bsedwebt
April 10th, 2011, 08:14 PM
Not going to use any straps. It works super just like it is. The 1" hole took a minute - I used a step bit not a hole saw.

condor27596
April 12th, 2011, 08:11 AM
We have the 2007 auto. Should I not be towing?
I have a small trailer I use reguarly.
I've towed a couple of cars but not heavy ones.

There are holes for the hitch already. The drilled holes are to loop a piece of wire
through that is tied to your bolt so you can hold it up and get the nut on it.
After messing around with a couple of drill bits I just used the dremmel and cut
a small square.

Edsky
April 12th, 2011, 08:15 AM
Ah, You can do anything with a dremmel. I just ordered a Curt Hitch on Amazon last night.

condor27596
April 12th, 2011, 08:29 AM
I think I got mine from etrailer. I also got the lighting harness.
It plugged in in a couple of minutes. It's only two wires. I wish I new how it
knows which way to send the signal. I find tha so facinating!

It took me quite a bit longer than the projected time. I messed around quite a bit
with drilling the hole. I also ALWAYS use jack stands and such when jacking the car up.

Mostly finding stuff it takes a while. We had a baby. My whole life seems so disorganized and the to do
list is longer than a Tolstoy novel.

Edsky
April 12th, 2011, 08:33 AM
I decided last minute, not to get the lighting harness. Strictly bike rack duty. I was afraid of having to pull the side panels in the hatch to get at the wiring. If I was closer to a Harbor Freight, I 'd get their step drills to make the one inch hole, That's still my dilemma. Is it just sheet metal to go through when drill down from the hatch?

condor27596
April 12th, 2011, 08:43 AM
I did not drill a hole for the wires. I connected them to the harness only. Since I only use the trailer
less than once per month on average I just put the wire out through the hatch.
I just let the wiring harness sit where the spare tire is 99.9 percent of the time.

I had the door panel popper tool it makes stuff like that easy but I have misplaced it.

Edsky
April 12th, 2011, 08:46 AM
I was speaking of the 1" hole for passing the hitch bolt through, not for the electrical. Sorry.

Mascman
April 12th, 2011, 11:22 AM
The sheet metal is very thin...can drill it easily.

TimeBandit
April 13th, 2011, 09:36 AM
It's a little bit late, but I'll refer to my 'minimal drilling' install of the Curt hitch on my SX4.

How to Install a Hitch with Minimal Drilling (http://clubsx4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=242)

Edsky
April 13th, 2011, 09:39 AM
Thanks, don't think I want to remove my bumper, though. I'm going to drill from on top. Seems easiest. My hitch is coming today.

Absit
July 14th, 2013, 09:35 PM
Drill the holes in the hatch and mount the nuts inside...won't rust.

There was a thread on the old site.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2002-12/76747/hitch1.jpg
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2002-12/76747/Holes.jpg
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2002-12/76747/0228091804.jpg

Does anyone have these pictures anymore?