Go Back   Club Lexus Forums > Lexus Model Forums > RX Models > RX - First Generation
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?

Hitch recommendation?

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-15-14, 05:26 PM   #1
davidyal
Rookie
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: tx
Posts: 58
Default Hitch recommendation?

Proud owner for a 2003 RX300. Car is great.

I'd like to add a hitch so I can use a bike rack. Any recommendations? I saw "Curt Manufacturing 13429 Class III Receiver" online with looks fairly priced and easy to install.

If folks have an alternate way to transport bikes that don't require a hitch (and don't dent / break the hatch) I'd love to hear.

David
This ad is not displayed to registered members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Club Lexus!
davidyal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-14, 07:10 PM   #2
Raoul
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: VA
Posts: 163
Default

Bike rack is purpose of my hitch.
Around here U-haul will sell a comparable hitch for $130 and install for $30.
They aren't difficult to put on, just mentioning u-haul because some people don't have the tools, strength etc...

Sounds like you have a plan.
__________________
2015 Lexus RX350 AWD
2002 Lexus RX300 AWD (sold)
1999 Ford F150
1990 Jeep Wrangler
Raoul is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-14, 08:45 PM   #3
salimshah
Moderator
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 8,172
Default

For hitch, I would skip the electronic interface, if you want to mount the bikes only.

The electronic module is different for different models and year of production. We have had discussions in the past. Do a search and that will prevent rehashing of old stuff.

Salim
salimshah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-14, 07:54 AM   #4
bob2200
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: MD/FL
Posts: 1,767
Default

I would recommend searching local junk yards (auto recycling facilities) for a hitch from a junked RX300. Mine came with a hitch, but my recollection is that the OEM hitches are an easy bolt-on installation. There also are companies/people on eBay that are parting out RX300's.
bob2200 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-14, 08:42 AM   #5
timmui
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
timmui's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: NY
Posts: 106
Default

Checked out four local junk yards and none of them have much in RX300 parts, let alone a vehicle specific hitch. I ordered the Curt hitch on ebay today for less than $150 with harness and it appears that you have to partially detach the muffler to install it. As for the OP, you can mount a bike on top with the right adapter and if you're comfortable lifting that high. Not sure if the bike roof rack will be much cheaper. Thule and Yakima are popular brands.

Just wondering if anyone knows offhand what was part of the towing package besides the tranny cooler. I probably will only use the hitch for a bike rack as well, but was wondering.
timmui is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-14, 08:56 PM   #6
Erics99RX
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Erics99RX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Pa
Posts: 120
Default

IIRC it came with some simple wiring add on's (near the spare tire (for brake lights and whatnot)) and also an upgraded radiator to help combat the added heat.
Erics99RX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-14, 09:06 PM   #7
timmui
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
timmui's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: NY
Posts: 106
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Erics99RX View Post
IIRC it came with some simple wiring add on's (near the spare tire (for brake lights and whatnot)) and also an upgraded radiator to help combat the added heat.
I did some research and discovered that AWD versions of the RX automatically come with the towing package (TO) and it includes the tranny cooler, bigger alternator and radiator. I have read somewhere that this may be to compensate for a design deficiency. Regardless, it means I have the package.

As for the hitch, I found a picture of the installation. Looks like no muffler disassembly required.

Click the image to open in full size.
timmui is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-14, 11:40 PM   #8
salimshah
Moderator
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 8,172
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by timmui View Post
I did some research and discovered that AWD versions of the RX automatically come with the towing package (TO) and it includes the tranny cooler, bigger alternator and radiator. I have read somewhere that this may be to compensate for a design deficiency. Regardless, it means I have the package.

As for the hitch, I found a picture of the installation. Looks like no muffler disassembly required.

Click the image to open in full size.
Please do not make any assumptions. I have seen the thing vary year to year and even in mid-year. I would verify what you have.

I bought my hitch from Lexus Parts and I can vouch that I did not have to touch the exhaust. My electronic module lasted about 7 years, I do like the Lexus kit as it had connectors for the wires and I did not need to splice any wire. As stated above, later models have a different set up.


My recommendation still stands ,,,, if you want a bike rack, just get the iron (hitch) and ditch the electronics. U haul is another source for hitch for RX.



Salim
salimshah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-14, 07:21 AM   #9
timmui
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
timmui's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: NY
Posts: 106
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by salimshah View Post
Please do not make any assumptions. I have seen the thing vary year to year and even in mid-year. I would verify what you have.

I bought my hitch from Lexus Parts and I can vouch that I did not have to touch the exhaust. My electronic module lasted about 7 years, I do like the Lexus kit as it had connectors for the wires and I did not need to splice any wire. As stated above, later models have a different set up.


My recommendation still stands ,,,, if you want a bike rack, just get the iron (hitch) and ditch the electronics. U haul is another source for hitch for RX.



Salim
Straight from the Lexus brochure for my 2003 model:
Attached Images
 
timmui is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-14, 12:11 PM   #10
salimshah
Moderator
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 8,172
Default

Good. You have it then. There is quite some time between '99 and 2003.

Salim
salimshah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-14, 07:49 AM   #11
hypervish
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (0)
 
hypervish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: NJ
Posts: 4,763
lexusvishal
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by timmui View Post
Straight from the Lexus brochure for my 2003 model:
Yep, that became standard on AWD models starting in 2001.
__________________
hypervish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-14, 04:15 PM   #12
bob2200
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: MD/FL
Posts: 1,767
Default

As you can see from the 2003 brochure provided by timmui, many things, including the towing package, were technically options. Although dealers imported essentially all vehicles with some of these options.

I special ordered my FWD RX300 in 2002 and had to wait four months for it. I didn't want the sunroof, but wanted a bunch of other options, including the towing package. You may see RX300's that came with cloth seats. I've never seen one but I think they do exist.
bob2200 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 06:35 PM   #13
bigboss
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: MN
Posts: 12
Default

I got mine from etrailers, Hidden hitch $180, really nice. easy to install.

http://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitc...cleid=20012529

If you buy a bike rack, don't cheap out. the cheap ones will rattle like heck. I spent too much but it was worth it.
This is the one i got. I got it cheaper at REI when they had it onsale.
http://www.yakima.com/shop/bike/hitch/doubledown-ace-4

Click the image to open in full size.

have fun.
bigboss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-14, 06:26 PM   #14
timmui
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
timmui's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: NY
Posts: 106
Default

Just an update on this thread. I finally received my hitch today (which I ordered 5/17 from hitchanything.com and don't recommend after my experience with them) and wanted to share some quick notes.

First, FedEx did not like delivering my hitch. YMMV, but this is what my packaging looked like:

Name:  Hitch Packaging.png
Views: 69
Size:  614.2 KB

The hitch itself has obvious paint damage to the corners which were a result of the FedEx guy's lack of effort in preventing damage, but the hitch appears structurally sound, so I'll be picking up some rustoleum semi gloss black spray paint tomorrow. (I swear, some day I'm going to catch that FedEx guy doing this to my stuff and he's going to find out how unhappy I am with him. )

Second, if you purchased the 55245 wiring adapter (this assumes you have the TO package), you'll be pleased to discover that the necessary ATM style 20A fuse is in the package. Which isn't mentioned at all by the manufacturer's kit description. I'll be returning the fuse kit I bought in preparation for this install.

Hopefully, I'll be able to take the parts that need to be removed from my RX tomorrow in preparation for installing the hitch. Then it'll be painting time.
timmui is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-14, 12:13 PM   #15
timmui
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
timmui's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: NY
Posts: 106
Default

Tie-down hooks removed, wiring harness installed and pictures taken. Incredibly easy so far. Now to start prepping the hitch for repainting the paint damage due to delivery.

I hardly needed any tools. 3/8" socket wrench, 10mm, 14mm and 17mm sockets, and a breaker bar to get the original 14mm bolts loosened. I put the new bolts in all six points while I'm painting to protect the threads.

I'll post pictures that I've taken later this evening.
timmui is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-14, 12:13 PM
 
 
 
 
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hitch Bike Rack? dascht IS C 5 08-27-12 08:23 AM
Trailer Hitch and Hitch Bike Rack for 2011 RX350 AWD timlrx11 RX - Third Generation 15 03-02-12 01:07 PM
Bike Rack, 2001 RX300/ 2WD? steelgtr RX - First Generation 13 07-12-10 06:45 AM
SC300 Trailer Hitch? C-SupraTT SC 400/300 15 12-08-08 07:30 PM
Hitch and Bike Rack Questions for 08 RX350 jennifert RX - Second Generation 5 07-31-08 07:32 AM


Tags
bicycle, club, hitch, lexus, lxus, rx300

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:27 AM.

Join ClubLexus
Advertising


Copyright © 2000-2008 Internet Brands, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use | JOBS


Get all contact info