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Old 04-14-2013, 09:48 AM   #1
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Toyota FJ cruiser OEM towing hitch and motorcycle carier

Hello

I would like to find out if anyone uses Toyota OEM towing hitch (PT228-60060) with motorcycle carrier on FJ cruiser.

If you do can you tell me what carrier you use and what bike (weight) you carry?

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Old 04-18-2013, 12:22 PM   #2
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Your owners manual will tell you what weight the hitch is rated for. Rear springs will also be a factor with heavy bikes. I have carried 450 lb bikes on a carrier on my Tacoma.
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:30 PM   #3
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Your owners manual will tell you what weight the hitch is rated for. Rear springs will also be a factor with heavy bikes. I have carried 450 lb bikes on a carrier on my Tacoma.
Thanks.

Did you have to upgrade rear springs for that weigh or 450 lb did not sag a lot?
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:51 PM   #4
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I used one regularly one my fj before I sold it. It was a carrier off of ebay. I mostly carried a ktm 250xc with a weight of 220lbs. That was barely noticeable. I did carry a few street bikes with weights approaching 500-600 pounds and you could definitely feel it back there. Even at those weights the fj springs seemed fine, but I am unsure of the tongue weight of the fj. Probably less then what I was carrying though at the higher weights.
If the tongue max is 450lbs, and your not going to exceed that, no need for different springs. I loved the carrier and the fj was great with it.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:43 AM   #5
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Thanks.

Did you have to upgrade rear springs for that weigh or 450 lb did not sag a lot?

I put OME Dakar springs on the truck after I broke a stock one. They are pretty stiff and with a 400lb bike on the back the ride isn't affected very much. You feel it if you have to brake hard though. The hauler I use is a Versahauler.
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Old 04-21-2013, 04:38 PM   #6
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I bought a double-carrier off amazon for something like $140. Carried a DRZ-400SM around on the back of the FJ for a couple of years and probably 10,000 miles or so. Did just fine and was a great set-up. Mileage did suffer though.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:13 AM   #7
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Thank you all for your replies.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:15 AM   #8
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My FJ tows this quite easily and for $15/day, it's a safer, much cheaper option for when my moto is down and needs service or repair. Obviously not the best tow to a trail option, but wanted to throw that out there.

http://www.uhaul.com/Reservations/Eq....aspx?model=MT
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:08 AM   #9
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My FJ tows this quite easily and for $15/day, it's a safer, much cheaper option for when my moto is down and needs service or repair. Obviously not the best tow to a trail option, but wanted to throw that out there.

http://www.uhaul.com/Reservations/Eq....aspx?model=MT
That's great idea. Didn't think about it. Thanks for suggesting.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:26 PM   #10
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I had a 4th Gen 4Runner (same chassis as the FJ) with a factory receiver hitch and I hauled a KX250 then later a KTM 525 MXC on a CycleGear (cheapy hauler) all over California with ZERO problems.

I wouldn't put any big 650cc Dual Sports on it, but why would you need to carry on of those? Just ride the pig. I HATE trailers, in states like CA you're limited to 55mph, backing them up is a b!tch and for whatever reason they're more prone to flats. I've drug trailers literally across the country with either bikes or cars on them and I'd much rather have a bike in the back of a truck or on a hauler.
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