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CR Brophy Hitch Extender for 1-1/4" Hitch Receivers - 5-3/4" Long

CR Brophy Hitch Extender for 1-1/4" Hitch Receivers - 5-3/4" Long

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Extend your trailer hitch receiver opening so that you can clear your spare tire when using your hitch-mounted bike rack or so that your trailer won't hit a rear-mounted propane tank when you make sharp turns. Powder coated steel resists rust. 1-800-940-8924 to order Brophy hitch adapters part number hes6 or order online at Free expert support on all Brophy products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for CR Brophy Hitch Extender for 1-1/4" Hitch Receivers - 5-3/4" Long. Hitch Adapters reviews from real customers.
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Brophy Hitch Adapters - hes6

  • Hitch Extender
  • Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • 6 In Extension
  • Bike Racks
  • Cargo Carriers
  • Hitch Mounted Accessories
  • Trailers
  • 1750 lbs
  • Brophy

Extend your trailer hitch receiver opening so that you can clear your spare tire when using your hitch-mounted bike rack or so that your trailer won't hit a rear-mounted propane tank when you make sharp turns. Powder coated steel resists rust.


  • Extends trailer hitch receiver opening out from the rear of your vehicle to avoid obstacles
    • Get extra clearance for your trailer
    • Mount your bike rack without having to remove your rear-mounted spare tire
  • Powder coated black finish helps resist rust and corrosion
  • Solid steel shank construction
  • Hitch pin or hitch lock sold separately


  • Application: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" receiver hitches
  • Maximum gross trailer weight: 1,750 lbs
  • Maximum tongue weight: 175 lbs
  • Shank length:
    • Overall: 8-3/4"
    • Extension: 5-3/4" from hitch pin hole to hitch pin hole (center to center)
    • From center of hitch pin hole to weld: 3"

Dimension of extender

Note: The limiting factor is the capacity of your hitch or vehicle, whichever has the lowest capacity. Using a 1-1/4" extender will reduce your hitch's overall capacity by 50 percent.

HES6 Hitch Extender For 1-1/4" Trailer Hitch Receiver 5-3/4"

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CR Brophy Hitch Extender for 1-1/4" Hitch Receivers - 5-3/4" Long - hes6

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (94 Customer Reviews)

Extend your trailer hitch receiver opening so that you can clear your spare tire when using your hitch-mounted bike rack or so that your trailer won't hit a rear-mounted propane tank when you make sharp turns. Powder coated steel resists rust.


Here in Saskatoon, Canada, I am very pleased to endorse
J&J's flagpole holder and hitch mount extension products.
Solid construction and beautifully finished engineered pieces.
Fitted easily onto my '92 Camaro RS, for Shriner parades.
Supporting a worthy philanthropic effort for children.

Peter D still endorses this product & would recommend it to anyone thinking of buying these trailer accessories from J& J.
Peter J - 06/30/2018


Excellent short 1.25" hitch extender. Used this with a hitch from for a Mini Cooper and a bike rack. Most of the hitch extenders out there are too long to keep in the hitch when the bike rack isn't attached. This one comes just outside the bumper cover and is perfect! Thanks again! What great service, such a great product and terrific customer service. Thanks AAA+++


Very knowledgeable staff, and excellent service. My new bike rack, with my existing hitch, was hitting my bumper. The service rep I spoke with figured out the issue, located the extender I needed, and placed the order for me. Great experience.


1 1/4" extension fit well (could be a tiny more snug). but was just what i needed for my mini cooper and new bike rack. Fast Ship good price and I would use them again.

Now i can use my bike rack! :)


Great Product - Fits perfectly on my Mini Cooper S. I purchased to extend a MiniDoMore Hidden Hitch, which previously required crawling under the car to attach accessories. Now it is much more useable with the hitch extender installed. This was the perfect size to put the hitch tube just an inch or two beyond the bumper to allow easy access to insert hitch pin and clip as needed.

How do you attach the extension on the hitch behind the bumper? Was it difficult to get in behind the bumper? Do you remove the extension frequently or just leave it in place?
-- comment by: Adrian - 03/08/2016

I bought the extender exactly because it is such a pain to access the hitch pin behind the bumper. It is doable but requires lying on the ground under the car to reach it. Now I leave extender in semi-permanently.
-- comment by: - 03/14/2016


High quality products, quick, efficient, will shop here again.


The extender does just what it is suppose to do. Received extender in record time from you too. Thanks!


I had a factory installed hitch put onto my car by the dealer. They had "looked up my bike rack on line to make sure it would work". They said it would, but it didn't. The lower hinge didn't clear the bumper preventing me from getting into the trunk while the bike rack was on my car. I spent an entire day driving all around town looking for a solution to my problem even asking a friend of mine if he could weld something to the hitch to extend the receiver just a few inches. He suggested that I purchase this product.

The extender solved my problem and prevented me from having to have something custom built. The folks at etrailer kept me posted as to when my purchase would arrive and were very friendly. I would recommend for their great customer service.

Thank you!


Purchased this extender to use on my daughter's RAV4 which has the spare tire mounted on the rear hatch/door. The extender allowed us to use our two bike hitch rack without interference from the tire. Without it, you can only use the outer tray of the rack as the tire gets in the way of mounting a bike on the inner tray.

Good product that served it's intended purchase purpose.


I asked Juanita on the phone what I needed, and she recommended this hitch extender. Two days later it was in my hands. Perfect fit, just what I needed. Thanks for the guidance and speedy service. Perfect !!

Still performing very well. Great product. We use it to connect our bike carrier to the receiver.
Bob C - 04/01/2015


Hitch and extender arrived within 4 days of order. Super easy install. Great products and E Trailer kept me informed from day one. Great Service, will deal with these folks again.

Product works great, easy to use, solved clearance problem with external mount spare tire
Gordon - 01/30/2015


It does not accommodate one of the Polaris ATV hitches, the one inch drop. I like the extension but the distances from the female pin hole on the extension to the male hole on the Polaris hitch are off by about a quarter of an inch. The seam weld on the Polaris hitch gets in the way. Polaris ATV hitch with a 3 inch drop may accommodate this or perhaps a Kolpin hitch...not sure yet. If I cannot figure it out I will send it back. Polaris makes no ATV extensions for hitches, which for the 550 X2 are a must.


Excellent product. I use it to extend the receiver on our fifth wheel trailer, allowing
the bike rack to easily attach to the back of the trailer. The receiver on the trailer is recessed, and because of the style of bike rack, it would hit the back of the trailer.


Had a trailer hitch installed on my 2012 Fiat 500. This Item is heavy, well made and made it possible to shorten up the length of an existing bike rack. etrailer is the only site that carries a quality extension.


I have a bicycle rack that was a little to close to the back of my wagon with the bikes mounted on it. This product gave me the extension that I needed to create enough space to provide clearance and prevent damage to the back of my vehicle. I think it's great

Works great!
Mike B - 03/23/2018


The product works great! However, the time it took to receive this item was not. I have bought 3 tow hitches in the past year from here, and everything with those was perfect. I don't know what caused the delay with this much smaller item.


Exactly what I needed. I've been using an adapter for my bike rack for years, but the opening was for a 2 inch receiver. Therefore, had to use a spacer. Although that worked, it always seemed like there was a lot of extra movement with the rack. With this extender, the bike rack fits much more snugly. I received my order within about 4 days of ordering!


Used to mount carier on my 4weeler needed to extend hitch to clear tires. Go career from you too. Great products have ordeded from you will order again.

works great just what i needed to make hitch work
Glen L - 08/18/2019


This hitch extender was just what I needed to connect my Thule bike rack to my hitch. Now the rack clears my oversized bumper perfectly and I can still get into my trunk with bikes loaded. Customer service helped me select the correct hitch extender for my vehicle's year/model, answered all my questions, and made sure that I ordered the accessories I needed for a quick installation. The entire process was a breeze -- thank you very much!


Extension works perfect. Delivery was very quick. Will definitely recommend etrailer.

Product works great. We use it for our bike rack.
Sherwood - 01/23/2015


Quick delivery, the right product for my mini since i attached it to a hitch add-on from e-trailer (not available by other manufacturer) it doesnt stick out as much as others in the market and they provide the correct size pins for the extension.


Quick delivery, the right product for my mini since i attached it to a hitch add-on from e-trailer (not available by other manufacturer) it doesnt stick out as much as others in the market and they provide the correct size pins for the extension.


The extension that I ordered work wonde rfully.


Spent a lot of time researching these hitch extenders. This was a perfect fit for my 2014 Chrysler 200. I added a class 1 hitch but needed the extra length so the trunk clears the bike rack when dropping convertible top. Ordered ecomony shipping but arrived pretty quick and great tracking shown on product.


they were very helpful with my hitch. needed a extension to make the bike rack fit on my 2020 rogue

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Ask the Experts about this Brophy Hitch Adapters

  • Hitch Extender Cuts Tongue Weight Capacity
    You should be fine. If you have a Class I hitch, you will have a 200-lb tongue weight at least. The extender will cut your tongue weight in half, leaving you with 100 lbs of tongue weight. Two bikes plus your bike rack only comes to roughly 82 lbs, so you are well under the 100-lb capacity.
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  • Is Hitch Extender, part # hes6, an adapter or extender?
    This Hitch Extender For 1-1/4 inch Trailer Hitch Receiver, 6 inch, code # hes6, extends your tongue 6 inches, but will not adapt it to a 2-inch receiver, so this is perfect for your application. This will do the job for you, but be careful not to exceed the reduced capacity of your tongue weight. So if your hitch tongue weight capacity was 200 lbs, the extender will reduce it to 100 lbs maximum.
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  • What is Measurement From Hitch Pin Hole to Where Diameter Increases on Brophy 1-1/4 Hitch Extender
    I contacted our representative at Brophy and he informed me that from the center of the hitch pin hole to where the shafts diameter increases on Hitch Extender, part # hes6, is 3 inches. He also said that there is a bead of weld where the diameter starts to increase and that the distance from the center of hitch pin hole to beginning of weld bead is 2-5/8 inches.
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  • Hitch Extender # hes6 Recommendation on a 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
    This Hitch Extender For 1-1/4 inch Trailer Hitch Receiver 6 inch, part # hes6, extends your tongue 6 inches, but will not adapt it to a 2-inch receiver, so this is perfect for the application on your 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. This will do the job for you, but be careful not to exceed the reduced capacity of your tongue weight. So if your hitch tongue weight capacity was 200 lbs, the extender will reduce it to 100 lbs maximum. I attached a link to an FAQ page hitch extenders and adapters...
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  • Distance From Hitch Pin Hole To Wider Portion Of HES6
    Yes, I can tell you the distance from the hitch pin hole of part # HES6 to the wider portion of the extender. The distance from the hole you referenced in your drawing (end that goes into trailer hitch) to the step up portion you mention is 2-5/8".
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  • Shortest Hitch Extender Availability
    The shortest hitch extender we have that is compatible with Class I and Class II, 1-1/4" hitch receivers is the Hitch Extender For 1-1/4" Trailer Hitch Receiver 6" # HES6. Unfortunately we do not have any hitch extenders that are shorter than that. Keep in mind that using a hitch extender will exaggerate the movement of your bike rack and will reduce the Tongue Weight (TW) of your hitch receiver by 50%.
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  • Hitch Extender Availability to fit 1-1/4 inch Hitch
    Hitch extenders aren't ideal solutions for most applications as they add quite a bit of movement and leverage to hitches which puts quite a bit of strain on them. We do have the Brophy 6 inch hitch extender part # HES6 which fits 1-1/4 inch hitches like what you have. This cuts your hitch capacity by 50 percent too which you'd need to keep in mind.
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  • Hitch Extender for use with my Thule Bike Rack
    I have looked through the instructions and there are no rules about not using your Thule T2 Pro XTB 2 Bike Platform Rack part TH9035XT with a hitch extender like the CR Brophy Hitch Extender for 1-1/4" Hitch Receivers part # HES6. The use of the adapter however does reduce your vehicle's capacity by 50%. You will have to check your owner's manual for the weight limit on your hitch to ensure you have the capacity. You have two 50 lb. bikes plus the 50 lbs of the rack after it is removed...
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  • Using a Hitch Extender With Bike Rack on 2006 Honda CR-V
    We have what you are looking for, the 6 Inch Hitch Extender for 1-1/4 inch receivers, part # HES6. This will extend your receiver by 6 inches, which will hopefully clear your spare tire. One caution, though. Using this extender will lower the tongue weight capacity of your hitch by half. If you have a Class I hitch (see the label on the hitch) your tongue weight capacity will be 200 lbs. Using the extender would lower that figure to 100 lbs. This means that the bike rack and the bikes...
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  • Will Brophy Hitch Extender # hes0 Work with 1-1/4" Hitch Receiver and Swagman XTC Platform Bike Rack
    Hello! Yes, the Brophy Hitch Extender, # hes0, will work with your 1-1/4 inch hitch receiver and your Swagman XTC Platform Bike Rack, # S64670. This extender will move your bike rack an additional 10 inches away from your 2013 Chevrolet Cruze. If you are looking to gain just a few inches, I suggest that you go with the Brophy Hitch Extender, # hes6. You want to keep the rack as close to the car as possible to avoid added stress on the hitch and this extender only moves the rack an additional...
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  • Using Brophy Hitch Extender # hes0 for 1-1/4 Inch Bike Rack on 2003 Mini Cooper
    The Brophy Hitch Extender, part # hes0, is a hitch extender that will extend out your 1-1/4 inch opening by 10 inches. The hitch opening on the extender is 1-1/4 inch. The # hes0 extender will accept the shaft of a 1-1/4 inch bike rack, but you we need to remember that when using the extender it will reduce the overall weight capacity of your hitch by 50 per cent. On your 2003 Mini Cooper the hitch will usually be a Class I hitch that has a tongue weight capacity of 200 lbs. Check the...
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  • Availability of Shorter 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hitch Extender
    I am not sure which other hitch extenders you are looking at but the only extenders we have available for 1-1/4 inch receivers, the 10 inch # HES0 that you referenced and the shorter 6 inch # HES6, both have a 1,750 pound towing weight capacity. Any variance between these and the capacities on other model extenders would just have to do with their particular design/construction and what the manufacturer tested and rated the unit for. The above 6 inch extender # HES6 should be a good option...
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  • What is the Length of the Receiver Portion on Brophy Extender # HES6
    I went out to the warehouse to measure the Brophy Hitch Extender # HES6 referenced in your question. The inside of the receiver portion on the extender is right at 3-1/2 inches in length, so there may be compatibility issues with your bike rack. Another option to look at is the Brophy Hitch Extender # HES0 that has a longer 10 inch extension. The receiver portion of this extender is closer to 8 inches, so there should be no issues getting the 4 inches you need to secure your bike rack....
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  • Solution for Hitch-Mounted Cargo Carrier that Interferes with Rear Bumper
    I do have a possible solution for you. In order to extend your hitch receiver out from behind the Accord's rear bumper, I recommend using a 1-1/4 inch hitch extender like the Brophy # HES6 for a 6 inch extension or # HES0 for a 10 inch extension. These are both compatible with your Class I hitch and will keep the receiver opening at 1-1/4 inches on the other end. This should give you enough length to clear the rear bumper and allow for hitch-mounted accessories to mount without interfering. An...
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  • Recommended Hitch Extender for 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver
    For the 1-1/4 receivers, we have only a couple options. We have the 6 inch hitch extender # HES6, and the 10 inch # HES0 you mentioned. The weight limit when using an extender is 50% of your trailer hitch receiver's rated capacity for tongue weight.
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  • Hitch Extension and Locking Pin for a 2003 Honda CR-V with Spare Tire
    You'll have two options, depending on your hitch size. In either case, your overall tongue weight capacity will be reduced by 50% when the extender is installed, so you'll want to verify your hitch's capacity prior to purchase and ensure that you can still install your chosen rack and actually carry bikes on it. If your hitch is the smaller 1-1/4 inch size, you'll want to purchase Brophy's 6 inch 1-1/4 inch extender, part # HES6 in order to extend your hitch. This extender pushes the...
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  • Which Hitch Extender Needed to Use Bike Rack in Hitch Installed on 2012 Chevy Camaro
    We have two extenders available that are compatible with a 1-1/4 inch receiver. The # HES6 is 6 inches long and the # HES0 is 10 inches. To determine which you need, you'll need to measure the distance between the hitch pin hole in the shank of your bike rack to the closest portion of the rack upright. The length of the shank added to the length of the extender would need to be longer than 12 inches, so the bike rack clears the bumper. However, using the extender will lower the tongue...
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  • Hitch Extender Recommendation to Let a Thule Parkway Bike Rack Clear Bumper of 2014 Nissan Rogue
    We have two options that will extend your 1-1/4 inch hitch so that you would have enough clearance for your bike rack on your 2014 Nissan Rogue, but first you need to consider that using an extender cuts the capacity of your hitch in half. The Brophy Extender part # hes6 will give you an additional 6 inches of clearance, the # hes0 will give you 10 inches of clearance. I would recommend going with the shortest one that will still give you the needed clearance. I attached an FAQ article...
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  • Recommend 1-1/4 Hitch Extender For Thule T2 TH917XTR To Clear Rear Bumper When Folded Up
    For a 1-1/4 inch hitch extender, we have the Brophy Hitch Extender, part # HES6. This will extend the receiver by 6 inches. However, when using a hitch extender you will reduce the tongue weight capacity of your hitch in half. So if you have a Class I hitch which has a tongue weight capacity of 200 lbs, you would be limited to carrying 100 lbs. This includes the weight of the Thule T2, which is about 50 pounds, plus the weight of your bicycles. You will want to check the label on your...
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  • Is the Brophy # HES6 a Hitch Extender for a 1-1/4 Inch Receiver
    The Brophy # HES6 is an hitch extender for a 1-1/4 inch receiver. It features a 1-1/4 inch shank on one end and a 1-1/4 inch receiver on the other. It will move a hitch mounted accessory like a bike rack or a ball mount 6 inches further away from the rear of the vehicle. Using the extender will reduce the tongue weight capacity of your hitch by half. If your hitch is a Class I with a 200 lb tongue weight capacity, using the extender will reduce that to 100 lbs. For a Class II hitch that...
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  • Anti-Rattle Device to Use with Hitch Extender # HES6
    You could use the anti-rattle device part # 63090 with the hitch extender part # HES6 that you referenced. You should note that these extenders cut the capacity of the hitch they are installed in by 50 percent.
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  • Class I Hitch Extension for 2013 Ford Mustang for Use with Hitch Carrier
    When we installed Draw-Tite Class I hitch # 24863 on a 2013 Mustang we found that the distance from the hitch pin hole to the rear edge of the bumper was 8-inches, as shown in the linked video at the :15-second mark. This is indeed a fairly long distance and many bike and cargo carriers will require more clearance in order for them to avoid contact with the vehicle. Hitch extensions for a Class I hitch like the Draw-Tite are available, but these will all cause you to lose half of your...
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  • Recommendation for Transporting Bikes with Shallow Hitch Pin Hole Measurement on 2017 Honda CR-V
    Using a hitch extender like the Brophy # HES6 that you referenced will resolve the shallow hitch pin issue you have on your Honda CR-V's trailer hitch. The issue though, is that the use of this or any other similar adapter will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the hitch by 50%. This means the 150 pound tongue weight capacity you mentioned will be reduced to 75 pounds, which will not be sufficient for the combined weight of your bikes and bike rack. I first recommend verifying the...
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  • Extender That Will Clear Bumper On 2018 Chevy Volt With Class I Draw-Tite Hitch
    The MaxxTow Trailer Hitch Receiver Adapter MT70355 will not clear the bumper of the 2018 Chevy Volt with the Draw-Tite hitch part # 24947. It also will not pin into the Class I Draw-Tite hitch because it is a Class II adapter that only fits Class II hitches. The Draw-Tite Class I hitch has a tab in the receiver that does not allow it to accept Class II accessories. If you are using the MaxxTow for an extension, you can use the CR Brophy Hitch Extender for 1-1/4" Hitch Receivers part #...
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