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Recommended Trailer Hitch for Carrying Bikes w/ 2016 Honda Civic Sedan

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2016 Honda Civic 4DR 1.5 Turbo What would be the best hitch bike racks for the car?

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There are two alternatives, either of which would work fine for a bike rack carrying up to 2 bikes.

The Curt Class I # C11604 is the most expensive option, and you'd need to use a stabilizing strap # 18050 for the bike rack, in order to meet Curt's warranty stipulations. The good news is that this is the easier to install option. On a scale of 1 to 10, it's rated as a 4. I've linked the installation instructions for you to look over.

The Draw-Tite Class I, # 24954, is less expensive, and wouldn't require a stabilizing strap in order to maintain warranty coverage. However, its installation is more involved and would involve temporarily removing the rear bumper. The difficulty is rated as a 10 out of 10.

Which would I choose? I'd go for the Draw-Tite because I'm capable of installing it myself. If you're not mechanically inclined, and would need to have your mechanic install it, I'd recommend going with the Curt model as the Draw-Tite's estimated installation time is about 2 hours, which can be expensive when you consider that shop labor can be more than $ 100.00/hour.

In addition to the installation instructions for both hitches, I've linked you to a video showing how the stabilizing strap works.

The Swagman Chinook, part # S64683 you looked at would be a great choice.

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