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Trailer Hitch and 4 Bike Carrying Recommendation for 2007 Lincoln MKZ

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I am looking for a receiver for my 2009 lincoln mkz. I see you have 2 custom fit options, the curt and drawtite receiver both at 1 1/4 in. I have a 2in four bike carrier that I use on my Suv. I understand that I would need an adapter to go from 1 1/4 to 2, but that is my intent. Any advice on which receiver I should go with and any concerns I should be aware of. I have no intent on towing anything, just hauling bikes on the rack. Thanks

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Although they're a little different in design, the Draw-Tite # 24775 and the Curt # C11329 both have the same weight capacities and would install in the same manner. Either would work fine for you, and in this instance, you could choose the less expensive option and not feel as if you've sacrificed anything.

You can use an adapter like # HTAD, but there's 2 problems with doing that. Both the hitch and bike rack manufacturers state that no more than 2 bikes should be carried in a bike rack used in a Class I hitch. Adding a 3rd and 4th bike moves too much weight too far away from the hitch receiver tube which can apply enough leverage to damage the hitch or cause the attachment points to the vehicle to fail. Which wold be bad. If you couple that with the fact that using an adapter like the # HTAD will reduce the hitch tongue weight capacity by half to 100 lbs which means that the bikes plus the weight of the carrier couldn't weigh more than 100 lbs which is unlikely.

In order transport all 4 bikes using that vehicle, your best bet would be to use a 3 bike trunk mount rack like # SA803 and carry the remaining bike on the roof. This would save you the expense of the hitch. To do this, you'd need to install a roof rack from the following parts:

Inno 50 inch crossbars, part # INB127
Roof rack feet, # INSUT
Vehicle specific fit kit, # INK546

With the roof rack in place, you could install a bike carrier like the Race Ready # S64705 from Swagman.

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