Nissan Murano Forum banner

1 - 20 of 26 Posts

·
Shift|Live
Joined
·
194 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
help me out guys... all the other threads are all about CURT. I really want the OEM hidden look. I want something nice, and it'll be for 100% bike rack, no trailer or anything. please give me some links or ideas.. any idea would be RELALY helpful
 

·
Shift|Live
Joined
·
194 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
sobamanismo said:
Ummm, how about the OEM one then?
if i can get it for like $150, i'd get it. but its like $300 + the bike rack... that would be very costly.. i'm looking for same (or similar) look, but cheaper
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
204 Posts
to my knowledge (and research) there is no other hitch that attaches like the OEM one, that hitch actually comes with a partial replacement of the stock bumper and is a much more invasive install which is part of why it's so much more expensive.

I made the comment somewhere else but I'll repeat it here since I believe it applies...your muffler shows below the bumper, why does it matter if your new hitch still shows said muffler off?

I'm not disagreeing that the stock hitch doesn't look nice, but I and many others don't feel like it's enough nice to justify the cost.

Get a less expensive hitch and a more expensive bike rack is my advice :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
46 Posts
I used the OEM hitch

I had Nissan install the OEM hitch, because I liked the look. Yes, I could have gone with a less expensive hitch, but I could have gone with a less expensive car as well.

Just my opinion ... we all have one.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
472 Posts
The OEM hitch is partially hidden but the muffler still shows. The aftermarket hitches hide the muffler and in my opinion look just as good. I have had several people comment how nice the Uhaul Valley round tube hitch looks.

The OEM hitch looks like a Drawtite hitch except the receiver tube is welded below the cross bar instead of above. The hitch attaches to the car useing the same six bolts and mounting holes. The OEM hitch crossbar mounts higher than the aftermarket hitches behind the outer bumper shell. This requires that the inner bumper cross bar (armature) be notched so as not to interfere with the mounting brackets. Nissan could have provided this notched bar as standard equipment as it is just a modified version of the standard armature.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
222 Posts
I just bought a CURT off hitchsource.com, $133 shipped. It is now considered a 'class 3' hitch, it was formerly a 'class 2.5', which is basically a class 2 with a 2" receiver. It is a round tube hitch, just like the pic of the valley hitch. From what I understand, the finish is superb, and can be custom colored if you so desire (for a price).

I see no reason to hide the hitch if the ugly muffler and exhaust are as visible as they are. I'd rather see a substantial piece of black steel than a soon to be rust colored exhaust, especially when considering the cost and extra work of the OEM install.

I suggest getting a hitch with a 2" receiver, as it seems to be the most common size amongst the better bike carriers. You can get adapters for the 1.25"ers, but they throw the geometry off, and hang the weight even further off the arse end.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12,665 Posts
The only way I would install the OEM hitch would be if I won a contest and the hitch and installation were free. And then I would be a little leery because the dealer would have to open up my bumper to install it.

Save your ducats. For the price of an OEM bumper you can get a Curt/U-Haul hitch and a decent bike rack.

-njjoe
 

·
Mr. 3 K, 3/3/5. 5K,10/5/7
Joined
·
5,100 Posts
I think I am sensing some dealer doubt here

I could be wrong however.
 

·
Shift|Live
Joined
·
194 Posts
Discussion Starter #14
thanks for all the input. you think you guys can paste some links to hitches and nice bike racks?? i want something nice but not too pricey..

thanks all
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,280 Posts
ikalinin3 said:
thanks for all the input. you think you guys can paste some links to hitches and nice bike racks?? i want something nice but not too pricey..

thanks all
I got this one from my local Walmart. The arms fold down when not in use and it also swivels down to access the rear.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
204 Posts
It folds up on the back of the car so I leave it on a lot of the time. The only downside to this is that it ends up being somewhat in the way of the backup camera.

I have a hook in a rafter of my garage that it hangs from next to the bikes rather nicely.

Yes, certainly pricey but worlds better than any bike rack I've used previously.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
56 Posts
I bought the Uhaul hitch which was really a Valley hitch with Uhaul all over it. I got it for $162 installed with lifetime warrenty. Pretty hard to beat if you ask me, it took about 45 minutes for Uhaul to install.

I installed the Nissan factory wire harness which took me a few hours, and I hose clamped it to the hitch with some rubber sheeting under it. It looks very professional and with the Nissan harness ($80) it is safe and durable too. I did not want to be splicing into the LED taillight harness. There was a Nissan converter/controller unit in addition to the wiring, so I really dont think just splicing wires is a good idea (2006 with LED lights). There must be some kind of voltage difference or why would you need a controller box? I think this was a steal for $242, and I think it looks real good too. Sure the factory hitch looks less intrusive but for 1/3 the price, its not worth that much more.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
746 Posts
For me the OEM hitch is simply way overpriced even if it looks good. It is even cheaper in class IV on a F150 so 'nuf said.

I also installed the Curt hitch and also installed a very standard and cheap $20 converter with 1 (1 amp) diod for the brake signal and 3 $2 relays (1 for the brakes, and 2 for the left and right turn signals).

The 06 and 07 models are equiped with LED brake and turn signals lights so you have to be careful.

The trick is to get the turn signals from what Nissan calls the rear combination light module (picture), located under the rear seat, on the leftmost pillar.

The diod is necessary because without it, your cruise control will act as if you were depressing the brake pedal when you flash left or right.

I tapped into the 30 AMP hitch harness already located in the right spot to feed all relays (brakes & flashers) and 12 volt for the trailer. I can later install a brake control module and simply route an additional wire to the hitch electrical connector but I don't need it for now.

Total cost, hitch + harness + both 4-way and 6-way socket: $200 shipping included. And it is quite easy to do actually.





 
1 - 20 of 26 Posts
About this Discussion
25 Replies
15 Participants
brikhaus
Nissan Murano Forum
We’re a community dedicated to Nissan Murano owners and enthusiasts. Discuss specs, safety rating, towing capacity and more!
Full Forum Listing
Top