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      04-29-2012, 10:17 PM   #1
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Yakima hitch bike rack

My wife and I picked up our new 2012 X3 28i from the dealer last week. It is our first BMW and it is extremely fun to drive.

We had the trailer hitch installed to primarily use for our Yakima SwingDaddy bike rack that was on our Subaru. However, we've run into an issue due to the fact that the depth of the receiver in the BMW hitch is only ~2 3/4" instead of the required 3" for the bike rack. I've searched the forums and haven't been able to find anyone else having a problem similar to this (I'm sure there are and I'm just not finding them).

Does any one have any suggestions on this? I've thought about cutting the bike rack, but that means that anything I want to put into the hitch must essentially be a non-standard Class 2 hitch item (depth < 3 inches). I've also thought about cutting off the stop that is on the back of the receiver since it's only purpose is to prevent you from inserting something to far and hitting the bumper. The stop will provide nothing in terms of stopping a trailer if the pin comes out .

Attached is a picture of the receiver showing the depth and the stop that is welded on.

Thank you in advance for the advice.
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      04-29-2012, 11:23 PM   #2
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I would agree with removing the stop-plate (as long as there is nothing in front of it, ie rear bumper valance). I have the swingdaddy on my 2008 X3 and plan on using it for my next model X3 as well.
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      04-30-2012, 04:02 AM   #3
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I hammered out the stop plate for my yakama and it works fine
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      04-30-2012, 09:28 AM   #4
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I hammered out the stop plate for my yakama and it works fine
Did you break the welds holding the stop or just bend the stop? Also, have you seen any negative effects on the bike rack due to the fact that end of the bike rack is beyond the end of the receiver?
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      05-17-2012, 06:35 AM   #5
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Yeah. Took the whole back plate off. No negative effects at all
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