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Old 05-19-2012, 06:54 PM   #121 (permalink)
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So I installed the Solo Race exhaust (single outlet) and the Reese/Draw-Tite/HH that is supposed to work with the stock GXP exhaust... and they interfere. I can get one hanger on in the back but not the hanger furthest back. Anyone else have that combination and how did it fit/ how did you get it to work? The hitch went on really easily fwiw.
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Old 05-19-2012, 06:58 PM   #122 (permalink)
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Is there room to cut a notch out of the hitch? I seem to recall someone had to do that for one of the hitches and one of the exhausts.

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Old 08-10-2012, 10:34 PM   #123 (permalink)
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Has anyone wired up a connection for trailer brake lights without splicing into the car harness? There's one thread that mentions the HHR harness connector being similar, but I don't see any mention of an HHR T-connector being successfully used. There's also some mention of an active controller box, but I'm not seeing any success stories for that either. Is the only practical method to splice into the car harness for the 4 wires?
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:02 PM   #124 (permalink)
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Anyone with a trailer light connector wired in care to comment?
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:47 AM   #125 (permalink)
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Following in the footsteps of Flash's Owner (Flash has a new sibling: M.T. (Mobile Trunk)), I found a scrapyard HHR to pirate a set of connectors off of. The front right corner was the location under the hood.





On the HHR, the connector only has 7 wires in the 8 wire locations. The 8th location has a plug in it. I found a 2 wire connector set in the back left corner near the firewall to use as donor contacts and wires for the 8th spot. The scrapyard charged $5 for both sets of male/female connectors. Also, the colors used on the HHR connectors will not be the same as the wire colors used on the Solstice. This isn't a problem, it just require beings careful when matching it up.

The parts counter guy at a Buick dealership found a mechanic familiar with the connectors. He took a few minutes and added the last wire into the connector for me.

I used a wiring harness from U-Haul. It has LEDs to show that each plug connector wire works. That's a nice easy way to check out the wiring without needing a multimeter or connecting to a trailer. It also has a dirt cap for the connector when not in use.




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Old 05-01-2013, 09:42 PM   #126 (permalink)
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Is there room to cut a notch out of the hitch? I seem to recall someone had to do that for one of the hitches and one of the exhausts.

Any pics?
Yeah ..that was me. the Curt hitch will not fit with a Solo NA axle back..if that's the Solo you're using.
I ended up cutting a square hole out of the driver side vertical support. Then the 180 degree bend in the supplied Solo exhaust bolted right up. Just eyeballed and estimated the hole size. I got lucky.
I jumped up and down on the luggage carrier I made, no issues with the hitch. The vertical part on driver side is wide and thick, so structurally it's sound. The Solo guys offered to exchange the muffler for a shorter Mach, which they didn't have to do..I made it work anyway.
Now we can carry several suitcases on the back JC
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:16 AM   #127 (permalink)
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I'm getting either the Draw-Tite (#24833) or Hidden Hitch (#60224) put on my GXP in the near future for around $200, installed.

My question is in regards to the cargo carrier. I am looking at an ATV carrier (#TR65852). The drawback is that it is smaller (20" x 36") than the typical (20" x 48") carriers but I am thinking that the built in 7-1/2" rise will be a positive factor and also there won't be a problem with blocking any turn signals, etc., that might occur with a 4' carrier. I think the aesthetics will be better with the smaller carrier as opposed to the larger one, as our cars are thinner than 48" in the back.

Does anyone else out there in KappaLand have this carrier? If so, does it perform well? Likewise, does anyone with the full-sized carriers have any thoughts about the size and weight of theirs?
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Old 01-23-2014, 03:30 PM   #128 (permalink)
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TomShadow, I am also looking to have a hitch installed on my 07 GXP in the near future. I think I will go with a small trailer to carry the necessary supplies. H***** F****** has one on sale for $349.99, has a carrying capacity of 600 pounds, and is lockable and watertight. The reviews are fairly positive, average of 4.5 stars from 53 reviews.
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Old 01-23-2014, 04:34 PM   #129 (permalink)
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Make sure the carrier you get is a 1 1/4" tongue to match the hitch - not a 2" one.

I think most of the HF ones are 2".
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:59 PM   #130 (permalink)
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Gordon: I checked out 'H-F' a couple weeks ago and they have an ATV carrier like the one I was looking at online for $100 less, so thinking about getting that one. I'm trying to keep it simple (and cheap) so that's why I'm just getting the carrier. I don't want to deal with hooking up lights, etc., for a trailer. I'm hoping your selection will work out good for you and I'll check it out when I see you two in June.

Tomato: I don't have any experience with hitches and accessories, but I do know that they make adapters that will turn a 1 1/4" tongue to a 2" one. I do assume that the extra part will mean a little more 'jiggle' to the apparatus. Are there any other pitfalls to using an adapter?
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Tomato: I don't have any experience with hitches and accessories, but I do know that they make adapters that will turn a 1 1/4" tongue to a 2" one. I do assume that the extra part will mean a little more 'jiggle' to the apparatus. Are there any other pitfalls to using an adapter?
Yes they do. But you'd need an adapter that changes a 2" tongue to a 1 1/4" one - which they DON'T make. So make sure you get the right carrier size in the first place.
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Old 02-07-2014, 04:00 PM   #132 (permalink)
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: I don't have any experience with hitches and accessories, but I do know that they make adapters that will turn a 1 1/4" tongue to a 2" one. I do assume that the extra part will mean a little more 'jiggle' to the apparatus. Are there any other pitfalls to using an adapter?
They also sell a "wedge" that attaches to the hitch receiver that takes care of the slack. I ordered one when I ordered the hitch, carrier, etc.


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Old 04-04-2014, 07:18 AM   #133 (permalink)
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found hitch and cargo carrier on E-TRAILER for good price has anyone used this company? what was service like?
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:39 AM   #134 (permalink)
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found hitch and cargo carrier on E-TRAILER for good price has anyone used this company? what was service like?
I bought mine there as well ... it shipped and had a few bolts missing ... contacted them and they shipped out a complete new set .. so IMO .. good service and the best price I found.
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:44 AM   #135 (permalink)
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Just a note for everyone, after I mounted mine I filled the frame rails with light density spray foam like used to insulate homes. I sprayed until the foam came out everwere. Doing this cemented all the nuts in place. so if you want to take the hitch off for a better look it will be easy to put it back on. this works well. I just leave mine on all the time they fit so close I don't think they look that bad
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