Ike
Going to bolt a bike rack receiver to the rear bumper of my 177SE.  Will be carrying 1 bike, should I be concerned?
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mkevenson
Ike, might be ok, BUT, my 179 has a sign on the bumper stating, NO, to bike rack. I have also considered but have decided to have the rack attached to the frame. A bit more money but considering the cost of your bike and liability of a falling bike and rack might be the better way to go?
Mark
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Ike
Going to weigh the bike and rack, my son in law has a welder, so I may have him see about reinforcing the bumper,
thanks.
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sjmiller
The bumper is pretty weak.  Reinforcing the bumper before adding a rack is definitely a wise decision.  Anything you do voids the warranty.  Since the warranty is only one year, after 366 days, weld away, and enjoy your bikes while camping.
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sunvalleyjoe
I would replace bumper with something thicker metal wise. The metal is way to thin. I haul bikes in pu bed safer. Like Mark said cost of replacing the bike and liability if is falls off trailer and causes damage to another vehicle. GBA!!SVJ ps looks at old post of what happened to original bumper with rack installed.
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OkieCamper
You should probably use some bumper supports.  I ordered these but haven’t installed them yet.  I’ve seen a bunch of terrible bumper fails photos from people with bike racks.
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Ike
I want to thank all of you for your suggestions on the bike rack.  You all basically said the same thing.  The bumper is weak and needs reinforced.  Going to talk to my son-in-law (lucked out with this fella, he knows what end of a screwdriver to use),about welding 2 pieces of angle iron on the bottom of bumper where it attaches to the frame. Figured that would keep the bumper from flexing and breaking it's welds.  
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Ike
Thank you for the suggestion, thinking about welding a piece of angle iron on the bottom of bumper where it connects to the frame, depending on the thickness of the bumper.
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sunvalleyjoe
just replace the tubing with something thicker say 1/4 inch wall . The metal they use is like 1/8 inch or less .I would use 5/16 inch tubing if it was going on my Retro. GBA!!SVJ
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Ike
Wow, never thought of that. My son-in-law is heavy equipment mechanic and welder, I will run it by him.
Thanks,
Ike
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sunvalleyjoe
I did millwright /electrical work for years and that is a sure way to avoid the stock bumper failing.If he can heli arc ss I would use 318 stainless steel 3/16" thick and no paint or rust to deal with. good luck GBA!!SVJ
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mikes
Ike wrote:
Going to bolt a bike rack receiver to the rear bumper of my 177SE.  Will be carrying 1 bike, should I be concerned?
Lots of info here.
Mike
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Ike
Thank You Mike, what's the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words"
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