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    The Mirage is not rated for towing. By towing with this generation Mirage you assume responsibility for any mishaps that may result.

    The questions that you are posing make me question if you really understand what you are getting into. Replacing the rear springs for greater load capacity will not improve the performance of the brakes.


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    Anyone install a hitch for a G4 yet? If so which one did you get?

    Looks like uhaul has one. Has anyone used theirs?
    https://www.uhaul.com/Trailer-Hitche...eId=51314&ship
    Last edited by FloridaG4; 08-25-2018 at 02:44 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FloridaG4 View Post
    Anyone install a hitch for a G4 yet? If so which one did you get?

    Looks like uhaul has one. Has anyone used theirs?
    https://www.uhaul.com/Trailer-Hitche...eId=51314&ship
    That's a CURT 11449 Class 1 Trailer Hitch
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    https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hit...17/C11449.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitz View Post
    Thanks! On Amazon's site if you look up 17' G4 it fits but not a 18'. There is no difference between G4 model years.

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    Just installed the Curt 11394. Easy install. The directions say to enlarge one of the holes in the frame on the driver side. I was able to avoid doing this by running the hardware through the larger holes in the bumper (see this video). I prefer not to drill into the frame if I don't need to.

    Haven't towed yet. Will update when I do. I don't plan to exceed ~1/2 the rated capacity of the hitch (which is 1,200lbs). While I can't forget that this car is not rated for towing, the rated max cargo load is 900lbs - 1,000lbs (gross vehicle weight - curb weight). As long as the combined weight (internal + tow) doesn't exceed this then I figure the brakes should be able to handle the weight with responsible driving.

    [EDIT] Even if you are not exceeding the gross vehicle weight rating, braking hard at any speed poses a very real risk of jackknifing. As Eggman noted you have to take responsibility for the choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitz View Post
    Installed my hitch about 2 weeks ago. Won’t be towing anything but will use it for my bike rack.
    Last edited by FloridaG4; 09-24-2018 at 01:01 PM. Reason: Ghggh

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    Any reason you went with the Curt over the DrawTite?

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    I just installed the CURT hitch today. Install went smooth. I used a hose clamp to be able to feed the bolts on the drivers side without having to cut anything.

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    another curt user, easy install did the same as the guy above me... I did not drill anything...
    30 minutes with 5 minutes on my back wondering why the dealer wanted $450 to install one..
    got my hitch from lordco canada 230$

    i've got a 3 foot aluminum tool box on a custom rack on the back of my car for long trips now..

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    Two (three) more votes for Curt over Drawtite or any other brand of hitch.

    a friend of mine used to fabricate full roll cages for stock cars and told me that gentle curves provide more strength than acute angles. Round tubing is stronger than square tubes. Compare the look of Curt and other brands.

    The second hitch took less than 10 minutes to install. That was because we had experience installing on my original '14, the totaled one. We removed and installed it several times to demo to buddies how easy it was.

    My third Mirage Curt, $130 from Amazon (don't know why I got it for $70 less than most others. I didn't get a bar and ball but they are cheap from several places) is waiting for warm weather before I install it. I could install it now but Murphy will intervene and this will be the only hitch that takes 8+ hours to install. Lol.

    I've had Curt hitches on other vehicles, I was towing two expensive snowmobiles in an enclosed trailer, very expensive back in the day, not so much now.


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