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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 04-24-2017, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Hitch for bike rack?

Does anyone have any idea when a hitch will be available for the Niro (in the US)? I don't have the upper body strength to get my bike up on a roof rack. Any other thoughts on bike carriers?

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post #2 of 35 (permalink) Old 04-25-2017, 05:03 PM
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There is not a current hitch option in the US, but I have seen that there is one in the UK (it is not a receiver, but a ball hitch). Hoping to get a hidden hitch for my Niro too for a bike rack
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post #3 of 35 (permalink) Old 04-25-2017, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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This is the biggest issue with the car for us. I can take the wheel off my hybrid and put it inside, but my husband's road bike has disk brakes and the tolerances are pretty tight, so he doesn't want to do that often. And the spoiler on the rear makes us nervous about mounting a carrier back there.

Hopefully soon ...
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I'm also planning on installing a hitch mounted bike rack. I like the look of the European towbars, however, they don't fit directly to the US style hitch mounted bike racks which I prefer. I'd post a link, but I'm a newbie on this forum with link restrictions. Search for "Kia Niro towbar". Rameder has a good selection.

There is another clever alternative that I've seen on some models of Subaru, Scion, and Hyundai which is to use the threaded towhook attachments. These cars have a pair, left and right. Just search for "subaru custom bike racks". I can confirm there is one threaded attachment on the left side of the Niro. I'll take the rear bumper off soon to confirm if there is a second threaded attachment hiding on the right.
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Interesting alternatives, Maxwell! Thank you!
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post #6 of 35 (permalink) Old 04-30-2017, 01:19 PM
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I was hoping not to add to much weight to the car with a massive hitch structure. I found that carid.com has a 2017-kia-niro-trailer-hitches that is small and bolts in. I don't know if welding anything voids the warranty. My local Kia service center has not answered my email if they can install it for me -- If they install it then my warranty stays unaffected. Has anyone had any luck with asking their local service center to install nonKia products?
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post #7 of 35 (permalink) Old 05-15-2017, 10:04 AM
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Trailer hitches are now available in the USA for the Kia Niro. I just ordered a Curt Trailer Hitch from eTrailer.com.
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Trailer hitches are now available in the USA for the Kia Niro. I just ordered a Curt Trailer Hitch from eTrailer.com.
I did not get it using etrailer.com But did get it at E Trailer with some searching for KIA NIRO Hitch

https://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2017_Kia_Niro.htm

Wonder how hard to install?
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Thanks very much for posting...
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post #10 of 35 (permalink) Old 05-15-2017, 10:41 PM
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Thanks very much for posting...
You are welcome.

I am afraid to order one.

Sure would like to hear from someone that installed one.

Then would contact KIA Customer Service and ask "does installing one void warranty?", since book says no trailer towing.
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