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Eco Hitch Install

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Brightonuk, May 7, 2014.

  1. Brightonuk

    Brightonuk Member

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    #1 Brightonuk, May 7, 2014
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    I know it has been covered but here are some shot after the painful install of my eco hitch.

    As I plan to leave the receiver in place I am thinking of covering the hole with a 1/4" rubber mat and seal it around the hitch with rubber gasket material or similar and I should still have access to disconnect the bike rack.

    I am debating how to hold that rubber in place Glue is the first choice but although I don't plan on taking of the hitch gluing seems so permanent
    The second Idea is industrial strength Velcro.
    and the third adhesive magnets

    Any ideas would be welcomed


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  2. 4SUPER9

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    You may find that the hitch hits bottom often (driveways, etc). That scares me, and is why I keep mine off except when in use. I guess if you are using it a lot, this may not be a good option.

    PS: I like your plate. I cannot believe they allowed it!
     
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    THAT license plate is tremendous!
     
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    Get spray foam insulation and close up the hole. If you need to get back in just tear out the foam. It's waterproof and can be trimmed and painted if necessary. $5
     
  5. Brightonuk

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    A few shots of the finished project the hitch will remain on the car so I got the one that drops down when I need to load the boot
    The camera view is rather obstructed but livable
    The license plate may be an issue it is unreadable from the back I will let you know if I get pulled.
    Now tomorrow I see how much it is gonna affect the range and how it performs at 80mph

    Hitch Rear View.jpg Hitch Side 1.jpg Hitch Extended 1.jpg Hitch Exteded w Trunk Open.jpg Hitch Exteded w Trunk Open side view.jpg Cervelo  Mounted 1.jpg Bike Mounted 2.jpg BNike Mounted Side View2.jpg

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    The foam may be an option but it is a really large opening and foam is extremely messy behind the hole it is space... lots of it
     
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    That is a serious bicycle!
     
  7. Brightonuk

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    And nearly as fast as the car :smile:
     
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    Covering up that sweet license plate is a bit of a bummer.
     
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    #9 Brightonuk, May 13, 2014
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    Not happy with the access hole around the receiver I used two pieces of aluminum squares cut around the receiver (25c each from the Depot) and held in place with 3M high tack double sided tape.

    This still gives me easy access to remove the hitch and if I ever want to remove the receiver I can just pull them off and get a couple more.
    It is not water tight but will keep debris and any water that splashes up from a wet road out.

    The photos are kinda funky as you see a reflection from the aluminium back to the camera

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