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Kuat bike rack video for the Model Y


Supporting Member
Mar 9, 2019
Seattle, WA
After further review, I believe MY max tongue weight is 350lbs. The 120lbs is referring the hitch rack weight limit Tesla offers as an accessory. So, you can’t hang more than 120lbs on Tesla’s bike rack, but if you buy other bike racks or platforms ans don’t exceed 350lbs, I’m confident it will be fine. Going to keep the hitch option after all.
This is the incorrect interpretation. The tongue weight is for force applied by a trailer with its own wheels causing the tongue force to press vertically down on the ball. A bike rack or other accessory will produce a torque, rotating around the hitch attachment point under the vehicle instead of a vertical force. The accessory weight limit is rated based on this difference.

It would be nice of Tesla gave a torque rating, and distance from torque point to hitch pin so that advanced users could calculate the accessory weight that can be supported at various distances from the hitch pin, but they don't. All we know is that they calculated that 160lbs is safe for some reasonable length of accessory.
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Driving on Sunshine
May 4, 2011
You got the lock on with the factory tow package? I tried for probably 10 minutes and didn't see how it would be possible without torquing the electrical hookup to the point of breaking.
Yeah, but it was really tough. The key part of the lock goes on the right. The handle bar goes on the left. You have to fit the left side of it under the place where trailer electric attachment is, get the head of it behind that electric piece, and then you can thread it through the hole and attach the lock to it.

A real pain! Better to get an aftermarket lock that you insert from the right side with a small lock on it that will fit in the small space.

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