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Need hitch recommendations

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by ChloeS, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. ChloeS

    ChloeS New Member

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    Hey Everyone! Longtime visitor but new to being a member. I live in Oregon where my husband and I love to go mountain biking. We have an SUV and would put the bikes in the back, however we are selling it and waiting for delivery of our Model 3. Another couple who goes with us also fits their bikes in their vehicle but they have a sedan – the thought of putting our bikes inside our Tesla makes me cringe.

    I’ve been advised to look into a roof rack or a hitch mounted bike rack. I don’t want to lift the bikes onto the roof. So, I was curious if anyone has experience with a hitch mounted bike rack? Any suggestions on a hitch brand or a bike rack brand?
     
  2. FlyF4

    FlyF4 Son of a MX

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    Amen on forgetting about the roof rack for purpose of bikes. Too difficult getting them up and down. I am wondering if you got the "Tow option" on the car because Tesla sells an attachment for it that works well. But like everything else Tesla, it is expensive.
     
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    how much did the install cost you?
     
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    I didn't think there was a tow option for Model 3. At least I didn't see any when I ordered.
     
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    It shows bolt on so you should be able to diy it!
     
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    There's a few long threads in here about it.
     
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    I installed this one myself. It took about 4 hours with MOST of the time looking for the right bolts. I was told the issue is now fixed. It seems quite solid.
     
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    So far that 's it. I can put a trailer on it, but so far no need for that. The bike rack is used about 4 days of the week.
     
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    lol sea sucker.
     
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    Another +1 for EcoHitch.

    Tools required:
    1. Push pin "spudger" or a flathead screwdriver
    2. Torx (T25?)
    3. Ratchet(s)
    4. 8mm socket
    5. 10mm socket
    6. 15mm deep socket
    7. Extension bar
    8. 3 1/2" or 4" hole saw
    9. Drill
    10. Tape measure
    11. Pencil
    12. Rigid plastic prying device
    13. Rubber mallet
    14. 50 ft lb torque wrench
    15. 15/16" socket or ratchet wrench
    Set aside 3-4 hours for this.

    I listed a prying device because my crash bar supports were epoxied to the rear of the car. I had a plastic spatula used for patching drywall holes and tapped this between the supports and body to avoid gouging the primer.

    I opted for the smaller 3 1/2" hole saw which works but doesn't leave a ton of room for the 15/16" socket and ratchet. As such I ordered a ratcheting wrench from the Amazons: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01F511EXA/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Let me know if you have any other questions or would like additional photos.
     

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    I ordered the EcoHitch and had an autobody shop install it for ~$150. I have a 1-Up hitch that can be expanded to hold 4 bikes. Just using 1 tray is very compact when folded up and looks great! My only complaint is the backup camera thinks I'm 4" from hitting something when backing up. A "Bike Rack Mode" setting would be nice.
     

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    Then for you its well worth it!!
     
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    Wow! Looks cool but what if that sucker falls off on the freeway!!;)
     
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    I'm feeling pretty good it won't. Watch these for more




    and this article: http://www.cyclingweekly.com/reviews/bike-locks-racks-storage/mini-bomber-2-bike-rack
     
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