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Torklift Ecohitch

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Richard10k, Jun 27, 2016.

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  1. Richard10k

    Richard10k New Member

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    Has anyone installed the ecohitch on a refreshed Tesla Model S, yet? I contacted the company and they have not had any experience in their main shop.
     
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    I did the same and I told them to get in touch when they had figured out how to deal with the refreshed body style.
     
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    So has anyone actually done this on a refresh model yet? I can't find a single picture or reference to anyone having done it other than that one line on the ecohitch website.

    I have my ecohitch sitting in the garage and I've got nothing to do tomorrow. Haha, I'm scared to start!
     
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    I emailed the folks at Torklift and here is what they said:

    "You can use the 2015 model if you would like but it does stick out the back and is not flush with the bumper. If you are local to WA (Kent) you can bring it in and could possibly receive a free undercover that we will make for you."
    Maybe some one at TMC from WA can stop by at the company in Kent.
     
  6. Dr. Smoke

    Dr. Smoke My former name was Edmond. Before that, Quantum`.

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    They're about 60 miles away and a real hassle to get to, given the bad part of town they're in. But I might make the trip down there soon. Installed the hitch on my 2015 today.

    I'm not paying no $100 for a cover though so the value of the trip is dicey.
     
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    I just finished installing the EcoHitch on my MS. Ok, I did not really installed it, Luis at Midnight Trailer in Redwood City did it. It fit really well. The only thing that does not work on the Model S Refresh is the undercover.

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    So Carlos, does the part that sticks out in your first picture always have to be there? Or only when you're planning to use the bike rack?

    Any thoughts on how much you think not having the cover will hurt you range-wise when not carrying bikes?

    Thanks,
    Rob
     
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    Hi @RobW2428 yes, the hitch receptor detaches when you don't need to use, and no one can tell you have a hitch in there.

    About your question on Range, I have no idea what would be te impact on range.
     
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    Great. Thanks Carlos.
     
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    I have been using my ecohitch for skis this winter, and it has been working great. Ski rack.jpg
     
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    It's a great product but a bitch to install.
    I have one sitting in my garage for a year now because I never installed on my "new" tesla
     
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    Can anyone recommend a good Torklift installer in Southern California? We called around several months ago and nothing seemed promising. We might also be willing to drive to NorCal, Vegas, or AZ for a great installer and a reasonable price.
     
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    Check local body shops, the toughest part of the install is the removal of the bumper and a body shop should be able to do
     
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    If you want to come down to Inglewood, we can do it my driveway easily enough. I've taken that bumper on and off a dozen times. It's cake.
     
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    Thank you for the offer! Sent a PM.
     
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    I have another question: Is there a potential issue with moisture and dirt intrusion under the car when the EcoHitch is in use?

    I ask because we'd expect to use the EcoHitch during winter, entailing lots of slush and road grime. In addition, we sometimes drive short distances on dirt roads (mainly to access trails).
     
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    We just had our EcoHitch installed and it seems quite solid, so from what I can see today, I'm happy with the product quality and the installer.

    The big negative, though, is that it's tricky to get in and out of our driveway without scraping the hitch, even with the suspension on "very high". (We normally have to raise the suspension due to the way our driveway slopes relative to the street.) I think this is something I can manage, but it looks to be a real problem for the other drivers in our family who already rely on me to back the Model S into the driveway for charging purposes. I really wish I had more carefully investigated whether rear clearance might be an issue.

    I suppose we could have held out for a Model X for its additional clearance as an alternative to buying a pre-owned Model S in 2016. However, I'm not a big fan of the unnecessarily slow and complex "falcon wing" doors and we weren't inclined to pay tens of thousands of dollars more (relative to a pre-owned Model S). Don't get me wrong - the falcon wing doors are cool to a degree and they wouldn't be a showstopper, but they do make the Model X less desirable in my eyes. Had we held out for a Model X, though, we'd have AWD and a more usable hitch for bicycles. Grrr.

    If you've read this far, thanks for tolerating my venting! Just be aware that retrofitting a hitch might not be the best approach for every Model S owner who wants to carry bikes. I may end up just detaching our EcoHitch and only using it for occasional long trips, if at all.
     
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    I just got mine installed at a (Tesla approved) body shop (while they had the the bumper out for some other work). Also bought the refresh undercover hitch from Torklift (bought from a local dealer that had it in stock - big surprise - they install one eco-hitch a week they said - Rack n Road in Campbell, CA - very informative on Teslas). If you have a refresh Tesla, definitely buy the undercover that is designed for it (the flat bottom is not really flat, two of its longer edges are slightly curved).
     
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    That's why I made this: https://goo.gl/photos/GYhrPdgLdqszUpFN8
     
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