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    I just finished the install of the hitch. The instructions are well written and include photos. The hardest part was trimming the underbody panel to fit around the hitch, and even that wasn't hard, just a little time consuming. The hitch utilizes two existing weld-nuts that are inside the frame rail on the passenger side. On the driver's side bolts, nuts, and reinforced plates are used inside the trunk floor. One hole is already in the floor, the other needs to be drilled. The only hiccup I found was I had to trim a third area of the underbody panel around one of the driver's side bolts that wasn't mentioned in the instructions, no big deal.

    1 - Trimmed underbody panel at passenger side. Rear = Down, Front = Up.
    2 - Hitch mounted. Looking from passenger side to driver side.
    3 - Hitch in the box. The draw bar and bolts were wrapped together during shipment.
    4 - Hitch mounted.
    5 - Looking down inside trunk - notice the galvenized reinfored mounting plates for the driver side of the hitch. Rear = Down, Front = Up
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    a few more pics.

    1 - Trimmed underbody panel at driver side. Rear = Right, Front = Left.
    2 - Underbody panel before trimming.
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    Thanks for posting the pictures, Heb80!

    Where is that first pic from? Is that the underside or is it inside the cargo area? Kind of hard to tell where the camera is pointed.

    What do plan on using the hitch for?
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    The first pic shows the forward-most bolt on the passenger side mount from under the car. It is showing one of the three areas that need to be trimmed on the underbody panel.

    I'll be using the hitch for a bike rack.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steverino View Post
    Thanks for posting the pictures, Heb80!

    Where is that first pic from? Is that the underside or is it inside the cargo area? Kind of hard to tell where the camera is pointed.

    What do plan on using the hitch for?
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    Please report back whether it ever scrapes when backing up or going through a dip.

    Nate

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    Will do.

    I don't anticipate the hitch itself ever scraping. You'd have to go through some extreme grade changes before the hitch would ever scrape at which point the front air dam would be ripped off the car too.

    The bike rack itself has an upward bend to it before the bike saddles so the bikes shouldn't scrape either.


    Quote Originally Posted by nater View Post
    Please report back whether it ever scrapes when backing up or going through a dip.

    Nate
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    Nice! I don't understand what the picture 5 of 5 is -- looking down from at the floor of the hatchback area?

    Also, would love to see a picture of the car with bike rack and bikes mounted.
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    Looking down inside trunk - notice the galvenized reinfored mounting plates for the driver side of the hitch. Rear = Down, Front = Up

    I'll get a pic of the bikes loaded up soon.

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveC5088 View Post
    Nice! I don't understand what the picture 5 of 5 is -- looking down from at the floor of the hatchback area?

    Also, would love to see a picture of the car with bike rack and bikes mounted.
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    Here are pics of the bike mounted up and some measurements. I don't think scraping the hitch should be an issue. The car's front "chin-splitter" is almost just as low and actually overhangs the front axle by 8 to 10 inches further than the hitch overhangs the rear axle. So, in other words, by the time the receiver scrapes I've already ripped off the plastic "chin-splitter". The rack itself angles upward enough that I don't see it being an issue either. I've used this particular rack on the back of my CTS Coupe that has a relatively low receiver and a much longer rear overhang.

    1 - Bike on rack
    2 - Measurement from front "chin-splitter" to ground (for comparison)
    3 - Measurement from rack to ground
    4 - Measurement from receiver to ground
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heb80 View Post
    Here are pics of the bike mounted up and some measurements. I don't think scraping the hitch should be an issue.
    Wow! This is almost exactly the setup I was looking to put on my 2013 Volt. Your Export rack looks identical to the Transit rack at Performance Bike. The only other measurement I was wondering about was how far back the rack extends. I was also wondering if the hitch puts too much torque on the pan where it mounts (one place that sells the Curt hitch states that a strap must be attached from the top of the carrier to the car). Have you ever put two bikes on the rack at the same time on your Volt? Given the low cost of the hitch vs. the one from Torklift Central I need a really good reason to spend a couple hundred $ more. Thanks for all the pictures and measurements.

    Wayne

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