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    Cool Torklift Eco Hitch INSTALLED with pics and bike rack.

    Ordered a Torklift Eco Hitch:
    http://shop.tlcentral.com/store/pc/2...itch-p1068.htm

    Had the great folks over at Stingray Chevrolet do the install for me (took them no time at all)

    Installed a Thule 917XTR T2:
    http://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Bike-R.../TH917XTR.html

    Anyway since there are hardly any pictures of Volts with bike racks I figured I would post on the rack I got.

    Enjoy!








    The rack fits excellent, and it can be folded up when not in use. I just put this setup together today and have not got a chance to use it yet. I will post some more pics tomorrow. As you can see there is PLENTY of clearance so it is highly unlikely that one would scrape using this combo.

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    UPDATE!

    I apparently had the scoops for the wheels on backwards. No big deal, but a small modification is required. Without modification the scoop will hit the rear bumper when folded up. Only one scoop needs trimming.

    Pics of the modification of the scoops.





    The passenger side scoop DOES NOT need to be trimmed.


    UPDATE ON MILEAGE:

    Getting roughly 3.5 miles per kWh

    I went all highway yesterday at 65 MPH with the bike rack folded up, and achieved exactly 40 miles on a single charge.

    I went all highway today at 65 MPH with 2 bikes on the rack, and got 35 miles on a single charge.

    So, in the end, this hitch is by far the way to go if you are planning on hauling bikes, while the roof rack is by far the "coolest" way to haul them around IMO, my method appears to be more efficient which in the end is what really matters.


    Last edited by Mike McG; 03-17-2013 at 05:45 PM.
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    It looks great. Doesn't seem to have a clearance problem to me either.

    But can you explain to me your rationale to go with this hitch over the Invisi hitch that Torklift also offers? It's only $25 difference, so your decision can't be all about the price difference, no?

    And I wonder if you'd mind sharing what the installation cost is from Stingray, so I get an idea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volusiano View Post
    It looks great. Doesn't seem to have a clearance problem to me either.

    But can you explain to me your rationale to go with this hitch over the Invisi hitch that Torklift also offers? It's only $25 difference, so your decision can't be all about the price difference, no?

    And I wonder if you'd mind sharing what the installation cost is from Stingray, so I get an idea?
    I went with this style hitch, due to overall height. If the rack was mounted behind the tag, my bike would catch all sorts of wind, thus dropping the mileage, also I did not want to have a hole behind my tag. I paid for about a 45 minutes of service time. Since the rear bumper does not have to come off it saves a lot of cost as well.
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    Thanks. All good points about the wind resistance due to the height, and lower installation cost.

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    Wouldn't one expect a lithium powered electric bike on that carrier? lol
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    Looks good! Still on the edge, dont know if Id do a hitch rack or since I already have roof bike rails, get cross bars.... hmm. in the end it seems like it will cost about the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike McG View Post
    I went with this style hitch, due to overall height. If the rack was mounted behind the tag, my bike would catch all sorts of wind, thus dropping the mileage, also I did not want to have a hole behind my tag. I paid for about a 45 minutes of service time. Since the rear bumper does not have to come off it saves a lot of cost as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by Volusiano View Post
    Thanks. All good points about the wind resistance due to the height, and lower installation cost.
    I had the same exact question as Volusiano. Great reasons. Thank you so much for posting these photos. I've been thinking about doing this with mine. I currently slap a trunk carrier on the big old Caddy when I take my bike out but would like to have a way to do it with the Volt too. This seems like the best way to do it.
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    With the bikes low like that, what % mileage loss do you see?

    I considered the stealth hitch, but with the bike rack installed, I could picture the bottom of the rack tongue extension hitting the pavement when making a sudden transition on a short steep driveway. That looks that is a possibility from your photos. I did get the invisi-hitch and use a Yakima rack. Yes, there is significant aero drag with the bikes hanging high. CD range goes from 40 miles down to about 26 when driving at 65 mph. I'm taking the rack to welding shop to have them cut off about 15" off the rack vertical post to get the bikes back down behind the car. I may take the (bike) wheels off, too, on long trips. They add a lot of drag by themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maz94protege View Post
    Looks good! Still on the edge, dont know if Id do a hitch rack or since I already have roof bike rails, get cross bars.... hmm. in the end it seems like it will cost about the same.
    I am in the same boat, and the Rhino roof racks look nice. I am going to have to see if their aero cross bars will fit my existing bike rails. I think I would prefer the roof rack, but that is a very nice hitch setup!

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    I am also interested in this. Can you guys give me advice on whether to go with 2" or 1.25"?

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