sandange
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:49 am

I'll get back with some pictures soon , seems like old man winter decided to dump some of the white stuff on us this morning and I'm not too keen on crawling around in it
Puey Bluey 2014 Miev
103.768 miles, 167,000 km
Previous EVs
Blackie - 2012 ES Miev 2 years - 67,000 km / (41,630 miles)
Total Electric miles driven 145,400 miles (234,000 km)
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sandange
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:56 am

I was wrong about the L bracket it does go on the Right hand side.


Had a chance to get some more pictures done, About as good as I can with out a full lift.
I indicated what I believe to be the mounting bolt locations. Keep in mind I personally did not install the hitch.

More details here slide - show link again.
http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Sandange/slideshow/miev/I%20Miev%20Trailer%20Hitch

Hope this clears thing up.
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Puey Bluey 2014 Miev
103.768 miles, 167,000 km
Previous EVs
Blackie - 2012 ES Miev 2 years - 67,000 km / (41,630 miles)
Total Electric miles driven 145,400 miles (234,000 km)
http://thecordstead.blogspot.ca/

offgridQLD
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:19 pm

Thanks for taking the time to take the new pics. Interesting how they have attached part of the hitch to the panhard rod mount on the left hand side, I wasn't expecting that .

From the look of it the main forward bolt location points I could use the same on the Asian model but our chassis rails end shortly after that location and we dont have the plates on the end of the chassis rails where they have attached the two small bolts each side.

Our bumper is a very light weight hollow plastic job with just two thin strips of steel holding it place (different set of regulations over here)

Pic under our Asian model Imiev
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Comparing that to the US model .
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from the other side
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Anyhow It was handy to see how they went about it and I am sure I will come up with something for the sian style Imiev.

Kurt
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sandange
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:06 am

Good luck with your design.
Do share some pictures with your version for the Asian models , might be of help to some of our forum members here.
Sandy
Puey Bluey 2014 Miev
103.768 miles, 167,000 km
Previous EVs
Blackie - 2012 ES Miev 2 years - 67,000 km / (41,630 miles)
Total Electric miles driven 145,400 miles (234,000 km)
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svingen
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

Fri May 02, 2014 8:48 am

any one try this on a EU i-miev?
have a ION from denmark (live in norrway)
gues i have to take a look bellow and see how thing is under the "hood" :)

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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

Sat May 02, 2015 10:49 am

I bought one of those Tork Lift hitches when they had their super-sale at the end of last year and am about to crawl under the car and install it just to see how it fits and to see how long an installation would take on a recurring basis, as I then will probably take it off until I *really* need it.

For those who have done it, where's the best place to tap into the wiring?
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sandange
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

Sat May 02, 2015 2:47 pm

Sorry Joe didn't do the wiring myself but here is where the wiring was tucked away.

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Puey Bluey 2014 Miev
103.768 miles, 167,000 km
Previous EVs
Blackie - 2012 ES Miev 2 years - 67,000 km / (41,630 miles)
Total Electric miles driven 145,400 miles (234,000 km)
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

Sun May 03, 2015 7:35 am

Sandy, thank you for that wiring photo. That's certainly a very good place to store the long pigtail and when using it simply bring the wire out under the hatch. I'm curious where the other end of that pigtail terminates?
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

Sat May 16, 2015 9:18 am

Installed the Tork Lift hitch reciever yesterday. It's a very well made product certainly good quality and attention to detail.

I weighed the whole thing including bolts etc. at 41 lbs. Not too bad but heavier than optimum. Better nice and strong IMO. Install was straight forward but not easy by myself and without a lift. After spending the afternoon on the garage floor lifting and wrenching I felt like I had been mugged when I got up this morning. Aging sucks plain and simple! Glad I did it myself even though. You just can't get stellar workmanship on YOUR stuff anywhere but alone in your own garage! I was able to take extra steps to insure nary a scratch to the frame and under carriage of the car. Ten years from now there won't be a whit of additional corrosion on the vehicle due to the hitch reciever install.

I intend to use it mostly for platform type hauling. Bikes mostly but I do intend to have a custom trailer by next summer or so. My informal towing rules for small cars are to not exceed the GVW of the vehicle including hitch, trailer and load. It's a bit conservative but a good rule of thumb. As for drive train wear and tear. That's all in the drivers hands. You can certainly impart less wear and tear driving with a loaded trailer, than without one if you want to.

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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

Sat May 16, 2015 2:43 pm

Aerowhatt wrote:Installed the Tork Lift hitch reciever yesterday... After spending the afternoon on the garage floor lifting and wrenching I felt like I had been mugged when I got up this morning. Aging sucks plain and simple! Glad I did it myself even though. You just can't get stellar workmanship on YOUR stuff anywhere but alone in your own garage! I was able to take extra steps to insure nary a scratch to the frame and under carriage of the car. Ten years from now there won't be a whit of additional corrosion on the vehicle due to the hitch reciever install. ...
I, too, spent a part of yesterday afternoon installing my Tork Lift hitch. Share your observations ... wasn't it Danny Glover who said "I'm getting too old for this!"? Nevertheless, Jazzercise four days a week and swimming daily is still keeping me limber, and it is satisfying to know that the job was done 'right'.

Some observations:

1. Tork Lift hitch is a solid piece of work. As the British would say, "it's rather Agricultural". Coming from a culture of designing for aircraft where weight is critical, I bemoan putting this overbuilt piece of gear onto our refined (for weight) little i-MiEV. I can't fault Tork Lift for this, as they have no control over what us turkey consumers will do with their product.

2. I had hoped to be able to install and remove the hitch only for the times I needed it; unfortunately, it is not a five-minute effort, especially single-handed. Let the record show that my wife helped out holding the darn thing up - induced her to assist by allowing how great it would be for toning her arms.

3. The written assembly procedure and parts list needs a little tweaking - I will send that to Tork Lift directly. Nothing major, but do have a serious 1/2" drill bit to tidy up one of the parts (in my case), a 1/2" internal tooth washer which was missing from the parts list, and plan ahead as you're doing the installation.

4. I really liked their little spring gadgets for feeding bolts through holes in channels. Two little tools that come with the hitch that I'm sure I'll use in the future.

5. It is a nice neat flush-mounted installation. Looks good and won't catch on anything.

6. It will have to be removed if someone wants to remove the rear bumper as it covers one of the fasteners for the bumper.

After my drive this morning I thankfully barely detected any difference in the car's handling on our dry roads. Perhaps a touch of oversteer from what I normally consider a neutral stance?

For myself, I intend to complete the wiring for a trailer connector, but will probably remove the hitch until there comes a time that my primary tow vehicle (Isuzu Trooper) becomes a guilt trip for lightweight loads.

Here's a load just right for the i-MiEV - my SeaCycle pedal-powered catamaran:

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Yes I can, Yes I can, …

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EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
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