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'.
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.
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