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I installed a Torklift Central Ecohitch to be used with a Kuat Transfer 3 hitch-mount bike rack. Seems to work great!

The Ecohitch instructions were quite good. It seems to be a very solid hitch. It folds up for storage, and folds down at an angle to allow the hatch to open.

Let me know if you have any questions!
 

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How was the fit? I've held off buying this hitch due to some reports that the holes didn't line up properly and needed redrilling or grinding.
 

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Adding a hitch is something I've pondered. Primarily to act as a psudeo pickup truck bed when needed.

This is a mightyfold 8' X 4' utility trailer, DIY modified with gates
(Weight of Trailer – 260 lbs. Max Load Capacity – 920 lbs. Gross Axle Weight Rating – 1180 lbs.):



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torn down and folded up:



What is the Bolt's towing capacity? Any thoughts on this idea?
 

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How was the fit? I've held off buying this hitch due to some reports that the holes didn't line up properly and needed redrilling or grinding.
I had an Ecohitch installed on my Bolt a few months ago. I can't tell you how difficult the install was because I had the Torklift guys do it. Since they did the work themselves I assume that any fitment issues would have been reported back to the manufacturing team...
 

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My concern stems from reports of fitment issues reported on this forum by several members - even on "updated" hitches: http://www.chevybolt.org/forum/221346-post138.html
I'd really like a bolt-on product to bolt on.

Also, a potential issue with 3rd party installers is that unless you have a solid relationship with them, then their best interest is served by saving time and getting you out the door and your money in the till. If that means grinding out holes or using advanced installation techniques like a BFH - cest la vie. I could end up with bent/mis-aligned parts, missing rust inhibitor (paint or powder coating) due to grinding/hammering, or damaged mount points as in the @brownian example above.
 

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What is the Bolt's towing capacity? Any thoughts on this idea?
My Prius is rated to tow nothing, and here's what I'm told is 1800 lbs in a very similar trailer.






...and a photo where you can barely see my EVSE hanging above the motorcycle.



My concern stems from reports of fitment issues...
Also, a potential issue with 3rd party installers is that unless you have a solid relationship with them, then their best interest is served by saving time and getting you out the door and your money in the till.
I don't mind tinkering to get something to work if it was super cheap, but these Torklift hitches are twice the price of other hitches. There is no excuse when you pay a premium. I had no issue installing my Torklift hitch, but that was on a Prius.

Your point about a company rushing a job is true for most transactions, which is one of the reasons I prefer to do things myself. In this case I don't think there is much at risk for an improvised install, as hitches are usually just 4 bolts and possibly cutting a little plastic away. If the bolts are in and snug, the hitch and the rest of the car should be ready to go.

It's the oil change shops that I don't trust. Stripped oil pans, cross threaded drain bolts, missing crush washers, plastic cover to the drain thrown away, etc, etc. I know a manager of a lube shop, and it's standard practice to deny all damage claims.
 

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Also, a potential issue with 3rd party installers is that unless you have a solid relationship with them, then their best interest is served by saving time and getting you out the door and your money in the till. If that means grinding out holes or using advanced installation techniques like a BFH - cest la vie.
Oh Man. I went to U-Haul for a 'professional' installation of the hitch on the new '99 Outback. The 'hitch install specialist' was stoned to the point of slurred speech and too fat to get off his stool without panting. And just plain stupid. First step was he set his impact wrench to the wrong direction and instantly snapped off one of the two studs for the rear tailpipe bracket. It went downhill from there.

Last step was he disappeared and after waiting too long I found him wandering all over the shop facility, the big regional trailer/truck overhaul site. He said the reason he was gone so long was because he couldn't find a 2 inch ball anywhere no matter who he asked. I pointed out there was one, he had put it on his workbench behind the car when he started the project.

The biggest trailer rental company in the world has no balls?????

True story. Caveat Emptor.
 

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Not to sidetrack the thread but as for Uhaul being the place to get hitches.... years ago when I bought a honda element, the uhaul place told me they could get a hitch in stock for me in a few days. So two weeks later, calling and asking where it is and no one knowing anything, I ordered online from etrailer. I installed it at home just fine. About 6 months later I got a call from.... uhaul with my hitch on hand.

As for the Bolt, manual says no towing, but I'm sure you *could* if you wanted to. Caveat emptor.
 

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thanks for sharing the [U-Haul] story. Did the installer straighten everything out, or was someone else pulled in to clean up the mess?
I watched and guided the very stoned installer through his process. Then later went to my neighborhood U-Haul shop and had them drill out and re-thread the exhaust hanger stud that the dope had snapped off.

That's the only 'professional' install I ever paid for, before or since. I've done a half dozen or so myself on other cars.
 

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How was the fit? I've held off buying this hitch due to some reports that the holes didn't line up properly and needed redrilling or grinding.
I was concerned about that too, as I also saw those reports of the holes not quite lining up. The hitch I received had slotted holes, and the bolts fit pretty close to the center of the slots. Bottom line is that it was not an issue for me, but of course YMMV.

I did make sure that the hitch would fit before cutting away the slot on the bumper, just in case...
 

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I was concerned about that too, as I also saw those reports of the holes not quite lining up. The hitch I received had slotted holes, and the bolts fit pretty close to the center of the slots. Bottom line is that it was not an issue for me, but of course YMMV.

I did make sure that the hitch would fit before cutting away the slot on the bumper, just in case...
I'm wondering if anyone has installed this hitch on a 2018 model year. I'm 99% certain there aren't any changes from the 2017 to the 2018, but because Torklift has only tested on a 2017, they aren't willing to waive the 15% restock fee if I order the hitch and it doesn't fit.

Also, has anyone done this on a lease vehicle? If so, any concerns about trimming the section of the undercarriage?

Thanks!
 

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I'm wondering if anyone has installed this hitch on a 2018 model year. I'm 99% certain there aren't any changes from the 2017 to the 2018, but because Torklift has only tested on a 2017, they aren't willing to waive the 15% restock fee if I order the hitch and it doesn't fit.
If someone with a 2018 responds, that's great. But if not, I wouldn't let it stop me - IMHO there's virtually no chance that the mounting points have changed.
 

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I'm wondering if anyone has installed this hitch on a 2018 model year. I'm 99% certain there aren't any changes from the 2017 to the 2018, but because Torklift has only tested on a 2017, they aren't willing to waive the 15% restock fee if I order the hitch and it doesn't fit.

Also, has anyone done this on a lease vehicle? If so, any concerns about trimming the section of the undercarriage?

Thanks!
I'd price out the replacement trim piece before proceeding on modifying a lease vehicle. GM may try to charge you an exorbitant fee to put the vehicle back to like new condition.
 

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How was the fit? I've held off buying this hitch due to some reports that the holes didn't line up properly and needed redrilling or grinding.
My son and I followed the instructions,which are very clear; the assembly was a breeze. Start to finish it too about an hour, including the cutting of the rear skirt. Everything lined up perfectly.
 

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I'd price out the replacement trim piece before proceeding on modifying a lease vehicle. GM may try to charge you an exorbitant fee to put the vehicle back to like new condition.
Save the piece, and just glue/tape it back on before lease turn in inspection. They'll never know. :p
 

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I installed a Torklift Central Ecohitch to be used with a Kuat Transfer 3 hitch-mount bike rack. Seems to work great!

The Ecohitch instructions were quite good. It seems to be a very solid hitch. It folds up for storage, and folds down at an angle to allow the hatch to open.

Let me know if you have any questions!
I was looking at the Transfer 3 website and Küat says clearly, "the Transfer 3 cannot be used on Class 1 hitches". eTrailer also says the Transfer 3 is compatible with Class 2-3, but not Class 1.

I assume this is because of the weight of the rack (20lbs more than Transfer 2), the extra bike, and the leverage of having a third bike farther from the car/hitch.

How has it been working for you, since you've had it longer? Worried about bending or breaking anything?
 

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I also had a Curt hitch receiver installed. There were warnings about not having more than two bikes in a carrier for the hitch. Even with two hybrid bikes, I wouldn't dare carry more. When I hit the bumps, there is tremendous pressure on the hitch from the up/down motion.
With more than two bikes, you may end up with bikes on the road, causing a lot of grief. I don't think there is a lot of strength where the hitch carrier is attached to the body. Good luck!
 

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Greetings from a new member here.

Just about to install a Torklift hitch on the 2018 Bolt I reluctantly obtained as replacement for our Volt (turns out my spine is 10 years too old for 57" entry height and squatty Volt doors, even after I've withered down to 6'1.5").

The Torklift "Invisi-Hitch" we put on the Volt has been just dandy but there was a bit too much Googling involved with installing it due to the unmentioned hidden clips attaching the sides of the rear fascia to the quarterpanels (easy to damage paint).

Question for those who've undone the rear fascia on the Bolt: are similar hidden clips of fear and loathing to be found on the fascia sides of the Bolt? Thanks for any insight.
 
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