Tesla model s tow hitch




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  • The EcoHitch® Stealth hitch for the Tesla Model S is designed to be completely concealed with a removable receiver so you don't have to see an.

    The safest, most exhilarating sedan on the road, your Tesla Model S needs a trailer hitch that will be able to keep up with all your driving needs.

    Made for the Tesla Model S, EcoHitch provides you with a no drill application towing solution designed to complement the aerodynamic contours and underbody.

    Tesla model s tow hitch

    Tesla model s tow hitch

    Debris and road grit impact the paint, the paint is compromised and slowly but surely, rust takes hold and soon coats the entire assembly. The EcoHitch is designed to be sandwiched between these beefy beams and the rear crash beam. You must log in or sign up to post here. Having seen the pictures, I was almost a little grateful that the car was hit. There were a couple of necessary deviations worth noting.

    Tesla model s tow hitch

    Tesla model s tow hitch

    Tesla model s tow hitch

    Tesla model s tow hitch

    Tesla model s tow hitch

    Model S Tow hitch | Tesla

    While there is a dedicated group of owners who like to cram their origami bicycles into the front of the vehicle, for most of us the alternatives were pretty limited— especially if you have children, as most DOT rules prohibit using bikes piled on their laps as a restraining device, effective though they may be. Perhaps as a result of the Tesla being touted as a family car, the panoramic sunroof became one of the most desired options— and priced accordingly— not for its swagger and bragging rights, but for its practical rack mounts.

    The reality of a roof rack is another story. Scouring their website quickly assured me that getting hitched with Torklift was no shotgun wedding. Though the relationship was new, Tesla and EcoHitch had already consummated their passionate courtship. Could it really provide a stable mounting point and stay discreet? It seems almost too clever to be true.

    Tesla model s tow hitch

    I was still in disbelief. The last hitch I installed on a car was a couple Subarus ago and its complex assortment of braces hung well south of the exhaust system and rust was never a concern because it was regularly scraped off the bottom edge by even modest speed bumps. The EcoHitch, by contrast, is delightfully small and simple. At the back of the rolling chassis are two blunted aluminium 8-shaped extrusions, which on an actual Model S extend to the rear of the car. The rear crash beam bolts onto these beams and ties the structure together.

    The EcoHitch is designed to be sandwiched between these beefy beams and the rear crash beam. To get the hitch there, however, a complete disassembly of the back end of the car is required. Mine took a little over 4 hours but these guys were making a lot of fine tuning and sweating each detail— they even color-matched a small tin of paint so the tool marks on the bumper bolts which no one will likely ever see would still look factory fresh. We also decided to reuse the Tesla bolts where possible instead of the Torklift ones.

    Tesla model s tow hitch

    The EcoHitch requires no drilling anywhere— well, almost. The most nerve-wracking part of the installation, the cutting of an access hole in the rear diffuser, was no less daunting to behold than to imagine. I was in good hands but still incredulous I was letting someone do this… hats off to any DIYer who has the cojones to hack at their car. There were a couple of necessary deviations worth noting. A couple of washers the Torklift instructions indicated should be removed were so tightly affixed by the sealants and overspray that we had to leave them in place.

    Another reminder was a fob? With the hitch installed and the car back together the result was… underwhelming. It is absolutely invisible from any normal standing height. There is no bling. The only indication anything has happened is the hole in the diffuser with just enough room to comfortably fit your wrist into and to work a socket wrench to attach the drop post receiver. Value on a product field of exactly ONE player can be hard to determine.

    The Execuhitch is easily twice the cost plus installation but does include a wiring harness. Only as this market evolves with more competition can the value really be assessed.

    Tesla model s tow hitch

    Fitting the receiver is a straightforward affair. A gentle tug allows the Undercover to slide down and out. Lift the receiver into the fitting and lock it down with the included bolts and lock washers. The receiver tucks in higher than the lowest hanging part of the diffuser fins but the departure angle is reduced quite a bit with a rack attached, as you would expect. The receiver itself pokes out from the bumper only slightly.

    We tried fitting both a Yakima and a Thule rack to the receiver and found that both had plenty of clearance for a moving hatch when empty— but only with the Thule was there even a chance of doing so with a loaded rack. With a rack fitted the EcoHitch receiver was making some clunks. We bounced around quite a bit of rough terrain on our outing without any noise.

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