This is an ongoing diary of my Model Y purchasing experience. Day 1 and Day 2.
One reason I did not worry too much about the panel lag on my Model Y was that I was going to disassemble the entire back end to install a 3rd party tow hitch. I would rather Tesla obviously not, but their tow hitches were not available with the delivery of my car. They are now available to order.
What is my hurry? We are going to Vermont by the end of this week and we want to bring bikes …
I went with a popular 3rd party tow hitch from Torklift that cost $ 322, which was equivalent to a quarter of the price of a Tesla. Tesla’s tow package comes with NA 7-pin standard connector for electric / lights and takes advantage of its tow mode software so that the apples don’t compare to the apples at all. It also comes installed which is a big plus. But I’m only using the hitch for the bike so Tesla’s package is probably overkill.
Model Y Tow Hitch Install of Torklift
Torklift’s’ EcoHitch ™ shipped by FedEx Ground in about a week and arrived a few days before my Model Y. It is heavy at around 35 pounds. And lifting it shows why Tesla didn’t make it a standard feature. This adds some extra weight to the car which only some people may find valuable.
The process of unloading the rear end of the car, including the bumper, was very scary, especially since it was a new car. Torklift’s instructions were a poorly Xeroxed 14-page instruction guide that left much to be desired. His sped-up YouTube video did not help completely either.
Fortunately there were already some good YouTube videos (1, 2) that helped connect the dots.
I broadcast within myself Rich records And went to work yesterday afternoon. My dad’s tools were mostly fine for work, but I recommend you get 5/8 were or 15mm Deep Socket for pulling heavy-bolt on the inside bumper. I went to the hardware store last night and grabbed it for a long time with a strong socket wrench for $ 30.
You may also want to put the Model Y on the jack. I was not, but it would have been nice to have some more room when removing the bottom screws.
It took me about 4 hours in total, but if I had to redo what I learned, I could probably complete it in 1.5–2 hours. I didn’t do a video because you can already see people on YouTube above and not see my silly mistakes. But here are some massacres:
Model Y tow hitch observations
After digging around in the car, I can see why the nail panel is so hard at intervals. Most of this plastic is applied to steel and any bends or breaks occur in that plastic. I regained everything at least as good as it was before but it made some adjustments. There were some examples of additional glue and insulation as well as some bent parts, hopefully I might find out. I did not have a cross-threaded screw in the pan issue that both other YouTubers had.
Overall, I’m happy to save close to $ 900 in doing so, but I’m pretty sure if it was available last week I would just have to have a Tesla with them. I gained a much better understanding of the inner workings of the Model Y which may or may not come in handy later.
One thing I want to do in the future is some more soundproof insulation on the back of the car to help reduce road and suspension noise.
I have a Thule bike mount with a 2 inch receiver and it fits well. Unfortunately after all that work, I realize that my children’s new bikes don’t mount well so I may get a platform hitch.
The EcoHitch supports the same 350lbs weight, towing the 3500lbs as the Tesla so there should be no problem carrying some bikes. I might as well throw an ebay over there. It is super solid in my limited trial. It does not look gaudy at all.
Model Y Range with Bike?
Now my biggest concern is how much my range is going to be hit with the bike. I am also concerned that the Model Y will turn off the rear alert until I have the official Tesla “tow mode” option. I will be able to test and document this weekend en route to Vermont which is about 180 miles.
Until then, enjoy some shots of my work.
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