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I wanted to take my track tires/rims, tools, etc. to local track events, but no one makes a tow package for the Z. When the tow bar was removed from the receiver, I wanted it completely hidden and not have to cut into the stock bumper cover. To get all this, I decided to design one myself.

I came up with two designs, one for a class 1 hitch that bolts to the stock extruded aluminum bumper, and a class 2 design that bolts directly to the bumper mounts on the frame. Since my primary use was to tow a lightweight trailer to the track, I decided to have the class 1 design fabricated. I got the parts back from the powder coater on Friday, installed and tested it this weekend. Here are some pics.

Parts kit including custom bits


First test fit


Receiver truly hidden (Why can you always read the label that says 'Hidden Hitch?')


Oh, there it is.....


With the custom draw bar installed


I'm quite satisfied with the fit and ride during my test runs with fully loaded (~650lbs) trailer attached.
 

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If I pm my e-mail address can you supply me with the drawings, or are you going to sell them to others. I would like both designs if possible so I can decide which to make for myself.
 

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Originally, I just wanted to make one for myself, but as I was doing research for this I got a lot of people asking if I'd be interested in making one for them. If I get enough real interest (group buy?) to do a limited production run to get the price down....

Any interest here?
 

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Looks Great (on and off the car!). How long did it take to install?
 

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Wow thats a great design! I am sure you will have no problems finding a market to sell those.
 

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Thanks!

This first one took a long time since I had to take measurements, pics, dry-fit between fab and powdercoat, etc. Here's my estimation for subsequent installs:

Remove rear bumper cover: 30-40 minutes (5 hours without ESM instructions)
Remove rear bumper: 5 minutes
Mark and drill 5 holes in bumper and extension plates: 1-2 hours; less w/a drill press.
Reinstall rear bumper: 5 minutes
Install Receiver bracket: 2 minutes
Wiring: 1 hour
Reinstall rear bumper cover: 45 minutes

So, let's be really conservative and call it a 5-6 hour job.
 

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I'm also very interested; please either send me the drawings or the price if you put a group purchase together. Thanks, Gary
 

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I'm working on the details of a group buy. I may have details later this evening.
 

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I am interested, but would it be possible to just have another receiver instead of the ball? I guess it would be sort of a receiver extension. The only reason I ask is my primary reason for wanting a tow receiver is for a hitch mounted bike rack. I won't dare put any sort of rack on my car that might marr or scuff my paint up, and the only other ones out there are just plain ugly. Yours looks top notch, and it is definately the way to go. Thanks man
 

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OK, I've got some interesting news.

First, I talked to my aluminum structures expert, and he is confident that the hitch as designed, will tow up to a 1000 lb. load without weakening the bumper, even over time. Excellent.

Second, I talked with my fabricator about limited run manufacturing. We discussed reducing costs, increasing quality and lead times. Some of the custom welds would be replaced with press brakes (bends). The plates would be stamped instead of cut and drilled. The draw bar would be a solid piece, double bent, instead of lots of welds. The dimensions would stay exactly the same, as well as the function. Powercoating (base coat and clearcoat) would stay the same. They would look VERY nice.

The kit would include the same two custom pieces, nuts and bolts, hitch pin & wiring kit. Hitch ball not included, so you can match the size with your trailer, and save the cost of shipping this heavy component.

So, with all that said, here's my proposal for a group buy. Minimum participation of 5 units would put the price at $379.00 each kit, plus shipping. If I get a list of at least 6 (never get full participation) I'll collect payments via PayPal, and have the fabricator start. It will take two weeks max. to get the fab, welding, and powdercoating done.

This is not what I do for a living, and I'm not making any money at this price. I'm just trying to support the community.
 

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So, instead of the draw bar the way I have it, you would just want a 1-1/4" horizontal receiver that would then connect to a standard class 1 bicycle rack?

I don't see why not. Would you want the wiring kit? Could you give me a web link to a bike rack that you'd use?
 

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So, instead of the draw bar the way I have it, you would just want a 1-1/4" horizontal receiver that would then connect to a standard class 1 bicycle rack?

I don't see why not. Would you want the wiring kit? Could you give me a web link to a bike rack that you'd use?
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I'm also very interested in a receiver hitch to use a bike rack, no wiring kit needed. The rack I use is a Saris T-RAX. Here's the web link:Saris T-RAX
 

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The list so far...

John
PDX_Racer
luttmeister

Three more under 'very interested' but I haven't heard a GO yet...
 

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New List....


John
PDX_Racer
luttmeister
jbenedict


Yes, that is exactly what I was looking for. I actually never purchased a rack since I never had a hitch to put it on =) so I can just buy whatever one fits. Any suggestions out there for bike racks?
 

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Da Final List....

John
PDX_Racer (PM w/shipping charges sent)
luttmeister
jbenedict
tomzzy
DriveI65 (PM w/shipping charges sent)

PM me with your mailing addresses so I can start calculating shipping charges...
 

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Da List Updatate....

John (PM with total charges sent)
PDX_Racer (PM w/shipping charges sent)
luttmeister
jbenedict (PM w/shipping charges sent)
tomzzy
DriveI65 (decided not to join)

If you haven't yet, PM me with your mailing addresses so I can start calculating shipping charges...
 

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Da List Update....

John (PM'd with total charges sent)
PDX_Racer (PM'd with total charges sent)
luttmeister (Waiting on shipping address)
jbenedict (PM with total charges sent)
tomzzy (Waiting on shipping address)
DriveI65 (decided not to join)

If you haven't yet, PM me with your mailing addresses so I can start calculating shipping charges...
 

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Da List Update....

John (Payment Received)
PDX_Racer (PM'd with total charges sent)
luttmeister (Waiting on shipping address)
jbenedict (PM'd with total charges sent)
tomzzy (PM'd with total charges sent)
DriveI65 (decided not to join)
 

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Da List Update....

John (Payment Received. Thank's John!)
PDX_Racer (PM'd with total charges sent)
luttmeister (Waiting on shipping address)
jbenedict (PM'd with total charges sent)
tomzzy (PM'd with total charges sent)
DriveI65 (decided not to join)
DmanG281 (PM'd with total charges sent)
daveh (PM'd with total charges sent)
 
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