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LeafPowerIsIxE
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Location: San Diego, CA

Parked next to a new Bolt today....

Sat May 06, 2017 3:32 pm

That car is REALLY small! Beautiful smooth design, but everything looked minaturaized even compared to my Leaf (#NeverNissan). As I prepare for life after the Leaf, I'm looking at every EV option - trying to avoid a sedan (like the Model S); I haven't bought into the gull wing doors of the Model X, and I want pure EV (no Volt). So I'm looking forward to seeing what the Model 3 will bring....

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Re: Parked next to a new Bolt today....

Sat May 06, 2017 5:31 pm

Yes but according to the numbers :roll: the Bolt is larger than the Leaf......
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Re: Parked next to a new Bolt today....

Sat May 06, 2017 5:35 pm

Tesla Pickup Truck? Very interesting.....

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Re: Parked next to a new Bolt today....

Sat May 06, 2017 5:52 pm

Spec for spec, the Leaf has a slight edge in size....


Leaf Bolt
Wheelbase 106.3 102.4
Overall length 175 164
Overall width 69.7 59.1
Overall height 61 62.9
Track width (front/rear) 60.6/60.4 59.1/59.1
INTERIOR (INCHES)
Head room 41.2 39.7
Leg room 42.1 41.6
Hip room (front/rear) 51.7 51.6
Shoulder room (fr/rear) 54.3 54.6

LeftieBiker
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Re: Parked next to a new Bolt today....

Sat May 06, 2017 7:24 pm

Just so you know: there is a Bolt topic. I'll link it here shortly. There is plenty of comparing going on there. There is also at least one other topic about buying/leasing options.


http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=18907


Leaf vs Bolt:

http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=23753
2013 "Brilliant Silver" SV with Premium Package and no QC, and 2009 Vectrix VX-1 with 18 Leaf cells.

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Re: Parked next to a new Bolt today....

Mon May 08, 2017 12:55 pm

I like mine...

ImageUntitled by tk_1971, on Flickr

Still have the Leaf. The C went to a Marine who needed a car.

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Re: Parked next to a new Bolt today....

Tue May 09, 2017 3:39 pm

tk1971 wrote:I like mine...

ImageUntitled by tk_1971, on Flickr

Still have the Leaf. The C went to a Marine who needed a car.



Hey TK: Do you know if the Bolt will allow a trailer hitch to be installed. For a bike rack - not towing.... I fit one effectively to my Leaf.

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Re: Parked next to a new Bolt today....

Tue May 09, 2017 4:58 pm

LeafPowerIsIxE wrote:
tk1971 wrote:I like mine...

ImageUntitled by tk_1971, on Flickr

Still have the Leaf. The C went to a Marine who needed a car.



Hey TK: Do you know if the Bolt will allow a trailer hitch to be installed. For a bike rack - not towing.... I fit one effectively to my Leaf.


Looks like it:

https://www.etrailer.com/question-192438.html

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Re: Parked next to a new Bolt today....

Tue May 09, 2017 8:39 pm

LeafPowerIsIxE wrote:Hey TK: Do you know if the Bolt will allow a trailer hitch to be installed. For a bike rack - not towing.... I fit one effectively to my Leaf.


Yep, on the forums, I'm actually one of the first if not THE first to install a Curt hitch on my Bolt.

ImageUntitled by tk_1971, on Flickr

There's this whole thread or two about how low the Curt hitch receiver was (about 7" from the ground). I ended up having a welder modify it to get it higher, but the design of the hitch didn't work with my bike rack. Things were visibly bending after hitting the trail.

ImageUntitled by tk_1971, on Flickr

Had to pull up on the hitch to bend it back.

ImageUntitled by tk_1971, on Flickr
Good thing Draw-Tite just came out with a better (IMO) designed hitch. The Draw-Tite supports the hitch not only at the bumper bar support but there are two metal supports linking up to the support beams under the car. NO mods needed on the Draw-Tite hitch, so I ended buying and installing that one too. Now I have 2 hitches.

Here's a side by side of the hitches. Notice how the Curt hitch has all 4 supports at the same plane.
Imagehitch side by side by tk_1971, on Flickr

Closeup of the bottom beam supports on the Draw-Tite. Notice the support from 2 different planes:
ImageUntitled by tk_1971, on Flickr

Here's the Curt hitch with a much lighter rack. This worked for me until I received my Draw-Tite hitch.
ImageUntitled by tk_1971, on Flickr


Bottom Line: get the Draw-Tite

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Re: Parked next to a new Bolt today....

Tue May 09, 2017 8:48 pm

tk1971 wrote:
LeafPowerIsIxE wrote:Hey TK: Do you know if the Bolt will allow a trailer hitch to be installed. For a bike rack - not towing.... I fit one effectively to my Leaf.


Yep, on the forums, I'm actually one of the first if not THE first to install a Curt hitch on my Bolt.

ImageUntitled by tk_1971, on Flickr

There's this whole thread or two about how low the Curt hitch receiver was (about 7" from the ground). I ended up having a welder modify it to get it higher, but the design of the hitch didn't work with my bike rack. Things were visibly bending after hitting the trail.

ImageUntitled by tk_1971, on Flickr

Had to pull up on the hitch to bend it back.

ImageUntitled by tk_1971, on Flickr
Good thing Draw-Tite just came out with a better (IMO) designed hitch. The Draw-Tite supports the hitch not only at the bumper bar support but there are two metal supports linking up to the support beams under the car. NO mods needed on the Draw-Tite hitch, so I ended buying and installing that one too. Now I have 2 hitches.

Here's a side by side of the hitches. Notice how the Curt hitch has all 4 supports at the same plane.
Imagehitch side by side by tk_1971, on Flickr

Closeup of the bottom beam supports on the Draw-Tite. Notice the support from 2 different planes:
ImageUntitled by tk_1971, on Flickr

Here's the Curt hitch with a much lighter rack. This worked for me until I received my Draw-Tite hitch.
ImageUntitled by tk_1971, on Flickr


Bottom Line: get the Draw-Tite


Thanx for the detailed summary! I won't use anything but a hitch mounted bike rack. It took almost a year to get a hitch compatible with my new Genesis V-8. I had the same issue with the hitch being too low and scraping the bike rack every time I went up and down my driveway. I use a Thule 990XT Doubletrack, which is not light. The hitch I installed on my Leaf was perfect from the start. Spoiled me.

Nonetheless --- #NeverNissan.

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