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Leaf Quick Release Hitch for bike racks or cargo

Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:46 am

This started in the long "Bike Rack" thread, but I'm moving over here.

Electric4Me wrote:
Christopher wrote:
blorg wrote:Well, come on then, where are the bloody pictures! I want to see.)

I've got pictures of the gathering plus a video of Bill demoing his bike hitch on my web site:
http://crimdom.net/photos/2011/bay-leaf ... -demo.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Thanks for posting those! In this case a video is worth a thousand pictures! :D

[2/18/13 edit: fixed video link above. Note: this video is of the prototype hitch. The release mechanism has evolved in the production hitch and doesn't interfere with the carpet.]

Drilling is not required to mount the hitch! See pics below, installation instructions, and installation video.
The design has been updated to be convenient to release from inside the trunk, more secure, and more compatible with the use of Nissan's trunk cargo organizer (it no longer needs to be removed to release the QR Hitch). The release cable is just inside the trunk and pulls vertically. It is also lockable for additional security if desired. The factory tie down hook functionality is maintained.

The hitch is only 12 lbs of permanently installed weight, and 10 lbs more when the Quick Release receiver is in. The small hole (or flap, if you choose) in the bottom plastic isn't visible unless you bend down to look under the car. The cargo capacity is 200 lbs, and it was designed for stiffness so that it wouldn't sag under load. Tow chain loops can be added upon request, though the QR hitch should be locked on for towing.

Shoot me a PM or an email [bill at billgigi dot com] for current pricing.

Here are some pictures (shown with optional tow chain loops):

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Also, my daughter has designed an optional storage/carry bag for the QR Hitch. Here are some pics:
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[Note: all storage bag proceeds will go to her as I'm paying for the materials to support her. ;) ]

Installation instructions are available [2011-12 pdf] or [2013+ pdf].

5-14-2017 edit:
One more left! See this post: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=7829&p=472985#p472985
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Re: Leaf Quick Release Hitch for bike racks or cargo

Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:29 am

This kit is maturing nicely!

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Re: Leaf Quick Release Hitch for bike racks or cargo

Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:17 pm

I have 4 hitches in stock. Ping me if you're interested!
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Re: Leaf Quick Release Hitch for bike racks or cargo

Sat May 12, 2012 12:32 pm

DESIGN UPDATE!!

This hitch no longer requires drilling through the frame to install!! Installation is now easy in ~1/2 hour.

I have 2 in stock at this time.

Bill
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Re: Leaf Quick Release Hitch for bike racks or cargo

Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:44 pm

Another batch of QR Hitches is in work. I've also made a high speed video so that you can see the easy ~30 minute installation process in ~7 minutes:


http://youtu.be/wJbZgezZS_U

The pics in the first post have been updated to show the current "no frame drilling" design". The detailed installation instructions are now updated (the link is at the bottom of the first post).

PM or email me if you'd like to get on the list.
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Re: Leaf Quick Release Hitch for bike racks or cargo

Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:54 pm

Nice new design Bill. Drilling straight was a bit of a challenge, but I'm totally happy with the end result. Love taking my bike places to ride in the Leaf.

Here are some images from the old thread about bike racks in general. I suppose this is a better place for the images since it is your design.

me wrote:I can say this is my second most favorite mod/addition to my leaf, behind the seat heaters. Electric4Me has a fantastic product here. Pictured with my wife's very heavy cruiser on the bike rack.

Edit: make that my third favorite...EVSE Upgrade, Seat Heaters, Receiver hitch for my bike rack.

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Re: Leaf Quick Release Hitch for bike racks or cargo

Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:21 pm

More hitches are available at this time. Don't wait until spring/summer when I have a long waiting list! :D
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Re: Leaf Quick Release Hitch for bike racks or cargo

Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:20 pm

I'm still trying to get permission from "she-who-must-be-obeyed".
10,000 more atta-boys's to go . . . . . :)

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Re: Leaf Quick Release Hitch for bike racks or cargo

Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:47 pm

I'm already putting mine to good use. It's holding four bikes (along with an extra passenger seat) with room for one more bike :)

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Re: Leaf Quick Release Hitch for bike racks or cargo

Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:09 pm

cracovian wrote:I'm already putting mine to good use. It's holding four bikes (along with an extra passenger seat) with room for one more bike :)

Looks good Jan!
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