My bike rack hitch is 13 lbs net, but I prioritized stiffness over extreme light weight (so that it wouldn't sag with 4 bikes or extra cargo loaded on).TonyWilliams wrote:Trailer hitch is in the plan !! Mostly for bike racks, wheel chairs, rack for hauling bags of messy stuff that you don't want in your car (like fertilizer, gasoline cans, dirty camping stuff, etc).Herm wrote:How about a place to bolt-on a towing hitch?.. for a small trailer.
Tony, you plan to reinstall the rear underbody shield after you mount the spare?
Mine will be "aerospace" inspired for the lightest weight. Virtually anything else offered is typically a HUGE, overbuilt hunk of steel, and they're always heavy. You're never going to haul a heavy trailer with the LEAF.
I do plan to reinstall the rear under-body panel.
See Christopher's post here for some video: http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... 2&start=20
How often do you plan on hauling gasoline cans??
Gary, what you suggest here shouldn't be hard to do, but will likely affect the cleanliness of the underside mechanisms (parking brake) more than the drag. I've driven around for a week with the rear under cover removed completely and couldn't tell the difference in range.garygid wrote:With care cutting out the "30-inch hole" in the rear under-body panel, the cut-out piece could be used as a "cover" for the hole. It could be fitted back in nicely, perhaps using "clips" to hold it onto the rim of the new "wheel tub".
Then, lowering the tire/wheel might be enough weight to pop the clips out, and the "cover" (and clips) could be replaced later when the car is on a rack.
The airflow under the car will be faster than the speed of the car, and buffeting (caused by the edges of the large cutout) could be a problem, possibly ripping off the remaining part of the rear under-panel, or causing severe buffeting noise.
It might also create substantial drag, possibly by changing the carefully-designed turbulant airflow at the high-drag back-end of the car.