I installed, with the help of my wife, a 2" Torklift Central hitch on our Energi today. http://shop.tlcentra...Hitch-p1080.htm It was fairly easy to do for us 60-somethings, and took about 1.5 hours, with some of that correcting a mistake I made. The hitch costs $250 delivered within a few days of ordering. The short instructions were good, although the pictures could have been a little clearer. (The Prius instructions were also included and their pictures were better.)
Here's how it arrives, wrapped like a mummy. Takes awhile to unwrap. The hitch is well-made and painted nicely.
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The hitch behind the car.
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I rolled my car onto some leveling blocks I had from my RV days, and also used a jack to make holding it up easier as the wife wasn't up to much weight lifting and holding. The jack could have made it a one-person job.
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The hitch bolts into six threaded holes on the car. No drilling required. This is what makes this an easy install. This is the driver's side attachment, with the muffler plate on top of the hitch plate. Note: Two of the bolts are bit longer and are for the center plate. (Thank you Wife-Unit!)
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Here was my only problem. There's a "tab" on the passenger side that is in the way. It must be bent down. Well, don't bend it toward the rear of the car as it will likely still be in the way. Bend it toward the front to fit into the notch in the hitch frame. As I bent this twice, along with some ballpeen adjusting, the paint came off so I touched it up with Rustoleum after I was done.
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And here's the final result. Very neat and tidy. And the foot-activated door still works (when it works!) - just kick to the right of the hitch.
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I installed my bike rack and tested the door opening. Some foam on the vertical frame covered with black duct tape will prevent damage, and the door automatically reverses, but doesn't entirely re-close, upon striking it.
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So, very happy with this hitch, and we'll now be able to take our bikes along with us, and I plan to also buy a small platform from Harbor Freight for other hauling we might have.
Edited by ArizonaEnergi, 15 March 2013 - 10:05 AM.