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Installing The Torklift Central Hitch

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#41 OFFLINE   tr7driver

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 02:22 PM

Will a hitch interfere with the sensor that opens the lift gate? 









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#42 OFFLINE   ArizonaEnergi

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 02:35 PM

Will a hitch interfere with the sensor that opens the lift gate? 

The Torklift doesn't - there are multiple sensors.  And thus rhe foam padding on the vertical arm of my bike rack!  Hint: Never install the hitch or load bikes with the key in your pocket!


Edited by ArizonaEnergi, 21 April 2016 - 02:48 PM.


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Posted 22 April 2016 - 09:38 AM

The Torklift doesn't - there are multiple sensors.  And thus rhe foam padding on the vertical arm of my bike rack!  Hint: Never install the hitch or load bikes with the key in your pocket!

Thanks for the info.  I just bought a Curt hitch from one of the forum members that turned his lease car in, and I'm worried the hitch will prevent the auto open.  Anyone here install the Curt hitch?



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Posted 22 April 2016 - 10:47 AM

To be clear, the hitch must cover the sensor in order to be a trailer hitch. "Kick" operation is much harder to activate. You have to find the residual sensor window. In my case, I kick the hitch right where the safety lines connect. I can't see how you'd activate it loading a bike on a rack, but I'm aware that Murphy was an optimist.

 

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 10:58 AM

Here's my post on the Energi forum of testing the kick zones and link to the Ford diagram of sensor locations.  http://fordcmaxenerg...lation/?p=23938

 

The Torklift hitch doesn't cover the sensor.

 

I believe I triggered the door when installing the hitch pin and/or struggling to get a bike loaded.

 

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 11:30 AM

How low can the stop point on the door be programmed?  Can you lower the door to the point that it doesn't hit the rack, then re-program that as the stop point, so if it does open, it's just a bit? 

 

It might be annoying to have the door open just a little when you are taking the rack on and off regularly, but it might work well to reset it if the rack was staying on for a while, like if you are taking the bikes on vacation with you.



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Posted 22 April 2016 - 11:51 AM

FWIW, I did the test. My hatch's kick feature works between the "x" in the C-Max badge, and the "H" in the Hybrid badge, but not under the license plate, as one might expect given the receiver's location. YMMV.

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 12:02 PM

How low can the stop point on the door be programmed?  Can you lower the door to the point that it doesn't hit the rack, then re-program that as the stop point, so if it does open, it's just a bit? 

 

It might be annoying to have the door open just a little when you are taking the rack on and off regularly, but it might work well to reset it if the rack was staying on for a while, like if you are taking the bikes on vacation with you.

 

I don't know how low it can be programmed but it's really not a big problem to avoid the kick zones when using the rack.  I just padded the vertical bar and if it accidentally opens it just hits the pad and stops with no damage.

 

This was the kick zone I measured.  Don't recall if the center still worked but will test today as I'm loading the bikes on.

 

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 01:15 PM

Yes, the area under the hitch receiver is dead to the kick action as would be expected, but on either side it works due to the design of the EcoHitch.  Also moving a hand under the bumper while say installing a hitch pin will activate the opener as I confirmed today.



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Posted 23 May 2016 - 01:42 PM

Is the EcoHitch about the only option for a 2" receiver. I can't find anything else that has a 2". I want to share one bike rack across multiple vehicles. It is a 2" one.



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Posted 27 May 2016 - 01:21 PM

Why isn't the hitch made to accomodate the 'tab"? 








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