Nice work with that Hard Dog. If they put your design into production, I'd strongly consider buying it for my bike rack.
I didn't really take good notes, I just mocked it up as I was going. The Hard Dog hitch sticks away from the back of the car so I had to remake it flipped which still didn't clear. So I matched the 1 1/2 tubing, that the hitch is made of, to make spacers to bring the hitch further forward around the light. Then I remade the metal bumper plates copying the originals. I then had to make new longer support bars to help tie the tubing together and to better match up with the holes in the frame rails. I also made some triangular pieces similar to the ones on the original hitch that go from the bumper plates across the tubing for extra reinforcement. I put them straight across the tubing so it would clear the trunk seam.I'm starting the Hard Dog hitch install this weekend. Did you happen to make a sketch and take measurements, or photos, of the mods you made to the hitch to clear the light? Any information you can share would be greatly appreciated...
Since I'm not crazy about having to do alterations to the bumper cover or backup light the hunt continues.Our R4H will work but there are some additional alterations required to the back-up lights and bumper cover for the Fiat.
same thing could be done with the Fiat, simply make the U, then have legs coming out past where the reverse light is, then a cross-bar with the ball mounted on that. Totally hidden when the U is removed. I was going to do something like that but instead of spending the money on a welder to play with I purchased a couple of telescopes to go with our travel trailer outings.I'd love to be able to pull my Kart trailer with the FIAT as tongue weight is less than 70 LBS. The kart + trailer does not weigh too much more than 4 tires/rims going to autocross. I see the Porsche guys bring their tires that way all the time.
I doubt I'd do it, as I'd not want to add the extra weight to the car, but in Europe they tow with these small cars all the time. Best hitch I saw was one with the receiver facing down and totally invisible from the back of the car. You then attached a "U" Shaped hitch with the ball at the end.
A Facebook member recently installed this hitch on his Spider.Sorry to bring up an old tread from the distant past... But...
Today, I spotted this on Jalopnik: Installing a trailer hitch on a Mazda Miata is incredibly easy and fixes the car's biggest flaw.
While not our beloved Spiders the ND Miata is a kissing cousin... so maybe this will help those looking to boost the cargo capacity of the spider.
I checked out the e-trailer web site, they didn't have one for the spider, but I think with some effort and creative thinking the MX-5 unit can be adapted. You're going to have to tap into the tail lights and make something work on the trailer itself. Which is doable.
Yes, It's very annoying when you are in reverse. It's too bad it doesn't have an off or mute button for the parking sensors. The blind spot monitoring seems to work okay still at least though.would putting a bike on the back cause the rear sensors to nut up?