Hi everyone does anyone knows if we are going to able to install a hitch bike rack on the tesla model 3
There is no hitch currently.
I think these are going to be the best bet for an aftermarket one
I still want my bikes on the roof not hanging off the back. Rear hitches obstruct access to the boot and bikes interfere with reversing sensors and cameras. They also feel much more vulnerable back there in narrow streets and bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Can anyone please provide definite info regarding roof-rack mounting points on the Model 3?
Looks like the first Model 3 owner to show up at Torklift and give them their car for a few days will get a free hitch. Somebody just has to go first ...
That sounds like something you'd want to talk to Tesla about.
giskard , don't tempt me :)
If I lived near Kent and, more importantly, actually had a Model 3 in my possession I would donate it to the cause myself. Alas, neither is true (yet). I would love to have the option to tow a small trailer occasionally or add a bike rack on the back (without touching the paint).
I am an avid bike rider currently driving a Forester with a 1-Up hitch mount rack. My reservation is in and plan on replacing the Forester. Really would like to see Tesla installed hitch on the Model 3, I wouldn’t trust aftermarket.
Maybe I am thinking of this poorly, but M3 is a no-towing capability. If so, to me that means no hitch installation either. Too literal?
I have one of these for a few years, works great and only issue is not lockable.
it might just be literal enough.
I also use a 1-Up rack and cannot imagine going back to putting my bike on the roof. The rack goes on and off the hitch in less than a minute and the bike goes on the rack just as easily. Less aerodynamic loss and no problems getting into the back of a Prius. I will be really disappointed if there is no reasonable hitch solution that comes out for the M3.
We know from the user manual and from youtube videos (Model 3 Owner's Club, Now You Know, etc.) that the 3 comes with slots for a roof rack so that's one option. Tesla states that the Model 3 won't have a hitch but don't remember if that's all variations (single motor, dual motor, performance, etc) or just the initial version. I should be getting mine in a couple of weeks (US East Coast inline 3/31) exactly two years after reserving it. I'll probably look into getting racks within a couple of weeks. Hope they can be easily removed when not in use. I'd be using mine for our two 12' kayaks.
I'd like to hear about the bike rack option too. Has anyone installed one?
Definitely interested in hearing if anyone has found a solution for this. I need a lockable rack and would prefer rear mount, but open to any and all options that are available. Still awaiting VIN and delivery date in CO, but once I have the M3, will begin exploring specific local options.
I was doing some searches for an aftermarket yesterday and it doesn't look like one is available yet. My bike weighs 50+ pounds (Townie Go! electric bicycle -- and it's a step-through model that doesn't work well on a hanging back rack), so I'm not about to put that kind of weight on a glass roof even if I could get it lifted up that high (I can't). Uhaul is offering a same kind of deal that Torklift is/was -- lend us your car to make one, and you get it free. I'll probably wait a few more months (because I'm not close to either of their areas), and then decide what to do. We can still use our Santa Fe for the moment.
Anyone got a update on this?
Cant you just put down the rear seats and put it back there? I have a small hatchback and can fit my bike in the back if i adjust the seat to be all the way down and turn the handlebars so that the front wheel faces upward instead of outward. I heard that a 6 ft person could fit in a model 3 with the seats down and bikes arent that long.
I can fit a pressure washer in the back of my car if I take the handle section ofoff and it weights more than 50 lbs and a bike has the weight spread over a larger area so it should seem lighter.
However it is a pain to lift it and put it into the trunk and easier to just take it off of a rack.
First world problems. Some people dont even have cars and only have bicycles for transportation. Reminds me of the flack a person on another car forum got when she asked if there was a way to get her exotic car lifted onto the deck of her yacht since a helicopter could just fly and land but a car couldny drive itself up.
"Cant you just put down the rear seats and put it back there?"
That's find if you're only transporting one bike. If I'm riding somewhere far enough away to need the car to get there, I'm riding with my husband.
We also need a trailer hitch bike rack for our e-bikes.
I’ve successfully put two full size bikes in the back of my Model 3 after folding the rear seats and removing front wheels from both bikes. One bike looks possible without removing the wheel, though I have not yet tried.
I have used the Allen Sports model 102 DB trunk rack, non lockable, to carry 2 hybrid bikes easily. Used it for years on my C-Max and now on my Model 3. You have to pay attention where the pedal is on the bike closet to the trunk. Rack is easy on and off. I believe that the newest similar model would be the 102 DN. www.allensportsusa.com
Currently the Model 3 has the slots, but no one is yet making atachments that are compatible with the slots.
I have an 18' kayak and a bike so I have to have the roof rack. I'm waaaay down the list, so I have time.
So, interestingly enough, Yakima updated their website. When I configure the vehicle for the Model 3, it now says the Yakima Halfback and Fullback are compatible with the Model 3 while the Hangout is not. Previously, Yakima's website stated that there were no recommended products for the Model 3 (in so far as I noticed that is, but I tend to miss a lot). When I searched on their website and configured it for the Tesla M3 for trunk racks, it displayed this message "Only showing products that fit a 2018 Tesla Model 3 4dr" and listed 3 products, one of this (the Hangout) had a banner that stated "Does not fit your vehicle." When you click on the Halfback or Fullback, it states "Fits your 2018 Tesla Model 3 4dr" with a green checkmark. At any rate, just wanted to share this. I'm ordering the Halfback today so I'll update everyone how it's working out.
FWIW, I have the Fullback already that I used for my Nissan Leaf. I tried fitting it on my M3 and I felt that there was a bit too much twisting-strap pressure on the top straps to really be stable. If you could turn the strap around where it attaches to the rack, I think that the Fullback would fit without any problems. Also thought about crossing the top straps as well, but haven't tried it yet.
At any rate, just wanted to bump this thread with an update. I still think that a roof rack would be better than a truck rack for bikes (and surfboards and kayaks) and a lot more secure. I like the idea of Thule developing a fit sleeve for their roof racks, but I haven't seen any hint of Thule or Yakima actually working on a roof rack yet.
Correction, in the second paragraph, I meant to say I already have the Hangout, not the Fullback.
On the roof rack question - I emailed Yakima yesterday asking whether (when) they'd have a roof rack for the model 3, they said they would not be doing one. :( Then they said they were instead working with Tesla to develop a Tesla-branded one! YAY! I hope the locks and such are Yak compatible, I'm already way in to the Yak system and would hate to have to change...
FYI, just noticed other companies are making the suction cup roof racks for way less on ebay amazon and ali
I went with the torklift echohitch on my Model S. Apparently they do it for Model 3s as wellhttps://torkliftcentral.com/rving-and-towing/ecohitch?gclid=CjwKCAjw5ZPc...
I just had the Torklift Ecohitch installed yesterday, and I couldn't be happier with it! You can choose either the 1 1/4 or 2 inch receiver - I went with the 2 inch receiver. You can hardly tell that it's there, and you can even get a cover for when you take the receiver off, and then it's completely invisible. I was a little worried about the fact that the shop had never done a Tesla before, so I was the first one in the Nashville area. But they did a great job, which is a testament not only to the shop, but to how well-designed the hitch is and how easy it is to install it. https://torkliftcentral.com/x7373-2?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlp75gamT3QIVBLnACh...
I worry about how Torklift attaches the hitch without impacting the battery. Is it Tesla approved? Any impact on warranty?
The Yakima Fullback 2 fits the Model 3, with... 3 bikes. https://www.yakima.com/fullback
I have been told by Seasucker that the Talon rack is ideal for the all glass T3 I'm quite certain the bike will stay on the roof, less sure that the roof will stay on the T3 anyone with experience with Seasucker suction cup bike rack??
I am going back and forth between seasucker and regular trunk based options (e.g Yakima). I like the idea of seasucker since it less intrusive and easier to remove. It is also ok to keep on the roof when not used regularly. However, I have a concern about the weight limit on the glass roof. I need the three bike option so probably around 100lb total weight. Does anyone know if the glass roof can handle this?
I need to carry up to 3 bikes so i’m thinking about the Yakima trunk rack. I’m not sure about the Seasuckers.
darby19d, or anyone else try the Yakima fullback yet on their model 3?
Would you mind sharing how much you paid to have the Eco hitch installed? I've been quoted a price of $1000 and that seems awfully pricey to me. How do you like it? And do you have any concerns about it not being Tesla authorized?
@royclymer: my Torklift hitch just arrived yesterday. I'm looking online and the first installer I found says "bike hitch is $175 less than a hitch that needs wiring". The hitch itself only cost $400, so I agree your quote seems really high. I'm in Colorado and everything is shut down due to the blizzard so I'll call tomorrow to get a quote and post an update.
Update - I called Rack Attack (they have locations all over). They said between $400-600. That is with me already having the hitch. If your $1000 quote INCLUDEs the hitch, that makes more sense.
I'd worry that corrosion with after-market tow hitches might damage the car?
Hopefully Tesla will offer their own tow hitch option on the Model 3, if only the 1 1/4" type (worldwide?) for a small bike rack or lightweight trailer (with power connection for plugging in extra lights and indicators) without needing air suspension
@neazy Picked up the Yakima Fullback 2 this morning. Spent an hour failing to get it connected. Instructions are very poor, and there are no video guides. I gave up for now as it was frustrating, and some something like this I need to feel 100% happy that it has been done right.
There's also these, which look promising. But i'm not sure if there's enough flat area on the back of a Model 3 to attach it.
I tried my existing trunk-mounted bike rack and it worked great on my model 3. Clips at the top of the trunk fit in the gap perfectly fine, held 2 mountain bikes without problems. Bike rack is an inexpensive 'Allen' bike rack, nothing special, and is super-easy to put on/take off (<1 min). I would recommend some extra cushioning, so I put some cloths between the rack and the car just to protect it a little more.https://allensportsusa.com/collections/trunk-racks