Can anyone post some information about the hitch they have installed on their Cmax and post pictures of the install or the hitch installed. Anyone who has researched the options and is deciding on a hitch - please comment.
I am debating two hitches the CURT 1.25" and the TorkLIFT 2". I have owned CURT 1 1/4" hitches on my Prius and my xB and currently
have a CURT 2" on my Outback.
My Yakima Bighorn 4 bike rack has a 1 1/4" and 2" arm for either hitch. However the cargo carrier I have only goes in a 2", and using the carrier with a 1 1/4" to 2" CURT adapter would compromise the max tongue weight by 50% bringing the max weight down to 175lb before the carrier from the 350lb max on the 1 1/4" CURT without the 2" adapter.
The Torklift 2" is rated 200lb max tongue weight, which I imagine is due to the fact that purchase is only achieved through the vertical bolts? The CURT bolts are fishwired from the top down and then a nut and washer locks the hitch in vertically. I assume the CURT design has greater shear strength at higher loads?
I don't imagine going over 125lb or 150lb combined with bikes and hitch rack or carrier and cargo combo due to the stresses placed on the Cmax frame, so the difference between the two may be moot in terms of load rating. So it is mainly a cost and convenience issue: ~$135 for the CURT vs. $250 for the Torklift; the CURT is a more difficult install due to the need to fishwire the bolts through expanded holes and new holes must be tapped in the frame rail, whereas the Torklift appears to be a simple bolt on procedure from below. I believe both require the exhaust hangers to be popped off during the install.
Any pics or first hand experience would be helpful. I think I read over on the hybrid forum that ArizonaEnergy bolted on a 2" Torklift. How was the install? How is the kick activated trunk if you have it with the hitch installed? I know the kicker works with the hitch in the Torklift Video, but user beta would be better than the company marketing video which is accompanied by a disclaimer for any damage caused by their hitch to the Cmax. Can you post a pic of the hitch and the bolt points (purchase) in the frame?
I have a lightweight Aluminum trailer for Kayaks, but will not be towing that with the Cmax until a plug and play harness is marketed for the Cmax. IMO there are too many possible problems with re-pinning or splicing a harness onto the Cmax, but please post if you have come up a t-connector re-pin or splice that works. The Torklift site has pre-purchase available for a fused isolated harness direct to the battery, but the thing is $$$.
Thanks for any insight, information, and pics.