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Tesla Model 3 tow hitch DIY installation turns electric sedan into a utility
September 1, 2018  Simon Alvarez

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Tesla Teardown! - Install a Tow Hitch on a Model 3!
Tesla Model 3’s DIY tow hitch installation

The Tesla community is home to a number of very creative DIY enthusiasts,
many of whom have come up with clever projects to make their vehicles even
more attractive and useful than they already are. One of these projects was
showcased recently in YouTube, in a collaboration between Teslanomics host
Ben Sullins and tech teardown expert JerryRigEverything.

The Model 3 has not been given an official tow rating yet, but the vehicle’s
powerful electric motors invoke the idea that the electric sedans are fully
capable of hauling some serious cargo. This was the focus of the recent DIY
project involving the two YouTube hosts, as they installed a tow hitch on a
Long Range RWD Model 3. With a tow hitch installed, the Model 3 would have
the capability to tow trailers, carry bikes, and become an all-around more
productive electric car.

The pair opted to install the Stealth EcoHitch on the Model 3, since the
contraption is practically invisible when it’s not being used.  The hitch
itself has a towing capacity of 2,000 lbs and a tongue weight of 200 pounds.
Installing the hitch was a simple and straightforward process, starting with
the removal of the tail lights and the car’s rear bumper. The plastic plate
at the bottom of the Model 3 was also removed.
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Once the rear bumper was taken off, it was just a matter of removing the
Model 3’s crash bar and replacing a couple of metal plates with the tow
hitch itself, followed by cutting a hole into the plastic plate at the
bottom of the vehicle. With these steps done, the DIY installation of the
Model 3 tow hitch was completed.

The two YouTube hosts tested out the vehicle’s towing capabilities by
hooking up the electric sedan with a 1,700-lb trailer. A Radio Flyer Model S
for Kids and the JerryRigEverything host himself were also on the trailer,
which likely (or closely) maxed out the towing capacity of the Stealth
EcoHitch installed on the Model 3. After driving around hauling the trailer
and its cargo, the Teslanomics host noted that he did not feel any lag in
the vehicle’s performance at all.

Tesla’s vehicles are incredibly powerful. Thanks to the instant torque
provided by their electric motors, Tesla’s electric cars are capable of
pulling some serious weight. Just like the acceleration figures of its
vehicles, Tesla is quite conservative with the listed towing capacity of its
cars. The Model X, for one, is listed with a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs
when equipped with 20? wheels.

As later feats would indicate, the Model X is actually capable of hauling
far more than 5,000 lbs of cargo. Earlier this year, Tesla YouTube host
Bjorn Nyland’s Model X successfully pulled a 95,000-lb semitrailer across an
icy road. Not long after that, the Boring Company, Elon Musk’s tunneling
startup, posted a video of a Tesla Model X pulling 250,000 lbs of dirt
(that’s 50 times the rated towing capacity for the SUV) from a tunnel.

The tow hitch installation is just one of several cool DIY projects that
have been shared online for the Model 3. Just recently, a Model 3 owner
figured out a way to give the electric sedan an automatic frunk through the
use of aftermarket gas spring struts. A simple wood staining DIY project
earlier this year also gave the Model 3’s ubiquitous wooden dash a unique
splash of elegance.
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