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Old 11-11-2016, 09:01 PM
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I am considering going from a C6 to C7 for open track HPDE events. I transport my slicks on a small trailer behind my sports car. The Curt trailer hitch has worked great in between the NPP exhaust tips on my present car. Has anyone moved their pipes around yet to attach a Curt hitch? If so pictures would be helpful.
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Old 11-13-2016, 06:10 PM
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I made mine from scratch.
Takes some time, but can be done.



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I made mine from scratch.
Takes some time, but can be done.



How about some pictures from the rear so we can see how the hitch fits around the exhaust.

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I couldn't find a convenient way to fit the hitch receiver between the exhaust pipes, so I opted for a receiver plus an extension. With the extension, it comes out just under the rear facia. It clears hazards and speed bumps just fine with reasonable care.



Without the extension, the receiver is recessed behind the facia and pretty much invisible.



There are two attachment points. First is to the rear suspension cradle, which already has conveniently located holes for bolts. I put a rectangular plate at the top of the cradle for the bolts to feed through with nuts and lock washers.



The forward bracket is basically a "U" shape that attaches to the frame on either side of mufflers in the same fashion that Curt hitches do.






The component parts look like this:



PS: I'm glad to share any details with my Forum brothers. Anyone contemplating commercial development should see me about a license agreement (patent pending)

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Originally Posted by Magister Ludi View Post
I couldn't find a convenient way to fit the hitch receiver between the exhaust pipes, so I opted for a receiver plus an extension. With the extension, it comes out just under the rear facia. It clears hazards and speed bumps just fine with reasonable care.



Without the extension, the receiver is recessed behind the facia and pretty much invisible.



There are two attachment points. First is to the rear suspension cradle, which already has conveniently located holes for bolts. I put a rectangular plate at the top of the cradle for the bolts to feed through with nuts and lock washers.



The forward bracket is basically a "U" shape that attaches to the frame on either side of mufflers in the same fashion that Curt hitches do.






The component parts look like this:



PS: I'm glad to share any details with my Forum brothers. Anyone contemplating commercial development should see me about a license agreement (patent pending)
Great job!

A couple questions:
1) In the "Components" picture, it looks like there are *two* "u" brackets?
2) does the U-bracket require drilling? Appears as if two holes are required?
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looks amazing!!! great job sir!
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Originally Posted by Kent1999 View Post
Great job!

A couple questions:
1) In the "Components" picture, it looks like there are *two* "u" brackets?
2) does the U-bracket require drilling? Appears as if two holes are required?
I made two different "U" brackets, but ultimately only used the one toward the back of the picture. Yes a total of four holes must be drilled in this bracket. One on each end (for attachment to the frame) and two in the middle, spaced to align with the holes in small plate on top of the hitch receiver.

If you want to build one, I would suggest doing a mock up like mine below so you can make sure everything lines up before bending steel. (Disregard the "V" shaped brackets; it was an early iteration that I abandoned.)


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Is the square tube 1 1/4 or 2" ? How did you attach the u shaped
piece to the frame, I see there is a hole in the frame there, but only on the bottom of the frame, Did you use an L shaped bolt? Very nice job
Thanks for the help. John
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Is the square tube 1 1/4 or 2" ? How did you attach the u shaped
piece to the frame, I see there is a hole in the frame there, but only on the bottom of the frame, Did you use an L shaped bolt? Very nice job
Thanks for the help. John
John,
I'm tied up at work at present, but will respond with more details when able.
Short story: the receiver is 1 1/4" square. Attachment to the frame rails is exactly like the Curt hitches, which involves drilling a hole large enough to insert the head of a carriage bolt and a rectangular retention piece into the frame. It's easier than it sounds. I think there's a Youtube video on it. I'll elaborate more later.
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Originally Posted by Magister Ludi View Post
John,
I'm tied up at work at present, but will respond with more details when able.
Short story: the receiver is 1 1/4" square. Attachment to the frame rails is exactly like the Curt hitches, which involves drilling a hole large enough to insert the head of a carriage bolt and a rectangular retention piece into the frame. It's easier than it sounds. I think there's a Youtube video on it. I'll elaborate more later.
Thank you very much appreciated.
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OK, so a little more on mounting to the frame.
I used the fishwire technique shown here:

I used the "reverse fishwire" technique which requires only one hole. The bolts were 1/2" x 1 3/4" carriage bolts.

I got almost all of my parts from etrailer.com. Lots of good info on the site and the reps are very helpful.
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Well done. I'd definitely buy one of those.
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looks awesome! really good job!
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This is exactly what I have been looking for, exactly.
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Originally Posted by Magister Ludi View Post
I made two different "U" brackets, but ultimately only used the one toward the back of the picture. Yes a total of four holes must be drilled in this bracket. One on each end (for attachment to the frame) and two in the middle, spaced to align with the holes in small plate on top of the hitch receiver.

If you want to build one, I would suggest doing a mock up like mine below so you can make sure everything lines up before bending steel. (Disregard the "V" shaped brackets; it was an early iteration that I abandoned.)


This is exactly what I have been looking for too, exactly!
Are you and/or would you consider making this for other members that don't have any manufacturing skills (lol)? Please contact me because I would be extremely interested in purchasing this type of towing bracket...I intend to use it strictly for carting around a mountain bike; so the weight/towing capacity shouldn't be a huge issue. Please let me know how and/or if I could purchase one of these from you!
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Originally Posted by Magister Ludi View Post
I couldn't find a convenient way to fit the hitch receiver between the exhaust pipes, so I opted for a receiver plus an extension. With the extension, it comes out just under the rear facia. It clears hazards and speed bumps just fine with reasonable care.



Without the extension, the receiver is recessed behind the facia and pretty much invisible.



There are two attachment points. First is to the rear suspension cradle, which already has conveniently located holes for bolts. I put a rectangular plate at the top of the cradle for the bolts to feed through with nuts and lock washers.



The forward bracket is basically a "U" shape that attaches to the frame on either side of mufflers in the same fashion that Curt hitches do.






The component parts look like this:



PS: I'm glad to share any details with my Forum brothers. Anyone contemplating commercial development should see me about a license agreement (patent pending)
I PM'd you...please check your messages!
Thanks!!!!!
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This is exactly what I have been looking for too, exactly!!!
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Any chances we can get the C7 to tow ~ 1,500 lbs (1350lb racecar)?
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I made a custom mounted trailer hitch on my 2015. I made a short video that shows how.


I hope this helps!
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