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Not sure. Managed to get a job to help fund these expensive 4 month trips south. Leaving the job 4-5 weeks after getting back could be an issue.

 

On another note have the Crossfire system ordered, they will fwd ship it to a US destination on my way down..

 

The car was winched up yesterday, no problem

 

The hitch was a simple process. Not at all complicated. Held on with 6 bolts.

 

Thanks for the info last June.

 

Roger

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Roger,

 

Just curious. Since the 2017 can't be towed four down because of the trannie, do you have to leave the car running and in neutral while winching to prevent any damage?

I can't copy and paste this text across in my phone, but here is a PDF file I found that addresses some updated information about towing the new smart...

 

http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/forums/attachments/f208/22137d1476194765-453-official-flat-tow-instructions-453flattow_ke_pm.pdf

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I believe any auto or manual or auto/manual can be pushed or pulled a few dozen feet with no issues. I have towed them for a few miles to get my broke down cars home with no issue. The issues come when you tow one for a long distance, with no fluid to lube up the internals is not a good thing. Pressure build up from continual towing creates a lot of heat which is also hard on seals, which can be another issue as well.

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Just got back from Three Point Motors...re Smart car. Here are some answers direct from the Mechanic. An automatic can be towed for 30 miles or kms at no more than 50 kms an hour. I think it was kms not miles. A standard can be towed no problem. Winching up a ramp without engine running, no problem.

 

Wrap was done here in Victoria about 2300$ Can, 3 days. Graphic FX. They also re did some of the buzzard decals on the Rv that were letting go around hatches. This time I removed the hatches and windows, ran the decal thru then re-installed the hatches and windows so nothing can peel back.

 

Pretty much any Graphics outfit could do the car. They have difficulty doing some compound corners and curves. It puts the vinyl under a lot of stress and may tend to let go. This happened on the convex plastic window frame in the man door. Several attempts were made to wrap it but all eventually failed. What did work was some of this rubber spray paint. clean, 2 coats primer, 4 coats of red and a couple of coats of clear gloss top coat. All in rattle cans. To caulk the windows, I used fire caulk, it's the only reddish caulking I know of. It has silicone in it. First I put masking tape on both sides of where caulking was to go, apply caulking, gish it in then remove tape. Leaving clean bead, no smearing.

 

Hitch was done by the Parts Manager at Three Point...another Bmzero 2.0. Bolts on with 6 bolts, winched car on once works fine. I may have to stand the A frame off the truck a bit more so the pulleys on the A frame and car don't collide at the end of the pull. 18" hitch ht, same as old car puts pulleys in line on both the old and new car.

 

He's working out costs, mine was a test, there will be modifications to round off the outside corners so as not to come so close to the inside of the bumper. Mine will get modified after I get back from Tampa and area. Less than 500$ complete, just bolt on and cut the hole, no assembly of parts.

 

The trick is cutting the hole in the bumper, how do you find center when the hitch sticks thru the bumper??? Trying to get reference marks from any point or points didn't work. The body panels are slightly adjustable and the way to find center of the hole is to put hitch on, use a 2 line laser to mark center of the hitch, remove the 6 bolts and pull off the hitch, put on the bumper. Laser is still on and still lighting up center, drill pilot hole then use a hole saw. Take off bumper, re-install hitch then re-install bumper. Use grommet material to protect edge of hole in bumper.

 

Sidenote, be careful when removing front hood for service the windshield washer hose can pull lose. The front hood in latches from the front grill and completely separates from the car.

 

I'll try posting pics of front grill painted red and also red and white seats and red instrument bezels. The idea was to break up the oppressive black interior.

 

Also took a pic of the underbody lites on tonight.

 

I'll try to post close up pic of hitch rt side Friday pm.

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Car looks great.

 

Hopefully the parts manager made a template of the hitch and can make more of them. I wonder in an inexpensive wrap for the bumper showing hitch location and locating from another fixed point would work for locating the hole. It could be included with hitch if they ever start selling them.

 

Dave

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Car looks great.

 

Hopefully the parts manager made a template of the hitch and can make more of them. I wonder in an inexpensive wrap for the bumper showing hitch location and locating from another fixed point would work for locating the hole. It could be included with hitch if they ever start selling them.

 

Dave

 

He has the hitch template.

 

I did suggest right from the get go we provide a template of some sort. but he said the body placement varies slightly. The panels are designed to be able to be shifted some....Thinking more about that... All the template would need to do would be to get you inside the receiver area. Poke a hole and widen the hole the size of the square. The problem now is you have lost your pilot hole for the hole saw. Unless a square plug with a pilot hole in the centre was used.

 

Maybe not the best idea but someone else can improve on it.

 

Hence my idea of a laser , either crosshairs or a single dot, Either way, it's do-able. I'm trying to make it easy for someone without metalworking tools or skills.

 

Instructions could be provided with pics and description of how to remove the bumper plus other steps. Even the Torx bits and necessary bolts plus xtras could be provided.

 

Sean already has modifications in mind. The outside corner of the hitch needs to trimmed back 'cus it's too close to the inside of the bumper.

 

They could be packaged up complete, all one piece and shipped long with all needed parts, pieces and instructions.

 

R

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