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Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2018 Tesla Model 3

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Review of the Kuat Hitch Bike Racks on a 2018 Tesla Model 3

Today, on our 2018 Tesla Model 3, we're gonna be test-fitting the Kuat Transfer One-bike Platform Rack, part number TS01B.And we have the bike in the rack set up on the Tesla for you, to give you a nice idea of how everything'll look installed. In just a moment, we'll kinda jump into some of the details and features, but first, I'd like to show you how the trunk can open and close with the bike in the rack installed.Now, depending on the style of your bike, in the upward position here, the trunk just barely clears it. So, depending on the size of your handlebars, it may or may not open. You don't really have to worry about that, because the rack actually tilts down by this foot pedal. And as you can see now, you have more than enough room to get in and out. And obviously, with our bike not installed on the rack, your trunk will function in either position.So, the bike is held down at two points by the rear wheel cradle and strap, the front tire cradle and front wheel hook.

Now, the hook locks down and puts pressure onto the front tire into the cradle, holding it secure. And the same with the rear strap.Now, we'll go ahead and remove the bike so we can take a little bit better of a look at the rack here. And you first start by removing the rear wheel strap. And always be sure to kinda grip the bike while you're removing the front wheel hook; that way, it doesn't fall over and hit your car or scratch your bike up, or anything like that.To remove the front hook, simply .. you might have to use two hands just to unlock it, 'cause it can get tight.

But you push that in and swing it up out of the way. And now you're good to go.Set that off to the side .Now, as you can see here, you obviously wanna drive around with it like this. What I like to do is fold this tire hook back, and you can get it behind this rear tire cradle, kinda clip it in just so it doesn't flop around. Same thing with the rear strap, you can clip it in. That way, we don't damage or lose it.Now, we'll go ahead, give you a few measurements.

In this position, the rear or your Tesla will extend roughly 25 inches. As far as the ground clearance goes, it's right at 15 inches. And the closest point from the rack to your bumper, is right under five inches.Now, if you need more space, or prefer that cleaner look without having to remove the rack, it also does fold up by simply pushing your foot pedal here and clipping it into place, like this. Like I said, it frees up a little space, and in my opinion, just makes a little bit of a cleaner look. As far as how much space it frees up, your furthest point will be your pedal, and that's roughly 13 inches from the back bumper.It looks like this'll be the lowest part for ground clearance, as well, and that's right at one foot.Now, a couple more things this rack features is the shank.

The shank is an inch and a quarter, but it also comes included with a two-inch sleeve. That way, you can use it in both style receivers. Which is nice if another vehicle already has an inch-and-a-quarter receiver installed, this'll work with either one.Another feature it comes with is a anti-rattle bolt. And the included tool to tighten it. And what that does, is it stops the rack from rattling or vibrating. Makes it very secure. As you can see here, it's very difficult to move around.Well, with all that being said, that will conclude our test-fit on our Kuat Transfer One-Bike Platform Rack on our 2018 Tesla Model 3. Here on our test course, we'll start by going through the slaloms. This is gonna show us the side-to-side action. This simulates turning corners or evasively maneuvering. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or a pothole, or driving over uneven pavement.

Malacolm L.


Where do I get it and what hitch is installed on the Model 3, in order to add the bike rack to the Model 3?

Etrailer Expert

Heather A.


The hitch we carry for a 2018 Tesla Model 3 is ecohitch part # 306-X7373. The hitch is completely hidden with a concealed cross tube that installs behind the vehicles bumper. The installation does require drilling a hole in the underside of the bumper to insert the receiver portion of the hitch. The kuat transfer 1 will work perfect with this hitch.