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Old 12-23-2009, 03:31 PM   #1
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Towing with SVTF :-)

So I researched some info on this board a while back, managed to find a good deal on a reese receiver hitch on CL ($20!) and now I am set up to tow my Ducati's!

I took my 748S out to a really good shop out in Winchester, VA (Ducpond Motorsports) for regular maintenance, froze my butt off on the ride out in 40 deg weather. When I went to pick it up it was 20 deg so borrowing a friends trailer and towing with the SVTF worked out great!

I remember many people kinda laughed and asked why you would ever want to tow something with an SVTF. Good point. But the 1000 lb tow rating easily accommodates a 250 lb trailer and a 400 lb Ducati, which is exactly what i needed. My SVTF is my daily driver/"utility" vehicle, the Mazdaspeed Miata and the Ducati's are the toys. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my SVTF its a great little hatch, I was just trying to express that its the most utilitarian vehicle I own and hence is relegated to towing

Anyway, finally got the pics up, figured I'd share

If anyone needs help or close up pics of the hitch installed let me know and I'll borrow a digital cam and get some or answer any questions I can.

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Old 12-23-2009, 03:50 PM   #2
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any pics of the reciever
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Hah, that's pretty nifty. Any issues with rubbing on the back?
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Old 12-23-2009, 04:26 PM   #4
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That's great!
How's about a close up pic of the hitch mounting points?
(Where and how the hitch attaches to the body, or whatever it attaches to)
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We tow with one of our foci all the time. I love the sight of a SVTF with what else but a 748, which is on my goals list of toys to own. I have wanted one since I was 15. Love the sight of it with the SVT.
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:14 PM   #7
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Looks pretty sweet - I never got a trailer on mine, but I have a Class I hitch from DrawTite on mine that I use for hauling pedal-type bikes up mountains for downhilling. Most manufacturers make one for ZX3/5's that works just fine for SVT's with a tiny bit of modification. I don't even recall what was necessary, it was so insignificant. Now the real question is, what's the fun ratio of 748 to SVT? Heh
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That looks great ... now if I had anything to tow around ... I would be doing the same thing.

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I am heading home this afternoon, I'll borrow my brothers digital cam and get a few hitch pics. (I am still holding onto my canon film SLR stubbornly refusing to buy a digital cam until i can afford a canon digital body to use with my lenses [:P])

The hitch is class 1, 1.25 inch square reciever mount, class one is rated to 2000 lbs, so no need to go any bigger since the SVTF is only rated for 1000. the ball mounts may be easier to find in class 2 or 3 as they are more popular for trucks, but advance auto 1 mile from my house had ball mounts and balls, so its not so tough to find class 1 stuff.

The hitch is a ZX3/5 reese brand, I checked around and to buy new is roughly 100 bucks so I jumped on the CL post to get one for 20. I am planing on a Ducati 848 track bike in a year, likely 2, but figured for 20 bucks i can leave the hitch in my garage till I need it.

I would say no real mods needed, though the black hexaonal mesh part fo the bumpre needs to come off. It snowed here in MD quite a bit right after I got the 748S back, so I haven't put that back on, just need to dremel out a 2 inch square or so from the very bottom edge so it fits over the hitch with the square reciever part sticking through.

There are tow hooks bolted to the frame of the SVTF under the back bumper that the hitch bolts to. (I know, I would have only ever thought they were to tow the SVTF, not the other way around One side has 2 bolts through the tow hook, 1/4 inch thick plates that help spread the stress out pinch the tow hook. The other side has 1 bolt through tow hook and a long steel part of the hitch fram that goes back and bolts into the frame directly. This hole I had to drill, it looked like Ford put a tiny pilot hole there but did not drill it out enough for a 1/2 inch bolt. So I drilled that and then shortened the bolt the hitch came with, as it was a carraige bolt with round head and a square hole into a steel plate. the bolt and plate had to slide through a small hole in the frame and then drop back down through the new drilled hole and hitch! I was prepared for a hour or 2 of cussing and fidgeting with it, but I lucked out and carefully dropped it through on the first try!

I'll get some pics since I know that explanation is likely worthless without pics

Underclassman; As far as rubbing, you mean hitch on bumper? No issues, you can buy ball mounts that have a longer square bar to push the ball further from the bumper if your worried. If you meant rubbing on fenders from weight, none. Tongue weight limit is 200 lbs, i had my dad and brother stand on the trailer in the location of where the center of mass of the bike would be. I could still very easily lift the tongue of the trailer on my own, so since the trailer was balanced I would guess way less then 200 lbs weight on the ball.

Frozen, now that I have the hitch I will be thinking about a bike rack too! Fun ratio? hmm 400 lb Ducati, ~110 hp and 55 ftlbs; lots of fun . My other Ducati is a 2005 Supersport 1000, air cooled engine, 2 valves per cylinder (vs 4 on the superbikes w/ liquid coling) with the race kit it makes little over 100 hp and close to 80 ftlbs. The 748S is the last year they made it, 2002, only year it got the flat body panel design from the 998, I love it (plus they only imported 207 of them to North America for 2002 so its a rare find) But to put it in perspective for the SVTF crowd, the new Ducati 1198S puts out 170 hp, and 97 ftlbs, and has a curb weight of 373 lbs, compare that to 2750-2800 lb SVTF! Though in all fairness the SVTF is nicely light compared to current hatches And good luck hauling a puppy, is crate, and towing another Ducati with an 1198
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Old 12-27-2009, 06:12 AM   #10
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ya i would like to know if the reciver could b hiddin alittle, my f-150 gets 8 miles to the gallon, so as you can tell its not cheap to get my 2 dirtbikes out to the dessert, so iv been playing around with doing this and than converting a wave runner trailer into a bike hauler just to keep weight down, but aside from that, sick lookin to the bike.
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