Jump to content


Toggle shoutbox Shoutbox - Chat with members! Open the Shoutbox in a popup

@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:43 PM) (like copper or aluminium)
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:43 PM) I'll try with something hard, but not as hard as steel
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:42 PM) tolsen has posted about it before. Personally I thought a couple hours of tinkering was time better spent elsewhere, and the $50 for the tool well spent
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:41 PM) you need a hardwood, soft won't do
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:41 PM) no worries, got the idea
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:40 PM) the hole being the exact size of the rod, not the disc. Sorry about the syntax
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:39 PM) A wooden clamp would work well. Drill a hole in a wooden disc the exact size of the strut rod's diameter, then cut the disc in half and add flats
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:13 PM) leather is too soft, as is rubber. I was thinking about either copper wire wound around the strut or tinfoil. and a vise Grip
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:11 PM) An old leather belt might work better, but I had no luck with it
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:10 PM) (I was thinking about a vise grip and tinfoil. you know, tinfoil is aluminum, and can potentailly protect the shock, and a vbise grip is FAR more useful than the clamp, but this is me trying to Mcgiver a solution, as usual...)
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:07 PM) ah, ok, then
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:06 PM) The strut spins freely, you need the special clamping tool to provide flats for a big open ended wrench (with this tool 47 mm)
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:03 PM) Can't I use LOTS of wd40, a t47 bit and a breaker bar?
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:01 PM) The strut clamp is a necessity. Worth every cent I paid -- making something similar myself would have taken me more time than I'd like to spend in order to save the few bucks.
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:00 PM) c'mon! I'll use twine. And optimism.
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 01:59 PM) I honestly didn't need them on the broken spring, and while handy for the lowering springs, not necessary.
@  dmoonen : (27 August 2015 - 08:06 AM) Spring compresssors are still needed. .Tolson why must you take the hard way to everything
@  Surturiel : (26 August 2015 - 03:59 PM) nah, the springs are broken, and I can use the ye old zip-tie trick. But since I'm going to put eibachs (-25mm) I won't worry.]
@  tolsen : (26 August 2015 - 03:43 PM) Clamp type spring compressors should not be used since the damage both protective coating and spring.
@  dmoonen : (26 August 2015 - 11:27 AM) The spring compressors you can borrow at Canadian tire
@  dmoonen : (26 August 2015 - 11:27 AM) I have the Mercedes strut clamp you can borrow just pay shipping and if you break it you buy it. Pm me
@  Surturiel : (26 August 2015 - 08:51 AM) thanks, guys! And... does anyone in Vancouver area have the clamp so I can "rent"?
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 06:43 PM) To and from SK*. I'm just waiting on some bits to finish the Golf build
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 06:41 PM) Still driving it, drove it to and from and average 4.7l/100l loaded to the brim.
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 06:19 PM) Dillen how much did you end up getting for the wagon?
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 05:13 PM) And if replacing the plastic bellows (dust boots) on the struts, cut a good 1.5" off the bottoms of them or they'll just compress around the stops and get in the way of the clamp tool
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 05:11 PM) also, take a new knife blade and cut about an inch off the bump stops unless you love bottoming out on small bumps.
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 05:09 PM) wont need it for the Eibachs
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 05:09 PM) If the springs are broken at the top as suspected, the spring compressor might not be necessary.
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 04:49 PM) And a normal spring compressor
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 04:46 PM) Strut clamp tool*
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 04:46 PM) Lots of penetrating oil on the top nut and see if you can borrow a strut tool of you don't have the proper air tools
@  Surturiel : (25 August 2015 - 01:08 PM) Now, let's see if I can replace them without getting myself killed...
@  Surturiel : (25 August 2015 - 01:07 PM) Got the Eibach springs!
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 12:29 PM) Lol
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 10:18 AM) ok, maybe MikeT
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 10:18 AM) Who doesn't? Hehehe
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 07:46 AM) sounds like you have a decent to do list. .
@  Surturiel : (23 August 2015 - 08:00 PM) Perhaps even throw a set of powerflex purple bushings, and a set of 16" "space" wheels, but not now...)
@  Surturiel : (23 August 2015 - 07:58 PM) ( I WILL replace the entire control arm, with all 4 ball joints, drop links, all the upper bearings and a nice set of B8s. But not now. Maybe by December, when I get money for that...
@  Surturiel : (23 August 2015 - 07:57 PM) Nah, the steering damper is fine (I was worried about that too), and actually, the bearing is not bad, its just the pad that is glazed.
@  Francesco : (23 August 2015 - 02:07 PM) also check your steering damper. If the damage is already extensive, good chance the damper has bled out like mine had
@  Francesco : (23 August 2015 - 02:06 PM) but honestly if you are removing the control arms, you may as well replace the other parts. Use the Evilution or FQ guides, and add in tolsen's tips about reversing the BJ bolts, and using SS bolts and nuts if possible.
@  Francesco : (23 August 2015 - 02:04 PM) The right bearing might turn out to be a seized caliper or delaminated pad...
@  Surturiel : (22 August 2015 - 09:20 PM) I lifted the car today, and upon inspection, I saw that the ball joints and the drop links are fine. The bushings are probably busted (they are noisy and rough), and the right bearing is heavy and noisy. I couldn't see if the springs are broken or not, but both top collars are loose. (I'll trust CANMAN on that one). But I was getting ready to replace ALL ball joints, drop links, control arms, shocks...
@  Francesco : (22 August 2015 - 07:58 PM) So who was it that told you all that stuff was kaput? I seem to remember being puzzled about how extensive your list was
@  CANMAN : (22 August 2015 - 06:52 PM) Because both springs are broken at the top.
@  Surturiel : (22 August 2015 - 02:06 PM) Oh, and the right bearing is kaput.
@  Surturiel : (22 August 2015 - 02:06 PM) I finally lifted my smart. And to my surprise, both front springs, shocks, drop links and ball joints seem to be in good condition! What are NOT good are the top collars. Neither springs are sitting on them. How come?
@  Surturiel : (22 August 2015 - 02:03 PM) Hi, smart owners

Photo

Trailer Hitch For 2006


  • Please log in to reply
8 replies to this topic

#1 scampo77

scampo77
  • New Members
  • 1 posts

Posted 24 June 2013 - 05:52 PM

Hello everyone, this is my first post here and I have bought my first smart car about a week ago. I need to get a trailer hitch for it so I can carry my bike around with me. the only hitch I can find is part #11020. This hitch is only for 2008-2010. how different are the models from these years? I am not opposed to cutting and re-welding the hitch if I have to if it is only minor alterations. I just don't want to purchase something that is radically different or it be something I cant use at all. Any advice would help me out a lot.

#2 stickman007

stickman007
  • Regular Members
  • 619 posts
  • Location:Edmonton, AB

Posted 24 June 2013 - 06:22 PM

Hi there, welcome to the club! Bil (Bilgladstone) has a hitch that will work for you 2006 Smart (450). I made one a while back and costed about $60 in parts, not very hard, but to be honest, Bil's is much nicer. All the info needed to build one is found on this forum! I will try to dig through some of my notes and see if I can pull up what I did for you :) http://clubsmartcar....mp;#entry312852 Good Luck! BTW, I don't think the 2008+ one will fit your car Izzy

Edited by stickman007, 24 June 2013 - 06:25 PM.

"Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege"
 

2002 Audi TT ALMS 225 Quattro: APS 91Oct Remap

2004 Jetta TDI: Malone Stage 1.5 (EGR + Left-foot braking fix), EGR Cooler Deleted, OZ Aristos, Eibach Sportline Springs, JSP Skidplate
2005 Fortwo Cabrio Pulse: In pieces
2005 Fortwo Coupe Passion: K&N Air Filter, EGR Emulator, EGR housing/coolant hoses deleted, Restricter Plug, Vertical Wiper Mod, 7" DVD Flip-up Deck, Smart142 Remap, TuningBox stacked, Bil's Ultimate Hitch, H&R Cup Kit Springs/Struts, Paddle Shifter Steering Wheel and Soft Touch.
2011 Specialized Epic Comp Carbon:

207368.png


#3 dmoonen

dmoonen
  • Regular Members
  • 1,539 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Blue Mountain & Toronto

Posted 24 June 2013 - 06:50 PM

I have one I bought from Bill too, I highly recommend it.

Dillen, 

  • 2005 Smart Fortwo Pasion Coupe (eibach, uncle glenn remap+TDC CRplus Tuning Box, SG2, heated seats, upgraded oil pan, oil pan heater, interior heater, EGR Delete, Hitch)
  • 2006 GMC 2500HD LBZ Duramax (PPE Tuning, Transgo Built trans, PVC Reroute, EGR Delete, Trans lines upgraded, 4" exhaust, Pushing 580bhp/903ft lbs) To be installed Belltech 3" lowering kit 
  • 1994 Mercedes Benz 500e AMG
  • 2001 Audi TT Roadster (Custom V6 B5 biturbo)
  • 2004 VW Jetta Wagon TDI  SMG clutch, 17" BBS LM reps Winter, Boost-oil-egt-gauges, Stage 2 Custom Malone tune
  • 2005 VW Golf TDI Stage 5. .  .VNT 20 too much mods to list 
  • 2004 VW Golf TDI MK4, 18" BBS LM staggered rims, Skid pan, Eibach/Koni Sports, VNT 17/22, PD100/PD150 Hybrid injectors, Colt Stage 3 Cam, South Bend Stange 2 Endurance Clutch, Malone Tuned & much more
  • & more on the bench  :icon_twisted:

#4 Coast Steve

Coast Steve
  • Regular Members
  • 2,384 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sunshine Coast BC

Posted 24 June 2013 - 07:34 PM

Yep, Bil's your man.He's done a pro job on the new towing kit.

I once owned the "GT" Smart....I'm a.. "Hasbin"

 2000 Mitsubishi Fuso FG 4X4 crane with a dump box,  
2005 Pulse, first brand new car!, Brabus this"N"that, racey stuff too, big fat tires, crazy expensive rims, shiny custom "GT sport" muffler, 2 1/2" silicone and aluminum bellmouth "GT MAX" intake kit, some neat decals, heated leather seats, stacked and ready to race, but then I sold it.


#5 tolsen

tolsen
  • Regular Members
  • 2,507 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Banchory, Scotland

Posted 24 June 2013 - 08:48 PM

I am convinced that Curt tow hitch will fit with minor modification. Further details here: http://clubsmartcar....showtopic=23297

#6 bilgladstone

bilgladstone

    This is my smart. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

  • Regular Members
  • 12,116 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Kelowna, BC

Posted 24 June 2013 - 10:44 PM

PM sent. Thanks for the positive reviews, guys.Bil :sun:
Join more than 210 smarties on the map! Where are you? CLICK HERE to add your marker!
::
[

#7 Coast Steve

Coast Steve
  • Regular Members
  • 2,384 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sunshine Coast BC

Posted 25 June 2013 - 06:32 AM

I thought the old SCU hitch was the best, till you came out with this new kit Bil.

I once owned the "GT" Smart....I'm a.. "Hasbin"

 2000 Mitsubishi Fuso FG 4X4 crane with a dump box,  
2005 Pulse, first brand new car!, Brabus this"N"that, racey stuff too, big fat tires, crazy expensive rims, shiny custom "GT sport" muffler, 2 1/2" silicone and aluminum bellmouth "GT MAX" intake kit, some neat decals, heated leather seats, stacked and ready to race, but then I sold it.


#8 stickman007

stickman007
  • Regular Members
  • 619 posts
  • Location:Edmonton, AB

Posted 25 June 2013 - 12:16 PM

Here's some pic of the one that I made for my cabrio with the rear bumper piece off, can't seem to find the dimensions, but like I said before, Bil's is MUCH MUCH nicer! Its worth it!photo_1.JPG photo_2.JPG photo_3.JPG

"Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege"
 

2002 Audi TT ALMS 225 Quattro: APS 91Oct Remap

2004 Jetta TDI: Malone Stage 1.5 (EGR + Left-foot braking fix), EGR Cooler Deleted, OZ Aristos, Eibach Sportline Springs, JSP Skidplate
2005 Fortwo Cabrio Pulse: In pieces
2005 Fortwo Coupe Passion: K&N Air Filter, EGR Emulator, EGR housing/coolant hoses deleted, Restricter Plug, Vertical Wiper Mod, 7" DVD Flip-up Deck, Smart142 Remap, TuningBox stacked, Bil's Ultimate Hitch, H&R Cup Kit Springs/Struts, Paddle Shifter Steering Wheel and Soft Touch.
2011 Specialized Epic Comp Carbon:

207368.png


#9 John & Angela

John & Angela
  • Regular Members
  • 673 posts

Posted 25 June 2013 - 05:29 PM

I have a hitch on two of my smart cars. They work fine but they are not Bills. I wish I had Bills but I already cut a hole in my rear panels so I am stickin with them. Get in touch with Bill and do it right. We don't use ours for a bike rack but actually pull a 535 pound +- tent trailer. Some pics from our last weekend camping trip.

Posted Image

Posted Image

This one taken on a previous trip.

Posted Image

Edited by John & Angela, 25 June 2013 - 05:37 PM.

2015 Electric Drive Cabriolet 150 KM 
2006 Grand Style CDI Cabriolet 41000 ish KM
2006 Passion CDI. 36000 ish KM

"La vida no se mide por el número de respiraciones que tomamos sino por los momentos que nos dejan sin respiración"

Visit My Website





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users