anyone own or have experience with the Willwood hitches for Porsches?
I recently emailed Will about acquiring a hitch from him and heard back from his wife Dustyn that Will has a bad hip and will require surgery this fall. Clearly bad news for Will and I sincerely wish him a speedy recovery.
I hope it's not too douchy of me to ask a member to provide detailed spec's and installation instructions of their Willwood hidden hitch so that I might explore having it made myself for a 987 Boxster? Obviously I'd rather purchase from Will and have attempted to do so, but the response is not encouraging it will happen any time soon if ever.
I've looked at the Bird Automotive site and am not impressed by the pics posted there. I also like the idea of a proper hitch receiver to which I can attach a proper hitch bike rack with the stand up tray design for mountain bikes. The top-tube holder design of the Bird system is not great for mountain bikes with severely sloping and bent top-tubes like mine.
I also am not interested in the Porsche RTS for Boxster - I've not seen it in person but it looks pretty ridiculous and completely limits the fun of having the top down!
Anyway if someone is able and willing to post or PM me with the details of their hitch I'd appreciate it. And if you guys think this request is unreasonable, I understand that too. I just really want a hitch!
I'll second your message, I really miss not being able to carry my mtn. bikes with me. From what I have read in the past I have questions regarding the amount of tongue weight the hitch can take. It is apparent it can pull a light trailer (which I may be forced to use) but I would much rather have the bikes on board. So if anyone out there has any information if would be very much appreciated.
I wish I could help with some answers, but I'm in the same boat. I have Will's rack from my 2001 Boxster and loved it. When I changed to the 987.2S, I contacted him several times, and spoke to him twice, looking for pricing and instructions so I could determine what was involved. It's been 5 months, and looks like it is going to be a while more. He has quite a bit of health issues he is dealing with, so I'm sure that has made it impossible to get the product out. Really nice guy. I hope he gets well soon.
I went to my engineer friend Will when I bought my '99 Boxster and we worked out the design for the rack using my car as a template. I had some ideas and Will had the engineering experience to make it happen. Will was a top cyclist until a bike accident that left him in bad shape. Fortunately for me, I had been dropped and avoided the accident that also injured several others. The rack worked great for me until I got a Cayman and no longer needed it (either stuffed the bike in the back or used the RTS). Unfortunately, I don't have detailed specs on the pieces. You might have luck picking up a used one... I gave mine to a Boxster-owning friend.