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Great post and I'm really impressed with how much utility you get out of Tucker! I sure wish there was a cost effective hitch option for the 453. I don't think I'd be pulling much if ever but I would love to have a receiver hitch for the bike rack, or a cargo tray, spare tire, etc. Actually, even more impressive is the off road capability. I'd love to raise ours an inch or two and put slightly taller tires on to give a little more ground clearance but alas no lift kits for the 453 either...

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I wish there was a cost effective hitch for the 453 as well! ComebackKid and a few others with 453 hitches report that they're even more proficient at this given their larger size, greater power, better gearing, and overall better build. Plus, since the hitches are embedded behind the bumper, they sit higher and aren't as exposed to salt and strike damage.

As I've now made it a tradition to buy a smart a year, I'm looking to get a rundown 2008 in 2019 to make into a silly mini-Jeep. Instead of trying to make my single 451 a jack of all trades but master of none I'm splitting my two most ambitious smart projects out over two cars.

I bet a Daystar kit could probably be modified to work with a 453 given some engineering. You can only realistically get maybe 2-3 inches out of a lift on a smart before you start asking for trouble or a much greater investment.
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I'm not looking to put monster tires on it or lift it high, just need an extra inch or so to get it level with the tow bar on my RV and I don't want to use a drop hitch receiver because they drag on driveways. Also a little more ground clearance would be nice for the light trail driving we like to do when exploring, not really into serious off roading.
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A smart each year? I imagine that would be an interesting collection to see in a few years!
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As of current I have a 2012 coupe, a 2005 coupe, a 2005 cabriolet, and a 2016 edition #1 . My motorcycle collection has surpassed my smart collection. A goal for 2019 is to monetize the motorcycles so they're tax deductible and maybe might make me money. I'm not sure what happened, I guess sometime in 2016 I decided to go head first into my hobbies!!



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