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Old 10-11-2003, 07:21 PM   #1
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trailer hitch on a Focus?

I know it's not exactly a cool mod, but...

I'm a competitive cyclist, and I need a way to carry my bike in / on my car. If it was just my road bike, I would fold down the rear seats and put it inside. However, I also race off-road and don't want to put a muddy bike in the back of my car.

I was looking forward to a roof rack until I saw exactly how much it would cost (even w/ my shop discount). And there is no way I'll use a rear mounted rack.
So, it looks as though I'm stuck w/using a hitch mounted rack. Sounds fine to me, as it won't mess up the car any.

Does anyone on here have a hitch mount on their Focus? I am curious as to just how visible it will be from the rear of the car.


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Old 10-11-2003, 09:04 PM   #2
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I put a Draw-Tite brand on my SVT. The hitch is very noticeable and even interferes with the rear valance panel. But, since I don't have my truck anymore I have to make due.
It really has come in handy though. I hauled several loads of retaining wall stones home on my trailer and I have used it to pull my 1000 lb lawn mower.
The owners manual only lists a 100lb tongue wt. and a total wt. of 1000lbs. I have drastically exceeded this with no problems.

For anyone thinking of pulling a trailer with their Focus, keep in mind the tongue weight rating. Pay attention to how you load the trailer and you won't have any problems.
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Although I'm not saying you should go over what they say, but they probably intentionally listed the max a 100lbs or so less than the actual just to be safe.
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Old 10-11-2003, 10:51 PM   #4
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I put a Draw-Tite brand on my SVT.
Oldschool, you wouldn't happen to have a picture of it on your car, would you? I imagine Draw-Tite will be the brand that I get.

You mentioned it interferes with the valance panel... What exactly is that?

As far as weight goes, I'll just be carrying the rack and the bikes. No problem on the weight issue.
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I don't own a digital camera yet. Give me a few days and maybe I can finish off a roll of film. I'll try to post a pic this week. The interference shouldn't happen if you don't have an SVT. I warn you though it looks realllly bad. Just a hunk of steel hanging off of the back of the car.
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I warn you though it looks realllly bad. Just a hunk of steel hanging off of the back of the car.
Man, this whole thing isn't working out so well.

I really would appreciate it if you could post a picture. It sounds as if it's something I really won't like. I'm far from a psycho when it comes to my car's apperance, but I don't want to 'ugly it up' by any means.

I've seen what a roof rack can do to a car, so I'm not really thrilled with the idea of putting one of those on. But then my only option is a trunk mount rack. I looked into those last night and found one that might be ok, but I'd really like to see what one fits like on my car before I buy it and then be unhappy with it.

The only thing I'd ever use the hitch for would be the bike rack, so maybe I'll just get an expensive (read: keeps the bike out away from the car) trunk rack and only have it on when I need it.

Any other cyclists / Focus owners out there?
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I have had a 2" hitch custom made for the car...I use it only for a bike rack.
I'll take a pic and post it , I don't mind the look at all..I use a 2: rubber FORD cap to cover the hole...
Stay tuned.
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I don't like rear mounted bike racks, be they attached to a trailer hitch or simply the back of the car. I have a custom built bike worth close to $3000. The idea of getting rear-ended and smashing up bike and car is too much to contemplate.

My car came with the Ford roof rack. I felt I needed a Thule or Yakima for strength and safty however, both of these rack companies make attachments that fit onto the factory rack. That indicated, according to a rack dealer, that the factory rack could be counted on for a light load.

I purchased a Rocky Mounts rack, which attaches to the factory cross bars and it is solid.
Rocky mounts rack cost $87/ plus $6 for a fork lock.
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