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03-14-2015 06:20 PM
sailor I had to dive deeper to prove it, only shows in that link to Instructions.

You wouldn't have seen it in a quick read.
03-14-2015 05:10 PM
Toadster Ohh, I didn't notice the 60290 number there. Well that removes any uncertainty for fitment, at least.
03-14-2015 04:47 PM
sailor See the first post of the thread.

If you click on the instructions link for the Hidden Hitch your #60290 is listed.

#24872 is also listed, proving to me that they're the same piece with different names. (Draw-Tite brand vs. Hidden Hitch brand)
03-14-2015 04:36 PM
Toadster I ordered Hidden Hitch part #60290. They claim it will fit a 2013 Focus and it does look nearly identical to draw-tite's part #24872. Has anyone tried Hidden Hitch #60290?
02-17-2015 02:28 AM
Slicknick I have my hitch coming tomorrow and we are going to install it Friday on my buddies lift. Also ordered my bike rack, ski rack and cargo carrier. I will use the stabilizer straps for most loads as roads around here are pretty bad.
02-02-2015 08:13 AM
filter If I remember correctly all I used was wheel ramps, 3 ton jack stands, a cordless drill, a good drill bit, ratchet, extension, deep sockets, torque wrench, and a bench grinder to modify the bolts. Oh and a sharpie to mark the new holes that needed to be drilled.

Wheel ramps come in handy. I use them for changing the oil and just about anything else I need to get under the car for. I'd rather to use the ramps than the floor jack and jack stands. Rhino ramps are pretty cheap and they stack to make them easier to store.

It was different backing up the ramps though to do the hitch. With a lift and close access to the right tools and someone to help hold the hitch it in place you can get it done fairly quickly.
02-02-2015 12:51 AM
Slicknick That is the only thing that worries me, no lift and not many tools. Although my buddy does own a shop, he can probably do it in a few mins.
02-01-2015 01:30 PM
filter
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Originally Posted by roger821 View Post
It's a ridiculously easy process if you have the tools. Wheel ramps and jack stands work just fine. I have a pretty good set of tools, but I don't have the ramps and stuff like that. For me, it was easy just putting the car on a lift. Plus, unless you have a high torque drill, you still have to drill through the frame, as the carriage bolts get fished through new holes.

$20? You're pretty lucky to get that price. Mine was on sale, AutoAnything wanted $109 retail for it, and that was a great price. For the same hitch, you should see what U-Haul is charging...
Yes I did get lucky, my buddy called me to ask if I wanted one while he was there. I said for $20 heck yes.

I own more tools than I probably need, and definitely more than the average joe. As for the drill I used a Dewalt 18v with a cobalt drill bit. I didn't have much problems aside from hot metal chips falling on me.

I really dislike U-Haul. My father had a 7 pin harness installed by them. Turns out 3 wires weren't hooked up and they used a 4 pin converter into the 7 pin harness. Nissan makes a T harness that was plug and play for $50. All I ended up having to do was run a wire from the battery to the harness. And find a good ground. I would not trust them for wiring.
02-01-2015 10:31 AM
roger821
Yeah, that will work too...

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Originally Posted by filter View Post
I put a Curt on mine a couple months back. Cost me $20 for the hitch. A buddy of mine picked it up for me at Summit in their scratch and dent section.

I did it in my driveway using wheel ramps and a jack stand to help hold one end. As far as enlarging the hole to get the carriage bolts in, it's easier to take the bolt to a bench grinder. Grind a little off the bolt and it will fit in the hole on an angle. It took me about an hour start to finish, I had to keep going in the garage for tools and to use the bench grinder.
It's a ridiculously easy process if you have the tools. Wheel ramps and jack stands work just fine. I have a pretty good set of tools, but I don't have the ramps and stuff like that. For me, it was easy just putting the car on a lift. Plus, unless you have a high torque drill, you still have to drill through the frame, as the carriage bolts get fished through new holes.

$20? You're pretty lucky to get that price. Mine was on sale, AutoAnything wanted $109 retail for it, and that was a great price. For the same hitch, you should see what U-Haul is charging...
02-01-2015 08:59 AM
filter I put a Curt on mine a couple months back. Cost me $20 for the hitch. A buddy of mine picked it up for me at Summit in their scratch and dent section.

I did it in my driveway using wheel ramps and a jack stand to help hold one end. As far as enlarging the hole to get the carriage bolts in, it's easier to take the bolt to a bench grinder. Grind a little off the bolt and it will fit in the hole on an angle. It took me about an hour start to finish, I had to keep going in the garage for tools and to use the bench grinder.
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