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06-15-2017 08:38 AM
frizz I have the Draw Tite hitch on my 14 hatch. No problems with my bike rack or towing my teardrop.

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06-15-2017 06:10 AM
Fabio0716
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Originally Posted by Ductape91 View Post
Looks like it had plenty of clearance for the bumper.
Do you have a link to the exact hitch you got?
Last I checked they all said w/o sport package.
There was like a solid inch of clearance. This is the Draw-tite 24872.

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06-15-2017 05:54 AM
Ductape91
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Originally Posted by Fabio0716 View Post
So I finally installed the hitch. I can confirm fitment for a 2015 ford focus sedan WITH the Sport package.

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Looks like it had plenty of clearance for the bumper.
Do you have a link to the exact hitch you got?
Last I checked they all said w/o sport package.
06-14-2017 02:11 PM
Fabio0716 So I finally installed the hitch. I can confirm fitment for a 2015 ford focus sedan WITH the Sport package.

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06-12-2017 05:15 PM
Fabio0716
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Originally Posted by or10r View Post
That's the exact reason I upgraded my brakes. Gotta be able to stop the old girl.
What did you guys go with? Larger rotors? How did the car accelerate after with the larger mass?

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06-12-2017 05:09 PM
or10r
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Originally Posted by Gi_Jo_Nathan View Post
Don't forget that you don't want to overload the brakes with too much weight also.
That's the exact reason I upgraded my brakes. Gotta be able to stop the old girl.
06-11-2017 11:08 PM
Fabio0716
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Originally Posted by Texaswiley View Post
Maybe the tensile is the same but the amount of it isn't. The rear end would never survive the amount of tongue weight it would have. You don't have a frame to fasten to. The 1,00 to 1200# figure is probably realistic with caution. I put a curt hitch on mine, added a second support in the middle in the rear bumper. I put a short piece of 2" tubing onto it and stepped on it, the amount of flex was scary. I tow two bikes on a rack and call it a load. anything heavier I use a real SUV or pickup with an actual frame.
Tensile strength is tensile strength doesn't matter if it's 1 inch thick or 1/4 thick, there is no such thing as "amount". Stepping on it isn't a demonstration of that tensile strength and a 1/4 receiver like Curt or Draw tite doesn't come close to the strength of the steel used by that rear frame rail and is going to flex. What you felt flexing was most likely the actual hitch assembly and NOT the Frame itself. What I was trying to get across with my previous post is for people not to be scared of towing with this car if you can keep it within the 2,000lb limit (limits of axle weight, engine power, tire load capacity, and our rear suspension) make sure you keep an eye on temperatures (DCT has its own sensor which will warn you on dash). You won't damage the frame if you decide to pull a 2,600lb load like another poster on here did.

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06-11-2017 09:39 PM
Texaswiley
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Originally Posted by Fabio0716 View Post
Just bought my draw tite hitch for my 2015 SE Sport package. Can't wait to install it. I also did some research on the capabilities of this car and the strength of the frame . Turns out the Rear frame on this car has the tensile strength of the base pre aluminum F150 (HSLA 250 at 36,000psi) and as it goes forward to the forward frame rails it jumps to around 100,000 psi because of the UHSS steel up front. Frame wise the focus frame should easily pull at least 5,000 pounds with a stronger motor and transmission without deformation or cracking. Now suspension wise the focus could absolutely pull at a MAXIMUM of 1,500lbs. The last and most deciding factor is unfortunately our puny engine. Given the torque that this engine produces I would set the "Safe" range up to 1,200 pounds and the ABSOLUTE MAX at 1,500lbs. Yes I took into account GAWR.

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Maybe the tensile is the same but the amount of it isn't. The rear end would never survive the amount of tongue weight it would have. You don't have a frame to fasten to. The 1,00 to 1200# figure is probably realistic with caution. I put a curt hitch on mine, added a second support in the middle in the rear bumper. I put a short piece of 2" tubing onto it and stepped on it, the amount of flex was scary. I tow two bikes on a rack and call it a load. anything heavier I use a real SUV or pickup with an actual frame.
06-11-2017 06:35 PM
Gi_Jo_Nathan Don't forget that you don't want to overload the brakes with too much weight also.
06-10-2017 08:01 PM
Fabio0716 Just bought my draw tite hitch for my 2015 SE Sport package. Can't wait to install it. I also did some research on the capabilities of this car and the strength of the frame . Turns out the Rear frame on this car has the tensile strength of the base pre aluminum F150 (HSLA 250 at 36,000psi) and as it goes forward to the forward frame rails it jumps to around 100,000 psi because of the UHSS steel up front. Frame wise the focus frame should easily pull at least 5,000 pounds with a stronger motor and transmission without deformation or cracking. Now suspension wise the focus could absolutely pull at a MAXIMUM of 1,500lbs. The last and most deciding factor is unfortunately our puny engine. Given the torque that this engine produces I would set the "Safe" range up to 1,200 pounds and the ABSOLUTE MAX at 1,500lbs. Yes I took into account GAWR.

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