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2012sel 06-08-2011 09:48 AM

2012 Focus Hitch is available
 
UPDATE: UHaul probably did me a big favor. After sending me the wrong hitch twice, I've cancelled the order. I'm looking at the Hidden Hitch brand since it requires NO drilling and NO "reaming" with a die grinder of the Focus' frame. The Curt Hitch DOES require drilling two holes and reaming of your cars frame rail access hole. I just placed a phone order for the Hidden Hitch (part #24872) from etrailer.com for $159.00.

Product information page...
http://www.hiddenhitch.com/content/p...005&part=24872
Instructions for the Hidden Hitch...
http://www.hiddenhitch.com/content/d...ion/N60290.pdf

Hidden Hitch installed...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/3404205...n/photostream/


2012 FOCUS...

Below is the actual product picture from Curt. www.curtmfg.com

http://sitepro12.sitepro.com/masterl..._300x225_a.jpg

Details and pictures here...
http://www.thehitchstore.com/images/...-11158-INS.pdf

Curt has the hitch for around 220.00 MSRP. Product # 11158 (129.00 street price)

UHaul sells the Curt hitch as their part #24857 branded UHaul for 149.00 (pdf installation instructions are dated 5/18/2011). Free shipping.


The main body of the hitch is hidden behind the rear fascia (very good).

I am wondering how this class of hitch holds up to a bike rack with two bikes. Does anyone have experience with class I hitches hauling bikes on a bike rack without additional stabilizing straps? The installation document I downloaded from UHaul says it voids the warranty if the Curt stabilizer strap part #18050 (available on Amazon) is not used.

Also, I'd like to here if anyone has had issues with Ford's warranty after installing a hitch. Ford doesn't rate the 2012 Focus for towing. I think previous years were rated for a small amount. A mechanic said they check to see if the car has trailer wiring installed to see if a person has been using the hitch for trailer towing. So, be aware of this if you're concerned about warranty compliance. Please reply if you have more info on this subject.

Thanks

pizzapants 06-08-2011 11:23 AM

Looks pretty sweet...though I'd be a little worried about drilling into my new car, and what effect the bike rack will have on the rear-view camera/rear parking sensors.

I just put a Hidden Hitch on my '03 Vibe, luckily the holes were already there!
https://img.skitch.com/20110608-ne74...2x46kigkgr.jpg

camurphy2 06-10-2011 07:32 PM

I have A 05 ZX3 SES with a draw tite hitch using a thule 4 bike rack and ive never had a problem. Some of the hitch companies with void the warranty using a bike rack. I carry 2 bikes and i use a single bungie cord to prevent swaying.

keelhaul 06-10-2011 09:27 PM

I'd be interested to hear if anyone has tried towing a single or double rail motorcycle trailer with one of these. All loaded up with two bikes it would probably be around 1500lb.

28HopUp 06-11-2011 12:17 PM

Thanks for the reminder - I need to get a hitch for the SE (to hold our bike rack)

OldArmy07 07-18-2011 04:58 PM

Any word on whether this impacts the parking sensors (not the rear camera)?

Fattie 07-18-2011 08:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by keelhaul (Post 3702589)
I'd be interested to hear if anyone has tried towing a single or double rail motorcycle trailer with one of these. All loaded up with two bikes it would probably be around 1500lb.

i haul a 4x8 trailer always loaded with heavy crap. youll be fine.

Grinder 07-19-2011 06:57 AM

If I planned to tow anything that required a hitch.... I probably wouldn't buy a focus. But then again, I'm nuts. I like to live on the cutting edge of common sense

BLRich1 07-19-2011 08:58 AM

Moved to "Third Generation Ford Focus (2012)"

Faygo Focus 07-19-2011 09:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Grinder (Post 3747998)
If I planned to tow anything that required a hitch.... I probably wouldn't buy a focus. But then again, I'm nuts. I like to live on the cutting edge of common sense

And sarcasm, too, I suppose.

Anyway, for those of us who just want to haul our bicycles around... anyone having success in that department?


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