2012 Focus Hitch is available - Focus Fanatics
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace



Go Back   Focus Fanatics > Ford Focus Third Generation > MK3 Focus

MK3 Focus The place to chat about general questions, window tinting, exterior body, interior and lighting upgrades for the third generation 2012-Current Focus.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
FocusFest Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-08-2011, 09:48 AM   #1
2012sel
Focus Enthusiast
 
2012sel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Fan#: 84814
Location: Overland Park, KS
What I Drive: 2012 Red Candy SEL 5 door

Posts: 511
FF Reputation: 10 2012sel Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
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



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



Last edited by 2012sel; 06-20-2011 at 11:00 AM. Reason: add picture
2012sel is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 06-08-2011, 11:23 AM   #2
pizzapants
Focus Enthusiast
 
pizzapants's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Fan#: 85381
Location: Long Island, NY
What I Drive: 2012 Blue Candy Focus TiHatch

Posts: 51
FF Reputation: 1 pizzapants Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
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!

Last edited by pizzapants; 06-08-2011 at 11:24 AM. Reason: fixed the image link
pizzapants is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2011, 07:32 PM   #3
camurphy2
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Fan#: 25855
Location: Manchester, NH
What I Drive: 2011 Subaru Impreza

Posts: 85
FF Reputation: 1 camurphy2 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
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.
__________________
Team Duratec #63
camurphy2 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2011, 09:27 PM   #4
keelhaul
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2011
Fan#: 85745
Location: Los Angeles, CA
What I Drive: 2012 Sterling Gray Titanium

Posts: 47
FF Reputation: 1 keelhaul Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
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.
keelhaul is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2011, 12:17 PM   #5
28HopUp
Focus Enthusiast
 
28HopUp's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Fan#: 85449
Location: Newark, DE
What I Drive: 2012 SE 5-door

Posts: 240
FF Reputation: 3 28HopUp Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Thanks for the reminder - I need to get a hitch for the SE (to hold our bike rack)
__________________
Bill Jr.
28HopUp is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2011, 04:58 PM   #6
OldArmy07
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Fan#: 87215
Location: DFW, TX
What I Drive: 2012 Ford Focus SEL

Posts: 30
FF Reputation: 1 OldArmy07 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Any word on whether this impacts the parking sensors (not the rear camera)?
OldArmy07 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2011, 08:44 PM   #7
Fattie
Focus Addict
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Fan#: 46016
Location: rockland, ME
What I Drive: 6 Duratec Focus

Posts: 1,466
FF Reputation: 5 Fattie Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (6)
Quote:
Originally Posted by keelhaul View Post
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.
__________________
6 Duratec Focus

3 04 zx4's
2 05 zx3's
1 03 zx3
Fattie is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2011, 06:57 AM   #8
Grinder
Banned
 
Join Date: May 2011
Fan#: 85627
Location: Minneapolis, MN
What I Drive: 2003 CD silver SVT

Posts: 497
FF Reputation: 10 Grinder Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
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
Grinder is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2011, 08:58 AM   #9
BLRich1
Nope, Chuck Testa
 
BLRich1's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Fan#: 22758
Location: Lincoln, NE
What I Drive: '14 TB ST3, '04 Silver SVT

Posts: 6,096
FF Reputation: 17 BLRich1 Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (6)
Moved to "Third Generation Ford Focus (2012)"
__________________
My Rides:
'14 Tuxedo Black ST3
'13 Ingot Silver Escape Titanium AWD
'04 CD Silver SVT, #877, 1 of 135 May 2011 ROTM, FF11: Best Display, Best of Show; AFN12: Best SVT, Best Audio, Finest Five, Carlisle Nifty Fifty
BLRich1 is online now  
    Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2011, 09:50 AM   #10
Faygo Focus
Focus Addict
 
Faygo Focus's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Fan#: 85587
Location: Detroit, MI
What I Drive: 2012 Tuxedo Ti with James Bond Pkg

Posts: 567
FF Reputation: 2 Faygo Focus Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Grinder View Post
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?
Faygo Focus is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:43 AM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information : Site Map

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Acura TLX or Fiesta ST. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.