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Old 08-15-2011, 09:48 AM   #31
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Hidden Hitch and Draw Tite are the same product? Or is one better than the other in some way?
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:52 PM   #32
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In anticipation of ordering and installing either a Hidden Hitch or Draw Tite, I sent a note to technical support asking about the heat shield.

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The hitch needs to contact the frame without anything in between. If there is material between the frame and the hitch, bolts may loosen up.

Thank you for contacting the Technical Group

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Old 08-16-2011, 04:48 AM   #33
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In anticipation of ordering and installing either a Hidden Hitch or Draw Tite, I sent a note to technical support asking about the heat shield.

Here is the response:

The hitch needs to contact the frame without anything in between. If there is material between the frame and the hitch, bolts may loosen up.

Thank you for contacting the Technical Group

Cequent Performance Products
Thanks for the update Faygo. I do have one issue with my hitch anyway and have requested a new one. (Something inside the tongue that causes my bike rack to not slide in smoothly). I'll take that into consideration.
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:04 AM   #34
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Just ordered a Draw Tite from etrailer, along with a lock (to make shipping free).

Do you need to jack the car up at all to install the hitch?
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:38 AM   #35
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yes. or drive it up on some ramps.
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Old 08-16-2011, 05:10 PM   #36
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Just an update. I was speaking with my Salesguy/Dealer about installing the Curt hitch. They said installing this, and drilling into the frame as required by the Curt hitch would void my warranty, period. I called The Hitch Store and the sales rep sheepishly agreed that installing it would probably invalidate my warranty and that it was my responsibility. Needless to say I'm not going to void the warranty on a 5 day old vehicle. The Hitch Store agreed to take back my order for a full refund so I'm sending it back. The dealer did point out the vehicle was not rated for towing and I explained I wanted it for a cargo and bike rack, not towing any sort of trailer. Did mention the hitch that doesn't require drilling. He felt I fell in a grey area doing that, they'd service the vehicle as long as the no-drill hitch couldn't be at fault for whatever was wrong.

Anyway, don't know if all dealers feel the same way about things. As I said, I don't feel like risking it. So the hitch is going back and I'll re-consider my options at a later time.
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Old 08-17-2011, 01:37 PM   #37
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Just an update. I was speaking with my Salesguy/Dealer about installing the Curt hitch. They said installing this, and drilling into the frame as required by the Curt hitch would void my warranty, period. I called The Hitch Store and the sales rep sheepishly agreed that installing it would probably invalidate my warranty and that it was my responsibility. Needless to say I'm not going to void the warranty on a 5 day old vehicle. The Hitch Store agreed to take back my order for a full refund so I'm sending it back. The dealer did point out the vehicle was not rated for towing and I explained I wanted it for a cargo and bike rack, not towing any sort of trailer. Did mention the hitch that doesn't require drilling. He felt I fell in a grey area doing that, they'd service the vehicle as long as the no-drill hitch couldn't be at fault for whatever was wrong.

Anyway, don't know if all dealers feel the same way about things. As I said, I don't feel like risking it. So the hitch is going back and I'll re-consider my options at a later time.
My dealer had mine installed! Go Figure.
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Old 08-17-2011, 02:51 PM   #38
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A hitch does not invalidate the powertrain warranty. How would they even know you towed something? Certainly don't volunteer that info.

I've put hitches on a few cars with the same or less torque than the Focus: S2000, Prelude (trailer wiring built in), Vibe (hitch mount holes factory built in)
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it wasn't so much about installing the hitch, which he said was a "grey" area as much as drilling into the frame. can say i saw his point. i opted on the side of caution. i don't need a fight with ford about some future claim, really am not dying for a hitch on my focus as i have them on my other vehicles.
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:06 PM   #40
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Had mine (Draw Tite) installed today... going to get some vinyl that says "Bike Rack Only" for the tongue... and a Thule Bike Rack.

Meanwhile, check it out...





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