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Old 08-08-2011, 03:41 PM   #21
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This is the one I'm looking at as well....AND my car is supposed to be in on the 15th too. I like the no drill feature, but I'm curious to know about this "heat shield trimming" that has to be done. I'd love to see pictures when you get it.

I will purchase one of these, I'm just not sure I want to do it this year. The time for using it (since I just haul my mountain bikes) is coming to a close, and I'd like to avoid any sort of rust this year from winter salt.
Completely understand Jesse. I'm going to attempt the install without cutting the heat shield first but I really won't know until I actually get the car and get under there... BTW... Titanium, White Platinum, Moon Roof. plenty of good stuff in the base Titanium so no other add ons!
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:40 PM   #22
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I thought I read somewhere that the 2012 focus was rated for 1000lb towing capacity here in Canada, anybody else?
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Love to hear of experiences with the Hidden Hitch and a bike rack.

I bought the Sport Wing 2 Bike Rack made by Reese/Highland. I liked the price and it is not bad. The only drawback is the bike that is mounted next to the car/on inside, is the closeness of the bike pedal to the bumper. (could scratch paint if not careful loading/unloading). I seen a suggestion on a Mountain bike review of the Rack, that said they used a 'can coozie' over the pedal next to the bumper.
The only modification made was I added a shim between the carrier shank and the hitch itself. It had a little too much left to right movement for my liking.
I have a Curt 1 1/4 trailer hitch on my Focus.
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:47 AM   #24
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Put the hitch on my car, literally took 30 minutes max. Very simple. I'd definitely suggest putting it on while the car is new. I have the curt hitch and it fit perfectly. I have a Yakima hold up. The connector is a screw in type, seems to hold it very solid.

Jesse - I didn't trim the heat shield, there was no need but I'm just curious as to why they advised to trim it. I'll post the few pics I have.
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Old 08-14-2011, 10:23 AM   #25
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Well I ordered the hitch from thehitchstore.com, $134, free shipping. Would like to use it with my cargo carrier. Will post up some pics when installed.
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:31 PM   #26
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Put the hitch on my car, literally took 30 minutes max. Very simple. I'd definitely suggest putting it on while the car is new. I have the curt hitch and it fit perfectly. I have a Yakima hold up. The connector is a screw in type, seems to hold it very solid.

Jesse - I didn't trim the heat shield, there was no need but I'm just curious as to why they advised to trim it. I'll post the few pics I have.
sweet! Thank you for answering my question. Interested in seeing your pics for sure!
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Put the hitch on my car, literally took 30 minutes max. Very simple. I'd definitely suggest putting it on while the car is new. I have the curt hitch and it fit perfectly. I have a Yakima hold up. The connector is a screw in type, seems to hold it very solid.
Wait, did you get the Draw Tite hitch you were originally ordering, or the Curt? I thought that the Curt required drilling? Or am I confused and they are one and the same?
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Old 08-14-2011, 11:59 PM   #28
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Well I ordered the hitch from thehitchstore.com, $134, free shipping. Would like to use it with my cargo carrier. Will post up some pics when installed.
What kind of cargo carrier do you use? Wondering if maybe that might be a solution for US and the somewhat tight space (with double-stroller) on road trips.

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Old 08-15-2011, 07:12 AM   #29
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Wait, did you get the Draw Tite hitch you were originally ordering, or the Curt? I thought that the Curt required drilling? Or am I confused and they are one and the same?
You are right Faygo, I got the Draw Tite NOT the curt. Not sure what I was thinking when I wrote that!
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I ordered the Curt, it says it requires drilling. My cargo carrier was one I picked up from Costco a few years back. The only bad thing about it is it requires a 2" receiver and the hitch is the 1 1/4" so I'll need an adapter.
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