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Old 02-06-2012, 12:58 PM   #71
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Installed the Hidden Hitch this weekend




I did not trim the heat shield... just didn't really see the point even though HH "officially states" it needs to be trimmed to prevent the bolts from loosening


The fishing wire bolts weren't that bad to install -- it helped to keep everything a little loose until those bolts were in place




And thanks to this thread, the finishing touch


Now I just need my bike rack...
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:27 PM   #72
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Since the focus has nothing to hook onto if you ever went in the ditch or a big snowbank,having a receiver to tie onto,just might save ripping your car apart. Doubt I'd ever tow with it,but it would be worth it to me just to avoid problems getting ''unstuck''
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:00 PM   #73
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I just finished installing the Hidden-Hitch on my '12 Titanium Hatch. Most has been said already, but I wanted to add one handy tip.

When using the pull wire to bring the block and carriage bolt into the frame and back out to the hitch -- I found it easier to fish the wire "empty" backwards from the bolt hole through the access hole. Then attach the spacer and carriage bolt as instructed.

My only gripe is that the hitch is flush with the back of the fascia - it doesn't stick out, but it's not really "hidden" -- at least on the 5 door. This is a nit on an otherwise very nice kit.
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:55 AM   #74
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Would it be possible for someone here with a hitch to measure from the bottom of the receiver to the ground? I just picked up my new focus on saturday and I would like to put a hitch/bike rack on it...However, I have a steep driveway and im concerned that it wont clear. thanks in advance for the help
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:52 AM   #75
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I've got an SEL with standard suspension. It's around 9". Since I've got a steep driveway too I thought I snap a few pics. I didn't measure the hitch at it's lowest but it's around 4" to 5" clearance at the end of my drive.



The bike rack is an older Yakima ROC (4 bike)
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Thanks a ton, that will be super helpful!
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I purchased the SportRack 2EZ and like how the rack is immediately angled upward. Price is not to shabby too.

http://www.rackattack.com/product-pa...orm-system.asp

I've had clearance problems on other hitches (Yakima HoldUp and Plus2 = 4 bikes total) on my Subaru Forester. The SportRack options seem to angle up further.
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I purchased the SportRack 2EZ and like how the rack is immediately angled upward. Price is not to shabby too.

http://www.rackattack.com/product-pa...orm-system.asp

I've had clearance problems on other hitches (Yakima HoldUp and Plus2 = 4 bikes total) on my Subaru Forester. The SportRack options seem to angle up further.
Ya the offset on this rack and the KUAT nv look like they will hopefully clear my driveway. Going to take some measurements later and check.
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:26 PM   #79
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Thanks for all the info and pix! I'm wanting to get a hitch for mine.
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:06 AM   #80
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Installed my Draw-Tite hitch yesterday. It was really easy but the carriage bolt heads were too big to be fished through the frame hole. I had to grind some material off the sides of the heads and they went right in.
I cut the heat shield as directed, really easy.
Here's my only real concern: When installing the side bolts (the ones you had to fish through) I noticed about an overall 1/2" gap between the hitch and the frame. Tightening the bolts closed the gap, but I can't help wonder how much I distorted the frame in doing so.
I also bought a Swagman X-country bike rack. I absolutely love it. Its so easy to throw a bike on there and go.
I paid about $300 for everything, including locking hitch pin.
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