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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch for the 2012 Avenger by Dodge

Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch

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Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" - 2012 Avenger by Dodge

This fully welded, corrosion-resistant Dodge Avenger trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.

Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your Dodge Avenger
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Tested Tough - safety and reliability criteria exceed industry standards
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Drawbar sold separately - pin and clip included


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class I
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 2,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 200 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.



Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.


In addition, Draw-Tite performs static testing on a simulated automobile, as opposed to the rigid fixture used for SAE testing, resulting in a more true-to-life scenario.


etrailer.com Technical Support

At etrailer.com we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.



24871 Draw-Tite Class 1 Trailer Hitch Receiver - Sportframe





Video of Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer
installation instructions and specs for complete information.



Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Dodge Avenger - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2013 Dodge Avenger we'll be installing the Draw-Tite hitch, part number 24871. This is what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 5-3/4". From the inside of the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 11-1/4". This will assist you selecting accessories such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier.

Now let's go ahead with the installation. First before we can begin installing the hitch we'll go ahead and point out the attachment points. There are a total of four attachment points, two on each side. These attachment points will be the pre-drilled holes in the frame by the manufacturer. Now before we put our hitch in place we'll go ahead and remove the rear exhaust hanger. For this application it's a single exhaust system so there's only one hanger to remove.

However, if you had a dual exhaust system you would need to remove both rear hangers. To remove the rear hanger we'll spray the rubber isolator where it attaches to the metal hanger at the frame of the vehicle. Then we'll go ahead and use a pry bar or a pair of pliers to remove the rubber isolator from the metal hanger. This will allow the exhaust some mobility as we put the hitch into position. Now before we put the hitch into place we're going to go ahead and put some of our hardware in place. Starting with the rear attachment points first we'll be using the 4-1/2" bolts and blocks that will go through the outside of the frame to the inside of the frame, sitting flush with the inside of the frame.

Now with the bolts sitting flush with the inside of the frame we'll go ahead and put the hitch up into position. As we put the hitch into position, lining up the hitch with the bolt, we can push the bolt through the frame and through the hitch. Then we'll slide on our conical tooth washer with the teeth of the washer facing the hitch, and secure it with the nut, each hand tight at this time. Next we need to install the forward attachment hardware. This will be our 1-3/4" by 1/2" carriage bolts along with the blocks will get fed into the frame using the pull wire provided with our install kit. To install these we'll take the pull wire, feed it through the hitch through the attachment point and out the access hole forward of the frame.

Then we can take our block, slide it onto the bolt leader, and thread on our carriage bolt. As we thread on the carriage bolt we'll feed them both up into the frame and pull them into position through the frame and through the hitch. Then we'll remove the bolt leader and install the conical tooth washer and nut. Keep in mind that each process we do here on the driver side will get repeated identically on the passenger side. Now with all our hardware in position we're ready to go ahead and tighten it down. Next we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with our hitch secured and torqued to specifications we can go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. That will complete the install of our Draw-Tite hitch, part number 24871, on our 2013 Dodge Avenger. .




Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" - 24871

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (3159 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.


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by: Harvey05/18/2015


The hitch is great! Hidden away nicely. Just like photo. And Fit Perfectly. I have yet to run wiring. Doing that tonite. --- BUT!!!... that whole fish wire thing and installing the shorter 2" bolts. Argh! Total frustration. Why not just put 4 of the large bolts in? I was under that car for an hour trying to make that work. So close,, yet impossible. So I just went to the hardware store and bought 2 more of the 4" bolts. I recommend just putting 4 of the larger bolts into the package. Thanks. -H 193977






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by: Kim L.05/14/2012


I bought the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver, #24871, to mount on a 2010 Chrysler Sebring (Hard Top) convertable. I was a bit apprehensive so i called the 800 phone support and was assured it would fit. I also purchased a Swagman XC-S6465 bike rack to be used with the Draw-Tite Receiver. After receiving them, it took an hour and a half and I had 2 bikes hanging off the back of the car. Everything was flawless. Great products at a great price. 40349






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by: Rob09/09/2014


Love it. The hitch lined right up. Pretty easy to put on, about 40 mins to put on. The bike rack, same results. Thanks etrailer, leaving for the beach Saturday with our bikes. Yeppie 150456






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by: Scott C05/27/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


This went on our 2012 Infiniti G37x pretty easily. I haven't actually mounted the bike carrier on it yet, but I was happy that the installation went pretty smoothly. I put a horizontal piece of painters tape along the bottom of the license plate before I took it off so I would be sure not to extend the holes too far down such that they would be visible. This added an extra bit of confidence the process. The instructions don't give specific locations for holes to drill to access the lower bolts that you have to remove. See the attached pictures: the hole on the left was placed better than the hole on the right. If doing it again, I'd aim for the center of the holes to horizontally align with the bottom edge of the rectangular dimple in the bumper fascia. Vertically the holes alight with the bolts that are visible when you remove the license plate. I'd also use a 7/8" or even 1" bit: the 3/4" hole was a bit tight for my sockets. That combined with being off just a little bit on the right hole meant that I had to extend the right hole a bit with a utility knife. I cut the bumper fascia and the under tray with my Sonicrafter, which made it super quick and easy. You could do it with a utility knife but it definitely would be more work. The other trick I did was that I used a bit of double-sided tape to stick the aluminum fascia support to the hitch while getting the whole works wedged into place. That's the only somewhat difficult part: you have to pull back on the fascia while maneuvering the combination of the hitch and support plate into place. An extra set of hands would have been useful, but I managed it by myself. Just be careful to not pinch your fingers between the fascia and the hitch like I did. Trimming the under-tray is required and some idea of the right cut-out would have been helpful, but was not present in the instructions. See the attached photos to get an idea of the area I cut out. It's a little bigger than need be, but not by too much. I'm a little concerned that the hardware (bolt, nut, washer, plate) for attaching the hitch to the tow loop is bare steel. Maybe it's really stainless steel and will be fine, but I'm considering spraying it just to help keep it from becoming a mass of rust. Sprayed black, it would blend in better under the car too as it is visible from the rear. All done, none of the trimming is visible, and the hitch seems like it belongs there. 132728


Comments

It carried the bikes around just fine last year. I confess I havent actually had to use it yet this year but will be shortly.

Scott C - 06/03/2015

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by: John S.01/24/2011

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


After being told by a local hitch installer that they'd have to fabricate a hitch for my 2009 Nissan Cube, I hit the internet and found etrailer.com. They had the Drawtite Class I hitch for my car available at a reasonable price, and the instructins (available online prior to purchase) made it seem like it would be a fairly easy install. So I went ahead and ordered the hitch. My first surprise was a very nice email letting me know that the hitch had been shipped - ahead of schedule! My second surprise was when it arrived ahead of schedule. Off to a good start! This past Saturday, I undertook the installation. As promised, it was a fairly easy job, but took about two hours (not the 50 minutes in the instructions). In all fairness, if I had a car lift, I could have done it in less than an hour - but using a small floor jack and two jackstands in a small garage made it much more difficult to move around. The installation required only one modification to my car, a 1" hole drilled in the frame (in a non-load bearing area). The instructions didn't give any hints on this, so I went to Home Depot and purchased a 1" round cylindrical band saw blade (looks like a prescription bottle without the cap, with teeth on the open end) with a special bit with a 1/4" pilot drill. I thought it was going to take forever, and the 1/4" pilot drill did take several minutes to punch through, but the 1" round saw actually carved through the frame very quickly. The installation required a bit of innovative engineering on the part of etrailer (hence the 1" hole), but it worked flawlessly. Altogether, including cleanup, the installation took less than 2 1/2 hours. It was helpful that my wife was there to hand me tools, hold up one end of the hitch while I got a bolt in place to hold up the other end, and generally give me encouragement. One very minor suggestion - there are five conical washers, four of one size and one a bit smaller. They're the same color, and I inadvertently used one of the larger ones on the one smaller bolt (and had to take it off and do it again). Only a couple of minutes lost, but if the smaller washer had a dash of color on it to distinguish it from the others, it would be helpful for those of us who are somewhat mechanically challenged. :) Summing up, the quality of the hitch is excellent, the installation was relatively easy even for someone with little mechanical experience, the instructions were clear and concise, the hitch fit perfectly, and the final installation looks like it came from the factory. Kudos to etrailer! 5986



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by: Rick Z09/17/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


My son-in-law and I installed this hitch on a 2012 Toyota Prius V. The video for the install on a Prius is accurate for a Prius V with the exception that a Prius V does not have cosmetic cowling on the underbody that has to be removed. The install was straightforward and we had the hitch on in about 45 minutes. Other than the receiver on the hitch, you can't see the hitch without bending down and looking under the bumper. I personally like the aesthetics. We're using the hitch with the Swagman XTC-2 bike carrier and the combination is ideal for transporting our two bicycles. The fit between the hitch and bike carrier is tight and the Swagman allows us to drop the middle bar down for access to open the rear hatch of the vehicle when the bikes are not in the carrier but leaving the bike carrier attached. We bought the Prius V so we could carry passengers, gear and two bicycles on trips. The draw-tite hitch and Swagman XTC-2 give us the flexibility to do that. Here's some pictures to demonstrate as I've had a difficult time finding photos on the web showing a Prius V with hitch and bicycle carrier installed. I have a cover on the hitch receiver in some photos, sorry I took the photos at night with a flash, but hey, I did the review! Good luck. Oh, by the way, like others have written, E Trailer was on top of things from the get go and I received numerous e-mails about the status of my order and follow-up after my receipt. Only took three business days between the date of my order and delivery to my home. The hitch and bike carrier were boxed and then inserted into another heavy duty shipping box. There were a few small tears in the outer box (assume from rough handling by the delivery carrier) but the contents were not damaged in any way. I would definitely order again from etrailer.com. 54981


Comments

I just bought the V and your great pictures have made up my mind. Thanks!

comment by: Brian s - 12/07/2012


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Glad to hear, that is why we ask our customers to show off their setups. Please post pictures of yours when you get it.

Patrick B - 12/10/2012




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by: MP08/30/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


This is a very solid product that fits perfectly on my 2012 Prius. I looked at the video several times and read the comments posted here. Installation took me about an hour and twenty minutes, with the time spent as follows. I did this with the car on the ground, not on a lift. Ducking under and back to get tools, etc. adds to the installation time, but it is easier to support the hitch during installation. I did not really have a helper, except for asking my 12 year old daughter to aim a flashlight for me. Not having a helper also adds to the installation time, but it can be done. 1. Removing tie-down hook. Easy, took about 5 minutes. Made sure not to drop the bolts/washers behind the appearance panel. 2. 10-15 minutes trying to remove the muffler from the support post before heeding the advice on the instructions and spraying soapy water onto the rubber isolator, after which it took just a minute. 5 minutes removing the bolts from the rear muffler hanger. Had a U-joint on my wrench, but the length of the socket was such that it was a tight fit with the muffler exhaust. The video shows use of a "cat's paw" type of socket wrench, which would have been really handy for the bolts near the muffler. 3. Installing driver's side of hitch. 20 minutes spent fishing out a bolt and washer that dropped behind the appearance panel. My magnetic finding tool did not work well, had to use my hand to find them--not easy. As some other posts have noted, the old bolts were tapered, allowing installation at an angle a degree or two from perpendicular. The new bolts are not tapered, and must be inserted exactly perpendicular to the insertion hole. If you are off even a degree, the threads will not bite. That is how I dropped the bolt behind the panel. Since I was installing this myself with no helper, I had to hold up the hitch with one hand and work the socket wrench with my other hand. Ultimately, I opted to use the original tapered bolts to install the hitch initially, then removed them one at a time and used the new bolts, which were then easy to install because everything was already aligned. 4. Installing passenger side of hitch. This was definitely a tighter area to work through, and I ended up using the original bolts for one of the fasteners because the new bolt and washer interfered with the heat shield and I did not feel like bending the heat shield. I really wish I had the cats paw socket/wrench for the passenger side, but it all worked out fine in the end. Conclusion: after installation, I was impressed by how securely this hitch fits. It is rock solid. If I had to do the installation over again, I would probably get a real helper, use the tapered bolts initially to get things aligned perfectly, make sure not to drop bolts behind the appearance panel, spray the soapy water on the rubber isolator right away, get a better light to see what I was doing, especially with the driver's side, and get a cats paw type of socket for the passenger side bolts. 97669



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by: Ben C.05/04/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Installed on a 2008 G35x Sedan: Installation was easier than I expected, took about 1 hour total. Product feels Solid and is not too noticable when installed. I'm no real handy man but was able to to get this installed pretty quickly. Be prepared to make some minor cuts to the plastic bumper panel, two holes behind the licence plate to access the bolts which fasten the hitch and a 3.5" x 2" cut underneath where the hitch reciever extends from. I found a dremel worked perfectly for making the cuts. I also used painters tape to ensure I didn't drill beyond where the rear plate would cover. Thankfully, no other drilling or cutting is required as the holes for the bolts already exist on the bumper frame. Simply remove an aluminum spacer from the bumper frame by removing the 4 bolts pictured, slide the hitch up through the bottom and place the aluminum spacer back over the hitch. Use the bolts that came with the hitch as they are much stronger than the pre-existing bolts, and your done! *Shown with a Thule Doubletrack Platform-style 2 Bike Rack For 1-1/4 & 2" Hitch recievers 39423



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by: Charles W.07/13/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Comparison Review Draw-Tite or Drawtite 24899 and Curt 11681 hitches for 2013 Honda Accord 4-dr. Due to a manufacturing defect on the first hitch I installed, I had the pleasure of installing both of these hitches in the past 3 weeks on my Accord. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to write this review. Mounting hardware: Draw-Tite came with SAE Grade 5 carriage bolts, Curt came with stronger Grade 8 carriage bolts and nuts. Apparent strength of the hitch: reviews of the Curt state that a strap is needed to stabilize bike racks, Draw-Tite does not incl. this warranty condition. However, the Curt’s receiver channel has a welded collar that reinforces the square tube that is the business end of the receiver, the Draw-Tite does not. I suspect that Curt’s collar makes the receiver’s square tube less likely to split due to the high leverage of a bike rack. Ease of Installation: Both hitches require a “spacer” or block that fits into the Accord’s rails with the carriage bolts. The width of the Draw-Tite’s spacer required the entrance hole to be enlarged by drilling, filing, or prying open the hole on my brand new Accord, the Curt’s spacer is sized so that it just slips in the existing hole without modification. Appearance: Both reveal about the same amount, the rounded cross section of the Curt tubing results in a more attractive look. Ground Clearance: When installed, the Curt hitch has better ground clearance that the Draw-Tite. Paint finish: the same for both. Manufacturing Quality Control: The sample of Draw-Tite (bearing a “Made in Mexico” sticker) I installed was defective. Drawbars had to be pounded in by sledge hammer and awkwardly pounded out by same, ruining the finish on the drawbar. Apparently, the receiver channel was deformed when the manufacturer “punched” the holes in the receiver channel that the drawbar pin fits through. Once the drawbar was pounded in, a welded button or stop within the channel prevented the drawbar from going in deep enough so that the drawbar holes and receiver channel holes lined up. Draw-Tite Customer Service acknowledged the defect and said that they had had several calls on this, were manufacturing new ones, orders were on backorder and I’d have to work with the place I bought the hitch for replacement. E-Trailer Customer service was superb, they contacted Draw-Tite, confirmed backorder status, shipped me the slightly more expensive Curt at no extra charge, provided pre-paid return shipping label for the defective Draw-Tite. The sample from Curt installed and worked perfectly. Thorough this experience with Draw-Tite, I had the pleasure of spending the time installing a hitch twice on the same car and gathering the data to write this review. You have the benefit of reading this comparison review. 89392


Comments

Just a quick note, the button or stop is intended to be present on Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch Class I, 1-1/4 inch hitches. That stop will prevent the use of Class II Only designed ball mounts, carriers and racks.

Patrick B - 07/16/2013

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Comments

Thanks for this comparison!!

comment by: R s - 02/23/2014


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by: Ryan L.09/26/2011

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


I am reviewing the trailer hitch receiver AND the etrailer customer service. First off, the trailer hitch installation was straightforward, and the videos showed me exactly how to do it. I was able to install it myself, using my hydraulic jack at certain points to help me lift the hitch into position to bolt it in place. Please see the pics below. The customer service at etrailer is phenomenal! My order was upgraded to express shipping as a nice unexpected treat. I ordered the hitch receiver and also a bike rack. Both items arrived two business days later! However, there was a problem: the bike rack didn't have the included hardware kit (bolts, nuts, pins, etc.). Here's where I was impressed- etrailer reps immediately rush shipped me the missing hardware kit, and were absolutely pleasant on the phone and in emails. I am extremely impressed with this company, and will be ordering again. I highly recommend etrailer.com! Thanks! 24646



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by: srpinaz12/23/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


So, let's start with the good. Etrailer packed the item well. It wasn't just thrown in a box like the last hitch I ordered. Now the bad. This hitch is very poor quality. The hitch pin is not straight or square, so anything I put in it is going to be off to one side. Also, the hitch pin plate and chain clip are also welded crooked. Lastly, they painted over the welding tailings and whatever else was on this rack when coated. All they had to do was simply wipe it off before painting. It looks like it has boils all over. In the end, I think whoever assembled this rack was either intoxicated, or just didn't care. Needless to say, I will never buy a drawtite product again due to low quality. I wish return shipping didn't cost so much, because I would love to return this piece of... junk! See my pics of the issues. I hope this helps others in their decision to not by this rack, and be careful buying a rack online. 110907


Comments

We will be in contact with Draw-Tite on the matter and we will follow up with you.

comment by: Patrick B - 12/26/2013


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by: Gator08/29/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Etrailer actually has their items in stock in their warehouse. No waiting for drop shipments from manufacturers not even knowing if the item is in stock. Had the shipment on my doorstep within 3 days of placing order. Shipping was included. Hidden Hitch is a known brand name, price was better than any other manufacturers, hitch is well built, great looking welds, heavy duty materials, nice thick powder coat finish with absolutely no runs however hitch will not be seen anyway, thus hidden hitch. All bolt holes lined up perfectly, bolts are large and hardened and withstand the torque specifications. This is really an overbuilt class 1 hitch meaning it will never fail. The install was super easy and very quick. Wells designed, and well hidden. The little plastic rivets on the Yaris are easily removed by gently prying out the little center tab. Just pull it out gently til it stops, not all the way. The rivet is now released and will remove easily from the hole. When ready, slide the rivet back into the hole, then press the center tab back in. The instructions mentioned that a small amount of the fascia may have to be trim to clear the hitch. I did not have to do this. It was a tight fit but I was able to push it in enough to line up the holes and fasten the rivets without trimming. It took me longer to find my sockets and torque ratchet than it took for the actual install. See attached photos. 149160



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by: Randy L07/26/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


I purchased this hitch for my 2013 Toyota Prius 2 so I could attach the Swagman XTC-2 bike rack. I was able to install it properly by myself using the instructions that came with the hitch, but it did take some patience and creativity. The hitch itself is sturdy, fits well on the car, and is unobtrusive. etrailer did a great job packaging the hitch with none of the problems and damage that have been reported by users who purchased the same hitch from Amazon. Installation is theoretically very simple. Take the muffler off the rubber hanger on the passenger-side tow hook. Remove the four bolts that hold the two tow hooks to the frame of the vehicle with a 19 mm socket. Bolt the hitch to the frame with the four 19 mm bolts and the conical washers that come with the hitch kit. At this point you will also replace the tow hook that includes the hanger for the muffler but not the driver-side tow hook. Reattach the muffler to the rubber hanger. Here are some tips that I think will make the installation process smoother. 1. Spray a soapy water solution on the muffler hanger before attempting to remove it. The lubrication will significantly decrease the effort needed to remove the muffler pin from the rubber hanger. 2. Make sure you have at least a 6" extension for your socket to give you enough clearance when removing and attaching the bolts. I would say that an 8" extension would be ideal. 3. On the passenger side, you should probably bend the edges of the muffler heat shield down about 1/4" to provide clearance for the flange of the hitch. You could just bolt the hitch in without doing this, but the trailing edge of the heat shield will be clamped between the hitch flange and the car's frame. This seemed like a bad idea to me because it would transfer heat from the shield directly to the frame of the car and it might facilitate vibrations from the shield to the frame, which could produce an annoying sound. (I've been in cars with heat shields that had been bent so they touched the frame, and it created an unpleasant buzzing at times.) 4. If you're installing the hitch by yourself, have something that you can prop up the the hitch with until you have started at least one bolt on either end of the hitch. If you don't, getting the bolts started is going to take a lot of contortions to hold the hitch in the correct alignment. 143058



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by: Altaf03/30/2015

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


The hitch and etrailer get 5 stars. Fast shipping, price match policy and excellent customer service and support! - Two people will make the install go a lot easier. - It took a couple of hours to complete the installation, not 30 minutes. - Have extensions to use with your socket wrench. Also a breaker bar will help when you get to step 4 in the instructions as this bolt is very tight. - My car is a 2014 VW GTI Wolfsburg Edition 4-door. My comments below may or may not apply to all years of this generation. It is not mentioned in the instructions but you'll have a lot more room and visibility if you remove the black valence below the rear bumper. Make this step #0. Here's how to remove the valence: #0A. Remove the 4 torx screws that secure the valence underneath the bumper. #0B. As you're facing the rear bumper, start from one corner and pull the valance straight back towards you. There are several horizontal plastic clips molded into the valence that secure it to the bumper. This step will remove the valance. In step 1 of the instructions, it is not necessary to disconnect the driver's side (US) exhaust hanger, just leave it in place. You do need to remove the passenger's side exhaust hanger. In step 2 of the instructions, instead of cutting or folding the heat shield, I poked a hole large enough for the carriage bolt to go through. I have zero rattles or noise from the heat shield, plus it looks OEM! :-) You do want to remove the bolt (13mm?) that's holding the heat shield up on the driver's side so you can see the frame hole and have room to operate. Just screw it back in at the end of the install. Step 4 in the instruction's has an error. The M12 hex bolt they are referring to is on the passenger's side (US), not driver's. The diagram is correct. I had a difficult time with reinstalling the passenger's side exhaust hanger bracket because the hole's weren't lined up. I'd recommend loosely installing one bolt on each side of the hitch first just to hold it up. Get the exhaust hanger lined up and tightened, then proceed with tightening the other bolts. That's about it. Otherwise follow the instructions that came with the hitch. Just take your time and have plenty of lighting so you can see underneath. Back the GTI up on ramps or a lift. Be safe, don't work under the car with just a jack, have proper jack stands! 181603



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by: Alan M.03/10/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


The hitch is pretty much what I was looking for. We're only using it to mount a carrier to haul two bicycles around with no intention of asking it to any more than that. In that regard the hitch receiver is exactly what we wanted. I think it could have been boxed better as the hitch had punched thru the box in a couple of places and the box was way too big for the product so it bounced around during shipping, I suspect. The interesting part was that the instructions that came with the hitch were for a Chevy Impala! The instructions and drawings had nothing to do with mounting the hitch to a Mazda 3 but the good thing is that etrailer has excellent photos showing how the hitch is attached to the car and I used those. I was working at night with a single flashlight but it only took me about 20-25 minutes to get everything where it's supposed to go! It fit perfectly to the car and is rock solid. The bike rack tends to wobble a bit but with it secured in place we know it's not going to go anywhere while on the road. I've included a picture of the whole setup with bikes. The main thing is that I'm quite pleased with how it all turned out. We got what we wanted and installation was simple. When we get another car we will order another receiver hitch from etrailer. 120137


Comments

Still using it! Nothings come loose and Id still recommend it. The only issue I have with the hitch is that the two looped bars I guess to attach a chain from a towed trailer can get in the way when I or remove a cotter pin for the bike rack. But I can work around that and get the job done. I thought about cutting them off but when we eventually sell the car the next owner might want that feature.

Alan M - 03/10/2015

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by: Craig E12/20/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Etrailer has a great website. It describes the product very well. Has many references and videos on install combined with reviews made this a very easy product to get and installation was easy and as described. However the product was poorly made. The powder coating had huge bubbles in several places and had chipped off. I decided to install it instead of returning it. The product will rust over time and the flaws wont be visible from the outside. When I was installing the hitch everything went great until I tried to do final adjustments before torqueing down the bolts. The hitch receiver tube was not sticking out straight. When I crawled under the car and looked. The tube is welded on about 5 degrees off of 90 degrees so I had to install the whole product on as much of an angle to compensate. It still sticks out at an angle. Will it effect use. Probably not, but it is on a new car. Have not contacted Etrailer yet. 110638


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We are sorry to hear about the hitch. We will be in contact with you shortly.

Patrick B - 12/20/2013

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by: Luppie12/31/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


This trailer hitch fits my 2015 Fiat 500e perfectly without any needs to drill additional holes. It took about 45 minutes to install if you are handy. The Fiat 500e is not designed to tow anything so the trailer hitch is really to hold my bike rack since it's designed to latch on to the left/right bumber brackets and to the right side of uni-body above the spare tire mount. If the hitch is re-designed to attach to both side of the uni-body, then I would consider towing a very lite weight trailer but I will not with the current design. It'd helped to watch the eTrailer installation video to a 2012 Fiat 500, on YouTube. The 500e does not have a spare-tire mount nor a muffler so it is easier to install since you would skip those steps. I had search the internet for an inexpensive trailer hitch and I am glad some dude recommended this particular hitch for the 500e and it fits! The best part of this whole installation is that you can remove the hitch and return the vehicle to the original configuration. 167461


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Hi: I to have the 500E and am very interested in this hitch as the trunk mount is a risk to the window. Di you need to buy anything else such as the hitch mount Have you tried 2 bikes? does it drain the battery excessive/ Thanks

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by: Mark04/17/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


This is the second time I have ordered from etrailer.com. I ordered two hitches from them in the spring of 2008. Those worked perfectly. I returned to etrailer last week because of my favorable experience 5 years ago. Etrailer’s service remains first-rate. Within moments of ordering, I received email confirmation. I received a second email approximately 24 hours later, stating that my order had shipped and identifying tracking information. Three days after that when I could not track my order online, etrailer promptly replied to my email with delivery information. The order I placed just before midnight on a Tuesday was delivered to my driveway the following Monday morning. Packaging was bulletproof all components two hitches and two wiring harnesses were well restrained, padded, and delivered unharmed. A final email was sent to me the next day to indicate that the shipment should have arrived and asking for me to rate my experience. Printed installation instructions for the Draw-Tite are simplistic but straightforward. There is not much to mess up. I had the proper tap from installing the hitch on my old Corolla and cleaned out the threads before installing this one. The hitch is lightweight, so it was no trouble lifting it into place with one hand and starting bolts with the other. Cranking down the bolts to 67 foot-pounds was the toughest part of the half-hour installation! TAKE NOTE: This is a CLASS I hitch limited to 200 pounds of tongue weight. Inside the receiver just past the hole for the hitch pin, is a partially punched second hole. The resulting detent that protrudes inside the channel, prevents certain longer tow bars and other accessories from sliding completely inside. This is intended to prevent loads that exceed the recommend tongue weight. Such bars and accessories are intended for CLASS II hitches which have a tongue weight rating of 350 pounds. Because of the punch, my Thule bike rack did not slide in far enough by about ½” to allow the hitch pin hole to line up. Wish I had paid attention to this beforehand. Other than that oversight, I had a good experience. Still have to wire the towing harness for this car and install the hitch and harness on my other vehicle. 76540



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by: Eric C.02/24/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


This was a bit tricky to install. Had to wrestle it into place to secure the right side of the hitch. Having to hold it while inserting the bolt, I was afraid I would cross the bolt threads. Eventually got it into place, got the nuts and bolts on and torqued to specs. Looks great. Have not experienced any ground scrape as others have reported. Have another car that will eventually need a hitch and I'll be buying from etrailer again. 117454


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No problems after a year. Functions flawlessly. No rust or paint peeling. Probably looks better now as the paint has gotten less glossy. People who look at my car never notice the hitch until I tell them about it. They then assume it was installed by a professional. Then I surprise them. Harness is hidden under the carpet in the trunk. I have only scraped a speed bump maybe once by going too fast. I do have a suggestion I found helpful. Where the hitch passes just beneath the tail pipe. I would always hear the tail pipe tapping the hitch when I went over larger bumps. It was a little aggravating, but no discernable damage was occurring. So I took some exhaust gasket material and gasket sealant. I cut and installed a small piece on the top surface of the hitch where the tail pipe would make contact. Now, I dont hear the tapping anymore. No damage to the hitch or the tailpipe. The gasket has been in place almost a year. No worries about it melting from heat as it is designed to get hot. Maybe a fix e-trailer can install for future buyers or include the materials in the hitch kit? Im totally satisfied and will order again if I ever need another hitch for another vehicle.

Eric C - 02/24/2015

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Thanks for coming back and checking in with us on the hitch. There are several ways to correct exhaust & hitch contact. There are a number of tricks that we employ in our installation shop and we put together a tech article on them I've added a link to. Your gasket will work, but eventually the sealant could wear and the material fall away. It would definitely work for light contact situations, but it may have to be re-done in a couple years.

Patrick B - 3/2/2015




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by: Jim M.04/24/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Thursday evening I called etrailer.com to place an order for a Draw-Tite hitch and a Swagman XC bicycle carrier. I talked with Laura H. at etrailer.com. She was very friendly and I was so impressed with her knowledge of the products and her thoroughness. Laura took the time to make 100% sure that I was ordering the correct hitch for my car and the correct carrier to fit the hitch. I was notified when my order shipped the next morning and was provided with tracking information that kept me informed of where my order was and when it would be delivered. As promised, my order was delivered the following Monday. I was totally surprised when I opened the box. The hitch and bike carrier were packaged so much better than more for more fragile products I have ordered from other companies in the past. Every part I needed for installation was included along with clear instructions for installation and use. Everything on the Draw-Tite hitch lined up perfectly and it was very easy to install on my car. The Swagman XC carrier is very well made and sturdy and it holds our bicycles very securely. I am very impressed with the staff at etrailer.com and also with the products they sell and I would highly recommend them to anyone. 77708


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I LOVE both the Draw-Tite Hitch and the Swagman Hitch Bike Rack. I have used them numerous times over the past year and they performed flawlessly.I have highly recommended both of these products, and etrailer.com, to my friends and family.You can be sure that when I am in the market for these types of products again I will most assuredly buy them from etrailer.com.

Jim M - 05/16/2014

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by: Dan S01/10/2015

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Like the hitch - it's nice that the bar goes over the muffler instead of under it like 90% of the other hitches for Camrys. I was worried about scraping if I got one of those that bent under the muffler. I was a little nervous about the bolt holes on my old 97 car from some other reviews I read (people saying you should buy a tap to get it in there, etc), but the bolts went in after I sprayed some wd-40 up in there and cleaned as far in as I could with an old toothbrush. Then threaded the bolts by hand as far as I could go, backed them out, threaded a little further,etc. I made sure I could drive the bolts all the way with my ratchet prior to attempting it with the hitch held up in the air and they did go in with a little wrenching and a lot of lube. One weird installation issue - I am not sure if my car is a bit odd, but the right side of the hitch on the muffler side sort of hit the underside of the bumper so it couldn't seat all the way by just holding the hitch up to the underside. To get it on, I loosely bolted on the left side and the rear bolt on the right and then threaded the bolt closest the bumper a couple threads by hand and proceeded to basically wrench it down from there. I think it sort of "smushed" the piece of the bumper that was in the way up a bit and after a bunch of turns, it went on and looked fine. Overall very happy with the end product and pleased with the customer service from etrailer.com. 168538



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by: Richard D07/18/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


I found a local auto shop that installed the trailer hitch and wire harness for $80. They said the hardest part of the job was getting the wiring done because they had to take about everything out of the back of the Elantra Touring (small Huyndai station wagon) to get to the place to put the "plug and play" wiring in place. It is amazing how the right tools and the proper knowledge makes jobs like this so much simpler. I appreciate the prompt delivery of the hitch and wire harness and the free shipping was wonderful. I will recommend your firm to anyone in the market for any trailer or additional items for any kind of vehicle. You have a great selection and your tips for the installer really helped (per the guy working on the installation). 90217


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The trailer hitch and extension work great. Since this is on a small station wagon not a truck the extension seems to rattle a little more than I expected when the trailer is not attached. I realize that there is probably no practical way to eliminate that noise without messing up the way the devices go together and can be swapped in and out, that is the only thing that is at all even a minor thing. I have been totally satisfied with the hitch and the way it handles my mall canoe trailer. I would certainly order any other items I might need that your firm could supply from you. Many thanks for the good service and in taking a continuing interest in how your products satisfy your customers. Wish every company took this much interest in the satisfaction of their customers. R. Dentino

Richard D - 07/28/2014

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Thank you very much for your one year follow up. To help eliminate the rattling that you are hearing when the trailer is not loaded you could use the Boone No Rattle # 93347
No-Rattle Trailer Hitch Wedge for 1-1/4" and 2" Trailer Hitches by Boone Outdoor Hardware
$7.99
Device. This would attach to your current pin and clip and would snug the ballmount up to the hitch to eliminate the rattling. This part is designed to work with solid shank ballmounts like your # 3594.

Rachael H - 7/29/2014




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by: Rodger06/09/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


The package arrived very quickly. The hitch had broken through the carboard and was sticking half out of the box, but it is a solid metal piece and didn't show any signs of damage. Installation was a pain in the butt, but it's doable. Taking off the splash guards is not as easy as it sounds. The instructions say there are 4 screws, there's actually 9 per side. And they don't just "unscrew", you can turn it counter clockwise until you're blue in the face and they won't loosen. It's a screw inside of a plastic housing that needs the center screw piece to turn while the housing stays still. Once you figure out how a way to keep the outer housing still, it's possible to get the screws out. But "40 minutes" install time was actually a 2 day install for me. Granted, I have no experience installing hitches. Once you have the splash guards off, taking off the tow hook is easy (as long as you have the proper 17mm ratchet). When you lower the exhaust, make sure you undo TWO attachments. I accidentally only did 1 and it didn't drop much at all. Also, I installed this without jacking up the vehicle or driving it onto ramps or anything. It CAN be done, but it would have been way easier to have the car lifted up. Once the splash guards are off, and the exhaust is *properly* lowered, putting the hitch in place is easy. BUT, then I ran into a problem where only 3 of the 4 new screws fit. Problem was with the rusted car, not with the screws. Upstate NY has rough winters and the car is 2 years old... problem was solved with a rust removal spray. After the hitch is in place, it's not too hard to raise up the exhaust and re install the splash guards. Overall, good product but if you have no experience... don't count on a 40 minute install. 134868



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by: Joel Robinson06/07/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


This is the first trailer hitch I've owned or installed so I have little to compare it to. My overall impression is that the hitch sits too low to the ground and is less rigid than I feel comfortable with for hauling bikes. It's also rather heavy in part because it loops around the exhaust. It was easy to install and has worked well but I'm considering building my own hitch that is more rigid, puts the receiver higher off the ground and has more ground clearance. Regarding installation, while it's true that no drilling is required, you are still supposed to put a notch in your "frame" rails so that the 1" backing washers fit through the 7/8" hole. I opted to grind the 1" washers on one side to make them about 7/8" wide so they'd fit through the holes without modifying the body. For a custom-designed hitch, I wasn't pleased that they didn't just include washers that fit...the Fit...in the first place. I like to keep my OEM rust proofing intact if at all possible. I painted the edge of the washers where I ground them down so they don't rust either. Regarding the hitch height, with Swift Sport springs that lower the car about 1/2", my receiver is about 8" off the ground and result in my brand new Yakima Highlite 3 bike rack to scrape entering/exiting my driveway apron (which is pretty steep). When I put 2 adult bikes and 1 kid trailer bike on the Highlight 3 (<110 lbs total w/bike rack), the hitch had WAY more bounce/flex than I felt comfortable with, especially when you tilt the rack down to access the trunk. So I added an extra strap attached to my Yakima roof rack to give the bike rack some extra support. I'd prefer not to do that. In summary, if you need an easy to install hitch that will support a bike or two, tow a light trailer and don't mind grinding into your car's frame a bit, this is a decent hitch for a nice price. It's far from perfect for me though. 134686



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by: Charles. 2013 Ford fiesta SE Hatchback11/17/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Purchased primarily for bumper protection with draw bar added for my teenage daughter's new car. The Fiesta is a good first car for the novice teenager. But living in NYC one learns quickly that you have to fortify your vehicle like a tank in order to minimize damage from idiots parking behind you. This fits the bill. You'll be surprised how effective it is. They know to keep their distance if they don't want a gaping hole in their front bumper, lol. Oh and mounting a bike carrier on it, which I do have, is nice too. Originally ordered the Hiiden Hitch brand because I was familiar with product and liked it. But customer service said I had to wait at least a month because they were on back order. I didn't want to wait so they recommended Draw Tite. It is frankly of better quality than The Hidden Hitch. Heavier steel. I had to buy a draw bar since this one did not come with one as Hidden Hitch does. Another 20 bucks but even that piece is of better quality. It is made of solid steel unlike the other. Installation: well it took me about 90 minutes. I did it on my own without a lift. It's difficult to do on your own but with a bit of ingenuity it can be done. It's heavy so I had to place a box about 10 inches high under the vehicle and resting the hitch on top. After removing rubber hangers from muffler, I slippped right side of hitch over the top of muffler and resting it there. NOT NECESSARY TO REMOVE HEAT SHIELD as instructions tell you to do and cut. I did not do this thereby eliminating extra work. Besides I did not want to compromise integrity of vehicle as not to give Ford any excuses to void warranty for exhaust system. I connected left side first and hand tightened nuts and bolts (one nut and one bolt). Then connected the muffler side. Then tightened all. Highly recommend this product as I believe it will out live the life of the vehicle. Solid choice. 161390



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by: MAC08/16/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


I received this just yesterday, after getting my shipment in fewer days than expected! BACKGROUND: I just installed it onto my 2007 Honda Fit Sport for the sole purpose of using a hitch bike rack. The small spoiler on the Sport's roof inhibits using a trunk-mount rack with straps and a roof rack for that model for two bikes is just not a cost-effective solution for a 5-year old car. INSTALL: The instructions were extremely simple to follow and I will be testing it out with the new rack soon. I greatly appreciated the sizing of the sockets that one needs to do the job listed on the instructions. It might also be noted that you should have a torque wrench or ratchet to tighten all nuts/bolts to specifications. As one other suggested, I used the box it came in for lifting it to the right height when installing and that worked great once the skid plate was removed. I was able to install the hitch without raising the car off the ground. Be sure to mark "front" on the skid plate visibly. My install took about 30 minutes from start to finish. Read the instructions, lay out your tools, and have a look at the underside of your vehicle first and you'll be great. AESTHETICS: The clearance on the hitch is very good. It does not protrude further down than the skid plate, which is good; it should not drag if you go over a high bump. If you happen to bottom out, it may drag some, but honestly, it's better than your bumper hitting. It does not sick out from the bumper, which means no hitting your leg on it. I ordered a rubber cap to go in the end when the bike rack is not attached, which will keep moisture out as well as helps the look. If anyone notices, they'll simply think that it's a nice custom feature. All in all, it was easy and fun project to do, and I'll soon be able to take my bike without using the precious cargo space in my vehicle. 51907



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by: Peter H09/17/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Thanks to the excellent video tutorial, I was able to install this quickly and easily. A couple of suggestions for others who plan on installing this yourself: * Cut up the cardboard box and lay it flat on the ground behind and extending under your car. Put the hitch on it and you can slide it under the car and back out much more easily, as well as sliding yourself under the car more easily. * Once you cut the small notches in your frame, spray each with a bit of rustoleum and give it a few minutes to dry before installing the hitch. * On my 2009 Honda Fit, I did not have to move the muffler much at all. This is because I picked up the part of the hitch which bolts above the muffler and slid it into the bumper inside the hole for the muffler, right over the muffler pipe. It wraps nicely around the muffler pipe and will slide through the bumper and into place quite easily. * If you are doing this alone, get the car jack out and start on the muffler side. After you've placed all the bolts and washers, slide the muffler side of the hitch through the muffler hole in the bumper and into place, leaving the other end sitting on your cardboard on the ground. Put the car jack under the muffler end of the hitch and extend it until the hitch is touching the frame, with the bolts sticking through the hitch holes. Put on the washers and nuts and get them started, but don't tighten them all the way. Now move the car jack to the other end of the hitch and use it to hold that end of the hitch in place while you get the washers and nuts started. Once all four nuts are started and attaching the hitch to the car frame, now you can tighten them all. * Use a foot-long extension on your torque wrench when you're finishing off the nuts so you don't have to reach around the muffler. PRESTO! I can carry my bikes! 151680



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by: Richard C03/30/2015

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Not as easy on my '12 Sport as the video shows. Took several hours to install. First of all the video doesn't show snaking the smaller carriage bolt through the hole with the rubber plug. You screw the bolt on to a spring wound in the end of fish wire. That worked brilliantly but low and behold the bolt was too long by three threads to "go around the corner" and had to be cut. Also there is a rectangular plate that goes in the hole too. The factory instructions makes it sound like you do the bolt and the plate at the same time. Forget that, just stick the plate in the whole and push it over. When I tightened the main bolts, this little forward sub-bracket was a good 3/8" below the body, and this is with the tire lifter in place. Required shimming with washers and getting a longer machine bolt for the rear hole. The muffler hanger rubbers are a real pain to get off. I would recommend you take off the rear driver side tire to access the outer one. Also the aluminum muffler shield is in the way a bit but that can bent easily. Just remember to bend it back or the spare tire will not go up. The biggest problem was that there was an interference with the two long inboard carriage bolts and two bolts that hold the bumper to the frame. Right where they come down from the upper clamp plate and try to go through the hole on the main hitch these two bolt prevented me from lining everything up. Out came the sawzall and cut the tips of the bolts off right next to the nut. Also on my car, the hitch wouldn't lift straight up to contact the frame. You kind of have to roll it in to clear a tiny lip on the bumper. Once all done, the hitch is great. Very very solid and good looking under the bumper. Might even paint it the color of the Fiat to make it totally stealthy. Hope this helps someone. 181763



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by: Todd11/10/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


I installed this hitch on our 2013 Juke Nismo AWD. bolted right in without any modifications needed to the Nismo rear fascia. I did need to purchase some aftermarket exhaust hangers so the exhaust tip wouldn't rattle against the hitch. 160187


Comments

I did this on my 2013 awd nismo. A couple of problems I ran into. 1. it pushes up 1/4 inch on the rear fascia 2. These hangers let a lot of movement in the exhaust. So much that barley pushing left or right the exhaust hits the hitch assembly. I havent noticed any hitting while driving yet. I will keep an eye out there for a better solution I just dont like how loose the hangers are. Just wanted to leave a comment. Idk if this will be everyones experience. Just what I ran into. Yet to tow anything with it. Thanks Todd for the comment wouldnt have tried it without seeing someone else do it.

comment by: Jerry - 03/23/2015


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Thanks for the follow up and details about your installation. I have also included a link to one of our FAQ Articles about making adjustments to eliminate hitch rattling.

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by: Tony12/31/2010

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Even my wife said so Prior to our family trip I purchased the following items for my 2004 Hyundai Tiburon: Draw-Tite Class I Trailer Hitch Receiver #24726 20x48 Cargo Carrier Fits 1-1/4"" Trailer Hitch Receiver Hitch #6500 Rola Expandable Cargo Bag, 9.5 to 11.5 cubic feet #59102 Tiburons do not have a lot of cargo space, and mine has even less as I have 2 twelve inch subwoofers in an enclosure in the cargo area. I did the installation myself, which was easy, and the setup worked flawlessly. I was able to take luggage for two adults and two teens for a three day trip without stuffing items between the kids in the back seat and floor spaces. I could not even tell I had a cargo carrier on the back of the car. My fuel economy was not adversely affected because the carrier rides behind the car instead of on top where it would cause drag. I still had complete access to my rear cargo area via the lift back. This was one of the best purchases I have made, even my wife said so. 4838



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by: Russell V08/21/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


I received the hitch and had it installed quickly with the exception of 1 trip to the store. I have included a picture of the socket extensions required to tighten the two horizontal bolts which might be useful to others installing this hitch. I'm a pretty big guy and though I could barely fit my hands in the gap there was no way a wrench was getting in there. All in all it looks like it should work very well. Also another note. For those of us installing this on a mazdaspeed3, you need the 9-9/16 inch drawbar to clear the bumper. The 7-1/2 inch bar is not long enough. 96163



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by: Jeremy04/30/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


First, etrailer is great to work with. I ordered this product on a Friday and had it the next Tuesday with standard shipping. This is the second hitch I have bought from etrailer and both times service was great. Now onto the hitch itself. This is a great little hitch that I bought for a Nissan Sentra so that I can attach a bike rack to it as I am frequently carrying my bike places. I have no real complaints about the product itself, but as others have indicated the directions are not the best. While I found most of it to be easy to follow, one step has you attaching a small metal plate and a bolt to a wire which is fed through the rear bumper and down a hole that the hitch attaches to. As easy as that sounds, space is very limited and it is hard to get your hands into the areas needed to help accomplish this. Additionally, the directions tell you to kink the wire to keep the plate and bolt separate, there is a drawing of this, but I found it hard to figure out what exactly they wanted you to do. In the end, it did not matter as I found it nearly impossible to accomplish this step as instructed. Instead I put the bolt through the plate and put it into the bumper at an angle. Then I used the wire to pull the two as a unit to the location of the hole. With a lithe patience, and persistence I was able to jiggle and move the bold and plate around as one unit until the bolt fell into place. This was the hardest step and once I did it that way, it was easier, but still took some time. Besides that issue, the hitch went on easily and will work great for my bike rack and carrying around my nice bikes. I certainly recommend this part and etrailer, just be prepared to work hard to complete that one step (which has to be done twice). 128255



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by: Martin M.06/14/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


I couldn't be happier with the customer service and the unbelievable fast shipping. I order my hitch on Monday at I installed it Tuesday night. You guys are the best and if I need another hitch I will without a doubt order a hitch from your fine company. 44154


Comments

I realize you put the trailer hitch on even though you had the Ground Effects Package. I also have the Ground Effects Package and I was wondering if you had any problems installing the hitch? It looks like the hitch is pushing up on the bottom piece of the ground effects on the back, is this true?

comment by: Eric F - 07/23/2013


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You are correct it is pushing up on the ground effects. It is barely noticeable when you are behind the car. I plan to paint the lower portion of the ground effects black this winter so the trailer hitch disappears.

comment by: Marty - 07/30/2013


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Thanks for the follow up and the added info!

Patrick B - 7/31/2013




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by: Ed Blair02/28/2015

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


The hitch was as expected. It came well packaged and within a couple of days. This is not the first time I have ordered with this company and it always seems to go well. This hitch actually attaches with four bolts for the 2015 Fusion. You only need take out four little nuts holding the bottom bumper and then work the hitch in place. I actually did the work myself with the car sitting on the ground. Additionally, you should get yourself one of those cone bits that allow you to make holes of varying sizes. The instructions suggest that you cut away a large section of your back bumper support but this makes no sense, just make a hole in the support so the bolt is clear of the support and then reattach the support, installing the original support nut upside down. In the attached photo you can see the support for the hitch (black) and the plastic bumper support with the bolt in view. You will notice where I have drilled a hole to clear the bolt. You will see a little nut to the right, this is all that holds the bumper support. To get it back in place turn the little nut upside down. You can install finger tight. You should also know that the bumper support is flexible to the extent you can move it out of the way while you work, just as long as you take off the two lower valance nuts at the bottom of the bumper. All told this took me 30 minutes by myself and it all looks great! Finally, the receiver section of the hitch does stick out a little more then what I would have liked but that would be about the only negative, if anything. 176466



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by: Mark P.06/04/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


The product seems to be good quality. The installation is a little tricky, though. The instructions aren't hard to read, but make sure and look at ALL the figures and read through it all twice. I've done a lot of car work (replaced suspension, even swapped an engine). Yet this still took me a little over 2 hours. You'll need a 1" drill bit or a good dremel to enlarge 2 holes. Preferably a die grinder if you don't have the drill bit. Remember the eye protection! And ideally you should paint the exposed metal after drilling. You also have to bend a heat shield (near the muffler) out of the way to get a bolt in place, and it is still tricky. After everything is tight you can bend the heat shield back but it doesn't go exactly to the original position. It should be fine, though. Last note: I have a curt tongue (from my previous hitch install) and it is short enough and the receiver recessed enough that you can install it in the "upward" (recommended) position. However, I do like how discreet this receiver will be when not in use. So, it seems like it is quality made, but I think the estimate for instillation is too low. So, 4 out of 5. 83372


Comments

Ive had the product for a year now and everything is still working as it should. No issues.

Mark P - 06/04/2014

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by: Jared P.02/07/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


2001 Honda Accord Coupe 6cyl This was a fun project and one that I did mostly on my own. Out of convenience, I had someone hold a flashlight for me twice, but could have managed without it if I had to. The install was relatively easy and only took about an hour because I read these reviews and the install guide first. The grinding of the access holes didn't take very long. You don't need to do a ton of grinding. As others have mentioned, a longer carriage bolt is definitely necessary on the tie down hook (closest to the bumper). I was able to get the nut on, but had to leave the washer off. I didn't have to purchase extra spacers. I just made sure to crank it tight. I'll probably go get a longer bolt and add the washer though. The one thing that was a little strange to me is that the hitch seems just slightly crooked. Just enough to be annoying. We'll see what it looks like after I put my bike rack on it. If it's too crooked, I'll just have to add a thin spacer on one side. The purchasing process was flawless and I would highly recommend using etrailer.com. Great customer service and the shipment actually arrived early. Thanks! 31249



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by: Ryan H.09/08/2011

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


I bought this hitch for my 2001 VW Golf. The shipping was fast and cheap, (especially considering the size of the package) and the hitch showed up at my front door a few days after ordering, well-packed and undamaged. The install process was relatively straightforward, but I would say almost impossible without a second person to help hold the hitch in place while the bolts are attached. I ended up calling a friend and using the scissor jack out of the trunk of my car to hold the hitch in place while I bolted it in. I did run into a minor problem with a clearance issue between the rear valence on the car and the receiver portion of the hitch, but I rectified it by making a small cut-out in the plastic of the bumper with my pocketknife. Since the hitch is a permanent addition, I wasn't too concerned about making this alteration- you can't see it unless you look under the bumper, regardless. The package shipped with all the necessary hardware, and even included a hardcopy of the mounting instructions. As others have said, eye protection is key for this job, because you're going to have rust and road grit raining down on you while you try to move the hitch into position, and most of it is stuff you don't want in your eyes. In terms of actual towing, the hitch worked exactly as expected. I towed a uhaul trailer about 400 miles with absolutely no problems. It easily passed a safety inspection, and provided completely trouble-free operation. For the price and ease of install, this product can't really be beat! 23689



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by: Matt08/25/2011

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


etrailer - shipping was fast. I think it took 3 days. Arrived in an oversized box that it broke through slightly, but arrived undamaged. The hardware was bagged and taped to the hitch to assure it wouldn't get lost. Draw-tite - the hitch is made ok. The welds were basic and not of the highest quality, but they'll work. The holes lined up with my frame. The installation process was sound and worked well. I think installation was about 2 hours. I used the crescent wrench technique to open up the frame holes a bit. That worked well. I tried to use a file for about 3 seconds realizing the absurdity of that. The bolt puller wire worked well. Tip: I was concerned with accidentally pushing the bolts back up into the frame when trying to mount the hitch. Wrap just a bit of masking tape around the bolt right at the frame to keep it from pushing through the hole. Installation time excludes the time it took to run to get a new carriage bolt as the one supplied only engaged a few threads of the nut at the bumper. The bolts for the frame sides were fine. So, expect to have to get a new carriage bolt as the 2" one supplied wasn't nearly long enough. My only complaint is that once installed, the frame side nut is in the area previously used to allow the muffler to move on the muffler hangers. Now, the nut is directly over the front most edge of the muffler, has about 1/4" clearance and the muffler hits it on every bump that the car hits. I can't see this would be any different for any other hitch that uses this mounting hole in the frame though so i can't fault Draw tite. I anticipate having to buy/install muffler hangers that are slightly longer to provide enough clearance. 22747



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by: Pete09/11/2011

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Straightforward install and a perfect fit, of course. The estimate of 5" from hitch bolt hole to outside edge of bumper is pretty accurate. I chose this hitch because my bike rack protrudes 6" from the bolt hole and with this hitch I have about an inch of clearance from the bumper to the rack. (I chose this hitch over the Curt because the Curt sits an inch deeper under the car. I'm glad I did because it would have been a pretty tight fit if the rack were an inch farther under the car.) If at all possible have someone hold the hitch for you while you bolt it to the car (like they do in the video). I found myself home alone and it was tricky to do it solo while laying on the ground under the vehicle. Though I did eventually discover that the notch in the Focus jack that is meant to hold the car also holds one end of the rack perfectly while you work on the other end. Still, performing the install alone meant that it took me more like 90 minutes start to finish rather than the 30 that eTrailer estimates. Make sure you have a deep-ish 11/16" socket for the job. Probably 2 inches deep should do. I had to purchase one midway through the job (not included in the aforementioned 90 minutes) because the standard socket was bottoming out on the carriage bolts before I could torque them to spec. I only removed the rear-most (closest to the bumper) exhaust hanger and was able to manage the job, but the rack bolt that ends up directly above the exhaust was difficult to torque down due to obstruction by the muffler. The hitch is of excellent quality. It arrived quickly and safely, eTrailer.com's customer service and installation video were excellent, and the hitch does its job. 23734



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by: Ognjen02/05/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Installed it myself on my 2006 Acura TL. The instructions were detailed, and I did not had any issues following them. However, there is couple details that may make the installation easier for the next person: 1) when drilling the trunk pan, have either vacuum ready or something to pick up the metal shavings. It will save you from digging the splinters from your fingers. 2) installation is a one-person project, but it would be very helpful if you could have someone hold the top part of the trunk pan bolts with a pliers to prevent the spinning of the hardware when you do the final tightening. 3) the nuts for the hitch are 3/4. I found that I had to use deep-socked socket wrench, which I needed in order to use the torque wrench. I guess you could use just a regular wrench and just guess-estimate the tightness. They required decent torque on all of them to get it to 75 ft/tq as required. 4) If you want to apply silicone as a sealant on those bolts, wait until you tightened the trunk bolts. I havent, and with the hardware spinning it made quite a mess. Luckily the silicone was still fresh so it was an easy cleanup. 5) Not mentioned but I did it to prevent the rust on the bolts: I sprayed the exposed bolts from the bottom with a bedliner-in-a-can spray. Couple squirts and everything was coated and protected. 6) I re-installed the plastic pan. The instruction says that it must be discarded - not true - you just need to trim it so the hitch peg can fit. Other than that, the installation was a breeze. Shipping was free (since it was order over $150), and then Etrailer upgraded my shipping FOR FREE (Thank you!), so I had everything shipped to my door on the 2nd day! 65063



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by: James03/07/2011

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


I picked up the Draw-Tite trailer hitch for my 2008 Acura TL...The product is excellent quality and the instructions were easy to follow and read and I recommend that you read the instructions first and not just look at it and figure it out...but it is simple to install...One note, you will need to drill two holes thru the trunk pan which is easy but you will need a 1/2 inch drill bit or 17/32 drill bit for the 1/2 bolts....this means that you will need a larger drill or one that will fit a 1/2 inch drill bit...worse case scenairo, drill what you can and file out the rest since you are only drilling thru sheet metal.....I also purchased the electrical harness as well....The instructions were ok but you need to figure out how to disconnect your connectors in the trunk which was a little bit tricky...the easiest way to figure this out is to look at the connectors on the harness that you will install and look for the small square tab that is that is on each connector which is only on the bottom...just press this little tab down and pull the connector from its mate....once you figure this out it is easy and installs in minutes....I would suggest to the manufacturer of this product to show a picture of the connectors with an arrow pointing to the tab to depress which would solve alot of headaches about figuring out how to disconnect the connections....Judging by the look of the connectors, I was looking for something on the sides or top when the tab was on the bottom of the connectors which is hard to see...that is why I recommend that you look at the connectors you are about to install to locate that one tab on the bottom to depress...other wise, great stuff... 8672



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by: Paul S.02/14/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Product arrived via UPS Ground on 8 Feb, perfect condition, necessary parts all there. The installation took me just over 60 minutes. I would suggest you inform customers for this product on a 2012 Honda EX coupe of 2 prerequisites: one that a conventional shop-type vehicle lift is available and two that it be a 2 person job. I could have cut the install time in half with an assistant. Everything fit okay, very tightly, no slack, but then who wants slack in a trailer hitch? I don't intend to be pulling any trailers, just using my bike rack in the receiver. Working alone, it went together best for me to first fasten the U-Bolt (step 6 on your install instructions), then next the driver's side and the u-bolt loose then when all 3 fasteners are threaded tighten to torque specs one at a time. 3 sockets, a couple of extensions and a ratchet are required: 19mm for the 2 frame bolts, 15 mm for the u-bolt and 10 mm for the bolts holding the heat shield. Photos show the job at the beginning, completion, and the view from the vehicle rear with the completed install. 31844



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by: Robert D03/03/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Very easy install! One man install using a just 2 passenger-side wheels on the curb to get some room under the Fit, and some seat cushions to not kill my back. Including the 4 wire bolt leaders was pure genius. Seeing the video was great - I used some bike chain oil (couldn't find my WD-40) to ease the muffler hangers off. A long screwdriver and gentle pressure is all you need. An old braided belt was to hold the muffler out of the way, and then hold the hitch in position. Got it on snug - need a deep-well 11/16 socket and torque wrench to finish the job. Pictures show the Swagman 2-bike rack. I like the way the rack goes from the hitch to give some ground clearance on driveways, ramps, etc. Great deal - great price - great service on delivery - easy install thanks to the video - will let you know how the Swagman does after a 1500 mile trip! 33060



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by: DrZos01/31/2015

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Installed on 2010 Ford Fusion with 44,000 miles. Nice experience. Purchased hitch on a Sunday evening, and was delivered on Thursday afternoon the same week. Reviewed the installation for the 2010 Fusion on the e-trailer web-site prior to purchase, and reviewed it again prior to installation on Saturday afternoon. Instructions and video were excellent. Took approximately 2 hours start to finish. Install time was all-in, included watching the video, opening the box and inspecting the parts, as well as clean-up and putting all the tools away. For installation, I have three floor jacks, and supported the car on two under the rear shocks, and supported and lowered the exhaust system with the third. Raised the car wheels about 10 inches off the ground gave adequate installation clearance. Used a 26 inch rubber tie-down, attached each end to the springs, tying a knot in it to increase tension. Using the tie down was a safety precaution. Used PB Blaster on the rubber hangers to help release. Inserted screw drivers to help get rubber hangers over pin stops, while prying with a 2.5 foot crowbar. Pins were a bit rusted. Lowered the exhaust with the jack. Installed using technique shown in video. Pulled the hitch toward the rear of the car because there is some play, and then torqued down the bolts to 50 ft-lbs with a 17mm socket. Raised exhaust and reinstalled the 3 rubber hangers over the pins after spraying again with PB Blaster. Could reinstall rubber hangers by hand by doing so. Good and easy install, no drilling required. Just installed today, so no experience yet with use. 171989



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by: JB07/22/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Took about 45-60 minutes to install at a body shop. It was fairly easy with a lift and the proper tools to cut a hole in the frame rail. Without it you could cause irreversible damage to your car and take much longer trying to fit the rack around the rail, fit your hand in the rail and work around the exhaust. The shop also had the ability to put a paint protectant and rubber gaskets in the hole so that there wasn't metal on metal on the rail that was drilled and so we don't run into rust. I would never have done this at home. The small price to have the shop do it was worth it. In south-central WI is cost us about $55 to have them do it all. Hitch fits perfectly under the bumper. No cutting/removal of the bumper required. Very happy overall! 90962


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Still working out great! Took 2 bikes attached to the hitch on a 1000 mile road trip and had no problems. We leave the hitch on all the time and have no problems with it making contact with the ground or hills. This was even the case when the car was loaded with 2 bikes and 2 weeks worth of luggagefood/gear. Would continue to recommend this company and this hitch.

JB - 07/22/2014

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by: Peter K03/01/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


This is my 2nd hitch receiver purchase from eTrailer. First one was for my 2007 Honda Odyssey; a HiddenHitch brand. I was debating whether to go with HiddenHitch or the Draw-Tite. But what sold me on the Draw-Tite was that it was rated "tough" -- I'm pretty sure that it is because when I received it, I noticed how well it was built. Either brand would require the factory frame holes to be enlarged somewhat on the 2012 Mazda5. Dremmel came in handy once again with metal grinder. I drilled a hole next to the factory one and started to shave the metal off. Then I sprayed it with a primer as a rust inhibitor. It actually took longer than 40min-1hour. But that's because I had taken my time as I wanted to install it correctly. Only thing that I would have improved with the Draw-Tite hitch receiver is the opening for the receiver could have been tapered instead if being straight cut. Instruction was pretty straightforward and the metal spring/string which was provided came in handy. Along with the hitch receiver, I also purchased the flat cargo carrier for the upcoming trip. Overall, I am very happy with the purchase. eTrailer once again, made what could have been a chore install a breeze. 32833



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by: Richard V.03/26/2015

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Took a bit longer than anticipated but the final results look good. My 2014 Civic has about 6 plastic clips and three 10 mm screws that hold the plastic tray in place - more than is depicted in the video. Thoughts: 1) Use silicone spray to help with muffler gasket removal. Yes, car is only 5 months old but I was able to easily remove and replace the gasket using only my hands. 2) Dry fit everything before attempting final install. Using hay twine to hang the hitch from the car hanger provides support AND movement. 3) Had to grind about 1/8 inch from the handle nut on the heat shield side. Appears to be a welded nut in the tube where the heat shield screw tightens and this was restricting a clear shot at the nut. 4) Hang a loop of string from the handle nuts so one can more easily initially thread the bolt into the nut. Pulling down on the string keeps the handle nut from slipping. This is especially important on the driver side as one has to reach up through the plastic tray. 181006



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by: Billy Ramirez08/24/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


What can I say but EXCELLENT hitch! I finally got around to installing it today on the Grand Prix. Talk about effortless! Installed complete, from start to finish, in 30 minutes! No lie! I was lucky with mine. I didn't even have to drill the existing holes wider because the bolts with the kit fit right in perfectly. I did, however, use two lock washers for the rear that weren't included in the kit, and also Locktite, but that's just me. All in all, I am extremely pleased with the quality and fitment of the hitch. This is my third hitch install and by far the best of the bunch. Etrailer is number one! 96727



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by: Carl03/30/2015

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Product was well packaged and received in a timely manner. Hitch is easy to install on a Prius sedan with simple tools and a few blocks of wood to help hold proper position while installing bolts. No need to lift car. A few important points: 1) I suggest you use a standard short 3/8 drive socket with at least a 6 inch long extension - even longer is better. The bolts are not in so tight that you need 1/2 inch drive, and the smaller diameter 3/8 extension shaft makes it easier to position the bolts - you have more working room. 2) When removing and installing the bolts on the driver side, hold the bracket as the bolts are removed or installed, and remove the drive ratchet handle and just hand screw the bolts the last part out or the first part in. This will minmize the liklihood that you will drop the bolt or your socket inside the plastic belly pan on the bottom of a Prius sedan. This job is easy unless you drop something into the plastic pan - it will take much longer to fish the bolt or socket out of the plastic belly pan than to do the whole rest of the job. 3) on the pasenger (muffler) side, there is no need to take the mufler off the the rubber vibration isolator. When using a 3/8 drive extension and a standard short socket, you can push the muffler toward (i.e. push it further onto the rubber vibration isolator - don't take it off) the rubber isolator enough to get the socket and extension on the bolt. Total installation time was 45 minutes, taking my time so as not to drop bolts into the belly pan. Having done it once, I could now probably do it in 10 minutes. 181445



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by: Bruce K.03/14/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


This item was a perfect fit for our 2013 Kia Soul. The dealership stated that there was no hitch available for our Soul and we wanted one just for our luggage carrier. This was a wonderful find and I recommend it to everyone for their Soul. It took me about 20 minutes to install it in my own garage with just my floor jack to help hold it in-place while I put the bolts in. One-man job. It was fast shipping and with one exception of being a day later than expected due to UPS problem and it was still excellent packaging so no damage of the item. I did add an adapter for the 1 & 1/4" to 2" receiver so my carrier would fit. Thank you etrailer!! 120672


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It is amazing that you should ask, we just arrived on vacation and are using it for the first time for a long trip. It was flawless and so glad we had it!! We really should have put it on something besides the wifes Kia Soul as it may be too wimpy of a vehicle. We made it okay and like I said, it did perform its function perfectly. Thanks again and keep up the great product quality. I highly recommend it and have to my friends and workmates already.

Bruce K - 03/23/2015

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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible
  • There is a confirmed fit for a 2012 Chrysler 200 convertible and it is Curt Hitch # C11133. The Draw-Tite hitch is not yet a confirmed fit. The Curt hitch comes with the correct ball mount, hitch pin, and clip. For a ball you can use # 19256 for 1-7/8 inch diameter or # 19258 for a 2 inch diameter. For trailer wiring, use T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, # 118550. I have included a link to the installation instructions for the hitch and for the wiring harness for you.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2009 Chrysler Sebring Convertible for a Bike Rack
  • The Curt trailer hitch, # C11081, will only fit the sedan models, but I would recommend the Draw-Tite trailer hitch, # 24871, over the Curt hitch any way. The reason is that the Draw-Tite hitches undergo additional voluntary testing and you do not have to use a stabilization strap for bike racks or cargo carriers like you do with the Curt hitch. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view. This is a Class I trailer hitch which means only certain bike racks...
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  • Availability of Trailer Hitch Receiver for Towing with 2008 Chrysler Sebring Hard-Top Convertible
  • We do offer two light-duty Class I trailer hitch receivers for the 2008 Sebring hard-top convertible and both can be seen on the link provided. The hitch # 36448 that you referenced is not a fit for your convertible, only for the sedan version of the Sebring. The correct Draw-Tite hitch is # 24871. I have linked an installation video for your reference as well as the written instructions. Please note that according to a Chrysler Corporation document I located online not all versions...
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  • Hitch Compatibility with Dual Exhaust on 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible
  • The Curt Class I receiver you mentioned, part # C11081 is compatible with the Sedan model only. Draw-Tite tells me that their Class I receiver # 24871 is a fit for the 2008 Sebring Convertible, regardless of the exhaust set-up. If you are planning on using the hitch for light-duty towing, the Hidden Hitch # 90166 would be a better alternative, as it includes the drawbar and the pin and clip for securing the drawbar in the receiver. To complete your towing set-up, you might also...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Carrier for a 2008 Chrysler Sebring Hard Top Convertible
  • At the time the question you are referring to was answered the hitch # 90166 was listed as a fit for all models of the 2008 Chrysler Sebring. As you have found that has since changed rendering that answer irrelevant so I thank you for finding it and bringing it to my attention. Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch are sister companies so hitch # 24871 and # 60288 (which DO fit the convertible!) are basically identical. They even share the same instructions. The difference is that the Hidden Hitch...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Carrier Strong Enough to Carry an Electric Wheelchair on a 2008 Dodge Avenger
  • The Draw-Tite Class I Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 24871, for your 2008 Dodge Avenger, might be strong enough if the total combined weight of the electric wheelchair and platform carrier is less than 200 pounds, but I would advise against using a Class I hitch for this application. The Class I hitch has a tongue weight capacity of 200 pounds, anything over that will exceed the capacity and can cause damage to the hitch, the vehicle, and/or your cargo. The best approach is to use the...
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  • Carrying Snowboards on a Trailer Hitch or Roof Rack for a 2012 Chrysler 200
  • For a trailer hitch for your 2012 Chrysler 200, I recommend the Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 24871 because it does not require the use of a stabilization strap for non-trailer loads like the Curt hitch does. I have included a link to the instructions and a video showing a typical installation for you. Because this is a Class I trailer hitch there are only certain bike racks that you can use. The HitchSki, # Y02418, only fits on certain Yakima 4-bike racks, none of which will fit in a Class...
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  • Recommend Correct Trailer Wiring For My 2010 Chrysler Sebring
  • For the correct wiring for your 2010 Chrysler Sebring, you would need Draw-Tite Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, part # 118444, which plugs in-line with your tail light wiring connectors and connects to your battery via included fuse. The item you selected, T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, part # 118417 is designed to fit the 2006-2011 Chevrolet Impala. The item you referred to, 4-Pole 60 Inch Long Vehicle End, part # 18002, will not work for on your Chrysler Sebring as it has a 3-Wire System...
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  • Trailer Hitch Availability for 2008 Chrysler Sebring V6 Convertible
  • We do offer two options in a light-duty 1-1/4-inch Class I trailer hitch for your 2008 Chrysler Sebring V6 Convertible. Please note that the part you referenced, Draw-Tite Class II hitch # 36448, is a fit only for the sedan, not your convertible. The link at right will show you both hitch options we can offer. Since both carry identical weight ratings I suggest the lower-cost Draw-Tite # 24871 if you will be using a bike rack or cargo carrier and Hidden Hitch # 60288 if you will be towing,...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendations for a 2014 Chrysler 200 Limited
  • Yes, the Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 24871 will fit your 2014 Chrysler 200 Limited. It will fit all models including the convertible models. If you plan on doing some towing please first consult the owners manual to determine the towing capacity of the vehicle. For a ball mount use # 3594. And for a 1-7/8 inch ball use # 19256. For a 2 inch ball use # 19258. For trailer wiring you can use # 118577. I have linked the installation instructions for the hitch and wiring and a video showing...
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  • Will Draw-Tite Hitch # 24871 Fit the 2013 Chrysler 200 and Work With a 2-Bike Class I Hitch Carrier
  • Draw-Tite Hitch # 24871 is indeed a correct fit for your 2013 Chrysler 200 with dual exhaust. This light-duty Class I hitch fits both sedan and convertible models. With this 1-1/4-inch installed (it bolts into place - no drilling and no welding) you can use a compatible 2-bike Class I bike carrier. Do please note that Class I hitches can only handle the load of 2 bikes, even if the carrier itself can hold more. The linked article on hitch classes will explain in detail. I have also...
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  • Trailer Hitch Availability for 2013 Dodge Avenger R/T with Dual Exhaust
  • We do have several choices for you in a 1-1/4-inch Class I hitch for your 2013 Dodge Avenger R/T with Dual Exhaust. These can be seen on the link provided for you. I checked with my technical contact at Hidden Hitch and Draw-Tite and your dual exhaust R/T is fully compatible with these light-duty hitches. If your intended use for the hitch is to install a bike carrier, then the hitch I suggest is the Draw-Tite # 24871. Unlike the Curt model # C11133 this hitch does not require you to...
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Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 24871 Installation instructions 24871 Installation Instructions
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No drilling required for installation , Exhaust must be temporarily lowered for installation

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