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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch for the 2012 Focus by Ford

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

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Code:   60290



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Shipping Weight: 30 pounds


Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" - 2012 Focus by Ford

Specially designed for light-duty applications, this fully welded Ford Focus trailer hitch receiver features a powder coat finish over an e-coat base to ensure superior corrosion resistance. Drawbar, pin and clip included.


  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your Ford Focus
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip included


  • 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 Technical Support

At 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.

60290 Hidden Hitch Class 1 Trailer Hitch Receiver

Video of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - 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 install trailer hitch 2012 ford focus 60290
Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Ford Focus - Hidden Hitch

Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Ford Focus - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2012 Ford Focus well be installing Hidden Hitch, part number 60290. Before we begin our installation heres what the hitch will look like on your vehicle. Now well give a couple of measurements to help you in selecting accessories for your new hitch such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most part of the bumper is 2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 11 inches. Now lets go ahead with our install.

Now to begin the installation well need to lower our exhaust. To do this well remove the four bolts holding the exhaust brackets in place. There are two on each side. Well go ahead and sit those off to the side as we will not be reinstalling them. Our next step is to trim the heat shield.

Well hold the hitch into place to give us a better idea of what we need to cut out. Well use a marker to trace around our cutting area. Well then use a pair of tin snips to cut out the heat shield. Again well do this on both sides. Well now get the two plastic isolator strips from the installation hardware.

Well cut the two strips in half and place them strategically as indicated in the instructions. These isolator strips will go between the aluminum hanger and the steel hitch. Were now ready to raise our hitch into position. It will be a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch up while you install your hardware. Well be using the bolt, lock washer, and flat washer provided with the hitch.

Were now ready to put in the spacer block and carriage bolt for the third mounting point on either side. Well use the fish wire that well run through the side of the hitch bracket, through the frame and out the access hole here. We can then slide our spacer block on and thread the carriage bolt into the fish wire. Well now pull our hardware through the access hole and out the mounting bolt hole location on the other side of the frame. We can then use a conical tooth washer, making sure that the teeth of the washer face the hitch, and nut and thread them into the carriage bolt. After doing that on the other side all our hardware is in place and we can now tighten it down and torque it to specification as indicated in the instructions. Thatll complete the installation of Hidden Hitch, part number 60290, on our 2012 Ford Focus.

Customer Reviews

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4 - 60290

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.6 out of 5 stars   (10 Customer Reviews)

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Sean N.08/09/2013

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Great service, quick delivery! It was very easy to install having never (ever) looked underneath my car before. The only trick was wiggling the bolts through the hole with the pull wire, and having to borrow a torque wrench. I'm so excited by how good it looks. Vacation with bikes here I come! 94166

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ed R06/23/2013

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Shipping container had a hole where hitch receiver broke through, but no mechanical damage to product. Shipping tape residue on hitch, had to remove with lighter fluid. Some paint imperfections, so I touched up the product with black gloss rustoleum since its being installed under the vehicle. Installation instructions were outstanding. All installation materials were provided. The product fit my Ford Focus Hatchback perfectly, all the dimensions were correct. In summary, a great hitch if sloppily packaged. Recommend. 85640

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Michael S.12/03/2012

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The hitch looks great! I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but my next etrailer purchase will be the Thule rack (TH990XT) the hitch was purchased for. I was able to install it myself without too much hassle. However, there is one thing anyone with a 2012 Focus needs to know: The carriage bolts are larger than the car's frame access point. In order to fish the bolt through, you are going to need to grind off a bit of the bolt on two sides so it is more of an oval shape than round. I intended to take a photo to illustrate what I had to do, but once the muffler hangers are out of the way, you can see the access hole in the frame and it will be obvious what is needed. The install video rather inconveniently ignores this issue. The shipping from etrailer is wicked fast...the prices are fantastic. I never make a purchase without exhaustively researching for quality, price, and reading the reviews. You can’t go wrong with this hitch and you can’t go wrong with with 60559

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jay G10/14/2013

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Everything went Okay installing on my 2012 Ford Focus SE. Two things were minor issues. 1) The package was missing 2 of the 4 required lock washers. A very simple cheap thing to remedy, except it cost me a trip to the hardware store. 2) The two bolts that have to be snaked through the frame rails had heads which were too large/wide to fit through the frame rail openings. I had to use an angle grinder to reduce the head size on the bolts so they would fit into the hole that leads into the frame. I just grinded to flatten the edge of the heads a bit and they fit. Once past those two things everything else went smoothly, and I'm quite happy with the end result.103700

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chris07/20/2013

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Install was straightforward and easy. The instructions could have been a bit clearer visually to aid in the step that included fishing the bolt through the frame, but otherwise there were no issues. Hitch looks great on the car and doesn't stick out far or hang too low.90616

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike F05/29/2013

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This product would be a solid 5 star rating, except for 1 minor issue. The bolts that are fished through the frame are too large, I had to dremel off part of the bolt head to make them fit. Other than that the install took me less than 30 minutes and fit perfectly. It looks great and feels solid.82476

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Len G.10/25/2012

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Pretty straight forward install. As others have stated, be sure to grind the carriage bolts on two sides to fit through the feed hole. Otherwise, they won't go. I found it easier to push the carriage bolt "backward" first- away from the intended position, then pull it with the fish wire. Kind of difficult to hold the tow bar up while making the bolts, try to get a helper for this. Very good fit, no drilling or cutting needed. Looks pretty solid to me. Enjoy58140

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jeremy T.03/23/2012

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It was easy to install and didn't require drilling into my car. Other hitches required drilling two holes to mount. The kit included some very useful tools for installing as well. Thanks34863

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ken M08/06/2013

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The hitch was exactly as advertised. Installation was easy and quick. 93662

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: thomas03/31/2013

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easy to install great service would buy from company again73514

Ask the Experts about this Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch
Expert Answers about Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" - 60290                                             Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?

  • Why Does the Heat Shield Need to be Trimmed to Install a Hidden HItch on a 2013 Ford Focus
  • The heat shield needs to be trimmed to install the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 60290 that you referenced to allow the mounting flanges of the hitch to mate up properly to the frame of the vehicle. Check out the video I attached that shows how this is done. I also attached installation instructions for this product for you to check out also.
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  • Bike Rack and Trailer Hitch Recommendations for a 2013 Ford Focus
  • Taking your criteria into consideration I would recommend a hitch and hitch mounted bike rack for your 2013 Ford Focus. The reason I am offering the hitch solution is because by having a hitch it gives you options for towing in the future such as a hitch cargo carrier. If you need a hitch for your vehicle I have the following suggestion: Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch for the 2013 Ford Focus, part # 60290 because not only is it easy to install but it also comes with a ballmount, pin and clip.This
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Ford Focus Accessories

Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
2,000 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
200 lbs.

Weight Distribution Capacity
Hitch does not allow
use of weight distribution

Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 60290 Installation instructions 60290 Installation Instructions

Tech Tip
Hitch will not work on Focus Electric.No drilling required for installation, Exhaust must be temporarily lowered for installation, Heat shield must be modified or trimmed for hitch installation

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Recommended Wiring:
Hidden Hitch 118549

Recommended Balls:

1-7/8" hitch ball - 19256

2" hitch ball -19258

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