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Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, Lincoln MKZ trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.
Note: All non-trailer loads - bike racks, cargo carriers and so forth - should be supported with stabilizing straps. Failure to properly support these loads will void your hitch warranty from Curt.
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Video of Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"
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Today on this 2013 Lincoln MKZ we're going to install part number C12091 from Curt. This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on the car. Next we'll give you some measurements that'll help you out in selecting some accessories such as a cargo carrier or a bicycle rack. From the center of the hitch pin opening to the very edge of the bumper is about 6 3/8". From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 10 1/2". Now we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. First thing we need to do is go ahead and remove the lower body fascia.
There'll be 6 screws in the bottom edge of the bumper cover, and there'll be 4 on the inside we have to remove. We're also going to remove 4 plastic clips. Sometimes it helps to take these clips off to have the plastic loosen up a little bit more. It makes it easier to remove the fascia. This fascia piece will not be reinstalled since the hitch takes up too much room.
Once the fascia is removed, we'll go ahead and reinstall the plastic fasteners. Next we'll go ahead and show where the hitch mounts up. There's 2 holes on each side of the frame that the hitch hardware will go into. Before we install our hardware, we'll go ahead and show you how it works with the hitch while the hitch is off. One of the carriage bolts and the blocks will be fish wired from the outside to the inside. Then when the hitch is in place, there'll be a flange nut on the very bottom.
This hardware will be the same going all the way around the hitch. Now we'll go ahead and install our hardware first. We'll take our bolt leader, which comes with the kit, and run it through the hole we're going to use and then out our access hole which will be located off to the side. We'll thread in our block, and then we'll go ahead and push it into the frame. Next we'll thread on our bolt and push it in as well. Then slowly pull it out the hole we're going to use.
Repeat the same process for our next hole. We're done with our passenger side. We'll go ahead and repeat the same process over on our driver side. Our hardware is installed. Now we can go ahead and put the hitch in position. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help pull up the hitch while you install the flange nuts in the bottom. We'll slowly push the hitch up and make sure we don't push the bolts into your frame. Then loosen these ball flange nuts. Now we'll go ahead and snug down the bolts. At this point you may want to take a step back and make sure that the hitch is centered before you tighten it down for good. Once you're satisfied with the placement, we'll go ahead and torque down the bolts as specified in the instructions. With that, that'll finish it for our install of part number C12091 from Curt on our 2013 Lincoln MKZ. .
Average Customer Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars (97 Customer Reviews)Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.
by: Brian M.10/16/2014
This hitch arrived quickly and communication with e-trailer has been great. Compared with installations that involve drilling holes, I'm sure this was an easy install. But I did have a lot more trouble than the experts in the videos did largely because I did not have the proper tools and I had to make 3 different trips to the hardware over three days and buy several things to get the install done. The Install: ========= The removal of the under-body panel was quick and easy. I stored it away and if I need it in the future, I am confident I could re-install it (if the hitch was ever removed). Getting the carriage nut, block, and fish hook on the frame was also pretty straightforward. I kept all 4 of the fish hooks in place because I did not have any help for the install and I was afraid I would knock the carriage bolts back into the chassis (which I did so I was glad the fish hooks were all still attached). What was not clear from the video (and took a few minutes to figure out due to very limited visibility when laying down under the car) was that the bottom few wraps of the fish hook need to be unwound to get the nut onto the carriage bolt. To be clear, the fish hook sort of screws onto the carriage bolt so with the the fish hook taking space on the screw part of the carriage bolt, I could not get the nut started. When I unwrapped the bottom couple of winds of the fish hook from the bolt, I could then start the nut while still using the fish hook to 'grab' the carriage bolt and pull it down to give me some tension to get the nut on the bolt. Then once the nut was attached and prevented the carriage bolt from going back into the frame, I could unwind the rest of the fish hook and hand-tighten the nuts onto all four carriage bolts. At this point, the hitch is attached to the car, but is not tightened down. The nut on the carriage bolt is 3/4 of an inch and I found that I did not have a 3/4 inch socket. I also found that the instructions said to torque the nuts to the carriage bolts to 110 foot pounds. I did not own a torque wrench. The ones I saw on-line that would fit my 3/8 inch sockets could not torque to 80 foot pounds. Only the 1/2 inch torque wrenches seemed to allow 110 foot pounds. Also in my local Home Depot and Harbor Freight, I only saw torque wrenches that were 1/2 inch. So I bought a half-inch torque wrench and also a half-inch socket set to be able to tighten the carriage bolts to the nuts. I suggest not buying a 1/2 inch torque wrench less than 18 inches long. When I tried a smaller one I could not pull hard enough to get to 110 foot pounds. With an 18 inch torque wrench this worked fine (not easy but doable). I expect a 24 inch torque wrench would have been much easier (but also more expensive). My last problem was the right front carriage bolt and nut are obscured by the muffler exhaust port. When I went back and watched the install video again, I noticed that the electric drill used in the video to tighten the sockets was using an extension for this last bolt to get around the muffler when no extension was present for tightening down the other three nuts. I was not using an electric drill and I did not have the correct piece to extend the socket with my torque wrench so I went back to the hardware store and picked up a universal adapter (that would let me get to the nut at an angle) and a socket extension. Even with this, it took me a while to figure out how to get everything in place and be able to pull with enough force to reach 110 foot pounds or torque. Etrailer is great and (after a few days of use) the Curt hitch seems very strong and secure. But I do wish the detail of the fishhook getting in the way of screwing the nut onto the carriage bolt had been mentioned in the video and I do wish the video had been a little more clear on the difficulty of torquing the carriage bolt above muffler exhaust. The Etrailer install videos are the best around that I have seen. I just think that when you are professionals with the ability to lift the car up for easy access, and you already have the right tools and know what you are doing, it does make the install look simpler than it is. If you already have the tools and generally know what you are doing, this may require no new tools. But in my case, a super-cheap 1/2 inch torque wrench was still $30 plus another $20 or so for sockets, socket extensions, and adapters. And I think you could easily spend twice this or more to buy quality tools instead of what I purchased. I will buy from Etrailer next time I need a hitch. But if you don't already have the tools, you may want to ask a local shop (that has already purchased the right tools) to give you a quote on installing your Etrailer hitch since you will likely need a minimum of $50 in tools to do the work yourself. Thanks Etrailer. I appreciate your site and service. 156075
I can't work on cars as much as I used to, (getting old) but this hitch was in and completed in about 45 minutes. The only help I needed was the wife helped me lift it up into place holding one end up for a couple minutes with the guide wires through the holes in the hitch while I put one nut on my side. Then she left as I grabbed the side she lifted and stuck another loose nut on. It is best to leave the pull/guide wires on the bolts when lifting it up to prevent losing a bolt into the frame channel. They give you 4 pull guide wires just so you can do that. The help isn't for the weight but more so to make it easier to put the guide wires through the hitch holes as you raise it up into place. For one person it would be awkward. One thing is the directions. If not looked at carefully one might place the rectangular thick steel washers on the outside of the channel. Note that those washers are actually backing and strengthening plates for the frame channel and also keep the bolt from turning while tightening the nut and go """inside the channel""". Using the pull wires feed them through the access hole first before the bolt and they go in fairly easy. The bolt will pull back into them and through the frame fastening holes without a hitch. (not to use a pun here) That said installation was a breeze 71314
by: Josh S.06/24/2014
I recently installed the Curt hitch receiver #C12091 on my 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium. As Curt's instructions noted, the installation was very simple. The removal of the rear air deflector was very easy and the receiver aligns perfectly with the existing holes in the frame rail. The fishwire is an ingenious method of threading the bolt through the spacer, all within the frame rail. As noted by another reviewer, it's easy to misunderstand the instruction's drawing as they somewhat depict the spacer being sandwiched between the hitch receiver and frame rail -- rather, you must fish the spacer inside of the frame rail, with the bolt. Be sure to read the dialogue entitled "FISHWIRE TECHNIQUE" on instruction page four. Other than the product itself, my etrailer.com experience was great. Their price was very compeittive, communication through the sales and shipping process were excellent, they were quick to ship, and I received the hitch receiver without issue. 137434
by: Bob C04/30/2014
Excellent service. Had a question about installation prior to ordering. Got a quick and accurate answer. Order shipped promptly, arrived undamaged. Installation on my 2014 Ford Fusion was simple, did not even need to raise car to install. Perfect fit, took less than an hour. Looks good too, well constructed. Overall, extremely satisfied. 128228
by: Don G04/22/2016
This hitch worked out great on my 2016 Ford Fusion. The etrailer installation videos were really helpful, and the Curt hitch is hidden well behind the rear bumper. Install was done by myself in 40 minutes without jacking up the car. Hard to tell theirs even a hitch on the car. 246532
by: Scott S.12/02/2016
This hitch was exactly what I was looking for. I've never been a fan of adding a hitch to a passenger car, because usually looks terrible. On our 2013 Fusion, this hitch is almost completely hidden. Only the receiver itself is visible, and it is tucked discretely up under the bumper. Very, very low profile, and it looks great. The installation was a snap. Ours arrived a little tweaked from shipping, so the holes didn't line up properly, but after speaking to the EXCELLENT customer service rep for advice - and a little re-tweaking - we had the unit installed in no time. Total install time, including the adjustment, was maybe an hour. We bought this hitch solely for the ability to add a bike rack to the car, and I'm even more impressed with that rack, so see my review on the Swagman XC-2 bike rack (S64650), if you're interested in that. 321534
etrailer.com is a great site! I was able to do all my research for a trailer hitch and bike rack for my vehicle on their website and the prices are very reasonable. I have a 2017 Ford Fusion and wanted a trailer hitch rather than the rear window mounted bike rack. I purchased this hitch and the Swagman Trailhead 3 Bike rack. I was able to install the hitch without jacking up the car (my driveway is a slight uphill the the garage. I backed my car up just so the rear tires were in the garage - that angle of the rear "pointing up" gave me plenty of room). I watch the videos on the etrailer.com website and they explained everything very well. I was able to install the hitch, start to finish, in about an hour. I'm very happy with this hitch and the bike rack. For the price in etrailer.com, you can't go wrong! 336048
by: Ryan W07/20/2016
Easy to install even though the instructions were a bit lacking in walking you through fishing the bolts through. The video on this site was very helpful. Didn't even have to jack the car up! It took about an hour start to finish as I've never installed one of these on my own before. I'm a bit concerned that the bottom of the bumper is going to flap around in the wind since you remove most of the support bolts for it (and only put two back in) so I used some foam weatherstripping and put it between the bumper and the hitch itself to try to prevent it from getting scratched up. Etrailer did a great job packaging the hitch to prevent damage and shipped very quickly. Very happy with this purchase and who I purchased it from! 274335
by: Don S.04/22/2014
As advertised it took me less than 30 minutes to install and I did not need to jack the car up. I was also able to lift it into place with the assistance of a floor jack. Very good design and construction. 126347
by: Mike C.12/02/2016
Great price for a great hitch receiver and service. etrailer's video made it very easy to install. I was able to install even without a helper. If a second set of hands are not available, all that's needed is bucket or similar, set at the correct height in order to assist with installing. The receiver can be installed without jacking up the car. The receiver's frame fits so flush behind the MKZ bumper that all one sees is the receiver section itself. The bumper fascia becomes slightly looser due to the panel that must be removed. If that's a concern, which it was for me, with a little improvising, you can shore the bumper fascia directly to the receiver frame, and it not even be visible. 321538
by: George C.08/05/2016
I received the hitch for my 2015 Ford Fusion much sooner than expected. The packing was terrific. I took my laptop to the garage and viewed the installation video as I worked. The installation went exactly as shown and the time to install was right on target. The tip given, that it would be nice to have another set of hands was very helpful. My helper supported the left side while I attached the nuts fastening the right side. I am 79 years old, and not a mechanic, if I can easily install the hitch most people will find it easy if they follow the installation video. The self installation saved me more that $250. compared to the cost I was quoted by a local hitch installer. Thanks!!!! 280372
by: Tommy Davis09/13/2016
My order was delivered on time. I didn't care to wait for assistance for the install. I viewed the on-line videos - very helpful! I used a floor jack to lift the right side just enough to allow easy access, but not too high to work in the space. The fish-wires were nothing short of genius; the only short coming was I thought the retaining nuts would thread over the wires. Wrong assumption. Never-the-less, I used a bungee cord to lift and hold the right side in place while using a hydraulic bottle jack to lift and hold the left side while I screwed on the nuts. Moved to the right side and repeated the action. Time was about an hour. Very easy installation. 294091
The videos prepared by etrailer are outstanding, and assisted me in the successful installation of the tow bar. DIY's Please pay attention on how the bolts and spacer are pulled through. In my case, I left the pull wires attached as I worked the tow bar into place, slipping the wires through the tow bar holes, insuring that no bolts were accidentally pushed back up into the frame. Note that the light wiring for the Fusion is tricky. etrailer has several videos, and products, to assist with the light wiring. I did not purchase these products, but at times wished I did! The product and the site has met my needs and expectation. Nice job. 253072
Looks good, and fits perfectly on my 2014 Ford Fusion. Came in a weirdly over-taped box, but it arrived at my house safely. It did take me a minute to figure out how to fish the bolts to install it into the car's frame. However, it couldn't have taken me more than 30 minutes to finish. If you don't have a torque wrench, I would recommend borrowing one from a friend or renting one from Autozone, O'reilly, or wherever, to install it per the procedure. I attached mine for use with a bike rack, and then a week later torqued it in before using it to haul a small trailer. 277461
i installed this on a2014 fusion hybrid. took 45 mins to install. it was easy. just make sure your muffler is cool before you go under there. also, watch the YouTube install video. very careful after you get the bolts in, you don't want the wire to fail off before the nut is on, or the bolt will get stuck. you also need another person to hold it up, or a jackstand. i used a jackstand without issue. also, there is no noticeable impact on gas milage on the hybrid with this hitch. this one looks nice to and fits nice and snug barely noticeable. 283184
by: Jeff Majtyka06/16/2015
So easy to assemble!! No drilling or additional work required. THIS WILL FIT A STANDARD SE FUSION. The enclosed instructions were spot on and it literally took me about 20 minutes to take off my lower body fascia, fishwire the bolts through the frame & install the hitch. This was my first time ever installing a hitch on my own. I recommend having another person to get the nuts started on the screws while you are holding up the hitch, but my 11 year old was there and it was simple. It fits perfect and look professional. I highly recommend this product!! 203710
by: Mark S10/21/2014
I put everything together in less then an hour, without anybody help. I was afraid to do that by myself but it was really a piece of cake. Thanks etrailer 157152
Easy installation. Works great! 201944
by: Jim D.01/24/2015
Delivered as expected. I ordered it late Friday night and it arrived in Arizona the next Wednesday. It might have arrived Tuesday but there was a holiday that Monday. The install was just as the website video explained. Very easy with two people. My vehicle is a 2014 Ford Fusion SE and the bike rack is a Thule Vertex 2 (9028.) 171121
by: Chris G01/13/2017
I am very pleased with the entire process of buying this hitch. The website was easy to travel through. I found that etrailer gave more than enough information for an easy installation. I also made my decision based on other reviews given by customers who own the product already. The only issue I had with the hitch was a 2 inch scratch on the edge of the hitch. Nothing a little paint can't cover. All in all, I am happy with the entire process. 332209
by: Cindy B.03/30/2015
Very happy with the etrailer website, the products (trailer hitch and bike rack) for my 2014 Fusion! I could not get any help at any Ford Dealership and was very frustrated. My son (with the instructions) installed everything in an hour or so. Thanks to you, I have exactly what I need to safely transport my bike to the local Carrollton Greenbelt. I enjoyed a bike ride today! Thanks again for your prompt service and expedition of product. 181616
I have a 2014 Ford Fusion Energy Titanium and received the Curt Trailer Hitch and installed it yesterday, took about 30 min to do super easy did it by myself. I Installed the wiring in about an hour. the T-One Wiring Harness 118574 fits the fusion only problem is you have to cut the wires leading to the harness (make sure you leave it long) and fish thru the center hole of where the lights go. E-trailer has very good customer service also. Mike 180887
by: Dave s Auto & Truck02/14/2017
I have used Curt Hitches before & quality is A-1. E-Trailer, I believe has the fastest shipping & confirmation I've seen. Everything I ordered was in the box, including the hardware for the hitch. I'm really impressed, & believe me, it's hard to impress me w/ product & service, as I have found many other companies really lack in this area, but not E-Trailer. I'll definitely buy all my hitch needs from them. Thanx a million guys!!!! 344012
by: Steve H09/05/2014
Great purchase experience. The ordering website was easy, the item arrived timely, it was packaged properly and quality made. Installation was as described and the instructions and videos were a big help and accurate. It took me about 40 mins to install without any issues, drilling or surprises. Could have been less if I had more room in the garage to work - nothing to do with the hitch. Highly recommend! 150210
by: Ross S.05/13/2015
This Curt hitch set up was a breeze. I have been looking for a long time at many options with car bike racks, this was is the best to go if there is one to fit the car. Very cost effective and useful, also fits well under the '14 Ford Fusion bumper and doesn't stick out too much. Keeps a good clean look, to go along with the clean and concise instructions. Would recommend to others. 192702
by: Chris H.05/17/2015
Hitch receiver fit without a problem. No drilling needed. Only needs a plastic piece removed. I didn't install it myself though. My father works at a Ford Dealer and I just had him take it in one day. Don't worry, It won't void your warranty on you're car as long as you don't try to actually pull something. Its only good for bike rakes and other small things. 193789
by: Scott W.05/07/2013
The fit couldn't have been any better. The installation was simple and straight forward. It took me about 15 minutes but I am an aircraft mechanic. If I had any complaint it would be that you have to remove the lower bumper aero shield. Not a big deal but I didn't know that I was going to have to remove it for the install. Overall a very nice receiver. 79270
Easy install I used a lift, but you can easily do this job with a set of ramps in your driveway it looks good and looks pretty rugged great for the money would purchase again, also shipping was fast, product was packed great, looking forward to doing more business with etrailer, just purchased a bike rack will be doing a review for that as well. 239801
by: Aaron M.06/23/2013
Very easy install. Did it myself in about 20 minutes in the driveway without lifting the car. The only dislike is having to remove a part from the car. I do not think it will hurt the car but the lower bumper does feel floppier now. The hitch appears to be good quality and looks as good on the car as a hitch can. I would buy again. 85654
by: Timothy P01/22/2013
I am still waiting for my new car to arrive so I have not installed the hitch yet. I did open the box and inspect the hitch which looks to be in excellent shape and the wiring I ordered was taped to the hitch bar. Everything arrived quickly and in good shape. I was impressed on how quickly I received the hitch since it was not in stock. 63820
by: Steve E.05/11/2015
Trailer hitch was pretty easy to install only had an issue with one of the bolts threads were a little chewed up so the nut had a hard time going on without spinning the bolt. Was able to get it on eventually but other than that everything else fit on the car very nicely. Instructions were simple and pretty well described. 191730
by: Chris D09/11/2016
Easy to install, I use at least once a week to haul bikes on a 2014 Ford Fusion. If you are going to need access to your trunk with a bike rack, I suggest an extension as the hitch is designed to be hidden. Watch the installation videos if you have never installed one, very helpful for a first timer 293448
Finished the installation in about 30 minutes. Hope whoever invented the fish line bolt feeder is sipping tropical drinks and set for life. It was the key to such a simple installation. eTrailer is ecommerce at it's best! Great price, great product, great instructions, great customer service!!! 277851
by: Simon H.12/12/2016
Couldn't be happier with the service and quality of the product. The hitch arrived promptly with all the necessary hardware and even included detailed instructions (with color pictures specific to my car). Once I had the correct tools the hitch took 15 minutes to put on and certainly does the job! 324270
by: Simon H.12/12/2016
Couldn't be happier with the service and quality of the product. The hitch arrived promptly with all the necessary hardware and even included detailed instructions (with color pictures specific to my car). Once I had the correct tools the hitch took 15 minutes to put on and certainly does the job! 324269
by: Kleine D.07/31/2016
I really recommend this hitch and etrailer.com. The hitch arrived really fast and it was pretty easy to install. I did not even need to suspend the car to install and I was able to do it by myself following the instructions. Now I can carry my bikes using my hitch mounted bike rack! :) 277823
by: Josh H07/21/2016
Great hitch, installed in about an hour by myself with only one side of the car jacked up. 274362
Installed hitch on 2014 Fusion, this is the 3rd hitch I've put on vehicles, this was by far the easiest installation one could ask for. Truly, installation can be performed in less than 15 minutes after familiarizing self with the directions. Install looks great, the bar is not visible. 178054
Very simple to install. I was able to install on a 2015 Ford Fusion SE in my driveway with hand tools in 40 minutes solo. Another helper would make the install much easier. Also with the car being less than 2 months old no bolts were stuck making the install that much easier 183139
by: Mark R06/10/2016
Put this on my car when I got it 9 months ago and I've been happy with it ever since. Seems like it's more hidden than the Hidden Hitch model. Got rear-ended and wrote it off a few weeks ago and ordered another one. Service was awesome, as it always is with etrailer. 259923
by: Barbara k.04/19/2014
I purchased receiver hitch for my 13 ford fusion so that I could transport our four bikes on our bike rack. The ford dealer installed it in under an hour and commented how well thought out the design was. No drilling was required. Very happy. Would highly recommend. 125996
A great hitch for my 2013 Ford Fusion. Easy, and I mean really easy, install. Job completed in 40 minutes. But the actual install was done in 20 minutes. Thanks etrailer for providing such a great product! Use a 4-bike rack with the hitch and worked perfectly. 199839
by: Bryan S08/11/2016
Product shipped fast and accurately. Video made the DIY project very straight forward and easy to understand. Knocked it out in less than 30 min. The provided fish wire was perfect for the job. Would have had a tough time without it. Thank you etrailer.com! 282623
by: Todd V11/05/2014
Good fit up. Thick metal and good paint. The videos are really helpful. Fishing the bolts into the frame was easy. Removal of the lower body trim piece was easy. Total time to install for typical handy guy was 1 hour. Thanks for the helpful video. 159401
by: Craig A.12/20/2014
Fast Shipping! Got product in 2 Days! Friendly Customer Service. Easy Installation. Went on easy and Looks Great. Nice Product and A Great Price! Would recommend for anybody looking to buy a hitch for their car. 166356
18 Minute Install!! When I saw the wire bolt holder things I thought only a ship-in-the-bottle builder could pull this off! It turned out to be extremely simple and actually work. Very Happy with this purchase. 129441
The Curt hitch installation was easy. Even without a lift or a helper I was able to install it quickly and without problems on my 2016 Ford Fusion Titanium . I will use it with a Kuat Transfer 2 bike rack. 243598
by: Greg A.06/05/2016
Quick delivery from E Trailer and the installation was as easy as the video suggested. Good, solid, quality hitch and the install was less than 30 minutes. Anyone can do it. No special tools necessary. 257745
by: Walt W12/06/2015
The product fit exactly and I had no trouble installing it. But, it was heavy for an old man. Nevertheless, I would purchase it again from E-Trailer and don't have any suggestions for changing it. 233220
Had my mechanic install this ( he has the lift and better tools) - took just over half an hour to install. Fits perfectly and does not wattle at all. Very pleased with this product! 254150
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