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Yakima Roof Rack Review - 2012 Ford Focus

Today on our 2012 Ford Focus we're going to be taking a look at the Yakima Roof Rack System, consisting in part numbers Y00426, and those are going to be the Yakima JetStream crossbars, part number Y00146, and those are going to be the BaseLine towers for the crossbars, and part numbers Y06135 and Y06105. Those are going to be the BaseClip Fit Kits for those towers. Now, we already have the front one installed. You can see it has a nice, aerodynamic shape which is going to cut down wind noise and drag. With the two bars together they have a combined carrying capacity of 165 pounds, although you want to double check with your manufacturer's manual to make sure that your vehicle can withstand that kind of weight. Let's go ahead and show you how the rear one installs. We already have it partially assembled on our table here, and we'll finish it up.



Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2012 Ford Focus

Today on this 2012 Ford Focus, we're going to be test fitting the Rhino Rack Roof Rack System for naked roofs. Part number RRRS322. This comprises the entire roof rack system, from cross bars to legs, to the clamps that hold it onto the vehicle. We already have the front one installed. You can see it has a nice aerodynamic shape, which is going to cut down on wind noise and drag, and the two bars together have a combined weight capacity of 165lbs. However, you want to double check with your owner's manual to make sure that your roof can withstand that kind of weight. Let's go ahead and show you how the rear one installs.



Inno Roof Rack Review - 2012 Ford Focus

Today on our 2012 Ford Focus we're going to be taking a look at the inno roof rack system consisting of part numbers INXB108 and INXB115. Those are going to be the arrow cross bars. Part number INXS200, those are going to be the inner flush feet for the cross bars and part number INK528 and that's going to be custom fit kit which clamps onto your vehicle. Now we already have the front one installed and as you can see the arrow bars themselves have a nice aero-dynamic shape to them which is going to cut down wind noise and drag. The two bars together have a combined weight capacity of 165 pounds. However, you want to double check with your manufacturers instructions to make sure that your vehicle can withstand that weight. Let's go ahead and show you how the rear one goes on. We already have it partially assembled on our table here.



SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Braking System Installation - 2015 Ford Focus

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus we're going to be taking a look at and installing the SMI Stay-IN-Play Duo Supplemental Braking System, part number SM99251. Here's what it's going to look like once it's installed. This system's going to be a supplemental braking system that's going to apply as your towed vehicle's in proportion to the braking action of your RV. We can pull the breakaway switch, now you'll see as we turn on our system and it starts to work it's going to apply our brake pedal. You'll see the light come on at the back of the mirror letting you know that it's working. It's going to illuminate whenever the brakes are applied, letting you see through your rear view mirror or your rear view camera that your system is operating. This on and off switch on our G force controller is what's going to turn your system on or off whenever you're ready to tow.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Ford Focus

Today on our 2012 Ford Focus, we're going to be taking a look at the Swagman XC2 bike rack, part number S64650. We already have a bike on the rack. Let's take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now how this bike is actually attached to the rack, we're going to have one point of contact. That's going to be with the bike's frame at the top, with this frame hook. It is padded so your bike will not get scratched once you put this on. To hold the wheels in place, we have these wheel cradles here which are adjustable to the length of the arms to accommodate different sized bikes. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Ford Focus

Today on our 2012 Ford Focus we're going to be taking a look at the Thule Vertex 4 Bike Rack, part number TH9029XT. As you can see we already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. This first one I would like to show off is it has a integrated cable lock here at the top of the mast. You just pull it out, wrap it around you bikes and it will attach at this spot here at the front and you can lock it into place for additional security for your bikes. Now the bike actually attaches to the rack itself, we're going to have 3 points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have 2 straps up at the top here and one off to the side. That's going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth, possibly hitting the bikes in front of it and damaging them both. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. With the bike rack in this position, I'm going to give you some quick measurements here.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Ford Focus

Today on our 2012 Ford Focus, we're going to be taking a look at the Yakima LiteRider 2 Bike Rack, part number Y02472. We already have a bike installed on our rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and showoff some of the features. The first feature I'd like to showoff is the inaudible 00:00:14 integrated cable lock on the back of the mast. Come around back here. Here's where it's seated. Pull that out like so, wrap it around your bikes and then it will actually attach to this point, here. How the bike is actually attached to the rack, you're going to have 3 points of contact with the bikes frame.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Ford Focus

Today on our 2012 Ford Focus, we're going to be taking a look at the Rola TX102 2-bike rack, part number 59400. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. First thing that I'd like to show off is the fact that it has an integrated cable lock here in the center of the mast. You pull this out, wrap it around your bikes, and attach it to this end point here. How it attaches to the bike rack, we're going to have three points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have two straps up at the top here and one off to the side, and that's going to serve as an anti-swing strap to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth, possibly hitting the vehicle or the bikes in front of it and damaging them both. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. With the bike rack in this position I'm going to go ahead and give you a couple quick measurements here.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Ford Focus

Today on our 2012 Ford Focus we're going to be taking a look at the Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack, part number TH912XTR. As you can see we already have a bike on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How 00:00:14 the bike is attached to the rack we're going to have 3 points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have 2 straps up at the top here and 1 off to the side and that's going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth, possibly hitting the vehicle or the bikes in front of it and damaging them both. Let's go ahead and take it off and set it aside. With the bike rack in this position I'm going to go ahead and give you a couple of quick measurements here.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Ford Focus

Today in 2012 Ford Focus, we're going to be taking a look at the 20 by 48 curt cargo carrier for an inch and a quarter and two inch hitches, part number C18110. This has a carrying capacity of 300 pounds but also has a mesh floor on the bottom which makes it easy to clean and it has these points all the way around the border of the cargo carrier and those serve as tie down points for either your racket straps or your bungee cords. I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements now. To our average here, we've added about 26 and a half inches to the rear of the vehicle. Our ground clearance from the bottom of this bolt is going to be about 13 inches. Now our closest point, this edge here is going to be about six and a half inches. Now the exhaust on this vehicle is going to be on the passenger side but it faces down and since this has a bend on the shank to kind of prop it up, it shouldn't be too much of a problem, plus it's about 14 inches from the cargo carrier itself. Really you wouldn't worry too much about putting any heat sensitive material into your cargo carrier.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2009 Ford Focus

Today on our 2009 Ford Focus, we will be installing the Tow Ready T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-pole flat trailer connector, part number 118457. All right, first thing we need to do on our Ford Focus to install the wiring harness is to open the trunk. Now what we want to do is go ahead and remove the taillight assemblies on both sides of the vehicle. The first step in order to gain access to our taillights is to remove the center trim piece right here. Now with those plastic screws removed, grab one corner of the center piece, pull up on it, and it'll pop off. Go ahead and set it aside.



Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit Installation - 2015 Ford Focus

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit with removable arms, part number RM-524443-5. Here's what it looks like once it's installed. As you can see, it's got a nice black powder-coated finish. It's going to come with a bracket to mount either your 4 flat 00:00:26 in the center here, or you can use a 4 pole or a 5 pole, or you can switch it out to use a 7 pole without the adapter. It's got your safety chain hook connections, and it does have a bracket to mount your breakaway switch. The breakaway switch doesn't come with the kit; that's included with your braking system. When you're ready to take these off, you can just pull back the spring-loaded clip, turn it, and it slips out.



Roadmaster Tail Light Wiring Kit Installation - 2015 Ford Focus

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Roadmaster taillight wiring kit with bulbs, part number RM-155. With this system you're not going to tie into any of your factory wiring. This is a completely self sufficient system running off the wiring of your coach. There's no need to tap or splice into any factory wiring or add any diodes because it's a separate bulb and socket that go into each of your taillights. Now this is what your kit's going to consist of. You're going to have a 30 foot long piece of four flat wiring with ends on both sides. We'll have a six foot jumper harness that's going to be used for going between your coach and your vehicle.



WeatherTech Cargo Liner Review - 2015 Ford Focus

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus, we're going to be taking a look at the Weather Tech cargo liner in black, part number WT40519. This is also available in grey, part number WT42519 and in tan, part number WT41519. Now you can see in the back of our Focus we have bare carpeting right now. It can be really susceptible to any kind of dirt, mud or liquids that would spill on it. We're going to go in and install our Weather Tech cargo liner, take it and lay it in there. It's going to have a nice lip.



WeatherTech 2nd Row Rear Floor Mat Review - 2015 Ford Focus

Today in our 2015 Ford Focus we're going to be taking a look at the Weathertech 2nd row rear auto floor mats in black, part #WT440752. These are available in gray as well, part #WT460752 and in tan part #WT450752. You can see with our factory floor mats involved, doesn't give you a lot of coverage. Does not protect the transmission hump for your vehicle. Therefore, somebody's to sit in the center here, they're going to get the transmission hump and the carpet all dirty. We're going to go ahead and remove these mats. We're going to install our Weathertech. You can see with our Weathertech installed, it's going to give you a nice lip all the way around to help contain any spills or dirty and debris that might get on your floor.



Roadmaster Tail Light Wiring Kit Installation - 2015 Ford Focus

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus. We're going to show you how to install the Roadmaster LED Bulb and Socket Tail Light Wiring Kit. Part number RM-152-LED. I'm going to start my wiring by going right over the tube that runs out of this module here. It's going to take some wiring out. We'll go right over that. That's going to give us support.



WeatherTech Front Auto Floor Mats Review - 2015 Ford Focus

Today in our 2015 Ford Focus we're going to be taking a look at Weather-Tech Front Auto Floor-mats in black, part number WT446461. These are also available in tan at part number WT456461, and in grey part number WT466461. As you can see it with our factory floor liners in place you're not going to get a lot of coverage around your seal plate or under your seat or the side here. We're going to go ahead and remove these and install our Weather-Techs. Set it in place. Now these are just going to set over top of the factory snaps. As you can see with our Weather-techs installed it's going to come up nice and high on the side of our inaudible 00:00:52 plate here, sole plate. Up in the foot well, up under our pedals, nice and far up the fire wall, and it's going to continue along our transmission hump and in front of our seats. Now this nice high side is going to contain any of our spills, should we get one, and the channels are going to help keep dirt and debris and water and mud, whatever it should be, away from our shoes and our feet.



Roadmaster Automatic Battery Disconnect Installation - 2015 Ford Focus

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Roadmaster Automatic Battery Disconnect with Switch for Towed Vehicles with Supplemental Braking System, part number RM-766. Here's what it looks like once its installed. This solenoid is going to completely turn off all the power to your towed vehicle, therefore not allowing your vehicle to drain the battery as its going down the road with the key on. This will work with almost any 12-volt system. It's going to come preassembled. It uses a marine-grade solenoid with a 200-amp constant duty and a 600-amp surge. It's also going to help trickle charge your battery of your towed vehicle as you're going down the road while it's hooked to the back of your RV. There are going to be great for a vehicle that requires you to have all the power turned off on your vehicle while it's being flat-towed.



Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2015 Ford Focus

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus we're going to show you how to install the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with removable arms, part number BX2654. Here's what the base plate's going to look like installed on our vehicle. As you can see, we're not adding a whole lot to the car. It's pretty low-vis. We're going to have our connection points for our removable arms on each side here via round holes. Had to cut our fascia right here on each side to accommodate for it.



Yakima Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Focus Hatch Back

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus Hatchback, we're doing a test fit of the Yakima HalfBack trunk mount 3-bike rack. That part number Y02635. Now, we already have our bike loaded up. We're first going to show you how we do that. We have two cradles in place with 3 straps. These are also known as zip strips.





Ford Focus Questions

  • Yes, Curt trailer hitch # C11350 will fit a 2013 Ford Focus ST hatchback with the center exhaust. I have included a picture from the instructions that shows the hitch installed. I have also linked the instructions for you to view. To add a ball mount use # C45521 and pin and clip # PC2. For a 1-7/8 inch ball use # 19256 and for a 2 inch use # 19258. For trailer wiring use # 118549. I have included links to the instructions for the wiring as well. Because the exhaust is in...
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  • The Curt hitch part # 13077 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for your 2016 BMW X5 so I would recommend it for you. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. If the ball mount kit does not include a ball mount...
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  • The Yakima SuperJoe Pro, # Y02629, is the entry level rack. It also tends not to fit as many vehicles as other Yakima trunk mount racks. Its small, light weight, and, well, red. The KingJoe Pro, # Y02624, is the next step up. Because the legs are designed a little different, this rack tends to fit on vehicles that the SuperJoe Pro cannot fit. Also, the arms that hold the bike rack on the KingJoe Pro can move independently of the lower or upper legs. On the SuperJoe Pro, the...
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  • There are several wiring kit options available for flat towing a 2013 Ford Focus, see link. I recommend using # 154-792-118158 because it is a good solution for frequent towing and you will not need to use a brake light relay when using a supplemental braking system. I looked up the owners manual online for the 2013 Ford Focus and the vehicle can be flat towed but make sure you look over the recreational towing section in your owners manual for all the specific information. In...
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  • When choosing tie-down straps like the BoatBuckle G2 Retractable Tie-Down Strap, # IMF14220, you will want to keep a few things in mind. Boat tie-downs are designed for normal highway driving. The purpose of most boat tie-downs is to strap the lightest object to the heaviest object, meaning you will want to choose a tie-down with a break strength that exceeds the weight of the lightest object. For example, if your boat weighs 4,000 lbs and your trailer weighs 2,000 lbs, you...
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  • The Roadmaster Base Plates, # 524430-1, are a fit for the 2012 Ford Focus SE. These base plates will not work on ST models. Also, if the vehicle has the adaptive cruise control feature, it cannot be flat towed. Adaptive cruise control uses a forward facing radar that detects other vehicles in front of the vehicle and adjusts the speed accordingly. You will also want to consult the vehicle owners manual on how the vehicle should be towed. Some vehicles will accrue mileage when...
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  • To flat tow a vehicle you will need at least 5 items: base plates for the vehicle (its what the tow bar attaches to), a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. For base plates I recommend Blue Ox # BX2654. The Blue Ox base plates are generally easiest to install. Take a look at the instructions to determine if this is an installation you can take on at home. Usually we do recommend professional installation. For a compatible tow bar I recommend...
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  • Think of bolt-through as bolt-on without drilling any holes in the trailer frame. Bolt-around might be a better way to describe how the Fulton trailer jack # FXP15L attaches to the trailer frame. Snap ring jacks like # PSEJ10000101 as an example have a snap ring, see picture, that holds the jack to a mounting bracket. The Fulton jack is attached to the mounting bracket via a bolt in the center. For a marine swivel jack with a wheel a Fulton F2 jack, such as # F1413140334,...
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  • Draw-Tite includes a cross-section view on their instruction sheets that will show how the receiver will sit in relation to the bottom of the bumper fascia. On a Mustang V6 model, the bottom of the receiver will sit about 3 inches below the bumper fascia. For a V8 and GT model, the bottom of the receiver will sit about 2 inches under the bottom of the fascia. Measure downward from the bottom of the fascia to ground level, and subtract 2 or 3 inches from that distance, depending...
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  • All of the 1-1/4-inch Class I trailer hitch receivers for your 2005 Ford Focus ZX5 Hatchback, which can be seen on the link provided, have a tongue weight rating of 200-lbs. The combined weight of your two bikes and your carrier of choice must remain within this tongue weight limit. We offer one hitch-mount carrier that will fit your 1-1/4-inch hitch and also handle the weight of your 60-lb Pedego bike, the Thule T2 Classic Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier # TH9045. Please refer...
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  • All Class I hitches offered for your 2014 Ford Focus SE Hatchback are a light-duty type that offer the same 200-lb tongue weight capacity, but as you note there are some differences between them that may help guide your choice for your cargo basket application. The link provided will let you see all three. The variations in construction do not result in different weight ratings so I would not be concerned about the presence or absence of the collar. The Curt hitch # C11158...
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  • There are 5 components needed to flat tow your 2012 Ford Focus and those are a tow bar, base plate kit, safety cables, tow bar wiring and a supplemental braking system. The base plate for your vehicle is the Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit, # 524430-1. You will also need safety cables, # RM-645, as they are required by law when flat towing a vehicle. You should not have a problem, but check your tow bar and make sure it is compatible with EZ style base plates. If it is not compatible,...
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  • We carry many roof rack and kayak carrier options for your 2014 Ford Focus. The roof rack that I recommend is the Yakima Q Tower roof rack that includes two 58 inch crossbars, # Y00409, the Q5 Q Clips, # Y00605, the Q83 Q Clips, # Y00683, and the Q Tower Feet, # Y00124. This will provide you with two crossbars to mount your kayak carrier to. You can mount your kayak directly to the crossbars, but to prevent scratching your kayak, I recommend using kayak carriers like the...
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  • There are only certain bike racks that can be used on the back of an RV or trailer. I have included a link to them for you to view. For a 4 bike rack, I recommend the Swagman XP, # S64940. This bike rack has a single arm with rotating cradles which will hold alternative frame bikes more level.
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  • Although we do have demos of bike rack installations on many different vehicles, we do not list platform style bike carriers for specific vehicles because the clearance at the back of the vehicle can vary due to different hitch manufacturers. When we install trailer hitches on a vehicle the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of a vehicle bumper is given to help customers when choosing a hitch mounted accessory. For example, I have attached a link to...
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  • The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow, this figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I attached an FAQ on determining tongue weight for you to check out as well. Typically tongue weight is 10-15 percent of the total trailer weight. For your trailer at 3,500 lbs that would put you at 525 lbs of tongue weight. For a system...
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  • I have a trunk mounted bike rack that is a fit for your 2014 Ford Focus 3-door hatch, but you should note that you can't ever open the rear door of a vehicle with a trunk rack installed. The weight of the rack would make holding the door open unstable and difficult as well as the hooks of the rack could damage the door frame if the door pinned it against it. The only trunk rack we have for your vehicle is the Hollywood Racks Over the Top part # HRF2. I attached a review video...
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  • I do have a solution for carrying bikes on your Focus but if the vehicle has a spoiler then it is a no fit situation because the rack cannot be safely installed on the vehicle. The ratcheting cables are actually much more secure and easier to use than straps. The combined weight the # TH9003PRO and 2 average weight bicycles could also cause bumper deformation. The safest way to carry bikes on your 2012 Ford Focus is to install a trailer hitch and use a hitch mount bike rack....
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  • I spoke with my contact at SportRack and got the measurements that you will need. First on the front bar the side to side setting is 26. For the back bar it is 24. The front to back measurements for the front bar measured from the center of the B-pillar forward is 10 inches. And from the center of the front bar back for the placement of the rear bar is 24 inches.
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  • I confirmed with SportRack that their square bar roof rack system # SR1002 is indeed a correct fit for your 2010 Ford Focus 4-door. I reviewed an installation video for a similar Yakima roof rack on a 2011 Focus 4-door and this video is linked for you. If you refer to the 52-second mark in the video you'll see how the clamp for that Yakima rack is positioned on the roof line, above the weather stripping. I also linked a close-up photo image from the video. Your SR1002 clamps will...
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