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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2007 Kia Sportage - Curt

Today on our 2007 Kia Sportage we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the CURT custom fit class three trailer hitch receiver. This offers the 2" by 2" opening. Its part number is 13526. Here's what the hitch is going to look like installed. As you can see, it's a nice clean look. Our crosstube is mainly hidden behind that rear fascia.



WeatherTech Side Window Air Deflectors Installation - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we're going to be taking a look at Weathertech side window air deflectors with dark tint for the front, part number WT80547. Also available in light tint, part number WT70547. Here's what the air deflector looks like installed on the vehicle. As you can see, it gives a really nice, clean look because it cuts up inside the window channel here, instead of adhesive up along the top. That gives it a nice, clean look. The design of it helps with wind noise when the windows are rolled down.



Best 2017 Kia Sportage Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2017 Kia Sportage. The first hitch that we're going to be looking at is going to be the CURT class three hitch, part number C13281; followed by the Draw-Tite class three, part number 76074; then the CURT class two, part number C12158; and finally, the Draw-Tite class two, part number 36593. The primary difference that you're going to see between the CURT hitches and the Draw-Tite hitches up here is the way that the safety chain connection points are designed. On the CURTs they've got the flat steel safety chain connection points, but on both Draw-Tites they've got the safety chain connections that come down underneath the bottom of the receiver tube opening. Another difference that you'll see is here on the Draw-Tite it's got this little l-bracket that comes out that's welded off the crosstube here on the frame. What that's there for is to give you a mounting place for wiring if you choose to have it outside the vehicle. Up here on that CURT, it doesn't have anything like that, so you'd have to get an extra bracket in order to do that. Here on the class three Draw-Tite it's got two pinholes in the side.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Kia Sportage - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2017 Kia Sportage we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, Part Number 76074. Here is what this hitch is going to look like once it's installed on the vehicle. As you can see, we've got the two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. Nice welded on reinforcement collar here. It features standard 5/8" pinhole which is going to be used to secure all your Class III accessories. Here we've got the smaller 1/2" hole. What that's used for it's used with the J-pin stabilization system.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Kia Sportage - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2017 KIA Sportage, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Draw-Tite Class II Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 36593. Here's what this hitch is going to look like once it's installed on the vehicle. As you can see it's nicely tucked away to where the cross tube is hidden up here behind the rear fascia. We've got 1 1/4 inch by 1 1/4 inch receiver tube opening, with a reinforcement collar welded on around that. Then here it's got these angled steel safety chain connection points, which where they sit and the size that they are, it will be nice and easy for you to attach just about any tube of safety chain that you may have to that attachment point. It's nice and easy to install. It has a 1/2 inch pinhole, which is good for securing all of your Class I and Class II accessories.



Best 2016 Kia Sportage Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2016 Kia Sportage. The first hitch that we'll be looking at is the CURT class three, part number C13120; followed by another CURT class three, part number C13066; and then the Draw-Tite class three, part number 75717; and lastly, the Draw-Tite class two, part number 36510. All of these hitches are very similar. When they're mounted on the vehicle they all come out to where you see about the same amount of hitch. The biggest difference that you're going to see in these four is that with the Draw-Tite class three it's going to have a mounting bracket for any wiring that you may want to use. Now up top we've got two CURT class threes here. As you can see, aesthetically speaking they look the same. The real difference that you're going to see between them is that on this CURT class three down here it features a 350 pound tongue weight rating, whereas on this one it features a 525 pound tongue weight rating.



Best 2014 Kia Sportage Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2014 Kia Sportage. The first hitch that we'll be looking at is the CURT class three, part number C13120; followed by another CURT class three, part number C13066; and then the Draw-Tite class three, part number 75717; and lastly, the Draw-Tite class two, part number 36510. All of these hitches are very similar. When they're mounted on the vehicle they all come out to where you see about the same amount of hitch. The biggest difference that you're going to see in these four is that with the Draw-Tite class three it's going to have a mounting bracket for any wiring that you may want to use. Now up top we've got two CURT class threes here. As you can see, aesthetically speaking they look the same. The real difference that you're going to see between them is that on this CURT class three down here it features a 350 pound tongue weight rating, whereas on this one it features a 525 pound tongue weight rating.



Best 2013 Kia Sportage Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2013 Kia Sportage. The first hitch that we'll be looking at is the CURT class three, part number C13120; followed by another CURT class three, part number C13066; and then the Draw-Tite class three, part number 75717; and lastly, the Draw-Tite class two, part number 36510. All of these hitches are very similar. When they're mounted on the vehicle they all come out to where you see about the same amount of hitch. The biggest difference that you're going to see in these four is that with the Draw-Tite class three it's going to have a mounting bracket for any wiring that you may want to use. Now up top we've got two CURT class threes here. As you can see, aesthetically speaking they look the same. The real difference that you're going to see between them is that on this CURT class three down here it features a 350 pound tongue weight rating, whereas on this one it features a 525 pound tongue weight rating.



Best 2012 Kia Sportage Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2012 Kia Sportage. The first hitch that we'll be looking at is the CURT class three, part number C13120; followed by another CURT class three, part number C13066; and then the Draw-Tite class three, part number 75717; and lastly, the Draw-Tite class two, part number 36510. All of these hitches are very similar. When they're mounted on the vehicle they all come out to where you see about the same amount of hitch. The biggest difference that you're going to see in these four is that with the Draw-Tite class three it's going to have a mounting bracket for any wiring that you may want to use. Now up top we've got two CURT class threes here. As you can see, aesthetically speaking they look the same. The real difference that you're going to see between them is that on this CURT class three down here it features a 350 pound tongue weight rating, whereas on this one it features a 525 pound tongue weight rating.



Best 2011 Kia Sportage Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2011 Kia Sportage. The first hitch that we'll be looking at is the CURT class three, part number C13120; followed by another CURT class three, part number C13066; and then the Draw-Tite class three, part number 75717; and lastly, the Draw-Tite class two, part number 36510. All of these hitches are very similar. When they're mounted on the vehicle they all come out to where you see about the same amount of hitch. The biggest difference that you're going to see in these four is that with the Draw-Tite class three it's going to have a mounting bracket for any wiring that you may want to use. Now up top we've got two CURT class threes here. As you can see, aesthetically speaking they look the same. The real difference that you're going to see between them is that on this CURT class three down here it features a 350 pound tongue weight rating, whereas on this one it features a 525 pound tongue weight rating.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Kia Sportage - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Draw-Tite class three Max Frame trailer hitch receiver, part number 75717. Here's what this hitch is going to look like once it's installed on the vehicle. As you can see, it's tucked up nice and tight to make sure that it doesn't really take away from the look of the vehicle. You do have the hitch here for full functionality. It features the 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. It's got this nice reinforcement collar that's welded on around it.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Kia Sportage - Curt

Today on our 2017 Kia Sportage we're going to be taking a look at and installing the CURT class three trailer hitch receiver, part number C13281. Here's what this hitch is going to look like once it's installed on the vehicle. As you can see, it's nicely tucked up behind the rear fascia here to where all you really see is the receiver tube and the safety chain connection points. This hitch features the 2" by 2" receiver tube opening with a nice welded-on reinforcement collar here that helps give it a nice sturdy look. Then it's got the plate style safety chain connection points. This hitch gives you the good functionality of a class three hitch, but it also maintains a good look on the vehicle because you can't see the entire crosstube all the way across the length because that's tucked behind that fascia.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Kia Sportage - Curt

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C13066. Here's what this hitch is going to look like once it's installed on the vehicle. A lot of our customers seem to like how tucked back it is, to make sure that it doesn't protrude out past the bumper, and therefore, it maintains that clean look for your vehicle. It's also not so far back to where you're not going to get good clearance with the majority of accessories that you may want to use with it. Features the two inch by two inch receiver tube opening, with this nice, attractive reinforcement piled around it. It's got the rolled steel safety chain connection points, which are going to be really good because you've got plenty of clearance all the way around to get just about whatever type of safety chain that you may have connected to it. Got the standard five-eighths inch hitch pinhole, which is going to be used to secure all your accessories into the hitch. It's a nice, very easy installation.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Kia Sportage - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we're going to be taking a look at, and installing the Draw-Tite Class II trailer hitch receiver. Part number 36510. Here's what this hitch is going to look like once it's installed on the vehicle. As you can see, it's nicely tucked up to the underside of the pay ship 00:00:17 to where it doesn't minimize ground clearance here at the back of the vehicle, but it also maintains a clean look because it is up nice and tight here. This hitch features a 1 1/4" by 1 1/4" receiver tube opening, which we welded on a reinforcement collar. It's got the half-inch hitch pin hole. It's going to be used to secure all of your Class I and Class II accessories.



Best 2015 Kia Sportage Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2014 Kia Sportage. The first hitch that we'll be looking at is the CURT class three, part number C13120; followed by another CURT class three, part number C13066; and then the Draw-Tite class three, part number 75717; and lastly, the Draw-Tite class two, part number 36510. All of these hitches are very similar, and when they're mounted on the vehicle they all come out to where you see about the same amount of the hitch. The biggest different that you're going to see in these four is that with the Draw-Tite class three it's going to have a mounting bracket for any wiring that you may want to use. Now up top we've got two CURT class threes here. As you can see, aesthetically speaking, they look the same. The real difference that you're going to see between them is that on this CURT class three down here it features a 350 pound tongue weight rating, whereas on this one it features a 525 pound tongue weight rating. Also, this hitch up top, you can use it with weight distribution, whereas this one you're not able to use it with weight distribution. Now we'll get this one out of the way so we can focus on more of the details.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Kia Sportage - Curt

Today, in our 2017, Kia Sportage, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Curt Class 2 trailer hitch receiver. Part number C12158. Here's what this hitch is going to look like once it's installed on the vehicle. As you can see, it maintains a nice, clean look on the vehicle because it doesn't come too far down and it doesn't add a whole lot because the cross tube is tucked up behind the fascia there. It's got the 1 and 1/4th by 1 and 1/4th inch opening with nice welded on reinforcement styler around it. It's got the plates valve safety chain connection points with the holes that are drilled out.



Thule Roof Rack Review - 2007 Kia Sportage

Today, on our 2007 Kia Sportage, we're doing a test fit of the Thule AeroBlade Crossbars. The part number for the crossbars we're using today is THARB47, and for our Rapid Crossroad Foot Pack, we're using TH450R. Now we already have our front crossbar loaded up onto our vehicle. We do have our end caps that are included with each of them. It's going to have a nice aerodynamic shape which is going to help with reducing wind noise and drag. We've got that one mounted. We're going to grab our back bar, show you how to secure on the last foot pack, and then how we load up our bar and secure it down.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we're going to be test fitting the Yakima Light Rider Two Bike Rack, part number Y02472. 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. The first feature I like to show off is the integrated cable lock at the back of the mast. It fits into this portion here. You'll pull it out like so, wrap it around your bikes and attach it to this point here at the end. That's going to give your bike some security, prevent theft and tampering. We also have bottle openers here on the end of each arm.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we're going to be test fitting the Thule T2 Pro bike rack, part number TH9034. 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. Now the first and most important feature about this bike rack, is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. You just come up to the front here, and there's this gray handle that you push or pull towards yourself to release it. It's a lot nicer than some other racks, which will have the switches up towards the front, and make it a little more awkward to lower it.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Kia Sportage

Today on this 2008 Kia Sportage, we're going to be test fitting the 48 X 21 Max Tow Cargo Carrier, Part #MT70422. This has a 500 pound carrying capacity, but it's made of a very strong and sturdy aluminum material. It also has these points here, which can be used as tie down points for either your ratchet straps or your bungee cords, whatever you use to tie down your gear. Next, we're going to go ahead and give you some measurements. The first is going to be how much distance is added to the vehicle once the cargo carrier is installed. I'm going to go ahead and measure from the bumper, since that's the furthest point out. To this edge here, we're about 23 1/2 inches. For our ground clearance, we're about here, it's about 10 1/2 inches.





Kia Sportage Questions

  • The Superwinch S4000 High Performance Utility Winch, # 1440200, that you selected is a great choice for the application that you need a winch for. This winch is designed primarily for race car trailers, open and enclosed and will control the cable feed in and out so you could stop the vehicle at any point when loading and would not have to worry about a runaway vehicle when unloading. For installing the winch in the trailer it is hard to make a recommendation without seeing...
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  • Trailer light kit # TL29BK does not include submersible lights, so water would be able to enter the light housings. A better choice for your jet ski trailer would be a submersible light kit # TL5RK, as the lights will be sealed against water. I would recommend, however, that you unplug the trailer connector and let the bulbs cool down a bit before backing into the water, so that the cold water will not crack the bulbs. This is good practice, also, because it lets your wheel...
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  • I checked out your Tow Brake HD 3000 unit online and found that it is a very good braking system, but that the system is not recommended for use with your GM integrated brake controller, as you have found. I then spoke with Tow Brake and he said that they have used the inline magnet that you are using, but that he feels that your best option is to go with a brake controller that is compatible with an electric over hydraulic system like you have. The Tekonsha P3, # 90195, would...
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  • With a smaller trailer like you describe, electric brakes would be my recommendation both from a cost standpoint as well as the ease of installation. For the trailer, you would need two hub/drum assemblies and two brake assemblies. To determine if the hub/drum assemblies we offer are compatible with your trailer spindles, you will need to pull one of your idler hubs off, and look at the inner and outer bearing numbers. The hubs we offer, part # AKHD-545-35-K use # L68149 inner...
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  • Since you are doing some light duty towing I recommend the Draw-Tite Class II trailer hitch # 36510 for your 2012 Kia Sportage non-SX model. This is the most cost effective hitch for your vehicle. It has a 1-1/4 inch receiver and is rated for 300 pounds tongue weight and 3,500 pounds gross trailer weight so it can handle your 1,500 pound load with no problem. For a ball mount you can use # C45520. For a 1-7/8 inch ball use # C40001 and for a 2 inch ball use # C40018. And...
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  • The correct Curt 2-inch Class III hitch for the 2016 Kia Sportage is part # C13120. This also fits the 2015 model year. This Curt hitch comes complete with all required installation hardware. I have linked the written instructions as well as an install video showing a 2015 model year. The only specialized tool needed is a torque wrench like # ALL944001 which will let you tighten the fasteners to the correct torque values. If you plan to move the hitch from one vehicle to...
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  • The Karrite Voyager was related to the Thule Sidekick cargo box # TH682. The replacement mounting hardware is # TH04958. You will also get some replacement locks and keys with this kit.
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  • My contact at Thule confirmed that the black rubber strips on the roof of your 2012 Kia Sportage do not provide (or cover) an attachment point for their Podium roof rack system. Your car can be fitted with a roof rack, one designed for what we call a naked roof, but none of the options comes from Thule so the parts you have purchased cannot be adapted to your car. You can see roof rack options for your Sportage by clicking on the linked page. For a cost-effective square bar...
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  • It sounds like you are used to using a Bulldog Collar-Lok Coupler, like part # BD028288, and that your new coupler is the Bulldog Collar-Lok Coupler w/ Pin, # BD028244, which is designed to be used as you have indicated. You have to grasp the coupler and pull the collar back to release the jaw. The Bulldog High-Profile Latch Repair Kit, # BD024200, is desingned to be used on the Bulldog Collar-Lok Coupler w/ High-Profile Latch, item # BD028382, which has an attachment point...
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  • We do list a trailer hitch as a fit for the 2012 Kia Sportage SX. You can use the Curt Trailer Hitch, # C13120 (Class III) that you have referenced. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view. If you plan on doing some towing, I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit, # 989900. It comes with two ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag. For trailer wiring, use the Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118526.
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  • According to our friends at Tow-Ready, the wiring harness you referenced, part # 118526, is the correct wiring harness for all 2011 Kia Sportage models. To see the installation instructions, click on the provided link.
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  • For your 2001 Kia Sportage, in addition to hitch # 36266, and wiring # HM43915, you will need a ball mount and a ball for the coupler on the trailer. You will also need safety chains unless the trailer comes with them. For a 1-1/4 inch by 1-1/4 inch opening, like the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, # 36266, use Class II Drawbar, # 36051. With this ball mount, use Hitch Ball, # 19256. To secure and lock the drawbar in place, use the Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock, # RH2-XL . For safety...
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  • If you will be using the trailer hitch for an accessory such as a bike rack or cargo carrier than I recommend the Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 76074 because it does not have the stabilization strap requirement for non-trailer loads like the Curt, # C13281. It also costs less. In fact, even if you were towing I would still recommend the Draw-Tite hitch because it is at a better price point. While the designs of these 2 hitches are a little different how and where they install is...
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  • I have some good news, and some not so good news for you. The good news is that we do have several bike racks that are confirmed as a fit for the 2014 Kia Sportage. The not so good news is, that I have spoken with my contacts at Saris, and the Bones 3 Bike Rack # SA801 is not confirmed as a fit for the 2014 Kia Sportage. My contact explained that mounting position for the top most straps that the Bones uses to attach to the rear hatch are not properly supported for this carrier. The...
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  • We have the Upgraded Modulite Circuit Protected Wiring Harness, item # 119178KIT, that will work great on your 2007 Kia Sportage with the 4 cyl. motor. This harness needs to be hardwired into the respective tail light circuits at the rear of your vehicle. The Plug-N-Tow (TM) Wiring Harness, item # 33925, is designed to work on the 2005 and 2006 model year Sportage, 4 or 6 cylinder, but the wiring changed for the 2007 model year vehicles. The 2007 model year 6 cylinder models...
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  • Don't worry I can help you figure out if the Rhino-Rack # RRRBC045 will fit your 2012 Kia Sportage. First thing you will need for your Sportage to transport the bike rack is a trailer hitch. If you don't already have one I recommend the 2 inch over the 1-1/4 due to better compatibility with accessories. The Draw-Tite # 75717 would be a great fit whether you have a SX model or not. If you prefer to get the 1-1/4 hitch, I recommend the Draw-Tite # 36510 over the Curt hitch...
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  • I do have a hitch solution for you, but I checked Draw-Tite and they do not recommend the Draw-Tite Max-E-Loader Trailer Hitch # 75717 as a fit for the 2011 Kia Sportage SX Turbo. For your vehicle you would want a Curt Trailer Hitch # C13120. This hitch is confirmed to fit on the SX Kia Sportage models and should work very well for you. I attached installation instructions for you to check out also. To complete your towing setup you may be interested in the following products: Curt...
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  • Yes, the Curt ball mount part # C45036 that you referenced would fit the Curt Class III hitch part # C13066 you have installed on your 2012 Kia Sportage. This ball mount will provide you a hitch ball that has a 2 inch drop. I attached a help article on how to pick out the correct rise/drop ball mount for you to check out as well.
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  • Good news! The Curt hitch # C13281 is a no drill application, which means the 4 bolt holes on the hitch are all that it takes to mount this hitch to your vehicle. These mounting holes are already predrilled on your vehicle's frame for easy installation. I do have one suggestion for you though. I would recommend the Draw-Tite hitch # 76074 over the Curt brand because to be compliant with Curt's warranty you will need to use a stabilization strap like # 18050 on all non trailer...
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  • Yes, you can use a Thule AeroBlade roof rack! For your 2017 Kia Sportage I recommend the Thule AeroBlade Edge roof rack, # TH7602B-TH7602B for black bars or # TH7602-TH7602 for silver bars. The only other part you would need is the fit kit # THKIT4062. The feet mount to the flush side rails on the roof of the vehicle. The Thule AeroBlade bars have a wing shape for less wind resistance and noise compared to round or square bars. They are made of light weight aluminum for both...
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