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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"

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Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from CURT. Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" part number C12164 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-496-5010 for expert service.
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CURT Trailer Hitch - C12164

  • Class II
  • 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • CURT
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • 350 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch

Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.


  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your vehicle
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Drawbar, pin and clip sold separately
  • Hitch assembled in the USA
    • Mounting hardware may be imported


  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class II
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 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.

12164 Curt Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver

Installation Details C12164 Installation instructions

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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - C12164

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (15 Customer Reviews)

Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.

2017 Ford Fusion

It is a very good product and Etrailer was wonderful to work with even through the return of the first hitch due to damage. I had to pay a shop to install it and even they felt it was not so easy to do. Mostly because Ford didn’t build this model Fusion with a hitch in mind I guess. Because the first hitch was damaged the shop charged me extra labor because they had to put everything back together and then repeat the process all over with the replacement hitch. In the end it is all good and I can now haul bikes.

Still doing well.
Rick - 05/23/2019

2017 Ford Fusion

OK, so 40 minutes to install this unit might be a little ambitious. Excluding setup time, I'd say plan for 60-90 minutes and a quick assist from a friend. Oh, now is the time to stretch your arms, neck, and shoulders. Trust me on this one. You also need to wait until the car is cool if you drove it prior to starting the installation. You don't want to have to explain any "muffler burns" to a significant other (dad joke).
Each task is simple to accomplish but there are some things to be prepared for. etrailer really should make a video for the 2017 Fusion Sport as it requires some special tools and specific knowledge to lower the muffler. The air deflector is the first to go and presented no challenge. Keep the cheap formed nuts for later…
About the muffler, I would strongly recommend buying or borrowing a set of muffler hanger pliers to speed things up. The two rubber side hangers are easy enough to get off but the pliers make it much simpler. I got crafty with a set of channel locks and two wrenches but that was unpleasant. The center muffler hanger just needs to have the two 10mm bolts removed to lower the whole unit. Pro tip: Put a cargo strap under the center hanger prior to removing the two 10mm bolts. There are holes in the crossframe to hook into on either side of the hanger. Be prepared to support about 40lbs of muffler as you have to slightly lift and pull the hanger bracket away from the crossframe after removing the two hanger bolts. The hanger sits in a T saddle so push up, pull back, jiggle the hanger bracket, and gently lower it onto your cargo strap. You'll need about 12-18 " of clearance but don't go much lower than that.
The heats shield is simple to remove once the muffler is lowered, but be mindful of corrosion and the flimsy formed “nuts”. WD-40 goes a long way if you apply it first. My 2017 had one formed nut, way in the back of course, that was heavily corroded and stripped when I was taking it off. If it happens to you, get a set of side cutters, bend the flange, and twist it off or cut it while being careful not to damage the bolt or bolt thread. You can replace a damaged nut with one of the two you took from the air deflector as that piece won't be re-installed.
So now you finally have access to the body. I started by mounting the ½” bolts first as they are long and easy to bolt up. Get a buddy and you’ll have these mounted in about 5 minutes per side. Don’t tighten them as you’ll need to slide the hitch around a bit in the next part. You can start working on the 7/16 bolts now that the hitch is supporting itself. Just slide the wire through the hitch hole, the frame hole, and out the access hole. I started with the rear one first to avoid dragging it across the spacer and bolt head of the front one. Just rig it up according to the directions and pull it back through, easy peasy. The one thing to note is that you need to fiddle with the 7/16 bolt spacers to make sure they are aligned such that the bolts are fully seated in the carriage slot. You’ll know if they aren’t as the bolt will appear to be too short or at an odd angle. Just fiddle with them until the bolt is straight and enough is protruding to thread. That said, they aren’t that long so be very careful when threading the nuts on. I recommend holding the bolt with needle nose pliers until you get a thread or two of the nut onto the bolt. If you muck it up, get a magnet and pray you can work them back out. Again, don’t tighten these up, just secure them by a few threads. There is some interplay between the two sides that needs to be managed. Once both nuts on one side are loosely secured, move to the other side and start with the front-hole. Why? You’ll need to tighten it up a bit to ensure the bolt in the rear hole will go far enough through to get threaded. The hitch’s overall length is just a tiny bit short of the width of the frame. By loosely securing the other side and tightening the front bolt on the working side, you pull the hitch closer to the frame and the rear bolt will pop right through. It will make more sense when you see the gap. Trust me, keep everything loose on the other side until this back bolt is in. I read on some forum that some guy skipped these bolts because they were too short, don’t do that. Once all the nuts are threaded on, you can tighten them down until snug.
Now it’s time to get your torque wrench. You can get a loaner from Autozone or others if you don’t have one capable of 110ft lbs. I started by torqueing down the 1/2 bolts. 110 ft lbs while working overhead and under a car is pretty tough so be careful. There are lots of thread posts and hurty bits to smack your hands on. The front 7/16 bolts had enough clearance to get the wrench and socket onto but the movement was limited so just be patient. I don’t see how anyone could get a torque wrench and socket onto the back 7/16 bolt so I call BS on torqueing those down without a NASA rig. I instead measured the exposed thread on the properly torqued front bolt and matched it on the back bolt by using a pass through socket wrench. It was really tough to get the same amount of thread showing so I’m comfortable saying it’s "59 ft lbs" tight. All that is left is to put the heat shield back on, attach the two side muffler hangers, drop the center hanger back into the T-saddle, and replace the two 10mm bolts. The bolts went in at an angle at first but straightened out as they got tight. I think this is because they thread through some clip threads vice a tapped crossframe. I also lifted the muffler to ensure I didn’t cross thread the bolts. Check that everything looks correct, remove the cargo strap, clear the area, and lower the car. Ta da, “40 minutes” and you now have a new trailer hitch!

Pontiac Trans Sport Van

Website made it easy to find the right fit for my car. I had it shipped to my mechanic and he said the installation process was straight forward. It's been working fine for about a year mainly used to transport mountain bikes.

Been working great for over a year
Jonathan V - 05/17/2020


Great product. Fits under my vehicle perfectly. I would definitely recommend this hitch. Very sturdy.

After 1 year, product still functions great. No rust.
Nancy - 05/31/2020


A little difficult to install but love it! Popped my bike rack on and off about 60 times this year and the hitch is fantastic. Discrete and hidden but rock solid!

2017 Ford Fusion

Perfect fit, it came with all the parts and easy guide to follow. They even included some wire guides to guide the nuts thru the chassis of my car.

2019 Ford Fusion

Installed on 2019 Fusion Sport. Fit was excellent, no problems at all. Instructions are good.

Holding up well, no rust either. Would buy again
Duke - 08/29/2020


The hitch came quickly. The price was the best I could find. I've not installed it yet, but I've used Curt products before so I'm sure it will be fine.

2017 Ford Fusion

Super fast shipping. Great customer ser vice.


I’m very pleased with this hitch.



2017 Lincoln MKZ


2017 Ford Fusion


See what our Experts say about this CURT Trailer Hitch

  • Which Trailer Hitch Fits a 2017 Ford Fusion Sport
    Actually for your 2017 Ford Fusion Sport the correct trailer hitch is the Curt part # C12164. I did some checking and the original hitches you were directed to no longer are listed as fits for the Sport models. This hitch is a confirmed fit and would work well for you. Check out the install instructions link I attached that shows how it installs on a Fusion Sport just like yours.
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  • Does Curt Hitch # C12164 Fit 2018 Ford Fusion Sport with Dual Exhaust
    The Curt hitch part # C12164 that you referenced is a confirmed fit for your 2018 Ford Fusion Sport with dual exhaust and would not hit the exhaust.
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  • Which Trailer Hitch Receiver Fits 2017 Ford Fusion Sport
    The only hitch available for your 2017 Ford Fusion is the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C12164. There is no Reese hitch available for your vehicle. This custom-fit Class II hitch has a 1-1/4" receiver and a bolt-on installation. It comes with a gloss black powder coat finish and a limited lifetime warranty.
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  • Recommended Hitch and Wiring For 2020 Ford Fusion Sport
    I recommend Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C12164 which is a confirmed fit for the 2020 Ford Fusion Sport. It is a concealed cross tube so the only portion of the hitch that is visible once installed is the receiver portion for a nice clean looking install. For the wiring, I recommend Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness part # 118574 which will give you a 4-Way trailer connector on the Fusion. The Tekonsha brand wiring is known to be more reliable and longer lasting than the other...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2019 Ford Fusion
    For your 2019 Ford Fusion the trailer hitch I recommend is the Curt part # C12164 for if you have a Sport model or part # C12091 for if you have a non-Sport model. I recommend these hitches as they are made in the USA and have a concealed crosstube which means they'll be less visible than the other options.
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for 2 Bikes on 2019 Ford Fusion with Spoiler
    To safely transport your 2 bikes with your 2019 Ford Fusion your best option will be with a trailer hitch and hitch-mounted bike rack. Because of the spoiler you mentioned and overall rear design of the 2019 Ford Fusion, there isn't a standard trunk-mounted rack available that is confirmed to fit. Starting with the trailer hitch I recommend the Curt Class II Hitch # C12091 if you don't have the Sport model or the Curt Class II # C12164 if you do have the Sport. Both hitches will use existing...
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  • How Can I Carry Skis On My 2017 Lincoln MKZ With A Panoramic Roof
    Unfortunately, we do not have a roof rack option for your 2017 Lincoln MKZ with the panoramic roof. However, if you have a hitch receiver you do have another option. If you combine the Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting, part # Y02458, and the Yakima HitchSki Snowboard and Ski Carrier for Hitch Bike Racks - 6 Pairs of Skis or 4 Boards, part # Y02418, you will have a ski rack that is compatible with 1-1/4" and 2" hitch receivers. You will be able to carry up to...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2017 Ford Fusion Sport
    For the Sport model of the 2017 Ford Fusion you will actually need hitch # C12164. The recommended ball mount for this hitch is # C45016. For a 1-7/8 inch ball use # 19257 and for a 2 inch ball use # 19258. And for trailer wiring you can use # 118574 to add a 4-Way flat connector to the rear of the vehicle. I have linked a video showing an example installation of the wiring for you.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack for Carrying 3 Bikes on 2017 Ford Fusion
    If you're planning on using a bike rack you already own that's only compatible with a Class III hitch with a 2 inch receiver, the EcoHitch # 306-X7239 you'd looked at would be an excellent choice (unless your Fusion is a Sport model). The thing that sets the EcoHitch model apart is the fact that the hitch crossbar will be concealed behind the rear bumper, and it's the only hitch available for your Fusion that uses the 2 inch receiver opening. However, if your bike rack can use a 1-1/4...
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  • Comparing the Curt Trailer Hitches C12164 and C12091 for a 2017 Ford Fusion
    In regards to a 2017 Ford Fusion, the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C12164 is a fit for sport models and the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C12091 is a fit for non-sport models. They are both great bolt-on options that will work well for you. The frame brackets on the hitch are different since the frame configuration on the vehicle is different for the two models. If you will be towing then you'll also need the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness part # 118574 which is a plug and play...
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  • Parts Needed To Tow a Trailer With a 2017 Ford Fusion Sport
    The Hopkins Plug-In Simple Vehicle Wiring Harness # HM11140444 is confirmed to fit he 2013-2020 Ford Fusion Sport. We have the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C12164 that is also confirmed to fit your 2017 Ford Fusion. Curt recommends using either the Curt Class II Drawbar # C45016 with a 1-7/8" Ball # 19256 or 2" Ball # 19258 to match your trailer coupler. You can also use the 1-7/8" Euro Style Drawbar # C45561 or the 2" Euro Style Drawbar # C45562 if you prefer this style. I recommend...
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