Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"

Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"

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  • Draw-Tite
  • Class I
  • 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • 200 lbs TW
  • 2000 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • Custom Fit Hitch
This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from Draw-Tite. Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" part number 24897 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch - 24897

This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.


Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your vehicle
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Tested Tough - safety and reliability criteria exceed industry standards
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Drawbar and pin and clip sold separately


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class I
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 2,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 200 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.



Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.


In addition, Draw-Tite performs static testing on a simulated automobile, as opposed to the rigid fixture used for SAE testing, resulting in a more true-to-life scenario.


etrailer.com Technical Support

At etrailer.com 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.



24897 Draw-Tite Class 1 Trailer Hitch Receiver - Sportframe

60322 Hidden Hitch Class 1 Trailer Hitch Receiver



24897 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 24897 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2013 - 2016 Ford Fusion

2013 - 2016 Lincoln MKZ

2017 - 2017 Lincoln MKZ AWD - excluding 3.0L V6 Engine

2018 - 2019 Lincoln MKZ excluding 3.0L V6 Engine

2017 - 2020 Ford Fusion excluding Sport

2017 - 2017 Lincoln MKZ FWD models



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Video of Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Ford Fusion - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2016 Ford Fusion we will be installing the Draw-Tite Sportframe, Class I, 1-1/4" Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 24897. Here's what the hitch looks like once it's installed. As you can see, it's a really clean installation. You have this nice gloss, black powder-coat finish here, which hangs down below our bumper cover a little bit. It's got a nice angular V-shape to it, so it has a sporty appearance. This Class I, 1-1/4" receiver is tucked up behind our bumper cover, almost flush with it. A nice note about that, with it being almost flush like that, if you're loading into the trunk you really don't have to worry about running your knee into it quite as much as you would of some other ones that would stick out further. We have these really easy to use safety chain loops here to hook up the safety chains on our trailer. What's nice is they're not too thick, so even with the really small diameter safety chains will clip onto it really easily.

We have our standard 1/2" diameter hitch pin hole there, so you either use a hitch pin or a locking device, to secure any hitch mounted accessory you may have. This hitch is rated for a 200 pounds of max tongue weight, and it has a max gross trailer weight rating of 2,000 pounds. Obviously, you'll want to consult the owner's manual of your Fusion to figure out what the vehicle is rated for. Now for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch mounted accessory you may need, such as a bike carrier or cargo rack. You're looking at about 4" from the center of the 1/2" diameter hitch pin hole to the rear-most point of our back bumper, and about 10 1/2" from the ground to the top of the 1-1'4" receiver opening. The first thing we need to do to install our hitch here today is to remove this appearance panel here. There's two plastic clips, and an assortment of screws that hold it in place. We'll use the trim panel tool we have here today to pop out the center section of our plastic clips, and pull them down.

Now we use a 7mm socket to remove the screws going across, so there's 6 screws in total. On the backside of the fascia cover here there's 4 nut screws here, 3 that are silver and metal, and one that's black and plastic. You use a 10mm and take those off. We can grab our cover here, pull down and out. I went ahead and circled the 2 holes that are bolts will be dropped down through that I will be installing the hitch on, on either side of the vehicle. This is the passenger side here, and I'll go ahead and show you the driver's side now. We'll take one of our pull wire here, and we'll go through the hole in the front, come out through the back hole, just like so.

Take one of our spacer plates here, insert it over the wire, and insert it into the hole in the frame. We'll thread on one of our carriage bolts, we'll push it on up, and pull it on down, now we'll remove our pull wire. For this large hole in the back what we do is called a reverse pull wire technique. We'll thread on our bolt here, insert it, take our spacer plate onto the wire, push it in the hole, pull our bolt down. We'll do the same process on the other side. Here's the hardware we're going to be installing the hitch with.

We have these 4 nuts, and these 4 conical tooth washers. As you can see, one side has teeth, and one side's flat. The teeth will be facing towards the hitch. We'll raise our hitch up sliding it over our exhaust a little bit, being careful we don't accidentally push our hardware in the frame. Install the washer with the teeth facing up again, and then our nut. Once again, I'm started on one side, and we'll do the same on the other side. With all of our hardware loosely started we'll tighten it down, we're using an 11/16 socket. We'll torque all of our hardware down the amount specified in the instructions, and we'll do the same on the other side. With the trim panel that we removed to put the hitch up, we have the option of either trimming off some of it and reinstalling it, or leaving it off. It's completely up to you. In our case we're going to be leaving it off today. That's completes our installation of the Draw-Tite Sportframe, Class I, 1-1/4" Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 24897, on our 2016 Ford Fusion.


Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" - 24897

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (56 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.

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2013 Ford Fusion

Installation was a snap and it looks good on the car. 437815



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2014 Ford Fusion

Product worked in the year I've owned it with no mechanical problems. My reason for not 5 stars, and it is not Etrailers fault is this. The baked on finish is a total joke. My car is garage kept, and the hitch assembly is all rusty. It's actually surprising how much so. I've only hooked up a utility trailer about 10 times, and covered probably 150 miles total. The manufactures of these hitches should improve the corrosion resistance. Also, and this is big in my opinion. I would buy a hitch that has both sets of holes and purchase a "J" pin to prevent rattling when the trailer hits bumps in the road. You can hear and feel every bump as the rattle transfers through the cars frame/unibody, very annoying. I'll never buy a hitch without dual holes again. I purchased my "J" pin on Amazon ??. 528482



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2013 Ford Fusion

Fits a 2013 Fusion Titanium well and easy to install. My unit came with instructions for a VW Beetle instead of for a Fusion however the proper instructions were readily available on the etrailer web site. A couple of tips: 1) The rear under body appearance panel can be used with this hitch without trimming the two ends of the panel that mount where the hitch mounts by drilling a ~1" clearance hole for the rearmost hitch bolt in each side of the panel as shown in the attached photo. 2) I found that the under body panel needs to be put back in place prior to tightening the hitch to the car. There is not enough clearance to fit the panel between an installed hitch and the car's under body. I attached the hitch to the car loosely with all 4 nuts on the ends of the bolts. The panel can then be fitted between the car and the hitch. Once the panel is in place, the hitch can be tightened down. This is my second Draw-Tite hitch from etrailer and both experiences have been positive. 153794



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Easy install Use a dremel tool to trim the bumper support. Plenty of support left behind! 115444


Comments

What bike rack are you using with the hitch? Thanks.

-- comment by: Gary - 06/04/2014

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Comments

The bicycle carrier that is viewed in the photo is a Yakima style receiver hitch rack. I dont have any details on the specific model... but they all work the same way!

-- comment by: Randy - 06/10/2014

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Thanks for the reply Randy! Gary, it looks like Randy has the Yakima StickUp 2 Bike Rack # Y02420
Yakima StickUp 2 Bike Folding Rack w/ Wheel Mount Cradles for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches
$259.00
.

-- Rachael H - 6/11/2014


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2014 Ford Fusion

This hitch was easy to install and works great with my 2014 Ford Fusion. It's easy to hook up & unhook the little trailer we bought and tows this little trailer easily. In being able to have this hitch on my car it saves us a lot of money on gas when we go camping. 355602


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One year later and the hitch still works great!! Easy on, easy off and can hardly see it!!

Emilie R - 03/19/2018

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2017 Ford Fusion

If you have never purchased from ETRAILER.com before let me assure you that they are a great company to deal with. Their prices are very good and their service is excellent. I bought a DrawTite hitch and a Swagman bicycle carrier from them years ago for my 2007 Ford Fusion and the products were superb. I just purchased a new 2017 Ford Fusion so I needed a new hitch to fit it. Of course I went straight to Etrailer.com to make my purchase of a DrawTite Model 24897 hitch. I ordered the hitch on Wednesday evening and it was delivered to my door Friday afternoon. The hitch is very high quality, the fit was perfect, and installation was quick and easy following their great instructions and videos. Thanks Etrailer.com for supplying quality products along with great customer service. 361762


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The hitch is still working great, I really like it. I have highly recommended your company and your products to many people and will continue to do so.

Jim M - 04/04/2018

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Ford Fusion

First, etrailer's website is thorough, easy to follow, and instructive. You are confident you are selecting the right item for the job and the vehicle. I needed a class I trailer hitch for a Ford Fusion. Next, etrailer shipped immediately and my trailer hitch arrived promptly. Because it was well packed it was free of shipping damage. The hitch is exaxtly as described and nicely finished. No burrs or snags. All necessary parts and detailed instructions will make installation straightforward. Good product; good folks to do business. 269441


Comments

Hitch was easy to install. Over the past year it proved its reliability. I recommended Etrailer to a friend who last week bought a hitch and bike rack from you for his Subaru.

Bob H - 01/16/2018

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2013 Ford Fusion

Works great for the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE. Already has gotten use for hauling around my bike rack. Good work, eTrailer.com! 87167


Comments

Did you have to remove the underbody panel? Thanks, Paul

-- comment by: Paul B - 01/02/2014

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You can either remove it, or you can trim it in a couple of spots. Check the instructions link on the page, they show where you will need to trim if you want to go that route.

-- Patrick B - 1/7/2014

Comments

Nick, Did you just order the trailer hitch above? I have a 2103 Fusion Hybrid as well and am unsure if I will need any other parts. This is for a bike rack too.Thank you.

-- comment by: Cherie - 06/23/2015

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Cherie I did not need anything additional for the hitch installation. I ordered a few accessories, but they were not necessary to use this hitch.

-- comment by: Nick - 06/24/2015

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2015 Ford Fusion

The hitch was as expected. It came well packaged and within a couple of days. This is not the first time I have ordered with this company and it always seems to go well. This hitch actually attaches with four bolts for the 2015 Fusion. You only need take out four little nuts holding the bottom bumper and then work the hitch in place. I actually did the work myself with the car sitting on the ground. Additionally, you should get yourself one of those cone bits that allow you to make holes of varying sizes. The instructions suggest that you cut away a large section of your back bumper support but this makes no sense, just make a hole in the support so the bolt is clear of the support and then reattach the support, installing the original support nut upside down. In the attached photo you can see the support for the hitch (black) and the plastic bumper support with the bolt in view. You will notice where I have drilled a hole to clear the bolt. You will see a little nut to the right, this is all that holds the bumper support. To get it back in place turn the little nut upside down. You can install finger tight. You should also know that the bumper support is flexible to the extent you can move it out of the way while you work, just as long as you take off the two lower valance nuts at the bottom of the bumper. All told this took me 30 minutes by myself and it all looks great! Finally, the receiver section of the hitch does stick out a little more then what I would have liked but that would be about the only negative, if anything. 176466


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Thanks, Ed, for the suggestion to install the hitch with the appearance panel in place and cutting a hole for the bolt. I installed the Hidden hitch, which is manufactured by the same company. The install took me a little more time approximately an hour as I proceeded with caution. I used a 1 inch spade drill bit, typically used for wood, to drill the hole. I like the idea of keeping the appearance panel on the car, rather than taking it completely off.

-- comment by: Kevin S - 01/07/2016

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2013 Ford Fusion

Outstanding! My husband installed this hitch in less than 45 minutes. When the bike rack is not attached you cannot tell the hitch is there. No noticeable strain or extra pull on the car when bike rack is attached. Highly recommend! Will pull small trailer too! 411442



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So with the my 2013 Ford Fusion the rear of the car sits to low at 9” and some change from the Top of the Receiver Hitch to the Ground, now it could be my car with the suspension possibly to low and making some adjustments on the mechanic side ? Because with the “Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack - 1-1/4” and 2” Hitches - Tilting - TH912XTR it will bottom on pitched drive ways and dips and such.. I’m open to Solutions anyone. Everything else is awesome easy to install 683162


Comments

To carry your bike rack without scraping the bottom of your driveway, a hitch adapter with a rise, such as # MT70355
MaxxTow Trailer Hitch Receiver Adapter - 1-1/4" (Class II) to 2" Hitch - 4-1/2" Rise
$28.54
, is a great solution. Keep in mind that this hitch adapter will reduce the capacity of your trailer hitch by 50 percent, making the tongue weight capacity of this hitch 100 pounds.

-- Victoria B - 08/14/2019

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I would recommend watching youtube video for your specific car. Installing the hitch was easy-peasey. The wires used to fish the bolt and spacer through the frame were unbelievably ingenious. 663521



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2019 Ford Fusion

Great product and easy to install!!! I completed the installation in about 30 mins --and I am not a mechanic!! 644405



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Price, quality and installation instructions were second to none. (Leterally!). The video you Emailed me was so helpful where it filled in the blanks on the written instructions. Thanks again. I'll KEEP coming back to eTrailer. 643391



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We really love these products and the customer service you and your team have provided! We appreciate it! 616601



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2010 Ford Fusion

The hitch fit perfectly. The on line video made the installation simple. I am using it with a Thule hitch mounted bike rack. I had previously installed the same style hitch on my wife’s 2010 Fusion. 612525



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2013 Ford Fusion

Excellent product what more can I say 602065



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2017 Ford Fusion

Received hitch extremely fast free shipping much appreciated. Had Wife help me put it on in 20 minutes. One little mixup on the hitch manufacturers behalf , not E Traile, received Volkswagen installation instructions instead of Ford Fusion. Called was sent proper instructions via pdf within 2 minutes. Great experience and people. 558163



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2014 Ford Fusion

easy install 542205



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2017 Ford Fusion

The Hitch came quickly and was easy to install on my 2017 Ford Fusion Energi. The trailer rental place wanted $300 for hitch and install. Very happy with the price and ease to install (less than 30 minutes). 500552



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2017 Ford Fusion

Absolutely love this kit. Comes with everything needed. I was able to install it by myself in about an hour. Now I can finally haul my MTB with the Fusion ;-) etrailer.com shipped it super-fast - I was surprised, when it showed up sooner than I expected. 499422



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2017 Ford Fusion

Great product, East to install. Installation video was very helpful.. 474710



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2015 Ford Fusion

Nice lightweight trailer hitch was attached to 2015 Ford Fusion. It is barely visible. Delivery was quick and the pricing was very fair. This will be used to transport my road bike. 444371



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2014 Lincoln MKZ

etrailer customer service is great! Product was received promptly and packaged properly. Installation was about an hour but with easy to follow instructions. Hitch seems to be working well. 431969



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Awesome hitch awesome dealer great serv ice!!!! 419466



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Simple and easy, no jacks used it was a simple and quick instillation that took me about 1hr start to finish. Good product and fits perfectly 417143



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2015 Ford Fusion

It is a gift for my Husband and he is excited! it is great quality and will have it installed next week 411217



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2016 Ford Fusion

I watched the installation video for the 2016 Fusion and the installation went smoothly. It only took about 45 minutes. Thanks to those who gave their input on replacing the protective panel - I drilled the holes about 1-7/8 inches behind the existing hole in the panel and it fit perfectly over the nut leaving enough room to tightening everything. 400443



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2013 Ford Fusion

I have not had any trouble with my hitch. I use it to carry bikes. 396958



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The bolt brackets/washers included with the hitch would not work as indicated in the Video. They are too big to fit thru the hole. 396383



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The hitch was a good fit, 30 minute install. Direction were easy to follow, didn't have a problem with anything. 395465



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No issue with the hitch. Installation on YouTube were great. Would have been tough without it. 374191



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Don't know about the product yet-- The video IS GREAT !! I am 62. I watched the video 2-3 times and installed the hitch without a lift (I have 8" ramps for changing oil.) The video showed everything I needed to know. The hardware kit is perfect. 364959



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Easy installation. Works great to hold bike racks. 321125



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2015 Lincoln MKZ

Product was probably a 2 on a difficulty to install scale of 1-5. The toughest part is cutting and reinstalling the piece of plastic fascia that's in the way. It's probably why it's recommended to discard to piece. I just find the bumper cover a little flimsy without it. I'd also recommend having a friend handy to hold it up while you try to fish the bolt through the frame, keep the receiver in place, and secure the nut & washer without pushing the bolt up into the frame. I did it on my own and it wasn't fun. A floor jack helped, but not as much as another person would. Overall it looks great on my MKZ. 285109



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2016 Ford Fusion

My second order within 6 weeks of a Class l hitch for a Fusion, the first for my son, the second for me. Hitch is well designed and easy to install, thanks to written instructions and the website video. Ideal hitch for bike carrier since no brace required. Packed well and shipped promptly. 284988



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2015 Ford Fusion

The hitch was well packaged, well made, arrived in just a few days, and came with all hardware needed to install. I had never installed a trailer hitch before but the installation video on the etrailer website was extremely helpful and I was able to install this by myself in less than an hour. I highly recommend this product and this company! Thank you! 278398



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2014 Ford Fusion

Fits perfect. Was very easy to install . 273137


Comments

Its working very well. Im considering purchasing another one for my wifes Explorer.Thanks for asking

Bill O - 01/10/2018

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2015 Ford Fusion

I just bought a second one for another car 268086



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2014 Ford Fusion

No complaints. It fit perfectly and install was as expected. I'm glad I went with this model and was able to re-install the rear panel with minor trimming. I installed it in my home garage and used a floor jack and stands to raise the rear end, which might not have been necessary but did make it easier. I would not have been comfortable leaving that area under the bumper open and exposed. Will be used for a platform bicycle rack. The install video was helpful. 249315


Comments

The install of the hitch was exactly as expected, the video was very helpful. No issues at all with the hitch.Your customer service and information resources were great. I havent needed anything since but would certainly do business with etrailer again.

Jeff J - 01/30/2018

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It was easy to install myself. The instructions were clear and easy to understand. I use it to Carry a bicycle rack and it works great 247760



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2015 Ford Fusion

It fit well, was easy to install and is holding up well. 241829



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2013 Ford Fusion

The installation was easy and directions made it simple. Thank you. 218865


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We like it. Very simple to install.

Teri M - 08/12/2016

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2015 Ford Fusion

Excellent product hitch arrived in 2 days shipping was free.Install took one hour to complete etrailer includes everything you need! Watched the video for installation made it very easy! If you have a 2015 Fusion you can reinstall the lower facia plastic by cutting out a piece of the plastic where the bolt is 2 inch square.Just use a fresh blade on your utility knife.Thanks etrailer for a great product! 205655



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2014 Ford Fusion

Good simple instructions and then add the on line video installation and you have a great do it your self hitch install. I put the trim cover back on by using a one inch hole saw to allow the hitch bolt clearance. Seems like a well built product to support our bike rack. 203149



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Well made, a snap to install, video made it even easier then the printed instructions 203070



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2015 Ford Fusion

Could not have been easier to install. Threw a piece of cardboard under the car so I could slide around and had it installed inside of half an hour with no more than a socket wrench. 199190



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Mounted in 45 minutes. Recommend watching the video first. 199025



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2014 Ford Fusion

Hitch was delivered a day sooner then expected and came in the box in excellent condition. Installed very easily as all holes lined up perfectly. Thanks. 5 star. 198263



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2015 Ford Fusion

Good fit and appears nice and solid. I chose to keep the appearance panel and just trim the corner to make room for the bolt and washer. This is much easier if you remove the panel, do the trimming, hand the hitch loosely and then replace the panel before tightening down the hitch. Live and learn. The wiring was not as easy as it seems from the video. I have to fish the wires down from the grommet and then fishing the connector up behind the taillights was real tight. I had to pop the connector on the existing wiring to make wiggle room. I you run the power wire under the car I can recommend going through the grommet on the drivers side up near the back seat rather than the one nearest the rear bumper. 180935


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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...
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  • Largest Bike Load for a 2017 Ford Fusion Equipped with a Class I Trailer Hitch Reciever
  • You are right to be worried about the weight on your hitch. Class 1 hitches like the Draw-Tite Sport Frame Receiver Hitch, part # 24897 are only rated to carry up to 2 bikes at a time, even when a carrier that can accept more than 2 bikes is inserted and the rack has weight capacity available for the additional bikes. The reason for this is that the positioning of the weight on the back of the bike rack will cause torque to be applied to the hitch. This can lead to failure of the hitch...
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  • Can Fascia Behind Rear Tires be Reinstalled After Installing Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Ford Fusion
  • The center fascia can be reinstalled. Our installer mentions that to reinstall the fascia/appearance panel on the 2015 Ford Fusion it just has to be trimmed. Where to trim is also explained in the instructions which I have linked for you. The panels behind the 2 rear tires on the other hand were not meant to be reinstalled because the hitch is in the way and needs to be in direct contact with the chassis. If you trimmed those panels they could be reinstalled but you will need washers...
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  • How to Use the Curt 2 Bike Platform Rack Part # C18085 on a 2015 Ford Fusion
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C12091 is a confirmed fit for your 2015 Ford Fusion and will work well for you. It is a Class II hitch with a 1-1/4" receiver tube opening. It is also very easy to install as you can see in the attached video. In regards to the Curt 2 Bike Platform Rack part # C18085, you will have no problems using this bike rack with the Curt hitch on your Fusion. However, you will not be able to fold the rack up for storage (see photo) as there will not be sufficient...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Cargo Carrier for 2015 Lincoln MKZ
  • For your 2015 Lincoln MKZ, I recommend the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver # 24897. Unlike the Curt model that is also confirmed to fit your vehicle, the installation of this hitch will allow you to trim and reinstall the underbody panel/fascia for accommodation with the hitch receiver and crosstube. On the Curt model, this panel is completely removed and cannot be reinstalled. This Class I hitch will use existing holes in your Lincoln's frame for a no-drill installation....
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  • Replacement Hardware for Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver to Move From 2016 to 2017 Ford Fusion
  • To order the exact original hardware that was included with the Draw-Tite # 24897 use part # RHK. Choose "Draw-Tite" from the drop down and then enter the part number into the box. All of our prices are on the product pages and I've also linked an install video for you on a 2016 Fusion.
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  • Does Curt Hitch for 2016 Ford Fusion Require Using Stabilizer Strap with Bike Rack
  • For the Curt hitch part # C12091 that you referenced you have to use the strap like part # 18050 with bike racks to not void the hitch's warranty. We are well aware that a lot of people disregard this and seemingly don't have immediate issues, but it's still not something we can safely recommend. The Draw Tite part # 24897 may not give you the look you want but it does not require the strap.
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  • Does Draw Tite Hitch # 24897 Fit 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • Yes, the Draw Tite hitch # 24897 is confirmed as a fit for your 2017 Ford Fusion Plug In Hybrid. We confirmed this with Draw Tite.
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for 2-Bikes on a 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid with Spoiler
  • The only 2-bike trunk mounted rack that will fit your 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid with spoiler is the Hollywood Racks # HRF2. We typically recommend a fresh wash and wax before installing any trunk rack. It is important that the rack be installed securely to reduce bouncing or movement, which causes scratches. But honestly it is the nature of the location of the rack and the elements it encounters while on the road. Dirt and debris will get caught by the rack and then rub against your paint....
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  • Hitch Recommendation for Carrying Bike Rack on 2016 Ford Fusion
  • The hitch shown in the video is The Curt Class II, part # C12091. As you stated, Curt's warranty stipulates that the # 18050 reinforcement strap needs to be used in order to maintain warranty coverage. The Draw-Tite # 24897 Is a Class I hitch, but it won't need a strap.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Lincoln MKZ that Allow Reinstallation of Lower Fascia
  • For the Curt hitch part # C12091 for your 2017 Lincoln MKZ Curt decided to recommend removal of the lower fascia instead of trimming it and reinstalling it. They don't have recommendation on how to trim the fascia to get the hitch to fit but I am sure that if you wanted to come up with a way to trim it like the Draw Tite part # 24897 I am sure you could pretty easily. That being said I would recommend the Draw Tite over the Curt because the Draw Tite does not require the use of a stabilizer...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Fusion Titanium Hybrid for Bike Rack
  • 2 inch hitches are reserved for higher capacity vehicles like trucks and large SUVs. I do not foresee a 2 inch hitch being available for your 2015 Ford Fusion Titanium. The only option I can recommend for you would be to go with a 1-1/4 inch hitch like the part # 24897 and then going with a compatible bike rack. The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Swagman XTC2 Bike Rack part # S64670. This rack has a ton of positive reviews from our...
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  • Will Draw Tite Hitch 24897 Fit a 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • The Draw Tite hitch part # 24897 is a fit for your 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid and would work well to carry a bike rack. The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Thule Roadway 2 part # TH912XTR. We asked our demo and install guys to name their favorite, most easy-to-use bike racks and this one showed up in nearly everyone's top three. Check out the review video I attached for more info. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch For 2014 Ford Fusion
  • The installation of the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 24897 is simple and if you are mechanically inclined should have no problem installing this hitch yourself on your 2014 Ford Fusion. The instructions are included and easy to follow. The # 24897 is a Class l hitch and has a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening. If you aren't comfortable installing it yourself, most local garages have all the equipment needed to install this hitch. Since there is no drilling involved and just a bit of trimming...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Lincoln MKZ
  • For your 2018 Lincoln MKZ the Draw Tite hitch part # 24897 is a confirmed fit and will work great. I attached an install video as well. The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Thule Roadway 2 part # TH912XTR. We asked our demo and install guys to name their favorite, most easy-to-use bike racks and this one showed up in nearly everyone's top three. Check out the review video I attached for more info. If you plan on carrying any womens...
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  • Best Recommended Hitch for a Bike Rack and Towing a Small Trailer with a 2015 Ford Fusion SE Hybrid
  • You are correct. The Curt hitch # C12091 is the best choice based on weight capacity for your 2015 Ford Fusion, but for any non-trailer load like a bike rack or cargo carrier you will have to use a stabilization strap like # 18050 per the instructions from Curt. This would be the best choice if you don't mind having to install this strap each time you use a bike rack. Many customers dislike the need for the support strap so we typically recommend one of the other hitches available....
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for 2013 Ford Fusion
  • For your 2013 Ford Fusion we have bike rack solutions, but none that are trunk mounted. Instead you'd have to install a hitch like the # 24897 and then use a hitch mounted bike rack. Hitch mounted bike racks are the way to go. They are easier to install remove, provide a much more secure attachment, don't touch any painted surfaces so there no risk of body damage etc. The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Thule Roadway 2 part # TH912XTR....
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  • Best Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2016 Ford Fusion
  • I checked online at Ford and the owners manual for the 2016 Ford Fusion indicates a 2,000 pound gross trailer weight capacity if it has a 2.0 liter motor. If you have any other motor then you will not be able to tow a 1,700 pound trailer. The Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 24897 has a 2,000 pound capacity so it can handle the trailer. For a ball mount use # 3594 in the rise position only. And you mentioned that you need a 2 inch ball so you can use # 19258. And for trailer wiring you...
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  • Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch for the 2015 Ford Fusion with Dual Exhaust
  • Yes, I checked with Draw-Tite and the Hitch part # 24897 that you referenced is confirmed to fit all models of the 2015 Ford Fusion so it should work well on your model with dual exhaust. A popular bike rack with other owners of Fusions is the Swagman XTC2 bike rack part # S64670. This rack has been reviewed very well by our customers. Check out the review video I attached.
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  • How to Transport Bikes with 2017 Ford Fusion
  • It does look like the rear spoiler and design of the 2017 Ford Fusion complicates the fit of a standard trunk-mounted bike rack. Hollywood Racks does not deem any attachment points on the 2017 model suitable to mount the rack and for it to be safely secured during travel. There is not a trunk-mounted bike rack available that is confirmed to fit your vehicle at this time. Your best option for transporting bikes with your Ford Fusion is going to be with a trailer hitch and hitch-mounted...
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  • Will Draw-Tite Class I Trailer Hitch Fit 2017 Ford Fusion
  • The Draw-Tite Class I Sport Frame Receiver Hitch # 24897 is confirmed to fit the 2017 Ford Fusion. I spoke with my contact at Draw-Tite and he confirmed that the installation and hitch fit carriers over for the 2017 Fusion. No changes have been made that require a different installation than what is listed in the instructions. Draw-Tite is also not aware of any fit issues with a fleet vehicle. I have attached the installation instructions and an installation video of this hitch on a...
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  • Will Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Fit 2016 Ford Fusion Energi
  • The Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 24897 is a confirmed fit for your 2016 Fusion. This is a Class l trailer hitch and it has a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Lincoln MKZ
  • The Draw Tite Hitch part # 24897 that you referenced is confirmed to fit your 2015 Lincoln MKZ and would work well. If you were looking for a bike rack to go along with this hitch I would recommend the Swagman XTC part # S64670. This is a great rack that has been highly reviewed by our customers. Check out the review video I attached.
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  • Hitch and Towing Accessory Fits for 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
  • The Draw-Tite has completed test fitting and has confirmed that the # Draw-Tite 24897 does indeed fit the 2014 Lincoln MKZ. The hitch is confirmed as being a fit for Hybrid models. If you'll be doing some light duty towing, you might also need the following: Ball mount, part # 3594 Trailer wiring harness w/ 4-pole trailer connector, part # 118591 2 inch trailer ball, part # 19258 1-7/8 inch trailer ball, part # 19256 Locking hitch pin, part # RH2-XL
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  • Recommended Towing Setup for a 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
  • Yes, the automatic transmission in your 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is capable of towing a trailer. According to your owner's manual your vehicle has a maximum towing capacity of 1,000 lbs. Therefore, as long as your U-Haul trailer is less than 1,000 lbs. then you can safely tow it. In order to tow a trailer with your vehicle you will need a trailer hitch, wiring harness, and ball mount/hitch ball. For this, I recommend the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 24897, the T-One...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver With Drawbar And Wiring For 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • The 2016 Ford Fusion Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar Class I - 1-1/4", # 24897 is a confirmed fit for all models of Ford Fusion. How it attaches to the frame does not vary from model to model. This Hidden Hitch trailer hitch receiver comes with the drawbar, pin, and clip for towing. If you are interested in a locking pin with anti-rattle, I recommend # 63147. I recommend getting a hitch ball like # 19260 for a 1-7/8 inch option or # 19258 for a 2 inch option. For...
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  • Will Trailer Hitch Fit Both 2010 Ford Fusion and 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • It sounds as if you are wanting to move your hitch from your 2010 Ford Fusion to your 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid. We have three hitches that will fit both your 2010 Ford Fusion and 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid. The choices are Draw-Tite # 24865 and Curt # C11390. The hitch that you referenced will not fit either your 2010 or 2011 Fusion. It was designed to fit the 2013-2014 Ford Fusion. If you are moving a hitch from one Fusion to the other, it is recommended that you use new hardware on...
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  • 2013 Ford Fusion Best Bike Rack Options
  • I have a solution for carrying bikes with your 2013 Ford Fusion, but there are no trunk mounted options that have been confirmed to fit your vehicle. Instead I would recommend a hitch and hitch mounted bike rack. Hitches provide basically the best attachment point for bike racks. They are more secure than a trunk option and don't touch any painted surfaces. And they don't affect gas mileage or require lifting a heavy bike up on the roof of a vehicle like a roof option. For a hitch...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Recommendation for a 2014 Ford Fusion
  • The power wire you referenced that gets run to the battery to install a trailer wiring harness on your 2014 Ford Fusion is used to protect the delicate taillight circuits of your vehicle. The wiring harness manufacturers have determined that on this vehicle if you were to use the taillight circuits of the vehicle to power the taillights of the trailer it would damage vehicle wiring. Because of that there is not way I can recommend you use a wiring harness without that circuit protection...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation Thats Compatible with Kuat NV Bike Rack for 2014 Ford Fusion
  • The most economical hitch choice to carry a 2 bike rack on your Ford Fusion would be the Draw-Tite Class I trailer hitch, part # 24897. The Curt Class II # C12091 you referenced is a bit less expensive, but Curt's warranty requires that a stabilizing strap like # 18050 be used for extra support. Since the Draw-Tite hitch doesn't require the strap, all told it'll be less expensive. The Draw-Tite Class I hitch I recommended would work perfectly well with the Kuat NV bike rack you mentioned,...
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