Is Bumper Fascia Modification Required to Install Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch on a 2011 GLK-350

Question:

Does this part need to remove/bend any tabs on the rear fascia to install the hitch properly as mentioned for Part # 75774? Do you still recommend using the Mercedes part and having the dealer install it to for part # 87636 as well for a GLK350?

Expert Reply:

The Hidden Hitch Class III Trailer Hitch, # 87636, and the Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame Hitch, # 75774, are designed by the same manufacturer and will require the same installation procedures.

Removing or bending of the tabs on the bumper fascia is only necessary if they interfere with the installation of the hitch. There will be two tabs that you will see on the left and right side under the bumper fascia near the exhaust pipes. They may push against the left and right sides of the trailer hitch pushing the bumper fascia out slightly.

I have attached a photo of what the tabs look like.

If you are not familiar with installing trailer hitches, then it may be more convenient for a dealer or local shop to perform the installation. The installation process is fairly simple since there is no drilling or welding required and a local shop will usually install the hitch for a minimal charge and that would also ensure a professional installation.

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