Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Ford Focus - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Ford Focus

Speaker 1: Today on our 2015 Ford Focus, we're going to be taking a look at, and showing you how to install, the Draw-Tite Class One Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 24872. Here's what our hitch is going to look like.The cross tube is going to be hidden behind the bumper, and all we're going to see is the receiver tube sticking out. It is a class one hitch, which means it's going to give us an inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter receiver tube opening. It's going to be great for a lot of those smaller bike racks or some of the smaller cargo carriers.The way we're going to attach any of our accessories is going to be to the hitch pinhole here in the side. It is going to accept a standard half inch pin and clip. Now, these aren't included in the kit, but you can pick them up on our website at using part number PC2.

As far as the safety chain connection points go, it's going to be a loop style and it will be welded to the bottom of the receiver tube. As you can see, we're going to have plenty of room to get most size hooks on or off, and not have to worry about too much interference.As far as the weight capacity goes, our hitch is going to have a 200 pound tongue weight, which is going to be the maximum downward force at the receiver tube, along with a 2,000 pound gross trailer weight rating. Now with those numbers in mind, you want to double check your Focus' owner's manual to make sure it can handle that amount of weight. Since it is a class one hitch, Draw-Tite does have a specific drawbar that is sold separately that they want you to use if you are doing some light duty towing.I'd like to give you a few measurements that will help you in deciding for accessories for your new hitch, such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper, going to be right about five and a quarter inches.

That measurement's going to come in handy when you're looking at folding accessories to make sure you have enough clearance between the back of your bumper and the accessory itself. From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, it's going to be right about 11 and one quarter inches. Now at that height, I would recommend a bike rack or a cargo carrier with a raised shank, so you can get added ground clearance.Now that we've seen what our hitch looks like, gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed.To begin our installation, we're going to need to lower our exhaust down. We're going to have two hangers, one on each side of our muffler, that we're going to have to take down. There's going to be two bolts holding the hanger in place.

We're going to use a 13 millimeter socket to pull them out. We'll pull the other side down too. Our exhaust is going to be supported a little bit farther forward right by the rear axle here, so we don't have to worry about it.Our next step is we're going to have to trim our heat shield where our hitch is going to be in place. If we come just forward of that mounting point, going to make a straight line and just right outside the other mounting point. We're going to trim out this section here as well as on the other side.Now, the easiest way to do this, if you just kind of bend that heat shield down a little bit, take a pair of tin snips and just cut straight across.

Make a small cut towards the front and just bend it where you can get a straight line. Then, we'll just cut across. Just want to make sure that this hitch is going to have a solid contact against the frame, so we'll go ahead and trim out the other side as well.The hole in the frame is going to be our access hole to get our hardware in. We're going to have the spacer block, which will fit no problem through the frame. However, our carriage bolt is going to be just slightly too big to fit through the frame. We're going to need to enlarge that hole just big enough so that we can get our hardware in. I'm going to be using a drill with a file attached to it, but you can use a hand file. You just want to file that hole out just enough so that we can get the hardware in. You're going to want to periodically check to make sure you don't file too much. As you can see, we can fit our bolt in. We'll go ahead and file the other side.Now, this isn't required but it's never a good idea to leave exposed metal on your vehicle. I'm going to put a little bit of spray paint to cover it up, and hopefully prevent any kind of rust or corrosion on both sides. Then, we can take our pull wire and we're going to take the coiled end. We're going to feed it in through the hole in the side of our frame. We're going to feed it down until we can get it to come out our access hole. Now, you want to make sure you leave the tail end still coming out of the side of the frame. Then, we're going to take our square spacer block, slide it over to the coiled end and thread our carriage bolt on the end of the wire.Then, one piece at a time, we're going to feed our hardware into the frame. We're going to pull the wire, making sure that we can get the bolt to come out. Once we have the bolt coming out, we're going to go and push it just inside the frame, but leave our pull wire hanging out. We'll repeat that on the other side.Since our hitch is going to be a different material than our exhaust hanger brackets, our kit comes with some plastic isolators that we're going to have to put in place on the bottom bracket of our hitch. We're going to take that plastic isolator, and we're going to cut it in half. Then, on either side of the large hole that's in our hitch bracket, we're going to put one right in-between the two holes. Take the backing off, and then we're going to apply that clear plastic directly to the bottom of the hitch. We'll put the other strip right at the bottom. If it's overlapping, that's okay. You just want to go ahead and cut that hole out, so that we can get our hardware through. We'll repeat that for the other side of the hitch as well.Now, with an extra set of hands, we're going to lift our hitch into place. You're going to want to put the pull wire coming from the inside going to the outside. Then once we have our hitch lifted, we're going to pull our bolt out so it'll help support it. We can go ahead and remove our pull wire. We're going to take a conical tooth washer, we're going to make sure that the teeth are facing the hitch. We can take a hex nut and secure the hitch. We'll do that for both sides.Now, we're going to lift our exhaust up. We're going to line up the holes in our hitch with the holes in our frame, and then raise our exhaust bracket up into position. Then, we're going to be securing it with new hardware provided in our kit. We're going to have a M8 bolt with a lock washer, and then a flat washer. We're going to go through the exhaust hanger, through the hitch and then thread it into the frame. For now, we'll just get them in there hand tight, so we can get the rest of the hardware in.We're going to have two new bolts on each side, so we can go ahead and get the other side in. We can come back with our 13 millimeter socket and snug up our hardware. Then, we can come back with an 11/16th socket, and we can snug up the hardware on the side of our frame. Then, we can come back with the torque wrench, and we're going to torque all of our hardware down to the specified amount in the instructions. We'll repeat that for all of our remaining hardware.That'll finish up your look at the Draw-Tite Class One Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 24872, on our 2015 Ford Focus.

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