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Bike rack for the '13 FFH?


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#1 OFFLINE   GrySql

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 12:11 AM

Anyone added a trunk mount 2 bike rack to their brand new shiny car yet?  Like this one.

I don't really want to remove the bottom rear panel to add a 1-1/4" trailer hitch.

 

Trouble is these cars trunks are not all steel, instead some sort of fiberglass sandwich. 

The bottom half of the trunk lid is even part of the bumpers crash zone and designed to be replaced after a rear end collision.

 

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#2 OFFLINE   acdii

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:01 AM

I looked at that too, and decided the hitch would be a much better solution. The hitch is under the bumper, so no holes need to be cut in it, some trimming is needed at the corners, but underneath where you can't see it.  You would need an 1 1/4" to 2" adapter though, they only make class I hitches. 


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:19 AM

I looked at that too, and decided the hitch would be a much better solution. The hitch is under the bumper, so no holes need to be cut in it, some trimming is needed at the corners, but underneath where you can't see it.  You would need an 1 1/4" to 2" adapter though, they only make class I hitches. 

Yes, I agree, the Class 1 hitch is the primo way to go.

Unfortunately, the instructions show permanently removing the whole (streamlining) narrow lower panel under the rear of the car though.  Tough decision.


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:33 AM

I guess that depends on which hitch you use. The one I looked at only had the area where the hitch mount ends removed.  What brand hitch are you looking at?


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:49 AM

Heres the one I was looking at. http://www.hitchpro....ions/n24897.pdf

 

 

The Curt one calls for removing the lower panel though, so maybe that one is what you saw?


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 09:16 AM

We looked at getting a bike rack for ours, but ultimately decided our other car will be our biking car.



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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:25 PM

Right, the Curt hitch video was what i watched.  Hadn't seen the one you linked to, thanks.

 

Warranty, eCVT, weight, fiberglass panels ... 

Thinking, thinking....


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:23 PM

A bike rack wont hurt the warranty, but pull a horse trailer, and they may not like you very much! :) 


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:01 PM

 pull a horse trailer, and they may not like you very much! :)

Those horse days are past, sold my F-350 4X4, Expedition 4X4 and travel trailer too.

One of our 5 grown up kids is into horses in a big way though, she has Dodge and Ford diesel trucks for that sort of thing.

 

That is one reason why this quiet, good mpg car is so appreciated after all those years of doing the hard stuff with heavy iron.


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:30 PM

I traded a 12 F150 EB for this one.  Traded an F350 Dually diesel for the F150.  Talk about downsizing. Problem is I still have 3 horses and a horse trailer, and nothing to pull it with.  Last time I used it though was 2003. 


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 05:39 PM

Yes, big difference, I might just forget about the bikes.

A friend once told me the simple way to travel was to 'pack your wallet, not your bags'.

Well, if I had his $ I would.

 

You're going to need to weld an equalizing hitch on that Mercury.

Our horsey daughter makes her side money transporting horses, that is always an alternative for you.


Edited by GrySql, 15 March 2013 - 05:41 PM.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 05:58 PM

I have a WD for the trailer, so just a matter of undoing the rusty bolts and resetting it to the car. The Merc has auto ride suspension, so it will equalize and level itself too. To think this was how it was done decades ago, no one needed a pickup to haul a trailer.


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 07:55 PM

I have a WD for the trailer, so just a matter of undoing the rusty bolts and resetting it to the car. The Merc has auto ride suspension, so it will equalize and level itself too. To think this was how it was done decades ago, no one needed a pickup to haul a trailer.

Sure, that was me, decades ago. 


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 08:13 PM

Me too. Pulled a 2 horse trailer with a 1979 LTD Wagon. Had no problems pulling it either. Handled much better than the 1997 Explorer I used to pull my current trailer.


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 09:53 PM

I just ordered the Curt hitch for $97.91 (semi-annual sale - 15% off $99 with code EAG1315) ... I think I'm going to get a bike rack like this one next:

 

http://www.a1-autora...rier-63134.html


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Posted 16 August 2013 - 12:03 AM

I got a Curt hitch and a Swagman platform rack very similar to that rack. Almost identical. Expect your mileage to drop at least 8 mpg
Mine did with 2 light mountain bikes. You also might consider a swing type as the trunk can't open with bikes in place.


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Posted 16 August 2013 - 09:21 AM

I got a Kurt hitch and a Swagman platform rack very similar to that rack. Almost identical. Expect your mileage to drop at least 8 mpg
Mine did with 2 light mountain bikes. You also might consider a swing type as the trunk can't open with bikes in place.

Can you share the link to the platform rack you got?


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Posted 16 August 2013 - 11:36 AM

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I'm in Canada so I bought it online. The manufacturer is actually based 40 miles south of me but this was the least expensive place.

http://emwholesaleau...ck-p/s64670.htm


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Posted 16 August 2013 - 02:39 PM

Here's a link to the company website.  They have a dealer locator that may sell near you.

http://www.swagman.net/


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 02:14 PM

Has anyone installed a Hidden Hitch brand hitch on their 13/14 Hybrid?  I am leaning towards the Hidden Hitch since the directions show that you do not need to remove the lower panel.  I am sure this panel is in place for aerodynamics and integrity for the lower part of the rear bumper.

 

If someone has installed a hitch, could you post a few pics of the mounting points and underneath of the rear bumper?  I want to see if removing the panel is necessary or if trimming it would work.

 

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