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Bike rack for the '13 FFH?


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#21 OFFLINE   acdii

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 11:56 AM

For some of the hitches you need to trim the lower panel where the hitch mounts are, but the socket for the tow bar is under the panel. They may have changed that on newer hitches, what I saw happened to be earlier in the year. 


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Posted 24 December 2013 - 06:06 PM

For some of the hitches you need to trim the lower panel where the hitch mounts are, but the socket for the tow bar is under the panel. They may have changed that on newer hitches, what I saw happened to be earlier in the year.

I have looked at a Curt and a Hidden Hitch brand hitch that have been mounted on a 13 FFH and both had the panel removed. The instructions for a Hidden Hitch brand says to trim opposed to remove the panel. This is why I am looking for pictures of how the hitches have been mounted.

I still believe if you remove the inner lower panel, you will degrade the structural integrity of the lower part of the rear bumper. There is a YouTube video of a Hidden Hitch hitch installation and this shows the removal of the panel. I believe it is easier this way even if the instructions for the Hidden Hitch show just trimming of the panel. I would think that with this method, the rear bumper may catch wind and flap some while driving.

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 10:54 PM

You might want to check in the non hybrid forum, there may be members there more likely to put a hitch on a gas model. 


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Posted 01 January 2014 - 11:45 AM

Thanks for sharing the advice on the hitch.  I sent an email to Curt to ask about the hitch.  If you have any other advice on the bike hitch, please share.  Paul



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Posted 01 January 2014 - 02:02 PM

Trimming works fine.  You do not have to remove the car colored panel below the bumper.  I had a hitch installed by U-Haul. I have a Soft Ride 4 bike rack. To slide the rack in and clear the panel you speak of I had to cut a 2 3/8 inch rectangle in that plastic panel.  I taped it and used my Dremel cutting disc.  The setup works great.  I have a Hidden Hitch on my Sienna which is anything but hidden.  What I like about this hitch on my FFH is that when my bike rack is off it is hardly visible (only the rectangle I slide my rack into).  U-Haul did have to remove a black shield underneath that goes all the way across.  It was just collecting mud on the top side of it with no way of getting it out short of removing it anyway.  For more info email me please.


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 10:32 AM

Here are two pictures of the hitch receiver that I had installed. It has worked great with my bike rack once I cut the 2 3/8 inch square. I don't plan to tow anything with my FFH. The installing dealer recommended 150 pound maximum weight including the bike rack due to it being 'bouncy' weight. Spec for this hitch receiver says tongue weight is 350.

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 10:16 AM

I have looked at a Curt and a Hidden Hitch brand hitch that have been mounted on a 13 FFH and both had the panel removed. The instructions for a Hidden Hitch brand says to trim opposed to remove the panel. This is why I am looking for pictures of how the hitches have been mounted.

I still believe if you remove the inner lower panel, you will degrade the structural integrity of the lower part of the rear bumper. There is a YouTube video of a Hidden Hitch hitch installation and this shows the removal of the panel. I believe it is easier this way even if the instructions for the Hidden Hitch show just trimming of the panel. I would think that with this method, the rear bumper may catch wind and flap some while driving.

I share your concern about degrading the bumper.  E-Trailer rep told me that the Draw Tite Hitch (hitch #24897 http://www.etrailer....tml#review87167) could be trimmed in.   Did you install a hitch or pursue futher?  Thanks, Paul 


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#28 OFFLINE   jeffo65

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 12:11 PM

I share your concern about degrading the bumper.  E-Trailer rep told me that the Draw Tite Hitch (hitch #24897 http://www.etrailer....tml#review87167[/size])[/size] could be trimmed in.   Did you install a hitch or pursue futher?  Thanks, Paul


I spoke with etrailer and we discussed the situation and have decided in the upcoming months I would go to etrailer and we would try a few hitches to see what can be done. I live about 20 minutes from etrailer.

Right now using the truck top bike rack on the Xterra for the mountain bikes. But come summer time, my wife rides with a group of women and she wants a rack on the Fusion.
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Posted 19 January 2014 - 07:55 PM

I spoke with etrailer and we discussed the situation and have decided in the upcoming months I would go to etrailer and we would try a few hitches to see what can be done. I live about 20 minutes from etrailer.

Right now using the truck top bike rack on the Xterra for the mountain bikes. But come summer time, my wife rides with a group of women and she wants a rack on the Fusion.

I rode today and transported my bike inside the car with the seats down.  Rear rack would be a lot easier.  Sounds like you're in a pretty good spot to come up with some ideas.  If you do, please post.  Thanks, Paul






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