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    Advice on Least visible trailer hitch? 2016 CX-9

    Hello everyone.

    First time poster who has been lurking a few months. I own a 2016 CX-9 Grand Touring.

    I need to install a trailer hitch for a bicycle rack that I already have. So at least initially I am not concerned with having an electrical hookup for the hitch, although I may want to add that later.

    I want a hitch with a 2 inch opening, which I understand to be a class III or IV.

    My biggest concern is in finding the least visible hitch. I have read multiple threads on here, and I have seen others specially mention the Curt trailer hitch and the Reese/Hidden hitch.

    Can anyone give me recommendations on what hitch would be the least visible to sight?

    Thanks in advance for any input on this.

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    I think the Draw-tite/Hidden Hitch would be the least visible.

    https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hit...cleid=20099246

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsvinylgraphics View Post
    I think the Draw-tite/Hidden Hitch would be the least visible.

    https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hit...cleid=20099246
    Not the OP, but your link is for a 2009 whereas his vehicle is a 2016 with a different design.
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    Thanks to both of you for the replies.

    I followed the link, and the "ask the expert" had a similar question, and luckily for a 2016 model to boot!

    According to the expert the Draw-Tite 2 inch hitch will be 1/2 closer to the bumper, and along with that, 1/2 higher ground clearance.

    Thanks again for the input. If anyone else has anything to add, please do. I like getting all the background information that I can before I jump in to a project / purchase.

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    I got the Curt 2" hitch because I was worried about the Draw-Tite being too high and interfering with the bumper trim. One of the reviewers of the Draw-Tite model on etrailer.com said it caused the bumper trim to bow a bit.

    Now that I've got the Curt installed, I can see how the Draw-Tite might cause the very lower, forward edge of the bumper trim to bend upward a bit, but I don't think it would be a problem and wouldn't really be noticeable.
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    I got the Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch (#13284). I am very satisfied with the result. It really does not affect the clearance (yes, I crawled under and measured, as that was one of my concerns).

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    Would someone be able to post a picture of the Curt hitch on their CX-9?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by namrag View Post
    Would someone be able to post a picture of the Curt hitch on their CX-9?

    Thanks.
    I'll try to do that when I get chance. BTW, the clearance from the ground to the bottom of the hitch is 11.5 inches, so well above ground clearance of vehicle.

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    Here are two picks of the Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch (#13284) on my CX-9.

    The forum image uploader is janking the aspect ratio and making it look squished, but you get the idea.
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    Last edited by Horton; 06-10-2017 at 01:24 AM.

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    Thanks

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    I ordered the Draw-Tite over the Curt. Mainly because it was $15-$20 cheaper. I didn't see much difference in visibility, so $15 is $15...

    VERY easy installation. I installed it in my driveway, and it took me maybe 60 minutes (a good bit of that is due to several neighbors stopping by to see what I was up to).

    Etrailer was great on price, shipping, tracking on shipping, accuracy on delivery date, and the video that walked through step-by-step installation.
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    I just purchased and installed the draw tite max frame from etrailer.com. It looks good and was relatively easy to install. Etrailer's customer service was great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by namrag View Post
    VERY easy installation. I installed it in my driveway, and it took me maybe 60 minutes (a good bit of that is due to several neighbors stopping by to see what I was up to).
    Hi, did you have to drop the exhaust and how did you support it? Wasn’t too hard to put the downward facing bolts through the frame holes?

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    There are youtube videos about how to disconnect the rubber exhaust hangers. Squirt some silicone lube or WD-40 into them, then push the rubber hanger off the steel piece. You can use anything you want to support the exhaust--a floor jack, a stack of lumber scraps, maybe paint cans, whatever fits the dimension.

    The etrailer.com video shows how the included drawing-wires screw on to the bolts, get fished through the holes, then pull the bolts into the holes. It's easy...and easy to over-think it and make the job hard.

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