Hah, nice! I had a similar setup for going to the track.Typical load for a camping weekend. I bet the whole rig weighs around 500 pounds and the miata barely knows it's there except when climbing steep hills on side roads. On the interstate the cruise control handles things fine in 5th gear.
^ Posted -> 01-18-2014, 08:47 PMI can shed some light on this subject. I too wanted a hitch mount bike rack for my Fiesta ST, so I bought a Curt hitch from Auto Anything. It said it fits all 2014 Fiestas. It did bolt up to the car quite easily and was well made. The only scary part was that I had to cut off part of the heat shield between the muffler and the gas tank. Problem is, the Fiesta ST has a different exhaust which kept knocking against the hitch, so in the end, I had to remove the hitch and send it back for a refund. I actually did speak with the folks at Curt Hitch and made them aware of the problem. They said if they ever made a hitch specifically for the ST, they would let me know. Then I had to buy a new heat shield ($30) from Ford and install it. Live and learn.
That's good to have confirmation from one site. On the other forum one person has installed the Curt hitch and another has installed the Draw-Tite hitch. Both fit the 2014 Fiesta ST with no problems with bumper clearance but the while driving and especially in turns the exhaust tends to hit the hitch bar.etrailer.com made an answer page with additional information. You can see it here:
Mass productions are what sell. You gotta remember that different people have different priorities. Some like easy accessible hitches rather than getting on their knees or back to install a ball-mount for the hitch. Some people don't want to cut up their bumper to fit a hitch like in the pic I posted.See, my idea of where to have the hitch is a good one. I bet it could be made far lighter, my experience with hitch manf is they simply just go for mass instead of cleaver design and low weight. On the Vette I had the received very deep between the exhaust tips, a bit harder to get to but allowed less weight and stronger for the weight. I used a 1.25" long ball mount and ball, it was fairly heavy but only on when towing.
Yep, pretty much. Hitch was $120.something.So is that all you had to do to prevent the exhaust from hitting the hitch? Just make a stronger hanger? How much was the hitch?
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