Class 1 Trailer Hitch, 1-1/4" Receiver, Select Ford Focus #11431
- Rated to 2,000 lbs. gross trailer weight and 200 lbs. tongue weight
- Engineered with a vehicle-specific design for a custom fit
- Tested for safety in accordance with SAE J684
- Precisely welded for superior strength and fit
- Protected by a durable high-gloss black powder coat finish
- Co-cured in a rust-resistant liquid A-coat, inside and out
- Equipped with an open-back receiver for easy cleaning
- Limited lifetime warranty (one-year finish, one-year parts)
- Made in USA (may include imported hardware)
- Installation requires some drilling
- Trailer hitch weight ratings are limited to vehicle manufacturer's stated capacities
- Includes installation hardware
- MaterialCarbon Steel
- Main Body ShapeSquare
- Drilling RequiredYes
- Part TypeClass 1 Trailer Hitch
- Weight Carrying Capacity (WC)2,000 LB
- Shipping Weight26.200
- Tongue Weight (TW)200 LB
- Product Weight21.250
- WarrantyLimited Lifetime Warranty (One-Year Finish, One-Year Parts)
- FinishGLOSS BLACK POWDER COAT
- Installation DifficultyEasy
- Receiver Tube Size1-1/4 IN
Toting your mountain bikes to your new favorite trail? Taking the kayaks out for a quiet day on the water? Packing the car for another weekend camping trip? Don't leave anything behind; Bring It® with a CURT trailer hitch!
CURT class 1 trailer hitches are the perfect way to add extra storage space to your vehicle for all events, activities and adventures. For compact cars, sedans and crossovers, a class 1 hitch provides a functional rear receiver tube for attaching a hitch-mounted cargo carrier or bike rack or for towing a light-duty trailer. Class 1 receiver hitches make it easy to pack the things you want without having to cram the trunk or even the backseat full of cargo.
Like all CURT custom trailer hitches, each class 1 trailer hitch is designed to fit a specific vehicle application. A vehicle-specific design ensures the best possible fit with the simplest and most secure installation. This particular class 1 hitch offers a custom fit for certain years of the Ford Focus (to verify vehicle compatibility, see the application information or use the Vehicle Lookup tool). The custom-fit design optimizes the installation to eliminate all unnecessary modifications, and it promotes an integrated look with the vehicle’s existing design features and layout.
This Ford Focus hitch is rated to tow up to 2,000 lbs. gross trailer weight and 200 lbs. tongue weight. This makes it an excellent choice for any cargo carrier or bike rack as well as a variety of lightweight trailers (never exceed the lowest-rated towing component). It features a 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" receiver tube to accept a ball mount or other trailer hitch accessories. The hitch receiver tube also has an open back to allow for easy cleaning as needed.
To ensure the safety of you and your passengers, as well as your fellow adventurers on the road, each CURT trailer hitch has been stringently tested in accordance with SAE J684. We maintain a dedicated Engineering facility near Detroit, MI -- the heart of the automotive industry -- to test all of our hitches to strictest safety standards. Our in-house testing technology allows for real-time, on-vehicle testing, placing our hitches under the same stresses present in actual towing conditions. This gives us the utmost confidence in each trailer hitch we make and provides you with a dependable tool to freely pursue your passions.
Every CURT custom trailer hitch receiver -- from class 1 to class 5 -- is manufactured right here in the USA to ensure quality from design to finish (may include imported hardware). Our hitches are engineered using real vehicles and a hands-on approach. We fabricate our hitches using a combination of robotic and manual welding for optimum precision and speed.
Finally, we finish each trailer hitch with a unique co-curing process. First, we immerse the hitch in a rust-resistant liquid A-coat to coat the entire piece inside and out. Then, a durable black powder coat is applied to seal out rain, dirt, road salt and other threats. Finally, these two coatings are co-cured together, creating an industry-leading rust, chip and UV-resistant finish.
To give you complete confidence mile after mile, all CURT tow hitches are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
Here's some helpful tips on this install:
1. I got a 36" long x 2" wide x 1/8" piece of aluminum bar stock from Home Depot. I cut it to match the hitch and 3 slotted holes to make a 1/8" shim between the car and hitch (this effectively lowers the hitch 1/8" inch and gives you a bit more clearance between the hitch and bumper.
2. I have an AWE track exhaust with big tips (which completely will bang into the receiver. To stop that, I used the remainder of the bar stock to make 4 more shims (2 per side) for the smaller two bolts that hold the exhaust hangers (so the smaller two bolts are going through the exhaust hanger, the steel plate in the kit, 2x 1/8" shims, the hitch, and one 1/8" shim.
This got everything nice and tidy and not rubbing.
One note: I also swapped the smaller bolts that came with the hitch for M8x65 (longer) grade 10.9 bolts to make up for the extra 3/8" of shim that they are needing to feed through.
One other small tip: watching people on YouTube do this seemed to show the same issue - grinding out the oval slot on the body to get the large bolt through is a pain. That carriage bolt ALMOST fits, but won't go. I took some advice that someone else did which was to take the carriage bolt to the grinder. If you just flatten one side of the carriage bolt a tiny bit (like 1mm), it will fit through the stock hole (with no chopping up your frame, worrying about rust from your chop job, etc.
Installed today on the Focus ST and it needs to be a little lower to clear the bumper. If I install anything onto it, it will rub away the bumper material. There are spacers that come with it, but just for the font bolts. It leaves the whole set up at an angle, because there are no spacers for the front bolts.
Should I just go get some washers and to build it out, or is there a part out there that is designed for this to work?
I was surprised to find any hitch at all for my ST with it's center exhaust. I was even more surprised to receive such a great quality hitch with a well thought out design. Installation was easy, though I wish I'd have had some ramps or a lift.
KEY INSTALLATION TIP - The instructions say to use a die grinder to expand the access hole to feed/fish the bolt up in the frame. It is FAR easier to grind one edge of the carrier bolt down. The bolt goes in easy and has plenty of strength with the large spacer/lock. Better yet, the frame of your car isn't compromised in any way from removing material or exposing metal to the elements.
Great addition to my Focus ST. Super easy to install. I do have a car lift, so that made the job super easy. The wiring harness is also super simple to install. I tow a livin lite popup (1200 lbs) and hardley notice it back there. I highly recommend this hitch and the wiring harness.
As an owner of a 2014 Focus ST I did not think there was a (good) hitch option with the unique center exit exhaust we have, which was too bad because this car certainly has the power to haul. I have a buddy who installed the U shaped hitch from Curt that goes below the exhaust. It serves its purpose but scrapes everywhere when geared up with a car full of people (especially with something on the hitch). After seeing this new design I bought it but was very skeptical of the fit. You don't have much room with the center exit exhaust, but I knew it would be worth any extra effort to make it work due to the stealthy nature of this receiver. You really can't beat it. It is well built and designed because installation was smooth sailing. Although in my case I have extra room to work with due to a muffler delete, but had to notch and grind top of my 4" aftermarket tips. No big deal, in sure it would fit perfectly with the stock exhaust and tip. All in all I am very happy this receiver exists. I haven't had time to use it yet. I am currently working on which hitch will fit and not run the bumper. I will try to update accordingly. In the meantime I hope this review helps somebody because there is no feedback about this receiver anywhere.