Adding Tow Hitch

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I’m looking to get a tow hitch added to my BL+BL. I’m not sure how I missed getting that factory installed!!!

Is there a separate bumper with the cut-out that the dealer would install?
Or is it easy enough that I can cut the current plastic bumper to access the are to install?

I don’t need the wiring harness, as I’m only using it to attach a bike rack.
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I’m looking to get a tow hitch added to my BL+BL. I’m not sure how I missed getting that factory installed!!!

Is there a separate bumper with the cut-out that the dealer would install?
Or is it easy enough that I can cut the current plastic bumper to access the are to install?

I don’t need the wiring harness, as I’m only using it to attach a bike rack.
Thanks!
Here’s what the factory install looks like with a cutout for the hitch and 4-pin.

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Thanks realworld51. That is helpful.

Is this on a BS with a full size spare?

Also, could you provide a similar pic of the entire bumper, as I’m trying to line up the center cut-out with 3 fairly-flat “protrusions” on my lower bumper.
 

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Thanks realworld51. That is helpful.

Is this on a BS with a full size spare?

Also, could you provide a similar pic of the entire bumper, as I’m trying to line up the center cut-out with 3 fairly-flat “protrusions” on my lower bumper.
Yes I have a full size spare. The ‘hollowed out’ area on my bumper fascia to accommodate the hitch appears to be in the same location as the debossed area with the 3 dimples on your bumper. Try measuring 11.25” from each lower corner of the debossed area toward the center. I’ll bet you’ll end up on each side of the center dimple?

Also note from this photo that the cutout isn’t just on the vertical but also on the horizontal. An aftermarket solution may be simpler (mounted below the bumper fascia) but that won’t leave much ground clearance. Good luck.
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Yes I have a full size spare. The ‘hollowed out’ area on my bumper fascia to accommodate the hitch appears to be in the same location as the debossed area with the 3 dimples on your bumper. Try measuring 11.25” from each lower corner of the debossed area toward the center. I’ll bet you’ll end up on each side of the center dimple?

Also note from this photo that the cutout isn’t just on the vertical but also on the horizontal. An aftermarket solution may be simpler (mounted below the bumper fascia) but that won’t leave much ground clearance. Good luck.
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You were right about the 11.25” width.

Looks like your bumper has separate upper and lower pieces? Perhaps the lower piece with 2 cut outs fits in the debossed area of mine.

The local dealer hasn’t been helpful on working on a solution (new bumper with tow hitch or selling tow hitch to install myself. Will need to call another.

And as you pointed out, not interested in lowering my ground clearance with something mounted below the bumper fascia.

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You were right about the 11.25” width.

Looks like your bumper has separate upper and lower pieces? Perhaps the lower piece with 2 cut outs fits in the debossed area of mine.

The local dealer hasn’t been helpful on working on a solution (new bumper with tow hitch or selling tow hitch to install myself. Will need to call another.

And as you pointed out, not interested in lowering my ground clearance with something mounted below the bumper fascia.

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The unique fascia with trailer hitch option is one piece, molded for the purpose. Replacing your fascia with the tow version will be $$$$$ for the part and install, though the molded-in color doesn't require painting.

And btw, since your only use will be for a bike rack, why not buy the 2-bike holder that fits inside the cargo area and holds bikes upright?
 
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The unique fascia with trailer hitch option is one piece, molded for the purpose. Replacing your fascia with the tow version will be $$$$$ for the part and install, though the molded-in color doesn't require painting.

And btw, since your only use will be for a bike rack, why not buy the 2-bike holder that fits inside the cargo area and holds bikes upright?
Thanks for your help, realworld51.
Yes, it would be expensive to replace the bumper fascia. Wishful thinking on my part that it was a two piece fascia.

Next sunny weekend, I’ll start the cutting into the bumper. Any help on dimensions and location to cut would be helpful. Otherwise, I’ll see if a local dealer has one I can inspect.

As to why not stow the bikes internally, the cargo area will be filled with all the necessities for weekend camping: clothes, food, tent, chairs, etc.

Plus, I already own a nice external bike rack that I’d like to use and it keeps the muddy bikes outside the car. ;)
 

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Thanks for your help, realworld51.
Yes, it would be expensive to replace the bumper fascia. Wishful thinking on my part that it was a two piece fascia.

Next sunny weekend, I’ll start the cutting into the bumper. Any help on dimensions and location to cut would be helpful. Otherwise, I’ll see if a local dealer has one I can inspect.

As to why not stow the bikes internally, the cargo area will be filled with all the necessities for weekend camping: clothes, food, tent, chairs, etc.

Plus, I already own a nice external bike rack that I’d like to use and it keeps the muddy bikes outside the car. ;)
I feel ya...
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Has anyone gotten a price to have the dealer install factory tow package?
I originally ordered my sport with a tow hitch, but when one became available at the dealer, I couldn't say no...they wanted to charge me somewhere around $800.00 and I told them no I would wait for my bronco to come in. They caved and only charged me $375.00. Problem is, they said that the parts would be in 2 weeks ago and have no idea when they'll get it.
 

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