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To Etrailer I went and bought the Draw-Tite Hitch for my MachE. Decided on it because of the price and higher tongue weight than the Curt. I have no plans on towing but who knows what type of stuff I may load on the hitch platform. Hauling gasoline. grills, coolers, bikes are the reason for this install.

The instructions were pretty good. The list the number and type of fasteners to be removed and the dimensions of the cut needed.

IMG_20210711_094102743.jpg


I purchased a set of Rino-Ramps from Amazon for this. I own a crawler and all the other tools used.

If a person does not own a torque wrench I believe you can borrow them from the local automotive store much like a loan a tool. Installation to the correct spec on torque is really important here. I started at 25lbs and increased the setting on the wrench until 50lbs specified was reached. The crush washers supplied with the hitch require the torque to work. I think I got at about 1/8 to 1/4 turn of crush out of the supplied washers between 25lbs and 50lbs.
IMG_20210711_094943692_HDR.jpg

Backing the Mustang onto the ramp was actually pretty nice, I have done ICE cars on ramps and always have had stress about falling off. Be it an automatic or clutch you really do not get the feel of the ramp and I always worried. The nature of the electric motors in the MachE make it very easy to feel I actually stopped on the flat and did not hit the rear stop on the ramp having to back until it I did. With one peddle there is no movement and it is very sure footed. Put on the parking brake and chocked the front tires, just because.

The 16 10mm's holding on the cover are not in there tight. I just used the socket on the extension and no wrench handle when removing and installing. Just hand snug. The 4 plastic rivets are of two types and removed after the 10mm 's and it helps for the forward ones to reach above the cover, the rear plastic rivets you pull out a the center to remove them.
IMG_20210711_100413382.jpg

Once the covers were off I measured the spacing on the hitch and frame rail holes, just to be sure. Everything lined up. I then found the center of the rear valance and marked out my cuts. I just did the side cuts 4.75 inches and did not cut the 8 inch rear cut. Electing to fold up the plastic instead. The plastic was fairly thick. I used electrician snips to start but ended up using tabbing shears. They made quick work of things.
IMG_20210711_104123915_HDR.jpg
IMG_20210711_113721443_HDR.jpg

The hitch came with all the fasteners and spring wires needed for install. Bolts and interior washers went in easily using the spring wires.
IMG_20210711_105346984.jpg


I used a floor jack to aid in lifting up the hitch. Of note the full extension needed to lift this hitch into place with the car on the ramps was 19 inches. I had to use some cribbing to add to the height of the jack.

I put the nut on the first bolt on the driver side, leaving off the crush washer. Then placed nuts and washers on the passenger side followed my the last nut and washer on the driver. At this point I put the washer on the fist bolt and proceeded to torque everything down to spec.

After reinstalling the cover total elapse time for me with this install was about 2 hours and 10 minutes from start to finish of work. It would have been miserable without the creeper.

IMG_20210711_120233592.jpg
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Looks good, thanks for the detailed photos and counts of the fasteners! Hate getting all but one fastener loose and hunting around for the one you missed...

I have the Torklift hitch in the garage waiting for my car to show up (next week, fingers crossed), and this install seems quite similar. Using a good hydraulic jack to lift the hitch is an important tip - I've done that with other hitch installs, and once with a 400lb winch bumper on a Tacoma. I'm not a big guy, so I've learned to use a little mechanical advantage anywhere I can. ;)
 

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Using a good hydraulic jack to lift the hitch is an important tip - I've done that with other hitch installs, and once with a 400lb winch bumper on a Tacoma. I'm not a big guy, so I've learned to use a little mechanical advantage anywhere I can. ;)
I didn’t really need a floor jack to install the receiver on my Fusion, but if I put a receiver on my Mach-E (big if, since I am trying to keep weight down) I will probably use my transmission jack because it has a big flat platform and lash-down points.

gGreat pix and step-by-step instructions. Thanks for posting!
 
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I didn’t really need a floor jack to install the receiver on my Fusion, but if I put a receiver on my Mach-E (big if, since I am trying to keep weight down) I will probably use my transmission jack because it has a big flat platform and lash-down points.

gGreat pix and step-by-step instructions. Thanks for posting!
I have a motorcycle lift that would have been perfect, however the bottle jack on it is trash since I have not used it in about a decade.
 

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To Etrailer I went and bought the Draw-Tite Hitch for my MachE. Decided on it because of the price and higher tongue weight than the Curt. I have no plans on towing but who knows what type of stuff I may load on the hitch platform. Hauling gasoline. grills, coolers, bikes are the reason for this install.

The instructions were pretty good. The list the number and type of fasteners to be removed and the dimensions of the cut needed.

IMG_20210711_094102743.jpg


I purchased a set of Rino-Ramps from Amazon for this. I own a crawler and all the other tools used.

If a person does not own a torque wrench I believe you can borrow them from the local automotive store much like a loan a tool. Installation to the correct spec on torque is really important here. I started at 25lbs and increased the setting on the wrench until 50lbs specified was reached. The crush washers supplied with the hitch require the torque to work. I think I got at about 1/8 to 1/4 turn of crush out of the supplied washers between 25lbs and 50lbs.
IMG_20210711_094943692_HDR.jpg

Backing the Mustang onto the ramp was actually pretty nice, I have done ICE cars on ramps and always have had stress about falling off. Be it an automatic or clutch you really do not get the feel of the ramp and I always worried. The nature of the electric motors in the MachE make it very easy to feel I actually stopped on the flat and did not hit the rear stop on the ramp having to back until it I did. With one peddle there is no movement and it is very sure footed. Put on the parking brake and chocked the front tires, just because.

The 16 10mm's holding on the cover are not in there tight. I just used the socket on the extension and no wrench handle when removing and installing. Just hand snug. The 4 plastic rivets are of two types and removed after the 10mm 's and it helps for the forward ones to reach above the cover, the rear plastic rivets you pull out a the center to remove them.
IMG_20210711_100413382.jpg

Once the covers were off I measured the spacing on the hitch and frame rail holes, just to be sure. Everything lined up. I then found the center of the rear valance and marked out my cuts. I just did the side cuts 4.75 inches and did not cut the 8 inch rear cut. Electing to fold up the plastic instead. The plastic was fairly thick. I used electrician snips to start but ended up using tabbing shears. They made quick work of things.
IMG_20210711_104123915_HDR.jpg
IMG_20210711_113721443_HDR.jpg

The hitch came with all the fasteners and spring wires needed for install. Bolts and interior washers went in easily using the spring wires.
IMG_20210711_105346984.jpg


I used a floor jack to aid in lifting up the hitch. Of note the full extension needed to lift this hitch into place with the car on the ramps was 19 inches. I had to use some cribbing to add to the height of the jack.

I put the nut on the first bolt on the driver side, leaving off the crush washer. Then placed nuts and washers on the passenger side followed my the last nut and washer on the driver. At this point I put the washer on the fist bolt and proceeded to torque everything down to spec.

After reinstalling the cover total elapse time for me with this install was about 2 hours and 10 minutes from start to finish of work. It would have been miserable without the creeper.

IMG_20210711_120233592.jpg
Good job and thanks for the description of the work, give me at least an idea on the difficulty. How much did it cost you total?
 
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Ramps $64, Hitch $249 delivered
 

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Appears like a good product, and more reasonably priced than the torklift, but not something I want to install myself. Any suggestions on where to have it professionally installed?
 

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Thanks. Will contact some of the installers.
 

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To Etrailer I went and bought the Draw-Tite Hitch for my MachE. Decided on it because of the price and higher tongue weight than the Curt. I have no plans on towing but who knows what type of stuff I may load on the hitch platform. Hauling gasoline. grills, coolers, bikes are the reason for this install.

The instructions were pretty good. The list the number and type of fasteners to be removed and the dimensions of the cut needed.

IMG_20210711_094102743.jpg


I purchased a set of Rino-Ramps from Amazon for this. I own a crawler and all the other tools used.

If a person does not own a torque wrench I believe you can borrow them from the local automotive store much like a loan a tool. Installation to the correct spec on torque is really important here. I started at 25lbs and increased the setting on the wrench until 50lbs specified was reached. The crush washers supplied with the hitch require the torque to work. I think I got at about 1/8 to 1/4 turn of crush out of the supplied washers between 25lbs and 50lbs.
IMG_20210711_094943692_HDR.jpg

Backing the Mustang onto the ramp was actually pretty nice, I have done ICE cars on ramps and always have had stress about falling off. Be it an automatic or clutch you really do not get the feel of the ramp and I always worried. The nature of the electric motors in the MachE make it very easy to feel I actually stopped on the flat and did not hit the rear stop on the ramp having to back until it I did. With one peddle there is no movement and it is very sure footed. Put on the parking brake and chocked the front tires, just because.

The 16 10mm's holding on the cover are not in there tight. I just used the socket on the extension and no wrench handle when removing and installing. Just hand snug. The 4 plastic rivets are of two types and removed after the 10mm 's and it helps for the forward ones to reach above the cover, the rear plastic rivets you pull out a the center to remove them.
IMG_20210711_100413382.jpg

Once the covers were off I measured the spacing on the hitch and frame rail holes, just to be sure. Everything lined up. I then found the center of the rear valance and marked out my cuts. I just did the side cuts 4.75 inches and did not cut the 8 inch rear cut. Electing to fold up the plastic instead. The plastic was fairly thick. I used electrician snips to start but ended up using tabbing shears. They made quick work of things.
IMG_20210711_104123915_HDR.jpg
IMG_20210711_113721443_HDR.jpg

The hitch came with all the fasteners and spring wires needed for install. Bolts and interior washers went in easily using the spring wires.
IMG_20210711_105346984.jpg


I used a floor jack to aid in lifting up the hitch. Of note the full extension needed to lift this hitch into place with the car on the ramps was 19 inches. I had to use some cribbing to add to the height of the jack.

I put the nut on the first bolt on the driver side, leaving off the crush washer. Then placed nuts and washers on the passenger side followed my the last nut and washer on the driver. At this point I put the washer on the fist bolt and proceeded to torque everything down to spec.

After reinstalling the cover total elapse time for me with this install was about 2 hours and 10 minutes from start to finish of work. It would have been miserable without the creeper.

IMG_20210711_120233592.jpg
How much material did you have to cut any and does it leave a large opening. Any close up pictures? Thanks
 
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How much material did you have to cut any and does it leave a large opening. Any close up pictures? Thanks
I cut 2 slits in and folded the flap up. No real opening as it (the flap of plastic) is pushing down on the top of the hitch. I will try for photos in the morning.
 
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Raining today..

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And a possum I just stumbled on..
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Thanks for the pics. Nice job
 

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Raining today..

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IMG_20210911_165918384.jpg

And a possum I just stumbled on..
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Thanks for the pics and getting wet. That's a real clean install. But it looks like you left a gap big enough for a stowaway. Ha Ha. Adult opossums are scary looking but the babies are absolutely cute.

For the price and the clean install, I am definitely leaning to the Drawtie.
 
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