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mr_jason

Adding OEM hitch 2016 Ford Edge Sport

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Over the weekend I decided to take a chance and add the oem ford hitch to my 2016 Edge sport. This meant cutting a hole in the bumper, swapping the foot sensors with the split sensors and adding the 4 pin trailer lighting. I had the draw Tite hitch and decided I didnt want to remove the heat shield bumper support or have it hang down. The only down side was fabricating the lower foot sensor mount, it wasnt a direct replacement. If you decide to do this Im not responsible for anything you do to your car.

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That looks great! I also was not a fan of how far the aftermarket hitches hang below the bumper. My 2016 is lowered w/H&R springs, so the hitch would have been even lower, approximately 7” above the ground. I would have no fear of cutting the bumper just like you did. Please post any tips, details you care to share and then I’ll decide if I want to go that route. TIA!

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Measuring and cutting was a big worry... Mess it up and I'm buying a new bumper cover. I made sure to measure multiple times and cut once taking my time - spent 2+ hours just cutting and measuring. The hitch replaced the metal bumper. I had to replace the foot activated sensors with the 'split' ones from the Titanium with hitch model and fab up a mount for the sensors. Seems to work. I did notice the hitch pin hole is very close to the bumper cover. I use mostly the hitch mostly for a bike rack and getting the bike rack bolt and wrench was a little tough but doable. Here's a few additional photos. I'm not responsible for anything you do to your car.

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I added a hidden hitch to our 2016 MKX reserve and did not change the foot sensors - they still operate normally. Maybe it's a different design than the Edge Sport.

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The foot senors still work. This hitch is the OEM version, it doesn't hang below the bumper or require the removal of the supporting plastic/heat shield behind the bumper. It's also not specifically designed for the sport trim. I had an aftermarket hitch and didn't really like how hung below the bumper.

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I forgot the OEM hitch was higher. That would make a difference with the sensor.

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