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Anyone out there ever add a hitch to a 2016 Edge Sport? Does it interfear with the foot sensor for opening the hatch?  What about the brand of hitch and model number? Hopefully I can add something that doesn’t look too bad - as close to factory installed as possible (even though there is no factory option for the 2016 Sport).  I’d like to not have to see the crossbar if possible.  

 

Pictures wuold be great.

 

Thanks.

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I added a hidden hitch to our 2016 MKX.  It tucks up nicely so you can only see the receiver itself not the cross bars and it does not interfere with the sensor at all.    But I’ve heard of other brands that have blocked the sensor.  So it’s hard to say for sure.

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Would you happen to know the brand hitch.

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2 hours ago, Edgger said:

Would you happen to know the brand hitch.

 

6 hours ago, akirby said:

I added a hidden hitch to our 2016 MKX..

 

Maybe I should have capitalized Hidden Hitch.  That’s the brand.  

 

http://hiddenhitch.com/

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Hello, new member here. 1st post !!

I actually just finished installing the OEM trailer hitch on my 2015 edge sport..

The hitch is 300$ at your local ford,The ford trailer wire module was 60$.

I was lucky enough to have a family member that works for ford parts, so I saved a bit from those prices..

I removed the bumper along with the impact bar. I slid the OEM hitch into the frame tubing which is held in by six

M14 X 40MM bolts with flat and lock washers for each. The frame already has holes that line up with the threaded bungs welded on the oem hitch..The Mechanic at ford said the hitch and steel tubing is now my impact bar. Which is great. 

The lift gate sensor was not an issue.

It is 2 long flexible probes, kinda like coaxial cable. The probes are about 4” apart and are simply wedged into four grooves that run along the bottom and behind the valance. So I unwedged the bottom probe and curved it up and over, sort of a hump.

I used a friend and held up the bumper where it would originaly go and made my mark with a sharpie around the receiver.

I removed the bumper and proceeded with my dremel. All went smooth with cutting my hole. Be sure to cut on low speed to prevent melting globs of hot rubber that stick to your skin and burn!!

Everything works just fine. Compromised nothing.. The clean factory look was worth the 3 hours of installation. For all the ford dealers that told me it was not possible, 

IN YO FACE!! 

Good luck to all !!

Anything is possible..

Here are the parts you need.

SIX- M14 x 40mm bolts and lock washers

FT4Z-19D520-AA  hitch

FT1Z-15A416-A   harness

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Did the same to my 2016 edge sport.  I used the split kick sensors from a titanium edge, had to modify the lower slightly.  Works great.  Looks factory.  

 

 

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the cheapest thing to do is install a factoryish hitch for the lesser models and have a tech try to adjust/ move the sensors. If you don't it will block the sensor most of the way, at least on a factory hitch 

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I installed a Hidden Hitch on our 2016 MKX and it didn't interfere with the sensor at all.  But I don't think they offer anything for Edge/MKX now for some reason.

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Hey Sivicsi420, I realize this is an older thread but I'm looking to do this on my Sport as well and was wondering if you had to take off the rear bumper, I assume you did but just wanting to confirm.  Aloo, any tips or advice on doing this install would be appreciated....

 

Thank you.

 

DW

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Old thread, but felt like updating this for anyone searching in the future curious for answers.  I have a 2015 Edge Sport, and I used the Uhaul trailer hitch, which is just a rebadged Curt C13234, with a few more gussets welded in for some added strength(uhaul rates theirs higher).  Install was a breeze.  I did it by myself, with no jacks, and did NOT have to remove the rear bumper, or the heat-shield above the rear muffler.  Just dropped the muffler, took off and cut the two plastic trim panels as shown in the install video for the Curt trailer hitch on youtube, fish the bolts through with the provided hardware, bolt it up, torque it to spec, reinstall plastic covers, done.  Wiring was as easy as using a straightened coat hanger, tying the harness around it, and fishing it up the bumper/through the tail-lights, etc.  

 

 

DID NOT lose my rear lift gate function at all with this trailer hitch.  It IS however, a little more specific of an area now.  I can provide a youtube recording later if interested, but basically just put the tip of my foot on top of the hitch where the chains hook into(it's a convenient little "step" for your foot), and pull it back...viola.  Lift gate opens! 

 

 

So, cliff notes, didn't need to remove the rear bumper, super easy to install by myself, and my rear lift gate "foot swipe to open" still works, just a little smaller of an area.  NOT a hidden hitch or a tucked hitch at all.  I think it looks pretty good! 

 

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Just updating the old thread for future readers...

 

I just did this factory tow hitch install on our 2017 Sport last weekend.  It took me a lot longer than the 3 hours it took Sivicsi420, but I was doing it without a helper.  I also ordered the factory wiring harness, but havent installed that yet.  That part didn't come with any instructions so I ordered the factory Ford wiring book and am waiting for it to arrive. And it isnt anything like the other aftermarket quick attach harness kits.  After seeing both, I recommend the aftermarket kit for the ease of installation only. I cant vouch if it will eventually burn up the BCM without the use of external relays.

 

To answer dweiss22 's question, yes, you absolutely have to remove the rear bumper cover. Not hard but very cumbersome doing it alone.

 

The factory Ford kit comes with all the hardware needed, and mine came with a pre-molded bumper cover insert that can be used on other Edge models OTHER THAN the sport.  By replacing the insert with the included cover, non Sport owners will not have to carve out their bumper cover. The factory Ford kit also came with some very basic instructions that will get a person started.

 

As far as price, I found a coupon from a dealer for 15% off counter part orders.  My local dealer matched it, so for the factory wiring harness and the trailer hitch I was around $400 out the door.  I used the factory part numbers from Sivicsi420 above post.

 

As far as the kick to open, I didnt have the split sensors so I just doubled them up on the right side with zip ties.  Now I have to kick to the right of the hitch...and be within 12 inches of the right side. Since I doubled it up, it doesnt work on the left any more,  not too big of a deal, but I wish I had ordered the split sensors like others have done.

 

I will post some pictures later after I reduce the size, to meet the upload limits, for those that are contemplating this vs the after market hitches.  I will say this one is built very heavy duty since it replaces the rear crash bar, and it doesnt sit low like the aftermarket hitch kits.  Were using it for our bike rack so I wanted it as high as possible.... and of course I wanted the factory look as well.

 

 

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I greatly reduced the size and posted some build pics with a few comments in a photo album.  I think its in the "Members Photo Albums" area, or click on my handle on the left and you can see it under the albums tab.

 

Does anyone know if there is a way to get more space for uploads other than just reducing the size?

 

 

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My 2018 ST-Line (European market successor to the Sport) has what I think may have been the original option tow-bar fitted. It doesn't interfere with the tailgate sensor, is detachable and appears to correspond with what is illustrated in the Owner's Handbook.

 

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