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    Trailer towing with a Focus ST?

    Hi, from a new member (and previous lurker)! I am curious what people's thoughts are about light duty trailer towing with Focus ST – say, up to 2000 pounds?

    We have a lot of yard waste that I haul to my town dump, say 10 miles round trip, about once a month using my Chevy Prizm (aka Corolla.) I also trailer our riding mower to the shop for maintenance every couple of years. Toyota is one of the few compact car makers that allows light duty towing up to 2000 pounds. But the Prizm is barely up to the task: 0-60 MPH takes 45+ seconds; rear drum brakes shimmy whenever I slow down.

    I'm shopping for a daily driver that's fun, comfortable to ride in, and lets me haul everything from hunting gear to kids' junk to yard waste. Focus ST seems like it should be a better choice than my old Prizm for light duty towing but Ford prefers I buy a F-150 instead.

    What do people think about limited light towing with a Focus ST? Any recommendations on a hitch/harness?

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    The question really becomes how much will you have to change for a hitch to fit, like that center exhaust or rear fascia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crooked Letta View Post
    The question really becomes how much will you have to change for a hitch to fit, like that center exhaust or rear fascia.
    That will be the challenge

    The ST is not rated for towing ( its in the owners manual ) other trim levels of the Focus are. it's not about Ford wanting people to buy a F 150. there are many Ford products rated for towing. the ST isn't one of them.

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    On my 2001 Ford Focus I have a class 1 trailer hitch that I use to haul up to 4 bicycles. It is very easy to get the bikes on and off, and nothing ever touches the car. When I am not hauling bikes, the bike carrier disconnects with a single pin pull and is stored in the garage. I would love to have the same thing on the ST, but I believe the center exhaust is going to seriously complicate the ability to install a hitch. I think it will be a long time, if ever, before we see a commercially available hitch for the ST, as it may require exhaust modifications.
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    Trailer Hitch for 2012 Ford Focus | etrailer.com

    Multiple hitches for standard Focus.

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    Yep, the Draw-Tite is what I have now, but that same model will obviously not work with the center exhaust on the ST.
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    I did not catch it the first time, but that second entry on etrailer has this explicit statement:

    Tech Tip: Hitch will not fit Hatchback ST models with center exhaust.
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    The exhaust will be an issue yes, but I think all the mounting gear will exist on the focus for the tow bar to mount to. I have a mate that has the XR5 (5 cylinder ST in Australia) and it has been fitted with a genuine ford tow bar even though the car has no tow rating, much like us he had to get an aftermarket exhaust before the towbar kit would work.

    I have been considering this myself for some time as I am planing to track the ST a bit and would like to tow a service trailer, my thoughts have been to have a different rear muffler fitted when towing (one that dumps before the rear bumper).

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    If you get a dual pipe exhaust fitted (probably with some modification to that rear plastic panel) it should have about the same towing capacity as an Escape with the same engine. I'm interested in hearing from people who go through with this. Love the center exhaust, but trailer hitches are useful for a lot of things.

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    An inventive metal shop could no doubt create a bracket to straddle the exhaust and get you a trailer hitch. There's a place local to me that advertises they'll happily come up with a solution to any problem you want to bring them, car, boat, or other.

    But would you want it that badly?

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