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Exclamation Hitch is in, Rack is on and I went 'a ridin'!

I finally just said f'u to all the places around me and I order a 'SportHitch' from a company named "SubTrailer." It was extremely easy to do, just pop out some bolts and torque them back one with the hitch in place. Took all of 1 hour and then i drove over to UHaul just make sure it was torqued on enough. Bought a 3 bike Saris rack put my Trk on and went for drive and a ride. Works perfect!!!! Next step is to wire it so I can instal a brake light on the end of the rack, will give you an insurance break if involved in accident, but I am just paranoid so I am going to do it anyway. The hitch is even less noticable than MissuriGuys, because it is tucked alittle farther back. I am quite glad with how it worked out!

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If you e-mail them to me, I will post them for you. I want to see.


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I'd like to see the pics, too. Also, may I ask what the setup weighed?

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Hi,

How much for the hitch? And do they have a website or what is their phone number.

How about the bike rack? How much and how do I get ahold of them?

Thanks for being the guinea pig, and you sold me.

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Get pics and prices for us pleeez. Who'd of thunk this would be such a popular topic!

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I too would like some info and pics. So you just bolted the hitch to the rear frame rails? Is the reciever further under the car than the bumber cover so you can't really see it?

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I want the info, too

I have been watching to see how this turns out. Please post pics!

I have a hitch mount bike rack I want to throw on, and also need a hitch. I did not anticipate the problems you have encountered.

Thanks for sharing.
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That same type hidden hitch would also work with one of the hitch mounted rear platforms for carrying stuff to the strip. MHO

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DigiCam gone AWOL, will have prints in 1 hour, scan, email and hopefully posted within 2 hours. Sorry for the delay, but I have no clue where my digicam went.

BTW...the "SportHitch" is made by DrawTight and can be order through your local dealer. I found mine from 'SubTrailer' here in Tinley Park, IL, I can give you there number or you can find one much closer to you, the hitch only cost me $70, not sure if that is retail or not. It mounts on the frame rails using the bolts just above the tank. The front bolts go on the piece running parallel and behind the bumper. Very secure, hardest part was getting the tolls up between the tank and the frame. The Saris bike rack cost me $100 but it was pre-assembled and last years model, normally it is $150-160. It sits farther back because the valance on the bumper actually sticks out more on the 99+ bodies than the ones before. That is the main reason it sits farther back than MissuriGuy's Cobra. Anyway will have the pics soon and a how-to if needed, but it is fairly straight forward and the simple 3 picture guide that came with mine showed you the basics.

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I went to draw-tite's website and they list one for "94-02 mustang, except cobra"

Is there that much difference in the rear bumper cover?


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95-98 Cobra's are probably the same hitch as the GT.

They might be concerned with the 99+ IRS Cobras.
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Wonderful...I'm glad it worked out for you ISU...

Have some great bike riding!

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I was just checking around and found a DrawTite hitch and wanted to see if it is what you have. I went to www.etrailer.com and clicked on the "custom fit trailer hitches" and search for a 99 Mustang. It came up with a DrawTite hitch numebr 24687. It says it bolts to the frame and has a 1.25" reciever. It costs $89.95 plus shipping. They also have a DrawTite two bike rack for $69.95. Does that look like your hitch? How far back from the bumper is the reciever?

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Here are the pics.











That looks nice, but I don't think that it would work for me. I need one that will pull a trailer with my 02 raptor on it. Guess I will have to stick with my trusty 83 toyota pickup.

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thanks for working it out, it sounded like a headache...
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WAIT A DAMN MINUTE!!! What happened to all those who were saying "you should never put a hitch on a Stang." "I wouldn't be caught dead with one of those things on a Stang". I'm gonna check back through the old threads and see if anyone who's responded positively here was a naysayer before. We'll catch you!
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That looks nice, but I don't think that it would work for me. I need one that will pull a trailer with my 02 raptor on it. Guess I will have to stick with my trusty 83 toyota pickup.
Actually, that would work just fine to trailer your Raptor. That's a Class I receiver hitch - rated for up to 2000 pounds. All you have to do is buy a drawbar/hitch ball and plug that into the receiver instead of the bike rack. I used a very similar hitch on my old '87 5.0 'vert to tow a utility trailer with my RMX 250 dirt bike in it. No problem - and WELL below the weight capacity of the hitch. I even towed my 17' ski boat with it once - but that was pushing it.
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Cool - tks for the pics. Do you by chance know the weight of the unit?
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Do you know if this will fit on a 96-98. And how hard was it to put on. Thanks.
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It can tow anything you want that is for a class I hitch, I will be towing a SeaDoo on there soon. The hitch itself was right around 40lbs give or take. Maybe lighter by the end it felt really heavy having to hold it while I torqued on the bolts.


I don't see why it wouldn't work on a Cobra, the frame rail are the same i believe, if the valance is too low there are high tensil strength spacers to move it down abit. I will get the actually weight and then let you know about the Cobra's. I am really happy it sits so far back, and all I need is a tow bar, when I do move atrailer.

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I never thought I would see a trailer hitch on a Mustang. It sort of makes it look like it has been tamed in some way.
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Do you know if this will fit on a 96-98. And how hard was it to put on. Thanks.
I have a hitch on my 97 Cobra that I got installed by Uhaul for around $120 locally...I know the Uhaul on Page, and the one up by my in north county on Dunn Rd off 270 both can get them and install them for you...if you do a search on bike racks in the mod forums and I have some pictures of mine...It's not quite as hidden as ISU's but you still can hardly see it under my bumper...




ISU, that looks really good on yours, can't even tell you have a hitch hardly. Esp with that cover on the end of it...


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I never thought I would see a trailer hitch on a Mustang. It sort of makes it look like it has been tamed in some way.
No, not tamed, we just like to get out and ride our bikes without having to tear the trunk and backseats up putting our bike in the car... My car still far from tame, it just has a square hole under the bumper...

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howdy! thanks for the great info.

was the part number you got 24687?

let me know, im ordering one as soon as you confirm your part number, if you can!!!

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I can't believe how nicely that tucks under there and is hidden. It would sure beat having to struggle with my bike rack on the trunk since the rubber feet are coming off (old style before the foam pads around the bars) and I have to put washcloths under there to protect the paint. I don't ride much any more because it is such a PITA. Dammit, another mod!

Thanks for the info.
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I have a question my car is lowered about 2 inches. I will be using it to tow a Sea-Doo (three seater). Will I have any problems with the back sagging alot (meaning will I have a lot of problems). What I am wanting to know is will I be able to tow the PWC without tearing up my car or dragging the back on every little thing when I am towing the PWC. Thanks!
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hey DRdave! I know those raptors are mean! Can't you park it on top of the stang?
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Congratulations, ISUPonyboy!. Whew!...what an ordeal eh? I will go your route very soon, when the time comes to do mine. I'll let you know how it goes. I'm glad you didn't give in to the truck thing...

To all those who don't like the look...I don't either, but going to and from a race...I can live with it. And you know, it comes off.... and the Mustang will look perfectly normal again.

Besides, from a historical perspective, the GT stands for "Grand Touring"... This car was originally marketed for driving, touring and an active sporty lifestyle... right in line with cycling, and hiking, and other weekend excursions. (Think mid 60s marketing...) The idea of using the Mustang to carry your bike(s) for riding or racing IS true to the car's heritage. What people have chosen to use the Mustang for after its introduction (i.e. dragracing, autocrossing...) doesn't exactly fit the original image or intent of the vehicle. That is what the Cobra was designed and marketed for. The Mustang has proven over the years to be adaptable to a number of uses, however...That's what has made it so venerable.

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OH BOB! One of them redneck CB antennas! What were you thinking! Hmmmmmmmm...could that be because radar detectors are illegal in VA?
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Won't quite fit on top, but I bet it would look good behind the cobra!



Better than my old yota off to the side in this pic beside my old coupe.


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I love that bike rack. Not for the stang though.

How many bikes will fit on there at one time?

If you can carry three at one time that would be ideal for me.

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Thanx for posting my pics!!!


Yes it holds 3 bikes, works great on my Stang.

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I just got a bike, and I need a way to carry it on my 'stang. I went to that site you posted and it said that it wouldn't fit a cobra? Whats up with that? Whats the difference between a GT and a Cobra back there? I'd love to get one of those to carry my new Trek around. Can anyone help me? Thanks guys.

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Wicked,

The one I got from Uhaul fit both the cobra and the GT...I'm thinking that when they say it won't fit the cobra they mean the 99+'s since they have the IRS back there and the bolt holes might be in different spots...The one for the GT should work for your car...

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