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Hi, have a 2015 MKZ and want to get feedback from others on what trailer hitch they recommend.    I have only seen them online.   Curt and Drawtite.  The Curt looks like you have to remove the plastic wind deflector, the Drawtite you don't.  The Curt is tucked up underneath more and the Drawtite looks like it is a little lower but set back more and you keep the deflector on.   I might even look at the Curt and modify my deflector to fit with it.

I want a hitch but also want to keep it as unnoticeable as possible because the rear end is the car's best view.  The Curt is rated at 3,500lbs. and the Drawtite 2,000lbs. both fine for my application.   Any other brands out there?

Thanks for your help.

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What do you plan to tow?

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What do you plan to tow?

 

Bicycles, snowmobile trailer

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Have you looked at Hidden Hitch?  Had one on a Mustang track car that towed a tire trailer. Barely noticeable when the bar is removed.

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Howdy.  If you have the 3.7L, I say you're fine.  However, if you have the 2.0L, I'll advise you to pass on a hitch, and rent a truck and trailer.  The stress on the tranny is not worth it.  

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I read the post as an inquiry regarding available hitches for a particular application, not whether the vehicle should or should not be used for towing.

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I have the 3.7l.   I am going to tow.   I had a Saturn Aura XR with a 3.6l and a tow rating of 1,000lbs, the MKX has a tow rating of 1,000lbs.    I towed 1 or 2 sleds or motorcycles 1,000s of miles.  I use manual shift and don't run it in 6th for heavy loads.   Looking for the best hitch for fitment and looks.   Thanks for your replies.

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Here is the Hidden Hitch on our Mustang Cobra.  With the cap removed, a flat bar holding the ball slides in place.

 

 

 

 

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Howdy.  If you have the 3.7L, I say you're fine.  However, if you have the 2.0L, I'll advise you to pass on a hitch, and rent a truck and trailer.  The stress on the tranny is not worth it.  

 

Why is that? If I'm not mistaken, both engines use the 6F50 transmission. The 2.0 makes better power down low than the V6 - when you're towing, peak horsepower at 6500rpm doesn't matter.

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Why is that? If I'm not mistaken, both engines use the 6F50 transmission. The 2.0 makes better power down low than the V6 - when you're towing, peak horsepower at 6500rpm doesn't matter.

Both engines are rated to tow 1000lbs.  The don't have the same trans.  The 2.0 uses the 6F35.  AFAIK, there's no version of the 6F50 that mates to an I4 block.  

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Both engines are rated to tow 1000lbs.  The don't have the same trans.  The 2.0 uses the 6F35. 

 

Very interesting! I was having trouble tracking down which trans was used.

 

The tow ratings, in America at least, are more related to chassis and typical highway speed than they are drivetrain power. The same 2.0 EcoBoost in the Explorer is rated to tow 2000lbs.

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I know this is an older thread but I figured I'd add my anti-sway bar to the conversation for those that come later.

There's more to towing than just the size of the motor and the transmission.  Please don't equate motor size to the ability of the vehicle to what it can tow.

No one has mentioned the ability of the brakes to stop your 4300 pound MKZ and the 1000 pound trailer doing 75 mph down the freeway.  Surge brakes on your trailer are a nice precaution.

From the owner's manual:  "The rating for the tow vehicle's braking system operation is at the gross vehicle weight rating, not the gross combined weight rating."  GVWR & GCWR

My car has a Maximum GVWR of 4890 pounds.  It has a max rear suspension limit of 2365 pounds for the rear and 2535 for the front suspension (found on the sticker found next to the tire pressure sticker under the driver's door striker plate).  If you add those 2 numbers together you just get to the GVWR of 4900 pounds with 10 pounds to spare for GVWR.

If it weighs 4300 pounds that maximum published payload of 850 pounds is reduced to 590 pounds.  Now let's add the trailer tongue weight of 250? pounds.  You can now (according to Lincoln) add 340 pounds of folks, gas, ice coolers, suit cases and baby strollers.  And don't forget to add the weight of your new 50 pound hitch.

Good luck finding a published maximum tongue weight for a Lincoln 😄  Lincoln just says 10% to 15% of the trailer weight, which is a cop out.  Tongue weight will change depending on how the cargo is loaded in the trailer.   My car has a max rear suspension limit of 2365 pounds for the rear and 2535 for the front suspension (found on the sticker found next to the tire pressure sticker under the driver's door striker plate).  If you add those 2 numbers together you just get to the GVWR of 4900 pounds with 10 pounds to spare for GVWR.

btw, do you need brake light and turn signal lights for your trailer?

Reference:

How to calculate the tongue weight of u'r trailer:  https://www.etrailer.com/faq-how-to-determine-trailer-tongue-weight.aspx

etrailer is an all around good resource.  Here's their hitch selection and note, they show a limit on them for tongue weight:  https://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2015_Lincoln_MKZ.htm

Definitions:  https://rv.campingworld.com/towguide

This post is probably over-kill for most needs, but maybe it will give some food for thought and resources for other projects.

Happy Thanksgiving

 

Edited by rubyinla

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