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trailer hitch...why?

I saw a guy here with a very clean 1997 t-bird with a trailer hitch. WHY?!? I don't know why people do this to sports type cars.
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I have a hitch on mine. It was originally to tow with as the car was my only vehicle. Now however, it serves and even better and perhaps more important role. It is the lowest point on the rear of the vehicle so I never have to worry about scraping my bumper on anything, the hitch will hit first. Plus, when I strap the car down to the trailer, it gives me two VERY strong and well-placed tie down points for the rear. I'm glad I have mine.

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i plan on towing my pop up camper with mine, and also you could tow a wave runner or something too .

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I wouldn't mind having a hitch on my car, for all the above listed reasons. I had one on my last T-bird. But I would only have a reciever type hitch on it so it would be out of the way and invisible when not in use.


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I agree with ya man. Trailer hitches on t-birds just seems a little too hilljack. Why am I now having nightmares involving rebel flag license plates and fat ruskids hollaring "git er done"?
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I agree with ya man. Trailer hitches on t-birds just seems a little too hilljack. Why am I now having nightmares involving rebel flag license plates and fat ruskids hollaring "git er done"?
cuz thats how we doo stuf down hur in tha souf......not really
if i had something to tow, i would get ahold of dallas' tonka truck (tonka yellow sammy!) and to it with that, then again, i dont have anything to tow

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My car has a trailer hitch so I can tow a trailer.

It was a lot less expensive to tow a trailer through Ye Olde Rocky Mountains than it was to rent a truck and tow dolly.
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I have a hidden hitch that I use to tow my 88 to the autocross with. I need to get pictures of that next time I do it. It gets some funny looks.
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I agree with ya man. Trailer hitches on t-birds just seems a little too hilljack. Why am I now having nightmares involving rebel flag license plates and fat ruskids hollaring "git er done"?

You can barely notice the thing there. I personally cant afford a car and truck. So the few times I need to haul something a small utility trailer works just fine.

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I recommend not towing anywhere where your rear wheels will be in water. I saw some genious launching a jetski with his and played hell trying to get up the ramp during loading. I couldn't stop laughing.

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i had a hitch on mine, the previous owner did a bunch of light towing for his work. It was a hidden hitch and took bout a half hour to get off. the thing had 6 bolts directly to the frame.
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Im not a fan of the hitches, but to each their own. I just hate to see them on SC's when the owner's manual states that you are not to tow with an SC.
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They must be custom made. I haven't ever seen one available for the SC.
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Hidden Hitches will make you a hitch for any car, even if you drive a 4 banger.
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the ones that make me sick are the ppl that have them on a 35th anniversary sc......makes me want to puke, sorry if i offend anyone but thats what i think. and also....you cant tow much more than you can fit in the car so why bother?

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the ones that make me sick are the ppl that have them on a 35th anniversary sc......makes me want to puke, sorry if i offend anyone but thats what i think. and also....you cant tow much more than you can fit in the car so why bother?
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My owners manual state to "not tow with the SC". Hidden or not you are NOT SUPPOSE to. And yes it does look stupid.
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They must be custom made. I haven't ever seen one available for the SC.
I don't think the rear unibody frame rails that the 89~97' hitches bolt up to are any different on the SC's?
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Maybe its the taller bumper then.

All I know is that in any of our order books (Putnam, Reese, etc) they all have a note that says: "Except SuperCoupe"
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Tyman, I never did get around to putting a hitch on mine but I did look it up in a bunch of the manufactures websites and they all seemed to carry just the one class 2(?) hitch for MN12's.

I suspect the "Except SuperCoupe" notion in the data books is because Ford says no towing with the supercharged engine.

I'd be surprised if there's anything stopping a supercoupe owner from bolting one on, aside from a bit of common sense anyway?

Since you mentioned the various bumper boots it's not something I considered at the time but...

While out on the highway one day as a passenger in a cab over box truck I noticed a lot of the mid-nineties MN12 bumpers allow you to see quite a bit of the underbody. I could see the complete factory exhaust all the way back to the rear and could see a good bit of the diff to.

With my 97' XR7 I can stand far back from it and at a lower viewing angle and I see much less of the underbody and exhaust being visible, so there is quite a bit of difference in how far the various bumper boots come down.

I never considered it but I wonder if that does cause a fitment issue with the hidden hitches on some models?
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...I suspect the "Except SuperCoupe" notion in the data books is because Ford says no towing with the supercharged engine....
That and the lower bumper on the SC. Remember it comes down closer to the ground to match the ground effects.


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^^^^ good point, that may be the reason the databooks except the SC. However the only thing stopping someone from putting a hitch on an SC is common sense as this thread over at the SCCOA seems to confirm.

Well that and hitch availability at this point... not sure how easy they are to get these days as it's been 9 years since they built any MN12's.
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Yep-works great.


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trailer towing

Why would anyone want a trailer hitch on a SC/bird? Simple, they want to tow a trailer or a luggage platform----is it really that difficult to understand Anyone who dosnt want a hitch, -----also very simple, Dont put one on your car! Providing warranty on vehicles is a very large reason mfg's limit towing weights etc. If most mfg's could get away with it, they would say "under now circumstance drive this vehicle over 35 MPH" Small trailers or small payloads are no problem. The larger the payload, the more care and preperation you need, xmission coolers, keep out of OD etc. If you intend to run Baha or a couple of trips down the 1320 at WAO with a trailer attached, you got problems---mostly in your head. It is a requirement that you be slightly smarter than the car or the trailer to be successful. Certainly would not be adviseable to tow a front end loader on a flatbed but some reason should be used. I wont puke over/on anyones silly a~~ wheels if they wont puke over/on my silly a~~ trailer hitch
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