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Installing trailer hitch on Sportage

So I just bought a Curt trailer hitch (for my bike rack) for my just purchased pre-owned 2012 Sportage SX. I would normally install something like this myself...I did it on my last car, an Acura RDX. However in the instructions it says the exhaust needs to be lowered during installation and bending or trimming of the rear edge of the heat shield may be needed as well. So for this non-mechanically inclined guy this means I will be having a professional install it!

First of all has anyone installed a trailer hitch on their Sportage and i so how easy was it. If not where would you go to get this installed? I guess I could call my local Kia dealer...they charge $117 an hour for service. I would think this would take under an hour but that seems expensive to pay for a trailer hitch to be installed. The directions say it should take only 15 minutes! Thanks.

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I installed one on my 2014SX. I spent for the OEM hitch because it was the only class I that I could find for my car. The install is super easy..just need to unhook a couple of rubber band exhaust hangers and the back end of the exhaust lowers. The fitment of the OEM hitch, now that was another story. the two mounting holes on I believe the left side needed to be re-drilled about 7/8" off from where they were in order to have the cross rail miss the muffler shield.
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Probably the hardest part of the whole install of my Curt hitch was pulling the rubber hangers off to drop the exhaust, and that was not very difficult. It probably took me about an hour for the install of hitch plus the install of wiring harness for trailer, so 15 minutes probably is about what it took to install the hitch.
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Hello gores95 and welcome to the Kia forums.
You should only fit a dedicated tow bar to Kia models.
All the fittings will fit with chassis mounts already reinforced and there should be No drilling.
On the websites for Curt and Carid you will see video of how to fit.
If you have been supplied with right Curt dedicated tow bar it will replace rear tow hanger etc. on existing reinforced areas. job should be within 1 hr., a simple tool like a tent peg puller will release exhaust rubbers.

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I don't remember that installing the hitch was difficult. You need a torque wrench to get to the right torque. You may have to unhook the exhaust: use some lubricant like WD-40 to help sliding it out (or did I do that on my Venza...?)

Installing the trailer plug is another story. Removing the light lenses is more complex (without breaking it. You have to take your time). The funny part is always in the instruction of the plug adapter: find a way to route this black wire from the back of the car to the battery in the front, inside or ouside the car, without attaching it to a gas supply line or anything hot (like the exhaust). Finding the safest and cleanest way is always the longest part.

(no I don't pay to have it installed, I don't trust installers, dealer charge too much)
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I agree that installing a hitch is very straightforward. I also used wd40 to easily remove the exhaust hangers and then removed the bolts before putting the hitch. I have a class II drawtite that I ordered from 4 wheel online. I use it for my bike rack.
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Thanks guys for the responses. I am going tomorrow to a local tire/brake shop I've been using for years and they are going to install the Curt trailer hitch. They told me $50 would be the charge which I think is fair. This way I won't have to deal with lowering the exhaust without proper tools in 20 degree weather!
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