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I emailed my local Mazda about their accessory hitch and how it says it can't be used for towing. I asked if they had a Class 1 option and they said that the accessory hitch is Class 1 and Class 1 hitches can't be used for towing. The Curt hitch you can find online is a Class 1 and it is rating to tow 2000 pounds. So I am confused. Does anybody have experience with the "accessory hitch"? Is it just some flimsy bracket they bolt on or is similar to the aftermarket offerings like curt that extend the width of the vehicle?

I don't plan on using it for towing anyhow, just a bike rack but I would much rather have my bikes supported by something durable and rated for towing.
 

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Hi

I emailed my local Mazda about their accessory hitch and how it says it can't be used for towing. I asked if they had a Class 1 option and they said that the accessory hitch is Class 1 and Class 1 hitches can't be used for towing. The Curt hitch you can find online is a Class 1 and it is rating to tow 2000 pounds. So I am confused. Does anybody have experience with the "accessory hitch"? Is it just some flimsy bracket they bolt on or is similar to the aftermarket offerings like curt that extend the width of the vehicle?

I don't plan on using it for towing anyhow, just a bike rack but I would much rather have my bikes supported by something durable and rated for towing.

This a perfect question for why we add our location to our profile.
If you get a chance, please do so.

In Canada, for some reason, towing is not allowed, same vehicle, same hitch around the world is used for small boats and utility trailers.

Appears to be location specific
 

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This a perfect question for why we add our location to our profile.
If you get a chance, please do so.

In Canada, for some reason, towing is not allowed, same vehicle, same hitch around the world is used for small boats and utility trailers.

Appears to be location specific

Thanks! That is good to know, and yes I am from Canada.
 

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Hi Dean

This a perfect question for why we add our location to our profile.
If you get a chance, please do so.

In Canada, for some reason, towing is not allowed, same vehicle, same hitch around the world is used for small boats and utility trailers.

Appears to be location specific
I am over here in Australia, firstly I was doing this exact thing, I could not justify paying the price that a Mazda Hitch was, also the Mazda one for memory has a Fixed Tongue set up.

I did not want to go that way, and plus I had a Hitch Mount Bike Rack that was made to suit either 1.25" or 2" receivers. It was cheaper for me to Import a Curt Hitch over to me, I installed it myself and all good.

This is from MY experience ONLY:

Firstly, I have never seen how the Mazda one bolts to the Car, so can not make comment on that one.

Secondly, the Curt bolts on via 2x small Bumper support bracket bolts, these are only spot welded and not through the Chassis Rails, there is another Bolt which goes through the original tow hook on the car, rendering it useless.

Also another thing to consider is you have to run a Support Strap when using these type of Hitches (there is a warning stated) with any sort of weight hanging off the back of them.

The following is FROM MY OWN PERSONAL CAR EXPERIENCES, others may have had no issues.

Yes they do have some movement in them, I could move my Rack when installed into the hitch up and down movement, this caused some creaking sounds, I found that the Curt Hitch was rubbing on the Factory Mazda Jack Up Point located under the rear centre of car, this is where the noise came from, metal on metal.

I have since removed my Hitch from my car, I have genuine Mazda Roof Racks now and two Thule 599 Racks.

AGAIN all this is from my personal experiences, and should be for reference purpose only, hope this is helpful for all.

Darren
 

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This a perfect question for why we add our location to our profile.
If you get a chance, please do so.

In Canada, for some reason, towing is not allowed, same vehicle, same hitch around the world is used for small boats and utility trailers.

Appears to be location specific

I am over here in Australia, firstly I was doing this exact thing, I could not justify paying the price that a Mazda Hitch was, also the Mazda one for memory has a Fixed Tongue set up.

I did not want to go that way, and plus I had a Hitch Mount Bike Rack that was made to suit either 1.25" or 2" receivers. It was cheaper for me to Import a Curt Hitch over to me, I installed it myself and all good.

This is from MY experience ONLY:

Firstly, I have never seen how the Mazda one bolts to the Car, so can not make comment on that one.

Secondly, the Curt bolts on via 2x small Bumper support bracket bolts, these are only spot welded and not through the Chassis Rails, there is another Bolt which goes through the original tow hook on the car, rendering it useless.

Also another thing to consider is you have to run a Support Strap when using these type of Hitches (there is a warning stated) with any sort of weight hanging off the back of them.

The following is FROM MY OWN PERSONAL CAR EXPERIENCES, others may have had no issues.

Yes they do have some movement in them, I could move my Rack when installed into the hitch up and down movement, this caused some creaking sounds, I found that the Curt Hitch was rubbing on the Factory Mazda Jack Up Point located under the rear centre of car, this is where the noise came from, metal on metal.

I have since removed my Hitch from my car, I have genuine Mazda Roof Racks now and two Thule 599 Racks.

AGAIN all this is from my personal experiences, and should be for reference purpose only, hope this is helpful for all.

Darren
Good to know. The Genuine Mazda seems to be more robust than the ones on etrailer. Mazda does not say it requires a strap to put a bike rack.
 

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What's the part number for the Mazda oem hitch?
Actually, I wasn't able to find it. The one that comes on all the search results is for the cx-3. However, the draw-tite seems to be the most robust of the two. It doesn't require straps if you are putting a bike rack.
 

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What's the part number for the Mazda oem hitch?
Actually, I wasn't able to find it. The one that comes on all the search results is for the cx-3. However, the draw-tite seems to be the most robust of the two. It doesn't require straps if you are putting a bike rack.
I'm using the Curt... Both seem to mount the same way. I don't use straps with my bike rack, once I crank down the anti rattle pin it doesn't jiggle at all.
 
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