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Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendation for Towing and Bikes for a 2004 Mazda 6 Hatchback

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What are the pros and cons of using this Draw-Tite hitch vs. using the Curt C11308? I will be using it primarily for a bike rack, but I will be installing the wiring kit so that I can tow if I wish.

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If I were choosing a trailer hitch for a 2004 Mazda 6 hatchback I would choose Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 24775. You mentioned you might do some towing. The appropriate ball mount and pin and clip is # 3592. All that would be needed is a ball # 19256 for a 1-7/8 inch or # 19258 for a 2 inch.

The Curt hitch # C11308, requires the use of stabilization strap # 18050 when using the hitch with a bike rack or cargo carrier for Curt's warranty requirements. Draw-Tite does not have that requirement.

The Curt hitch is a little easier to install but in doesn't attach to the vehicle in as many places either. And the Curt hitch costs a little less than the other options. But based on what you want to use the hitch for I recommend # 24755 from Draw-Tite.

And if you do tow I recommend wiring harness # 118405 to add a 4-Way flat to the rear of the vehicle. I have included some links showing example installations of the hitch and wiring for you. Please note the wiring fits several different vehicles so the video I linked isn't a Mazda 6 but the installation will be similar.

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