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Is Trimming or Modification Required to Install Curt Trailer Hitch 11749, 1998 to 2005 Mazda Miata

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Will the hitch touch the rear panel. Since panel is somwhat flexible, would it be neccesary to trim the panel for clearance? If so what would be the best way and/or tool to cut the panel?

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The Curt Class I Trailer Hitch, # 11749, should not require any rear fascia trimming or modification. The instructions do not list any steps for trimming, modification, and there are no notes regarding the receiver touching the rear fascia. I have included a link to the installation details for reference. I

f you needed to trim the fascia, you can use a sharp utility knife (like a box cutter), score the area that needs to be trimmed, and in many cases, wiggling the piece back and forth will provide a clean cut which will require only minor clean up to be smooth.

This trailer hitch comes with the recommended ball mount. You can use ball # A-80 (1-7/8 inch diameter) or # A-82 (2 inch diameter).

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