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Recommended Bike Carrier for 2018 Ford Focus ST

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Hi, I have a 2018 Ford Focus ST. I really would like a hitch for my bike rack that doesnt go below the exhaust tip like most do. I found one that fits the 2016 Focus ST Item # C11431 that goes above the tips but it doesnt say if this will work for a 2018 model. Will this fit a 2018 Focus ST? Thanks

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The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C11431 is a confirmed fit for 2013-2018 Ford Focus ST models. It is a confirmed fit for your 2018 model and will fit above the exhaust and under the bumper. This will work well for your bike rack, but you will want to make sure to install and uninstall the rack only after the exhaust pipes have cooled for safety when maneuvering in that tight space. I recommend the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 which will have the locks included.

If you would rather have a trunk mounted bike rack due to that spacing issue, I recommend the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top 2 Bike Carrier for Vehicles w/ Spoilers # HRF2 or the 3 bike # HRF2-3 due to your spoiler. I've attached installation videos to assist.

For extra security, I also recommend the following:
Thule Passive Security Strap for Trunk Mounted Bike Carriers # TH533
10' Long Cable Lock # e98891
Swagman Deluxe Bike Frame Adapter Bar for Women's, Children's, and Alternative Frame Bikes # 64005
Softride Soft Hook-and-Loop Tie Downs for Bike Racks # SR54FR

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