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Bumper Panel Modification Required for Trailer Hitch Receiver On a 2021 Lexus RX 350

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Looking for a trailer hitch for supporting a rack for two bikes. My vehicle: Lexus RX 350 year 2021 I see you list a Draw Tite hitch part number 75540 for this This requires cutting a hole in bumper to install? Is there a Draw Tite part number for this?

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When installing the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 75540 on your 2021 Lexus RX 350 a portion of the lower fascia panel will need to be trimmed for the receiver hitch tube. This 3" x 3" hole can be cut with a cut off tool like in the installation video that I linked below or by using a small hack saw.

I recommend installing the Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118255 before installing the receiver as it will be easier to get to the wiring connector that is behind the bumper cover before you install the receiver. This 4-way flat connector will allow you to operate the lights on most small trailers as well as use Auxiliary Lights # C53201 with any hitch mounted accessory such as a bike rack that impairs the view of your tail lights. The Curt Easy Mount Bracket # C58001 will secure the 4-way to the end of the receiver where it is easily accessible.

For a bike rack I recommend the Kuat NV 2.0 Bike Rack for 2 Bikes # NV22G. The built in bike repair stand and locking system make it a very versatile and clean rack that serves more than one function. You can also add an Extender # NA22G to be able to carry an additional 2 bikes.

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