The hidden-hitch is a great accessory for the Element. I put mine on in ten minutes. I also installed a Harley hitch cover that fits perfectly, though it does not extend much beyond the bumper if that is the protection you are looking for. :lol:
Are you being followed by the bumper attack squad?
Hidden hitch is just another manufacture for a rear hitch.
Dood, the best thing for you, it sound like, get a hitch installed then buy one of those platforms that you attach to it to hold like a cooler or something. They stick out a good 2 feet from your bumper. Then you could wire electric through it and shock anyone that touches it!
The factory hitch is a 1 1/4" hitch, did you need a 2" hitch to get the extension you need to clear the bumper? Let me know as I can measure the hitch distances for you and let you know what would work best. We have most of the Element hitches in stock and can offer you a 15% discount for seeing us hear. Let me know if I can help. 1(800) 722-5872 (216) I work for sports rack.
I've got the Honda accessory hitch for my E and it doesn't stick out past the bumper, you would need to put in a 1 1/4" + tow ball to have it extend past the bumper. If you could get a 2" hitch, some companies make a rear step that you could keep mounted all of the time. It looks somewhat like a mini bumper. Check this website out:
I found from a local trailer shop (John's Trailers, 440-232-4311) that there is a conversion available that slips into the 1 1/4" receiver and converts it into a 2" receiver for about $25. These come in various lengths - with one of these you could then use a 2" bunper step or carrier. I don't know if using one of these would put too much tongue weight on the hitch and damage the subframe that the hitch is bolted to or not. Generally when towing, only 10% of the weight of a trailer should be on the tongue - so if an E can tow 1,500 lbs safely, would putting a step on the E and then having a 250 lb heavyweight use the step cause a problem? Does anyone know anything about this?
You may want to think twice about leaving something in the hitch. If some uncaring ass hits your hitch you may be in worse trouble because the hitch mounts to the unit body construction. it may tweak your frame what there is of one and leave the vehicle out of true. At least the bumper is replaceable.