Sorry if this question has been asked before but we have an RX350 F Sport and I enquired about a hitch for the car and the dealer wasnt quite sure as they hadnt fitted one yet (this was in January of this year). I searched around online and discovered that a hitch was difficult to fit due to the rear sway bar on the car and just wanted to check with you experts if this was the case
The sales guy who sold us the car actually encouraged us to buy the hitch from a 3rd party hitch company (we live in CO, and the hitch company recommended was Lampert Hitch). I took the car to them and spoke to the guys there who seemed very knowledgable but they too had not installed a hitch on a F Sport. I dont want some guy taking to the sway bar with an oxy torch!
And if it really is as easy as some of you have posted (and great shots by the way) then I reckon I could do it myself.
eightblack, you can definitely do it yourself. I have an F sport too and found an aftermarket hitch- a CURT model- made specifically for the F sport. Look on etrailer.com, and it will specifically list the one for the F sport. it is cheap, and easy to install. They also have the wiring harness for our car, though it is listed for the 2012 regular RX.
The rear damper is simply bolted on, and removal is just as easy. Once the hitch is on, there are mounting holes on the hitch to re-install the damper. You have the flip the damper upside down, but there is no reason that it shouldn't work just as before. Here are some pics of mine as well.
IIRC, there was previously a hitch that fit the non-Fs, and an add'l bracket or part to use with the F damper. The new one has an extra tab for the damper with the holes already there.
9/20 edit - now that I've unpacked it all, there is an additional plate included, I think that's for the passenger side. The extra tab I mentioned is for the driver's side.
The instructions say, however, that you can't reinstall the tow hooks with the F damper.
Hitchdepot $143.50 incl shipping through Amazon.
Looks pretty straightforward, although I just received it today and am waiting for the converter from another source.
I installed the Curt hitch on my 2011 RX350 myself and was very pleased with the results. I then purchased the wire connector and hooked it up to the connector in the left rear and ran the wires over to the hitch but the trailer lights would not work. Went to several local garages including one that specializes is Toyota/Lexus but nobody could figure out why the trailer connector had no power. I finally stumbled on a reference to the "trailer computer". Once I bought the trailer lighting computer (part number PT219‐48101‐TC) and installed it, the trailer lights work perfectly! Instructions for installing the computer can be found here http://us.lexusownersclub.com/forums...ht-connection/
I installed the Curt hitch on my 2011 RX350 myself and was very pleased with the results. I then purchased the wire connector and hooked it up to the connector in the left rear and ran the wires over to the hitch but the trailer lights would not work. Went to several local garages including one that specializes is Toyota/Lexus but nobody could figure out why the trailer connector had no power. I finally stumbled on a reference to the "trailer computer". Once I bought the trailer lighting computer (part number PT219‐48101‐TC) and installed it, the trailer lights work perfectly! Instructions for installing the computer can be found here xxxxxxxxxx
Pretty much a known item.
Standard hitch is only applicable to 4WD vehicles with the towing package(TO) option.
Note: F-Sport RX models required to remove rear suspension damper and bar for installation.
All other RX models require hitch plus the towing converter.
One of the sponsors here at CL, Sewell Lexus in Dallas, makes this known when purchasing the hitch from them.
I just purchased a 10 rx450h awd yesterday. I'm reading a lot about the curt hitch and want to pull the trigger but is there a difference in application for the AWD models vs RWD?
The RX is either FWD or AWD.
Yes, there is a difference. As you can see in my post above at #70. If you have AWD AND the towing package option installed you need only the tow hitch. Otherwise, you need the tow hitch and the towing converter.
I ordered the 13541 but received the 13143. Installation time was about an hour. Had to slightly trim the fascia to fit around the upper bar that was not mentioned in the instructions for the fascia to fit back properly. Bought the connector kit #56083 but have not hooked anything to it to see if it works. I will hook up a trailer light kit I found laying in my garage and see if I need a converter or not since I do not have the tow package on my 2013. I plan to haul only a couple mountain bikes and don't really need it but would like for it to work just in case I may haul a small trailer. What exactly does the converter do? Maybe I could make my own.