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that is a serious drag. I LOVE my stealth hitch. Love it. Knowing what I know now, if I had a '21, I'd be asking stealth hitch if they'd sell me their prototype for $1000 and finish it as a one-off custom. I'd appreciate the hardware to the tune of $1000 easy.
 

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I have a Stealth hitch on my 2015 GLA45. They sent me the 2015 GLA250 hitch. The only difference was the dropdown piece. I had Stealth custom make it after I gave them the measurements. Had to cut a a very small piece of the defuser grom the inside and not visible from outside.
I want to get this stealth hitch as well. Who did you talk to there to make the dropdown piece? Any extra cost for that? Did you have to cut the diffuser since your measurements was slightly off?
 

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Discussion Starter · #23 ·
Well, well, well, what do we have here?
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It turns out that the GLA 35 hitch found upthread by @aevanilla (Mercedes Benz stainless steel trailer hitch by EcoHitch®) fits the GLA 45 as well.

Like I said earlier, I contacted the manufacturer about whether it would fit and got someone on the phone to say that he didn't think it would. I asked a second time via email and got an answer that was a little more uncertain. I checked their return policy and the installation instructions they sent me and decided to take a crack at it. Unfortunately, a friend and I were unable to figure out how to get the bumper off the car, so I took it to a local shop and convinced them to give it a try. The gentleman who did the install told me that it wasn't a perfect fit - he said that he had to bend a small amount of metal out of the way to get the hitch to mate with the frame. I can't give too much more detail than that since it's inside the bumper and he didn't take pictures, but he said it wasn't too big of a deal. But as you can see from the picture, it's on there with all of the stock bumper and exhaust bits largely unperturbed (the hitch requires you to cut a notch out of the bumper, but it's impossible to tell from the back of the car).

tl;dr this thing fits: Mercedes Benz stainless steel trailer hitch by EcoHitch®.

More pics? More pics!
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I'm thrilled that it worked out! I came very close to contacting my local Audi dealer about an SQ5 (which is bigger and slower...) after a few misadventures getting my e-bike up to the roof. Best of luck getting yours installed - you might have to do a little convincing to get a shop to take the job on. The hitch specialist shops I talked to were leery about taking on jobs where the hitch manufacturer doesn't state compatibility with the precise year, make, and model.

I'm off to order a new bike rack. Now that I've got a car with a 2" receiver, I can get a rack that's worth a ****.
 

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I'm also excited about this news.

Is there any interference to the sensor for the electric tailgate lift?
I don't think so, but I'm not 100% sure. I've only ever triggered the electric lift gate accidentally and I'm pretty sure that's happened after I had the hitch installed. If the sensor is anywhere other than dead-center under the hatch, it should still work since the hitch only blocks the underside of the bumper where the actual receiver tube pokes out.
 

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I don't think so, but I'm not 100% sure. I've only ever triggered the electric lift gate accidentally and I'm pretty sure that's happened after I had the hitch installed. If the sensor is anywhere other than dead-center under the hatch, it should still work since the hitch only blocks the underside of the bumper where the actual receiver tube pokes out.
Thanks. I tried triggering it off-center and seems to work fine until fairly close to the exhaust. I'm willing to trade it for the hitch anyway!
 

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I just got confirmation from Torklift that it will "work with the kick sensor or the foot activated electric tailgate sensor."
I don't think so, but I'm not 100% sure. I've only ever triggered the electric lift gate accidentally and I'm pretty sure that's happened after I had the hitch installed. If the sensor is anywhere other than dead-center under the hatch, it should still work since the hitch only blocks the underside of the bumper where the actual receiver tube pokes out.
BaronessOfBikes, could you DM me or post here your installers details? I've spoken to a local installer in the SF Bay Area that I think is willing to try it, but I think would be happier if he could get some first hand information. He tried talking to Torklift, but they stated it was only tested by them for the 35 (as we know).
 

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Hey... late response. I wasn't able to get this done right away due to some issues. I ordered the hitch about 2 months ago and several delays later I was able to get it. Hurricane Ian delayed everything again (I live in FL). All the hitch/tow/trailer places were super busy and I wasn't able to get it installed. I finally got it installed last week.

The installer charged me 3 hrs worth of work, which seems reasonable. They said the hardest part was getting the bumper off. Had to cut a small section of the rear/bottom fascia to accommodate the hitch. Didn't mention any metal that needed to be bent (although this might be the heat shield, which I already had cut from a previous unsuccessful install). The installation is clean and I am very happy with how it turned out.

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