First post here. I have been holding back form posting because I wanted to wait until Project Gandalf the Grey has been finished. But it looks like its going to take a little longer than expected. I already promised the shops that have done work on my vehicle that I would be posting soon. See below for pics and details.
Custom Tow Hitch performed by Jesse from Precision Trailer Hitch and Welding.
If you are in the SoCal area, do yourself a favor and visit Jesse or Justin at Precision Trailer Hitch in Sun Valley, CA. They are extremely skilled at what they do, creative, smart, and honest. I have recommended many friends and family to them because I had such an excellent experience.
Make sure to bring your bike carrier, cargo carrier or whatever you plan on connecting to your hitch so they can take proper measurements and custom fit it to your preference. I also highly recommend making an appointment or calling ahead to see if they can fit you in for the same day. They get booked pretty fast.
For Gandalf, i had them weld a 2" hitch and custom fit it to work with my Kuat NV bike hitch carrier. They cut into the plastic trim with precision toincrease the height because of the design on the Kuat NV carrier. The tightening knob was under the carrier so it would scrape almost every driveway. The cut gave me approximately just enough of a height increase to clear most driveways. I flinched a little when they offered to cut it, but they did a good job of cutting it with precision. It looks stock.
Mention that you are from the Ford Cmax Forums and was recommended by Enrique or Ej.
Precision Trailer Hitches and Welding
10919 Randall St
Sun Valley, CA
Jesse or Justin