I just went out and measured the following:
The Blue Ox hitch receivers are almost flush on my 2007 Edge and the cable fittings stick out at just 1-3/8 inches beyond the lower bumper cover. However, the front license plate holder sticks out further than anything else by about 1-1/4 inches.
Hope this helps.
Bob (Squidly Down Under) & Peg - 2013 Ford Focus pushing a 2011 Phoenix Cruiser 2552S
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