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http://www.etrailer.com/tv-hitch-install-2003-chevy-silverado.aspx Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information. Today on this 2003 Chevy Silverado 1500 series we will be installing Curt hitch part number 13322. The first thing we want to do in preparation to installing our trailer hitch is removing the spare tire and getting it out of the way. With the spare tire removed we can go ahead and take a look at the drivers side frame rail. :18 We have an existing bolt at the end of the frame that we are going to remove and replace with new hardware, and that will provide our rearmost attaching point. Just forward of the cross member we have an existing hole that will provide our forward most attaching point on the bottom of the frame. On the bumper itself we actually have two existing weld nuts that we are going to also use. Just left and right of the hitch ball hole we have these existing weld nuts. :42 So first I am going to go ahead and remove the bolts from the end of the frame rail on both sides of the vehicle. And again, these bolts are going to be replaced by the new 14 millimeter bolts that are provided in the hardware kit. Next we are going to out the block and the 1/ 2 inch carriage bolt, set it on top of the frame, ping the bolt down through the existing hole in the frame that we pointed out earlier. Okay with that hardware in place I am going to go ahead and put the hitch up into position, fastening it to those carriage bolts using the flanged hex nut that is provided with the installation kit. Then next I am going to go to the weld nuts in the bumper and put the new 14 millimeter bolts into those weld nuts. Depending of the age of your vehicle you may find that you have some rust or corrosion built up in these weld nuts. If this is the case you want to go ahead and clean those out throughly before you attempt to install your hardware. 1:35 Okay we will go to the weld nuts on the frame and start installing the hardware there. With all fasteners in place we can go ahead and tighten these bolts up. And then we will come back through and torque them down to their specified torque rating. You want to make sure you torque each one of the bolts to their specified torque rating as listed in the instructions. With all the bolts torqued down we just want to make sure we put our spare tire back up into place and our installation will be complete. This will conclude the installation of Curt hitch part number 13322 on a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 series.
21 Oct 2010
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http://www.etrailer.com/tv-hitch-install-2003-chrysler-town-and-country.aspx Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information. Today on a 2003 Chrysler Town and Country we are going to install part number 87717 from Hidden Hitch. First off we will show you where the hitch actually mounts up on the frame. It is going to mount up using existing bolts in the frame on one part and some existing holes further back in the frame. This is actually going to be identical on both sides of the vehicle. And also before you do your install when you take this bolt out spray it down with WD-40 or some kind of penetrate because over the years bolts inside here will get rusted shut and it is very easy to break the bolts. Our next step is to go ahead and install hardware into the frame. Then your access hole as listed in the instructions is this one right here and you will have to enlarge it to get the hardware in. However there is another way of doing it, we will show you how to do that today. Run your bolt leader out the back towards the end of the frame out through the bumper bracket and there is a little plastic piece there that you kinda have to push out of the way to get your hardware back through. But you can actually pull it all the way back through that way without having to enlarge the hole in the frame. Now I will go ahead and put our bolt into place then push that back in and pull it on through. All right we will do the same thing again for this bolt hole. Okay now we have that done with we can do the same thing for the other side. At this point we can go ahead and lift our hitch up into position. We will just go ahead and use a couple nuts to hold it in place while we get the rest of the hardware installed. We are going to leave all our hardware loose, so we can move the hitch around so we can make sure we get the factory bolts to go straight back into the bumper bracket. All right and at this point we can go ahead and snug down our bolts. Okay now we have our bolts snugged down now we can go ahead and torque the bolts down as specified in the instructions. All right and that finishes it for part number 87717 from Hidden Hitch.
21 Oct 2010
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http://www.etrailer.com/tv-Hitch-install-1993-Ford-Econoline.aspx Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information. Today we are going to install part number 41546 from Draw-Tite, and we are going to install this on a 1993 Ford Econoline 150. To make it easier to install the hitch, we will lower the spare tire. The hitch is going to mount up on these existing holes here and here. Back here will be a hole we will have to drill out. So that is going to require us to get the exhaust moved out of the way so we can drill a hole. And basically it is going to be identical on the drivers side. All right, our first step is go ahead and lower the exhaust. We are going to undo the bolt up here and then just push it out of the way when we get ready to drill it out. Now we can go ahead and start installing out hardware, starting with the holes closest to the bumper. We will get the flat washer - the heavy, flat washer - to go through the hole. And then next will be a big, special washer that goes up like that when the hitch is installed. And then, of course, the conical-tooth washer and the nut. OK, and we will do the same thing on the passengers side. OK, at this point we can go ahead and start hanging the hitch from the frame. It might be a good idea to have a couple of extra hands when you have the extra washer going in between. Now, we left this intentionally loose so we have more room to work the rest of our hardware in. All right, this small block goes on top of the frame. The big, square block will go in between the frame and the hitch itself. Then we can install the conical-tooth washer and nut. OK, and then we do the same thing on the passengers side. And what you want to do now, with the bolts still loose, is move the hitch left and right to get it centered as best as possible. And when you have that done, go ahead and snug down the bolts. With the bolts snugged down, that will hold the hitch in place while we go ahead and drill out our last two holes. That way, the hitch will act as a template. We are starting off with a 1/4-inch bit for a pilot hole and then we will follow it up with a 1/2-inch bit. All right, now we will actually loosen this back up so we have some room to put the plates that go in between the frame of the vehicle and the hitch. Now we will put our block in that goes between the frame - put our block in between the hitch and the frame, and then a block and square bolt for the carriage. Pull it from the top down. Then put in our conical-tooth and our nut. Repeat the same process on the passengers side. All right, then you can go ahead and snug the bolts down once more. And then we will go ahead and give them their final torque as specified in the instructions. All right, once you have your hitch torqued down, you can go ahead and reattach the exhaust. Once we are finished torquing down the bolts, we should put the spare tire back up, which will complete this install. All right, that is it for part number 41546 from Draw-Tite on a 1993 Ford Econoline 150.
21 Oct 2010
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http://www.etrailer.com/tv-Front-hitch-install-1996-jeep-wrangler.aspx Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information. Today we are going to install part number 65048, our front-mount hitch, and we are going to install this on a 1996 Jeep Wrangler. The next thing we will do is show you where the hitch resides on the front of the vehicle. Most of the time you expect it to sit on the bottom of here, but in the Jeep style, the way the frame is built, the actual hitch sits on top, and that is where it is going to ride. What is going to happen next is we are going to take out the hardware and use the existing bolt holes under the plastic tube. So we put our hitch on first and just lay it on the top as we trace around it. So that is where we are going to cut around the plastic and put it back on when we are done. This is going to be identical on both sides. So let us start disassembling and get the trim piece off. All right, this is the threaded hole that we are going to use. It is a good idea to take some time and clean out the threads. This one has collected some rust and dust in it. Next, we are going to cut out our trim panel here. We will use a Dremel tool. Pull up all the melted stuff. Use a little piece of sandpaper to clean up the rough edges and you will be good to go. And just repeat it for the other side. And next we will install our hitch and start applying our hardware. After a couple of test fits and a little bit extra trimming, we can go ahead and install our trim panel back in. The next thing we are going to do is install our hitch and start applying our hardware. All right, this spacer block, which keeps the surface flat - do this on both sides. And we will put our hitch on top. Now we will install our bolts. We have got our bolts snugged down, and we can go ahead and torque them down as specified in the instructions. All right, and with the bolts tightened down, that is all it takes to install part number 65048 from Draw-Tite on our 1996 Jeep Wrangler.
21 Oct 2010
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http://www.etrailer.com/tv-hitch-install-2003-pontiac-montana.aspx Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information. Today we are going to install part number 87410 from Hidden Hitch, and we are going to install this on a 2003 Pontiac Montana. We will show you where the hitch mounts up on the vehicle. It is actually going to bolt up in this location right here where these existing bolts are. The bolts will get replaced by new hardware, and it will be the frame, the hitch, and then the exhaust hanger we will bolt on top of that with the new hardware. And on the other side here, this is pretty open. It is going to bolt up into these threaded holes right here. Now, some models will have a compressor bracket right here. In this case we do not have it, so we do not have to worry about modifying anything right there. Also, in addition to these two attaching points, there is a hole that gets drilled out in the frame here, too. This hole is going to be on the other side - on the passengers side, as well. And there is an existing hole that you install hardware on, on the passengers side, also. All right, at this point we can actually set the hitch up on the frame already, using the existing bolt holes. Now you can take a moment to straighten out the hitch on the frame. Then you can go ahead and snug those bolts down. All right, the hitch will act as a template to locate our holes. We will go ahead and start off using a 1/4-inch bit to drill the pilot hole. OK, we can start installing our hardware in this hole right here. We will run our bolt leader from the inside to the outside access hole here, and pull our hardware back through. The rearward attachment requires this handle to be installed inside here and down. This handle nut is designed to be bent any direction you need. Basically, we are just going to make a shape just like that, thread it into the hole, and do the same thing on the drivers side. On our forward attachment here, we can just go ahead and add a couple of blocks to it, a lock washer and a nut. With all our hardware installed now, we can go ahead and actually snug up the bolts and then torque the bolts down. At this point, we can go ahead and torque down our bolts as specified in the instructions. That finishes our install of part number 87410 from Hidden Hitch.
21 Oct 2010
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http://www.etrailer.com/tv-hitch-install-2006-jeep-wrangler.aspx Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information. Today we are going to install part number 13408 from Curt, and we are going to install this on a 2006 Jeep Wrangler. What is going to happen is we are going to install where this bolt is. It will reuse this existing hole that comes with a new fastener, and also this existing hole here in the frame. Also, to give us a little bit extra working room, we are going to disconnect the exhaust at these two bolts right here, just to give us a little more flexibility so we have a little bit more room to work. All right, next we will install our hardware for this hole here. Sometimes, if this hole is not big enough, there is a bigger access hole further up in the frame and you can pull it through. But in this case we actually have enough room to just do everything in one spot. Put it in the hole we are going to use, push it up in there, put our block in there, and pull it back through. And at this point, we have got your hardware installed, we can go ahead and lift your hitch into position, and hang it by those bolts we just installed. And you want to leave your hardware loose so you can move the hitch around as needed to thread into your bolts right here. The Jeep itself, depending on the year, will actually have different bolts that are used, so the hardware that comes with this has different bolts. And the best way to match up the bolt to make sure you have the right one is by the size of the bolt itself. And b, the more accurate way is if you put the threads together and they mesh evenly, then you know you have the right bolt. Now we have got all our bolts started, we can go ahead and snug them down. Now we can go ahead and torque the bolts down to their specified settings in the instructions. Our next step after torquing the bolts is to go ahead and reinstall the exhaust hanger. All right, and with those bolts torqued down, that finishes our install of part number 13408 from Curt.
21 Oct 2010
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http://www.etrailer.com/tv-demo-kuat-alpha-bike-rack.aspx Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information. Today we are going to show you the Alpha bicycle rack from Kuat. As shown here we have it in an 1-1/4 inch version in the chrome black. It is constructed completely out of aluminum, it is very light weight and you can practically toss this anywhere you want. Also available is in the white color as shown here in the 2 inch version bicycle rack. Now we have a couple of racks already installed on some vehicles so lets take a short ride around back and show you how they work. Some points about this bicycle rack is first off when you install it on the hitch of your vehicle you do not have to worry about having any special tools for it, you simply slide it in, install the lock that came with the bike rack, and then tighten down the anti rattle device. Boom you are done. Then you are ready to put the bikes on the rack itself. What is nice about the rack itself are the arms are very narrow so they can hold a variety of different bikes. On the cradles you have anti sway on both of them so it does not matter how you start stacking the bikes on the rack. Another nice feature about this bicycle rack is if you want to get in the back to the trunk of your car or SUV all you have to do is undo the little tension knob here, pull out the pin right here, undo the clip and you actually tilt the assembly out of the way, store the pin back so that you can get in the back of your vehicle. And also when you are ready to store the Kuat bicycle rack all you have to do is undo the tension knob on the back, pull this pin, pull it out, fold it down, and reinstall the pin and it is ready for storage. Lets go ahead and put this bicycle on the rack. First off undo your cradles, just go ahead and lift the bike onto the cradles. And you can rotate the cradles as needed to fit the bike. And we will just go ahead and run these straps around it. For security the Kuat Alpha bicycle rack actuality has a built in lock and cable so you can wrap it around the bike itself. Put it into the lock and push the button, and it is secured to the rack. And with that it finishes our review of part number A101-white as shown here. And then also part number A102-black-114 for 1-1/4inch models.
21 Oct 2010
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http://www.etrailer.com/tv-Hitch-Install-2007-Lincoln-MKX.aspx Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information. Today we are going to install part number 75526 from Draw-Tite. We are going to install this class III receiver hitch on a 2007 Lincoln MKX. First off we will show you where the hitch gets mounted onto the vehicle. Its going to get mounted onto frame members that are right now currently hidden behind the exhaust and a couple of heat shields that need to be cut off to make room for the hitch itself. We will cut out room where the bolts come through the frame. This section right here where a tab goes into the frame will need to be cut out so our hitch hardware can be installed. And again it will be identical on both sides. All right we will get started by lowering the exhaust. These rubber hangers here will need to be sprayed with lubricant so they will be easier to get off. Before we lower the exhaust we are actually going to go ahead and put a safety strap underneath here so we can control the exhaust as we lower it, it will not just go falling down. See how we can control it? All right the next thing we are going to do is just disconnect the bracket here, its going to be simply pushed up out of the way and the screws can be re-installed. The reason we have to do this is to have more clearance for our hitch install. All right lets go ahead and take down the heat shields and get them ready to trim up. All right you can see a little easier how we have the heat shield marked out for clearance. So lets go ahead and use some tin snips and just cut it out. At this point we can go ahead and re-install the shields. When we re-install the heat shield these two fasteners we are going to leave off because what will happen is the hitch will actually sandwich it in place. We will go ahead and do the in board fasteners and get those tightened down. When you get done trimming the main thing you want to look out for is make sure you have room for your hardware in this hole right here. Now you can start installing your hardware. We are going to use this wire pull, or bolt leader that comes with the kit and install it in the hole we are going to use here, and go all the way out to the end of the frame to install our hardware and pull it back through. Do that on all four parts. At this point we are going to install the hitch, it is kind of awkward so it is a good idea to have an extra set of hands to get up there so you do not push the bolts into the frame. Okay just a couple of nuts to hold the hitch into place, then we can install the rest of the hardware. All right at this point we can go ahead and snug down our bolts on the hitch. And then we will turn around and torque them down as specified in the instructions. Go ahead and put our exhaust back up. Take the strap off. And there you have it for part number 75526 from Draw-Tite.
21 Oct 2010
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http://www.etrailer.com/tv-hitch-install-2005-hyundai-santa-fe.aspx Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information. Today we are going to be installing Hidden Hitch part number 87419 on a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe. This hitch application will also apply for Draw-Tite part number 41543. Looking underneath the vehicle, we have gone ahead and removed the spare tire to get it out of the way. Looking at the drivers side frame rail, you can see we have got a bolt here at the end of the frame and three bolts that are attaching the tow hook to the frame, and then an extra weld nut here. Those are going to provide all of our attaching points here on the drivers side. And over here on the passengers side of the vehicle, you can see we have got a tow hook as well, with two bolts holding it in, and then one rearward in it. Those three will provide our attaching points here on the passengers side. You can see we have also got the exhaust here. So we are going to need to remove it off of its two rear-most hangers, as well as the forward-most hanger, up near the main crossmember. To help in the removal of the exhaust off of its hangers, I am going to go ahead and use a spray lubricant, like a WD-40, to spray the studs down. Before removing the exhaust off of its final hanger, I am going to make sure we put some kind of a support strap across the exhaust tube here. When you do remove the final hanger, the exhaust will want to fall down. Okay, with the bolts removed, we can go ahead and put the hitch up in position. In each of the weld nuts that we removed the bolt from, we will be replacing those with the 10-millimeter bolts with the conical-tooth washer. And for the forward-most weld nut here on the drivers side, we will be using the 12-millimeter bolt with the conical-tooth washer. Now that we have got all the bolts up into place, we can go back through and torque them down. You want to verify with the directions the appropriate torque rating for each individual bolt. Now that we have got our bolts torqued down, we just want to make sure we put our exhaust and our spare tire back up into place, and our installation will be complete. This will conclude the installation of hitch part number 87419 on a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe.
21 Oct 2010
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http://www.etrailer.com/tv-Install-Hitch-2006-Ford-F250.aspx Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information. Today we are going to install part number 41931 from Draw-Tite, and we are going to install this hitch on a 2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty. We are looking at the passengers side frame rail here, and the hitch is going to get attached at this hole here, here, here and here. And you can tell by the whole area that the original factory hitch was on there already so we already took that off. The hitch is going to attach to the same place as the factory hitch did. This one will be a lot heavier hitch. And it will be identical on both sides. The factory wiring we took and just tucked it out of the way for now during our install. We will go ahead and reinstall that after the hitch is done. Next we will go ahead and start installing our hardware. Each set of holes will get one of these plates. We in our bolt, and we do that for the remaining three sets of holes. At this point we can go ahead and start installing our hitch. We have the hitch hung by a couple of the nuts, and now we will go ahead and install the rest of our hardware. And we have got our conical-tooth washer and our nut. And it is really going to be the same all the way around. All right, at this point we can give the bolts their final torque, as specified in the instructions. All right, we are going to reattach the factory wiring harness back to the hitch using two additional part numbers. We are going to be using part number 18013, which is a bracket that is going to the hitch right here with a hose clamp, and then the bracket that holds the actual 7-pole is going to mount below it. All right, we will thread our factory harness back through and put our connection back into place. We will put our lock latch back in. And with the wiring hooked up and the bolts all torqued down, that finishes our install of part number 41931 from Draw-Tite.
21 Oct 2010
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http://www.etrailer.com/tv-hitch-install-2006-dodge-charger-2.aspx Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information. Today on this 2006 Dodge Charger we are going to install part number 90339 from Hidden Hitch. This also applies to part number 36325 from Draw-Tite. To begin our install we need to lower the exhaust so we have access to the frame. First thing we are going to to is lubricate the rubber hangers here, that way it makes it a lot easier to pull off the metal hangers themselves. Pull it down just a little bit to allow the lubricant to get in. :24 The body work itself is still holding up the exhaust so we need to pull it down. What we are going to do is put this safety strap around the exhaust to keep it from falling completely down and damaging a component or something. The hitch is going to mount up on the frame using the rearmost threaded hole, the two holes farther back that are about a 1/ 2 inch diameter, and the middle hole will not be used, that will be the access hole for our hardware. On this side it is going to be pretty similar except it has two threaded holes and only one hole, the forward most, that will get the hardware installed. 1:07 Before we install the hitch we want to take some time out and go ahead and clean out the threads that are existing in the frame. Take your bolt and run it in first, make sure you can get it started. You may need to spray some lubricant in there to help clean out the threads. Just run the bolt in and out a few times. You can go ahead and start installing your hitch. All right next what we are going to do is install our hardware and it is going to use a special type of hardware, this handle nut here. What we did is bent the handle to the shape you need to go through the access hole and to the bolt hole we are going to use. These handles bend pretty easy so you can manipulate them any way you want. What you need to do is just get it started and we will just push the handle out of the way and work on the next one on the other side. 1:52 We are done with the passenger side for now so we will go over to the driver side and finish that up. We have all our bolts started so just go ahead and snug them all down. Then we will torque the bolts down as specified in the instructions. At this point we can start reattaching the exhaust back up to the rubber hangers. All right and with that that finishes our install of part number 90339 from Hidden Hitch.
21 Oct 2010
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http://www.etrailer.com/tv-hitch-install-2010-kia-soul.aspx Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information. Today we are going to install part number 11110 from Curt, and we are going to install this on a 2010 Kia Soul. First, to install the hitch, we are going to have to lower the exhaust. Disconnect this rubber hanger right here, and this rubber hanger here.We are going to spray it down this hanger with some lubricant. And then we can slide it off. Next what is going to happen is we are going to take down the interior fender well liners here. We will put them back in when we are done.What is going to happen is, the hitch is going to install in the bottom of the frame, where this tow hook is right here. This hook is going to be removed, and it is going to use this bolt here and another bolt on the other side. And also there are two bolts on the back side of this, alongside of the frame, that the hitch will bolt onto there. There are going to be four on the passengers side. On the outboard side of the frame, on the drivers side, where we are looking here, there are two threaded holes there. This side only uses two holes. At this point we can go ahead and install the hitch onto the vehicle. What we are going to do is put the hitch over the tailpipe and kind of work it in between the bumper cover and the tailpipe, and then we will just go ahead and slide it into position then. It would be good if you have an extra set of hands, too. Now we can go ahead and snug the bolts down. All right, at this time we can torque down the bolts, as specified in the instructions. OK, we are at the point where we can go ahead and reattach our exhaust. We will slide it back onto the rubber hangers. Now we will go ahead and put the fender well liners back into place. All right, that finishes it for our install of part number 11110 from Curt.
21 Oct 2010
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http://www.etrailer.com/tv-hitch-install-2007-nissan-murano.aspx Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information. Today on this 2007 Nissan Murano we will be installing hitch part number 13571 from Curt. Okay we are underneath the vehicle, before we can get started we need to go ahead and lower the exhaust off its hangers and get it out of the way. There are four main hangers that we are going to need to lower the exhaust off of. Over here on the drivers side we have two, these two can simply be pulled off their hangers. It may help to use a spray lubricant like WD-40, to spray the studs down first, it will make the removal way easier. On the passenger side we will be removing it off the hanger here on the outboard side of the frame rail. This one will need to be unbolted. And then here at the middle of the exhaust on the forward side we need to remove it off of this fourth hanger, which again can be unbolted from the frame. Before we do so we need to make sure we support the exhaust tube with a strap or a bungee cord, something that will support the beam. Because once we remove this final hanger the exhaust will want to fall down and it could damage your system if not properly supported. Okay now that we have the exhaust lowered we can go ahead and remove the tow hook from the drivers side frame rail. There are four bolts holding the tow hook onto the frame. Now that we have the tow hook removed I am going to go ahead and point out the three attaching points here on the drivers side. And over here on the passenger side we are just going to be using the two rear most weld nuts here at the bottom of the frame. Okay with those pointed out we can go ahead and put the hitch up in position. We are going to be using the 12 millimeter bolts along with the conical tooth washers. And for the forward most attaching point here on the drivers side we will be using the 10 millimeter bolt with the conical tooth washer. And now that we have all the bolts in place we can go ahead and torque the bolts down. You want to check with the directions to verify the appropriate torque rating for each individual bolt. And with all the bolts torqued down we just want to put the exhaust back up on its hangers and our installation will be complete. And that will conclude the installation of hitch part number 13571 on a 2007 Nissan Murano.
21 Oct 2010
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http://www.etrailer.com/tv-Install-Hitch-2010-Toyota-Prius.aspx Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information. Today on this 2010 Toyota Prius we are going to install part number 24847 from Draw-Tite. This also applies to part number 60263 from Hidden Hitch. On the passenger side we are going to have to lower the exhaust. We are going to take down this bracket here with those two bolts. What will happen is the hitch will go up and the bracket will go on top of the hitch when we are done. :21 We are just going to leave it all just like that. Our hitch is going to fit between the frame and the bracket. Go back to the driver side and take down the driver bracket. The hitch is going to mount up on the frame here. Right now it is covered up by the tie down bracket so this bracket is going to come down with the bolts so that is what we are going to do on this side. :48 There is a lot of plastic underneath this vehicle here, and actually this is going to stay up there. What is going to happen is we are going to put the hitch up in an angle and inside. Then we can start installing the hitch. We will go ahead and put our hitch up into place. We will start by ing the drivers side into the plastic. We are just going to let it hang there. Then we will work it on the other side, back over the exhaust hanger on the passenger side. We will put it all together just like that. We will go back over to the drivers side and get that started. The trick is to get the bolts in here is to use and extension. We actually put a little nut inside of the socket here to hold the bolt up a little higher than normal. We will go ahead and just thread it up into place. 1:44 All right now that we have all the bolts started we will go ahead and snug them all down. Then we will torque them as specified in the instructions. All right, and there you have it for part number 24847 from Draw-Tite.
21 Oct 2010
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http://www.etrailer.com/tv-hitch-install-2008-chevy-colorado.aspx Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information. Today we will be installing hitch part number 75607 on a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado. This hitch will also fit on the GMC Canyon as well. OK, we are underneath the vehicle now, and we are going to go ahead and point out the mounting locations for the trailer hitch. There are two large bumper bracket bolts here on the side of the frame, the exterior side of the frame, and those will provide two of the attaching points. So we will need to remove these, and we will replace them with new hardware that is provided in the installation kit. OK, with the bolts removed from both sides of the vehicle, we can go ahead and put the hitch up into position now. You will notice that there will be a fairly large gap between the hitch and the side of the frame. We will need to put this large, 5/8 block in between the frame and the hitch itself, and that will shim up the extra space, and then we will feed through the new hardware into the threaded bolts to hold the hitch in place. So we are going to go ahead and do that now. And what you can do to help hold it up into place while you try to place the blocks in between the hitch and the frame, you can go ahead and just put one of the bolts in. Make sure that you put the conical-tooth washer onto the bolt as well. OK, with the bolts loosely installed, we can go ahead and fish the carriage bolt into the frame. Using the fish wire that is provided in the installation kit, we want to go ahead and feed the spiral part through the hole in the bottom of the frame and out through the hole in the side of the frame. From there, we just want to feed the block under the fish wire and then thread the bolt onto the fish wire as well. And then we will just repeat that for the other side as well. And we just want to put the conical-tooth washer into place, and the nut. And again, we can leave this kind of loose for the time being, because we want to go ahead and center the hitch up next, once we get the carriage bolts in place. One thing I do want to note before we finalize pulling the carriage bolts through the frame, if the hitch tab is not sitting flush with the bottom of the frame, if it is indeed hitting the weld here on the crossmember, the installation kit does provide spacers to put into that space to fill up the gap. And you just slide those into position, and you can just use them as needed. And the easy way to check the centering of the hitch is to come where the receiver tube is you can kind of align the center of the receiver tube with the hole in the bumper where the hitch ball goes. And once you have got the hitch centered, you can go ahead and tighten down the bolts. I would start with the one at the bottom of the frame. Tighten those first and then you can go to the ones on the side of the frame. Make sure that you tighten them evenly otherwise, they will pull the hitch one way or the other and possibly put it off-center. OK, and with bolts tightened into place, you want to go ahead and torque them down now. You want to follow the manufacturers specified torque rating for each bolt, which can be found in the instruction sheet. And with all the bolts torqued down, our installation is complete. And this concludes the installation of hitch part number 75607 on a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado.
21 Oct 2010
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http://www.etrailer.com/tv-Hitch-install-2001-VW-Jetta.aspx Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information. Today we are going to be installing Hidden Hitch part number 60963 on a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. The first thing we want to do is to go ahead and remove the spare tire and the Styrofoam spacer here from the trunk area. We will be drilling a hole through the trunk well as an attaching point for the trailer hitch. OK, with the spare tire out, the hole that we are will be drilling in the spare tire well is actually over in this area here. We also are going to be drilling two holes up onto this upper surface here as well. We will put the hitch up into place and get it aligned, and then we will drill our holes out from underneath. Over here on the drivers side, we are going to need to go ahead and remove the exhaust from its rear-most hanger. To do that, we just can remove two bolts that are here, connected to the bottom of the frame. OK, with the exhaust lowered, we are going to go ahead and put the hitch up temporarily so that we can mark the holes that we are going to need to drill. Note that here we are going to be attaching here to the passengers side at the tow hook. On the bottom here, I have got some extra undercoating that is going to interfere with the hitch sitting flat at the bottom there. So I want to go ahead and scrape that off before we get started. The next thing we want to do is to take the spacer here with the cutout on it. That is actually going to go inside the frame and provide the two attaching points for the hitch. We are going to align it over the tow hook here. What we are going to do is go ahead and put the hitch up and tighten it to this bolt hole right here. That is going to allow us to take the hitch, center it up, and mark out the hole that we are going to drill here and the three on the passengers side. We are going to go ahead and do that now. We are going to hold it up and set the alignment of the receiver tube and make sure it is nice and straight. OK, we are inside the trunk area now, and we can see where we drilled one of the holes here. The other one is actually below this plastic threshold here, so I am going to need to remove it. And you can see with the threshold piece removed, we have got our other hole located. And then we are going to go ahead and put the plate, provided in the installation kit, there. OK, and then we just want to the 7/16 carriage bolts in through the holes, like so. We will come back down and put the hitch up into place and we will use it as a template to drill our last hole, which is going to come through the side wall of the trunk. OK, and that hole we just drilled inside the trunk well, we are going to be using the large carriage block and carriage bolt as well. Again, those are going to come out from inside the trunk well and out that way. As you can see, now I have got the bolt through, and the block is in between the hitch and the trunk well. OK, I am just going to add the lock washer and nut. OK, and then we will go ahead and tighten all the bolts down. And now that we have got all the bolts in place, we are going to go ahead and torque them down. We want to check with the directions to verify the appropriate torque rating for each individual bolt. OK, now that we have got our bolts torqued down, the only thing we need to do is to put our exhaust back up on its hanger, and our installation will be complete. This will conclude the installation of hitch part number 60963 on a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta.
21 Oct 2010
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