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Installing a trailer hitch isn't really a difficult task as long as you have the right tools, a spacious working area, and of course, basic automotive repair skills.
Step 1: Loosely assemble the hitch.Before you level up your vehicle, it's best to loosely assemble the kit by installing the pin, clip, and drawbar to hold up the hitch in position. By doing so, you'll be able to identify if there are missing or defective parts and to have an idea of how the whole assembly will look once installed.
Step 2: Jack up the vehicle.Using jack stands, level up your vehicle to provide yourself with plenty of working space. Once the vehicle is jacked up, get under it and inspect the pre-drilled bolt holes (if there are any). Prep the existing holes by cleaning them, making sure that no traces of rust or dirt are left.
Step 3: Loosen or reposition any assembly that might slow down the installation.These assemblies usually include the exhaust system, bumper, and brackets. Once these parts are temporarily removed or repositioned, you'll have better access when attaching the hitching assembly onto the metal frame.
Step 4: Drill holes. (If your vehicle has pre-drilled holes, skip this step.)When drilling holes, center punch the positions and don't forget to drill pilot holes to serve as guides. Once you've got the right hole size, attach the appropriate bit onto the drill and drill away.
Step 5: Attach the hitch.Place it in the right position, using a jack stand as support since this part can actually weigh at least 50 pounds. Once it is properly aligned, place the nuts and bolts through the holes. Before tightening the bolts with a torque wrench, double-check if it is securely aligned and has proper ground clearance. Tighten the bolts and nuts according to the torque specified by the manufacturer.