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2007 - 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander
Video of Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
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Today, on this 07 Mitsubishi Outlander we are going to install part number 87444 from Hidden Hitch, this will also apply to part number 75555 from Draw-Tite. First, what I will do is go ahead and lower our muffler so we have access to the frame where the hitch will mount up. The three muffler hangers we are going to spray down with some lubricant that will help make removal just a little bit easier. Next, what we are going to do is put a strap around the exhaust to keep it from falling down too fast. We will start taking off the exhaust hangers. We are going to actually use a pry bar to remove the muffler hangers. Now we got our hangers loose we can go ahead and lower the exhaust and with this strap you can control its decent.
Its going to use these three holes right here that are already threaded, on the drivers side it is the same story.And since its a little bit older vehicle you might want to take some time out to go ahead and clean up the threads. First we are going to spray it down and get any loose stuff out, then we will run our bolts in to get started and you can see we got some junk coming out already. Now we are going to run it out a few times with a tool of course until you can run it all the way through the nut. At this point, with our threads cleaned out we can go ahead and start installing the hitch onto the frame. What we are going to do is put the passenger side of the hitch on top of the muffler, let it sit there and it will hold that side up for us while we do the drivers side first. I got one started, lets go back over to the passengers side and do that. Next, we will go ahead and do the hardware for a tie down loop.
Whats going to happen is the bolts going to go through here, so it goes through this plate on this side of the tow loop and on the inside of the tow loop and between the hitch its going to get the square spacer and two more quarter inch flat spacers. Now I got a bolt through, we will go ahead and put our lock washer and nut on there and everything is sitting at an angle right now and that is because the hitch is still loose. So, what we will do next is go ahead and snug down the bolts that go to the frame and then we will come back and snug this down. At this point now all our bolts are snug down, we can go ahead and torque them down as specified in the instructions. With our hitch installed now we can go ahead and reinstall the exhaust back to the rubber hangers. And with that, that finishes our install, part number 87444 from Hidden Hitch.
Average Customer Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars (7 Customer Reviews)Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an e-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection.
by: Rob K.01/15/2012
First I would watch the installation video first. I installed this hitch on a 2012 Outlander with less than 500 miles on it. The installation video is for a 2007 but it's basically the same. I did the installation myself with the car on the ground (not up on a lift or up on jack stands). The Outlander is tall enough to afford this. To make the installation easier the use of a floor jack, and a pair of jack stands help. Take care as this hitch is heavy and awkward!!! I also found it easier to drop the spare tire and remove the cage that holds the spare tire (the cage is held in place with two clips). This will give you plenty of head room and space to work. There is a heat shield held in with three 10mm nuts. I removed it to give me more room. Looking back in retrospect this was not necessary. If you do find yourself removing the heat shield be aware that when you go to put the hitch in that you will not be able to reach one of the mounting bolts that the nut goes onto. It will be obstructed by the hitch. That said, I would out the shield back on once you have the muffler off the hangers. If you end up bending the shield during the installation don't worry - you can bend it back into shape with your hand (use gloves as the edges can be sharp). If your shield is damaged already now would be a good time to replace it. :) I used the floor jack to raise the muffler up slowly to make removing it from the hangers easier (since my Outlander was brand new the rubber was also new which made it harder to remove - but it is possible; just have patience and lots of WD40). Once the muffler hangers have been removed I slowly lowered the muffler to the ground and then removed the floor jack. Next, using the floor jack again I was able to lift the hitch up into the general area. Using jack stands to place the hitch on helped with the installation. As in the video, do the driver side first. I installed the middle bolt in about half way. Just enough to hold it. I placed a jack stand under it and then went on to the passenger side and did the same. Once I had a bolt on each side of the hitch (and also supported with the jack stands) I installed the remaining bolts. I tightened the bolts down just enough to where it could move side to side. This made installing the spacer block and flat spaces in easier. While it's not called out, I used Loctite (red) on the threads of all the bolts (including the spacer block). I've installed hitches out on two of our other vehicles and you really need to check the mounting bolts periodically to ensure they haven't worked loose. This makes tightening the passenger side difficult unless you drop the muffler first. Hence the reason for using Loctite. I applied the Loctite to each bolt when I was ready to torque them down. This meant that I pulled one bolt out at a time, applied the Loctite, and then reinstalled it and torqued it down. Once the hitch is in place and torqued down I used the floor jack to help lift the muffler up into place. I installed the muffler on the hangers in the reverse order. It just seemed to make sense to me at the time and to my delight sliding the muffler back onto the hangers went on easier. When reinstalling the spare tire hanger/cage, make sure the clips are on completely! It's a unique clip so make sure it's "snapped" into place. Reinstall the spare tire and you're golden. :) By myself this took just over an hour to install. The longest time was spent removing the muffler from the hangers. Once the muffler was out of the way the rest went quickly. I strongly recommend getting a helper to assist. Even if just to hold the hitch up in place or to thread the bolts in. As stated earlier, it is heavy and awkward. Hope this helps! 29758
by: John F07/04/2012
Great hitch! After the quick delivery, I drove the 2009 Outlander's back wheels onto a couple of wood 2x4s to give me the much more room since I was lying on my back. The hardest part was removing the exhaust hangers. Used lots of WD40 and a 5" pry bar. For the hanger behind the wheel, I just found it easier to jack it up and remove the rear passenger wheel. After enough WD40, it just slid off with my thumb and finger. I used the car's scissor jack to make sure the muffler didn't drop too fast, but in hind site, the muffler only weighed a few pounds. Still, don't drop it too fast.I cleaned the pre-drilled holes with WD40 and a wire brush, and worked a bolt in all 6 holes to make sure they were clean before I started mounting the hitch (after 3 harsh Canadian winters, they were caked with gunge). I placed the hitch on the ground with the right side over the muffler that was on the ground. It was awkward, but I managed to lift the hitch with one hand and get one bolt in with the other hand to hold the hitch up on the driver's side. I then used the bolt for the tow hook to hold the hitch high in the centre. This made bolting the passenger side terribly easy. For the hook spacer, I just put all the washers and spacer on the long bolt, lightly taped them together. This made it easier for threading the bolt through while lying on my back. I tightened all 7 bolts with a torque wrench and used one hand to remount muffler hangers while lifting the muffler with the other. The hardest part was removing the muffler hangers, but for this white-collar guy, it took 90 min for the whole job, plus another 30 min for the electrical. 46713
by: Eric B10/26/2014
I love the hitch. The way it sits and it seems to be very sturdy. I have been towing a trailer around for a week and everything is great. I only had one problem. I think that during shipping the box was dropped hard on the left side. I did not notice any damage the paint was perfect but when I lifted it up to match the holes it was about 2 inches off! I was thinking that there would be no way it could be the right one for my car. I put the hitch on the ground and saw that it was bent inward making it not fit. I just wedged the end in-between two trees and torqued it a little. After that it went on perfect! I would recommend it to anyone wanting an affordable, strong hitch. Instillation is a piece of cake especially with the video. 157953
by: Larry Sha06/13/2014
The hitch I got from you did just what you said it would do. We put the hitch and wire on in less than an hour. We had a lot of expensive stuff in the trailer and we had no trouble. I want to thank you again for your help in this important matter. Will call on you again if so needed. THANKS AGAIN. 135488
by: Joe C.05/19/2014
The Second trailer Hitch I have purchase from etrailer. Both times excellent product and delivery. Just as described. Attached it myself as per the installation Video. Excellent. Joe C. 131271
by: Juan V.03/03/2011
I just received the product and it looks and works great. I had free ground shipping and I got it 2 days after ordering 8324
by: Allie M.12/22/2011
Shipped quickly, part was packaged well with my other parts. I would reorder from etrailer any day. 28540
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