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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Dodge Dakota - Curt

Today on our 2011 Dodge Dakota, we'll be installing and taking a look at the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, class three with a two inch opening, part number 13229. Here's what our Curt Trailer Hitch looks like installed on our Dodge Dakota. Very easy, three bolt installation, and it requires no drilling, using the assisting holes from the factory to install it. It's made from a nice sturdy steel construction, has nice black inaudible 00:00:23 finish that's going to resist rust and corrosion. This is a class three with a two inch by two inch opening and a five inch pinhole. You have easy access to your chain hold downs here when you hook up to your trailer for your safety chains, and this hitch is rated for 500 pounds of tongue weight and 5000 pounds of towing capability. You always want to double check your vehicle's capacity, and use whichever is lower between the vehicle and the hitch. I'll give you some measurements to help choosing some accessories for your new hitch.



Thule XB16 Snow Tire Chains Review - 2011 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2011 Dodge Dakota we're going to install and take a look at the Thule XB16 Standard Snow Tire Chain, part number TH01571565. Here's what the Thule XB16 Tire Chains look like installed on your Dodge Dakota, a very quick and easy installation that require no tools. It is a self-cinching tire chain so it's going to stay nice and tight on your tire when driving down the road. A lot of tire chains, you'll have to stop and adjust the tension to make them tighter. You don't have to do that with these Thule tire chains. It is a diamond pattern on top of your tire all the way around, and that's what's going to dig in to give you your traction. Another nice feature about the Thule Tire Chain is that all the connection points are color coded.



Yakima SwingDaddy Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2000 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2000 Dodge Dakota, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Yakima Swing Daddy, this is going to be your hanging style 4 bike rack with the swing away option and it will be part number Y02464. Let's go ahead and get it fitted on to our 2 inch receiver. All right once we have it sitting in the receiver, we'll make sure that the tensioner is all the way in there and slide it in. You may have to play with it just a little bit and once we get it in here, we'll be able to put in our pin once the holes are lined up, there we go. We'll get that pin in there and then we'll go about tightening up the tensioner here on the back end side to reduce a lot of that play, rattle and wobble. All right now that is nice and tight, let's get a few measurements. Our first measurement is going to be from the T handle to the bumper at about 2 inches.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2000 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2000 Dodge Dakota, we're going to be doing a test fit to the Thule Vertex. This is going to be your hanging style 4 bike rack. This rack comes with an 1 1/4 shank for your class 1 and 2 hitches as well as the 2 inch adapter for your class 3 hitches. It does have the tilting feature as well and it will be part number TH9029XT. Let's go ahead and get it fitted onto our 2 inch receiver. The nice thing is that it does come with a handle on the backside to, it is easy to lift up and handle with one hand.



K Source Universal Clip-On Towing Mirror Installation - 2000 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2000 Dodge Dakota, we're going to be doing a test fit of the K-Source Universal Towing Mirror, part number KS3891. They do have the fully adjustable mirror front lens, that's going to be about the same size as your ordinary truck lens, or vehicle, or car lens. They do also have the adjustable elbows, which adjust and accommodate to almost any size mirror. Say even your bigger, older-style vehicles that have the big mirrors, you could adjust this to where it fits sideways, to fit those vehicles as well. You can also adjust it to fit your lower, more economic, compact cars, like so, and that would hang off the vehicle. We're going to go about showing you how everything goes on, between the pivoting arms and elbows, to the straps, buckles, and clamps, that are on these. First thing we're going to want to do is slide the ledge here over our mirror ledge on this side. Some are a little more difficult than others, just because the mirror comes out farther.



Cipa Dual-View Clip-on Towing Mirror Review - 2000 Dodge Dakota

Today, on our 2000 Dodge Dakota, we are going to be doing an installation of the CIPA dual view clip-on towing mirrors, part number 11953. These mirrors are going to be fully adjustable, from the inside and outside mirrors, anything you would like to see in your peripheral view . as well, as they will have the adjustable, solid bracket on the back. So you can adjust your width, as well as the pivoting elbows. This will allow us to bring the nice rubber straps over the backside of our mirror, and clip it on tightly. You will tension these down, before you pull it over, and just make sure it's nice and secure.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2003 Dodge Dakota

Today on this 2003 Dodge Dakota we're going to install part number 118329 from Tow Ready. This is a T-One wiring connection kit. This kit will be very easy to install. First off we've got to look for our connection points. They're in between the inside edges of the frame rails. I'll start off with the driver's side. To take the connection apart there's a small tab on top that we have to push down.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2003 Dodge Dakota - Curt

Today on this 2003 Dodge Dakota, we're going to install part number C13280 from Curt. This is what the hitch looks like once it's installed on the truck. Next we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 16 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about 4 1/2 inches. Now we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. First thing we need to do is look on the side of the frame at the the very end and remove the rear most bolt.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2003 Dodge Dakota - Draw-Tite

Today, on this 2003 Dodge Dakota, we're going to install part number 75073 from Draw-Tite. All right, this is what the hitch looks like once installed on the truck. Next, we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground, we have got 15-1/2 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about 3-7/8 inches. Now, we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. To start off our install, we have to remove two pieces of original hardware, located on the side of the frame towards the top. We'll go ahead and remove these fasteners first.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Dodge Dakota - Draw-Tite

Today on this 2011 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab, we're going to install part number 75251 from Draw-Tite. This is a class III 2" receiver hitch. To start off, we need to get our truck ready to install our hitch. There's two bolts on each side of the frame that have to remove. Here and here, this is the passenger side, and the same two bolts on the driver's side. We'll remove those first. We'll use a 21mm socket to remove these bolts.



Thule Truck Bed Bike Racks Review - 2011 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2011 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab we will be testing the Thule Gate Mate Tailgate Pad and Bike Rack for Compact Trucks. That's 54" wide. The part number is TH823. We can go ahead and start by putting our pad over the tailgate, with our two block pads facing upward. We'll come down to our three straps. What I like to do is go ahead and overlap them all so we can just feed all of them at once up underneath our tailgate. Once I have those stacked I'll go ahead and feed them between our bumper and our tailgate.



K Source Universal Clip-On Towing Mirror Installation - 2011 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2011 Dodge Dakota, we're going to be doing a test fit of the K Source Universal Towing Mirro in a clip-on design, part number KS3891. With the Universal Towing Mirror installed, we do still have movement of our factory mirror. We can still move it around and it doesn't interfere with its movement. Now for the he K Source Towing Mirror itself, you will need to move that by hand. It is on a ball and socket style design so it allows you to move it in several different angles. You can also adjust it up and down depending on where exactly you want the towing mirror to be situated. We're going to first want to clean the back side of the factory mirror to make sure that there's no dirt and debris on the mirror. Next we'll go ahead and loosen up our straps by pushing in on this knob right here.



Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2011 Dodge Dakota

Today on this 2011 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab we're going to install Part Number PW3027C. This is the Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains. Today we're working with a tire size of P265 60 R18. It's a good idea to be familiar with the snow cables before you actually need them in the ice and snow, like what we're doing here. First off this side here faces the ice and snow. Flip it over this side is a lot smoother, this is the side that goes against your tires.



Surco Products 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2011 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab we will be test fitting the Surco Cargo Carrier. That's part number 52018. Now, it's dimensions are twenty-four by sixty. It has a max capacity of five hundred pounds. It's for two inch hitches only. We can go ahead and start by loading our shank into our receiver until our pinholes line up.



Pro Series Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2011 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab, we'll be test fitting the Pro Series Solo Cargo Carrier, that's part number PS1040100. Now its dimensions are 31x47, has a max capacity of 400 pounds and it's for 2 inch hitches only. We can go ahead and start by loading our shank into our receiver. We'll go ahead and line our pin holes up. All right once we get those lined up, we'll go ahead and take our included pin and clip. After we get that in we can go ahead and take a few measurements.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2011 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab, we'll be test fitting the Maxxtow Cargo Carrier. That's part number MT70107. Now it has a max capacity of 500 pounds and its dimensions are 17x50. We can go ahead and start by loading our shank into our receiver until our pin holes line up. Once we get those lined up we'll go ahead and take our included pin and clip and then we can take a few measurements. Starting with our nearest point, it's going to be about 4 1/2 inches from here to our bumper.



Curt 17x46 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2011 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab, we will be testing the CURT cargo carrier. That's part number C18145. It's dimensions are 17 by 46. Has a max capacity of 500 pounds. It can be used for either inch and a quarter or 2 inch hitches. We can go ahead and start by loading our shank into our receiver. Go ahead and line our pin holes up.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 1996 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 1996 Dodge Dakota we're going to be installing the Curt T-Connector Wiring Kit, part number C55329. We're up underneath the vehicle. Now the spare tire has been lowered down out of the way just so you can see things. Now we're looking for this connection point right here on the driver's side. Over here on the passenger's side, we're looking for this connection right here. Now our wiring harness will go like this.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2001 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2001 Dodge Dakota, we're going to be installing the tow ready T-One vehicle wiring harness with 4-pole flat trailer connector. Part Number 118329. We're going to begin by pointing out the connection points that we'll be tying our wiring harness in with. We'll begin over here on the passenger side. Your connection point is right up here. Now over here on the driver side, we'll be connecting in right here. We're going to begin right here on the passenger side where we'll need to push in on this little tab right here.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2001 Dodge Dakota - Curt

Today on our 2001 Dodge Dakota we will be installing the CURT hitch trailer receiver part number C13280. Now here's what our hitch looks installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch. Such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is approximately five inches. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately fourteen and three quarter inches. Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. We are going to begin here underneath the passenger side of the vehicle.



Titan Chain Twist Link Tire Chains Review

Today we'll be taking a look at the Titan Chain twist link tire chains, part number TC3227CAM. The low carbon steel chains cross over the tire tread horizontally only so we don't have any cross-patterning going on. It will afford you excellent grip and stopping power as you drive forward. The chains may be used both on or off road. They don't specify one or the other. These tire chains have a max speed rating of 30 miles an hour.



Titan Chain Diamond LT Alloy Snow Tire Chains Review

Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Titan Chain Diamond LT snow tire chain. It's going to be the square link style, part number TC2324. These are manganese, nickel, alloy square link. As you can see each link here is going to create a nice biting edge to grip into the snow and ice. These are intended for highway use only, not off-road use, rated for speeds up to 30 miles per hour. These come with a 30-day limited warranty from the manufacturer. These is an SAE S-class so it can be used with minimal clearance availability and the original equipment tires with highway tread.



Air Lift Ride Control Air Helper Springs Installation - 2007 Dodge Dakota

Male: Today in a 2007 Dodge Dakota, were going to start Part Number AL 59555. This is airlift ride control air helper springs. Also were going to install Part Number AL25592. This is the airlift load controller 2 compressor system. First off were going to start our work with the airbags. Were going to secure the upper bracket and lower bracket together to put the installation tool.







Draw-Tite Ball Mount Review - 2003 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2003 Dodge Dakota we'll be test fitting the draw-tite ball mount with a 3/4-inch rise or 2-inch drop rated at 7,500 pounds, part number 2923. Before we begin our test fit, we will firstly obtain the hitch height of our vehicle which is the measurement from the ground to the inside top of the receiver tube. The hitch height for this vehicle is 15-1/4 inches. Keep in mind this measurement may vary due to tire size, hitch style or after market accessories. We'll now begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the ball mount in the drop position into the opening of the hitch and securing with the pin and clip. We'll then measure from the ground to the top of the ball platform, and we'll get a measurement of about 12-3/4 inches. If your vehicle's hitch height matches our's and your trailer's ride height matches this measurement this should be an appropriate ball mount for you. We can now flip the ball mount over to the rise position and again measure from the ground to the top of the ball platform, and we'll get a measurement of about 16 inches. Once again if your trailer's ride height matches this measurement, this would be an appropriate ball mount for you. That will complete today's test fit for the draw-tite ball mount with a 3/4-inch rise or a 2-inch drop rated at 7,500 pounds, part number 2923 on our 2003 Dodge Dakota.



Convert-A-Ball Pintle Mounting Bar Review - 2003 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2003 Dodge Dakota, we'll be test fitting the Convert-a-Ball cushioned adjustable pintle mounting bar for 2-inch hitches rated at 10,000 pounds, part number AMPC2. Before we begin our test fit we will firstly obtain the hitch height of our vehicle. This is the measurement from the ground to the inside top of the receiver tube. The hitch height for this vehicle is 15-1/4 inches. Keep in mind this measurement may vary due to tire size, hitch style or after market accessories. We'll now begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the mounting bar into the opening of the hitch and securing it with the pin and clip. You can use this in the drop or the rise position. We'll start off in the drop. Now from the ground to the center of the bottom set of holes is 9-3/4 inches. We can now flip it over into the rise position and we'll then measure from the ground to the center of the top set of holes, and we'll get a measurement of about 18-1/2 inches. If your vehicle's hitch height matches ours and your trailers ride height is on or in between these two sets of measurements, this should be an appropriate pintle mounting bar for you. That will complete today's test fit for the Convert-a-Ball cushioned adjustable pintle mounting bar for 2-inch hitches, part number AMPC2 on our 2003 Dodge Dakota.



Convert-A-Ball Ball Mount with 2 Inch Drop Review - 2003 Dodge Dakota

Today, on our 2003 Dodge Dakota, we'll be test-fitting the Convert-A-Ball Cushion Ball Mount, for two-inch hitches, with a three quarter inch rise or two-inch drop, rated at 10,000 pounds, part number AMSC2. Before I begin our test-fit, we will first need to obtain the hitch height of our vehicle. This is the measurement from the ground to the inside top of the receiver tube. The hitch height for this vehicle is fifteen and one quarters inches. Keep in mind, this measurement may vary due to tire size, hitch style, or aftermarket accessories. We'll begin our test-fit by sliding the shank of the ball mount, in the drop position, into the opening of the hitch and securing it with the pin and clip. We'll then need to measure from the ground to the top of the ball platform, and we'll get a measurement of about thirteen and one quarters inches.



MaxxTow Ball Mount Review - 2003 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2003 Dodge Dakota, we'll be test fitting the Maxxtow Ball Mount with a two inch accessory receiver for two inch hitches, rated at 5000 pounds, part number mt70066. Before we begin our test fit we will first need to obtain the hitch height of our vehicle which is the measurement from the ground to the inside of the receiver tube. The hitch height for this vehicle is 15 1/4 inches. Keep in mind that this measurement may vary due to tire size, hitch style or after market accessories. We'll now begin our test fit by sliding the shank of our ball mount into the opening of the hitch and securing it with a pin and clip. Now, this ball mount is a great way for you to carry your hitch mounted bike rack or cargo carrier while towing your boat or small utility trailer. Note, that the hitchpin or and clip are sold separately.



Hidden Hitch Ball Mount with 6 Inch Drop Review - 2003 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2003 Dodge Dakota, we'll be test fitting the hidden hitch ball mount with a 4-3/4 inch rise of 6-inch drop rated at 6,000 pounds, part number 80240. Before we begin our test fit we will firstly obtain the hitch height of our vehicle. This is the measurement from the ground to the inside top of the receiver tube. The hitch height for this vehicle is 15-1/4 inches. Keep in mind this measurement may vary due to tire side, hitch style, or after market accessories. We'll now begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the ball mount into the opening of the hitch in the drop position. We can then secure with the pin and clip and measure from the ground to the top of the ball platform. We'll get a measurement of about 9 nches. If your vehicle's hitch height matches our's and your trailer's ride height matches this measurement this should be an appropriate ball mount for you. We can now flip the ball mount over to the rise position and again measure from the ground to the top of the ball platform.











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