Today on this 2010 Ford Taurus we will be installing Hidden Hitch part number 87565 and this installation will also apply for Draw-Tite part number 75670. The first thing we want to do in preparation to installing our trailer hitch is to lower the exhaust down off the driver side frame rail. We have got two hangers that we want to remove to help lower the exhaust out of the way. The first one being at the rear of the vehicle nearest the bumper and then if we follow forward almost even with the axle there is a second one. To ease in the removal of these rubber hangers we are going to spray the studs down with a spray lubricant like a WD-40. Then we can take either a pry bar or a set of pliers and separate the two pieces. 00:40
Before I remove the exhaust off its second hanger I do want to put a support strap around the exhaust tube and then I am going to find two attaching holes underneath. The reason being is that once we remove the exhaust off those two rear most hangers the exhaust could come down. We will come back to the rear most hanger and lower the exhaust off it. Then with the exhaust lowered, we can see if we look on the forward side of the driver side frame rail we have got an existing hole that is going to provide our frame mounted attaching point over on the driver side. If we continue over to the passenger side frame rail we are going to be using a similar hole on this frame rail as well. 01:15
Take and look at the bumper from underneath the vehicle. You can see we have got two bumper pods, one here and one here, that have fascia straps going on to them. So we first want to move the fascia straps from these pods. To do that you can take a fastener removal tool like I have got. Feed that in behind the fascia strap and that will allow it to release. Fold that out of the way for the time being and do the same thing on the other one as well. We do want to hang on to those fasteners because we will be reinstalling them once the hitch is up in place. We are going to be enlarging the innermost oblong hole on each one of these bumper pods and you want to enlarge those to 1/ 2 inch. With the holes enlarged in the bumper pods we can go back to the frame rails and we can fish wire our carriage bolts and blocks inside the frame. To accomplish this we are going to be using the 1/ 2 inch bolt leader that is provided with our installation kit. 02:08
We want to take the curled end and feed it through the bottom of the attaching hole, feed it out through our access hole at the end of the frame rail. Insert the block on to the bolt leader followed by the carriage bolt which will wrap the threads of the bolt leader around the threads of the carriage bolt and feed it inside the frame. Take the other bolt leader and pull it down into place. We want to do the same thing on the driver side and then we will hang our hitch up into position using these carriage bolts. On the driver side we want to make sure we go up and over the exhaust and we are going to be installing the hitch using 1/ 2 inch conical tooth washers and hex nuts. If you are having trouble getting the holes to align the hitch and the holes in the bumper pod that you drilled it may not be a bad idea to hold the hitch up in position and take the drill bit again, run it through both and that is going to insure that they align for you. You also want to note that when you are going to make the attachments to the bumper pods you want to make sure that the frame bolts are all the way backed off like I have right here. Otherwise you will not have the proper angle and the hitch will not want to meet up with the bottom of the bumper pods. 03:21
Next we will go to the holes that we drilled in the bumper pods. What we are going to be doing is taking the handle nuts that were provided with the installation kit and we are going to feed it through the cut out on the outboard side of the pod. It is basically going to lay inside the pod and it is going to provide our attaching points for our hex bolts from the bottom of the hitch itself. We want to start tightening them down. I am going to hand tighten each of the bolts and then we will go back through and torque them down to their specified torque ratings. We just want to repeat that for the other pod as well. When torquing the bolts down I would recommend torquing the bolts on the bumper pods first and then we will move to the ones on the frame. With all the bolts torqued down we just want to put the exhaust back up on its hangers. We also want to make sure we put the fascia straps back up, attach to the bumper pods and our installation will be completed. With that, that will conclude the installation of Hidden Hitch part number 87565 on a 2010 Ford Taurus. We can give you a couple of final dimensions. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is going to be 12-1/ 2 inches and then from the center of the pin hole out to the clear rear of the edge of the bumper is going to be right around 6-1/ 2 inches.
Today on our 1998 Ford Taurus wagon well be installing Hidden Hitch part number 90173. This is our hitch will look like once its installed. Next well go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is six inches. From the top of the inside of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 11 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a bike rack or cargo carrier.
Today on our 1998 Ford Taurus wagon well be installing the Draw Tite hitch, part number 36252. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next well go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is six inches. From the top of the inside of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 11 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a bike rack or cargo carrier.
Today on our 2012 Ford Taurus were gonna install part no. 90075 from Hidden Hitch. This is what the hitch looks like when it is installed on car. Next we'll go ahead and give some measurements that help you out when selecting some accessories such as cargo carrier or a bicycle carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the bumper is going to be 4 inches and from the top of receiver opening down to the ground will be 10 3/4 inches. Now we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed.First step is go ahead and lower the exhaust, spray down with some lubricant do this one first.
Today on this 2012 Ford Taurus were going to install part no. 36492 from Draw Tite. This is what the hitch looks like when it is installed on your car. Next we go ahead and give you some measures to help you out selecting some accessories such as a cargo carrier or a bicycle carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside of the bumper is going to be 4 inches. And from the top to receiver opening down to the ground will be 10 and 3/4 inches.Now were going to show you how to have the hitches install.
Today on our 2001 Ford Taurus, well be test installing Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 24699. Here are a few measurements to help you when selecting accessories such as a bike rack or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost part of the bumper is 4 3/4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 11 inches. Now well go ahead with our install. To begin our installation, well need to remove the exhaust hangers.
Today on this 2009 Ford Taurus, were going to be installing Draw-Tite hitch part number 36360 and this installation will also apply to Hidden Hitch part number 90090. Ok before we get started with our installation, were going to go ahead and give you a couple of final installed dimensions which will help make choosing your hitch accessories a little bit easier. For the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is going to measure 12 inches and from the center of the pinhole to clear the rear edge of the bumper is going to measure approximately 5inches. Ok now well go ahead and move on to our installation. All right, starting off up beneath the vehicle, the first thing we need to do over here on the driver side of the frame is go ahead and lower down our exhaust system. Were going to go ahead and remove the hanger from the frame rail.