Today we are looking at a 2010 Kia Optima. We are going to install a Curt hitch part number 11351. Here are a couple of measurements that will assist you in ing accessories for your new hitch: From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer-most part of the bumper is 4-1/2 inches, and from the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 9-1/2 inches. Now lets go ahead with the installation. 0:18
We are going to need to lower the exhaust. Before I lower the exhaust, I am going to put a safety strap across so we can control how far the exhaust will fall. Now I am going to take some spray lubricant, and spray each one of the exhaust hangers. You can see we have one here at the rear of the muffler, and we will want to go ahead and spray the one here on this exhaust pipe. This will give us a little more working room. Now we can go ahead and remove the exhaust hangers. Before we can put our hitch in place we are going to need to remove this exhaust hanger from the frame, we will remove these two fasteners here. You will see here there are two rubber plugs covering up the manufacturer weld nuts, but before we can remove this plug, and ensure the hitch fits firmly against the frame, we are going to trim back this heat shield. To do that, I am going to go ahead and remove the fasteners of the heat shield so I can trim it out. Now I am going to use a pair of tin snips and cut a notch out to allow for the hitch. 1:50
Alright, now we are ready to go ahead and install the heat shield. We will go ahead and pull the cover off of our weld nut. Before I tighten my heat shield back down, I am just going to raise my hitch into position to make sure we have got it trimmed down enough to get our hitch in place. With my weld nuts exposed on the passenger side, I am going to go ahead and repeat the same process on the driver side to remove the covers. Then we will test fit our hitch before we tighten down the heat shield. Now we are going to go ahead and set up our 1/2 inch carriage bolt and block. This will sit on top of the tow hook. 2:34
Now we can take our hitch, put it into position, and tighten it down with a 1/2 inch flange nut. Alright, with that installed finger-tight, then we can go to our frame rails. We will take our 10mm bolts and our conical tooth washers, with the teeth of the washers facing the hitch, and put the four frame fasteners in place. We will install it finger tight at this time until I get all my fasteners in place. With all of our fasteners tightened down, we can go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. With all of our fasteners torqued to specification, we can go ahead and re-install our exhaust. With our exhaust hangers re-installed we can remove our safety strap and that will complete the install of our Curt hitch part number 11351 on the 2010 Kia Optima.
Today on this 2012 Kia Optima were going to install part number 4853 from Draw Tite. This is what the hitch looks like once its installed on the vehicle. Next well give you some measurements that will help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about nine and a quarter inches, and from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about three and three quarter inches. Now well go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. The first thing were going to do is to go ahead and lower the exhaust out of the way.
Today on this 2013 Kia Optima, we'll be installing the Curt Hitch Part Number C11025. This is what our hitch to look like once it's installed. Next, we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4-1/4 inches. From the top of the inside of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 10 inches. This will assist you in selecting accessories such as a bike rack or cargo carrier.