Today on this 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport we are going to be installing Curt hitch part number 13223. Before we get started with our hitch installation, we want to go ahead and show you a couple of the final install dimensions which will help make choosing your hitch accessories a little bit easier. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is going to measure 17-1/2 inches. And from the center of the pin hole to clear the rear edge of the bumper is going to measure approximately 3 inches. And now we will go ahead and move on to the installation. 0:28
We are underneath the vehicle and the first thing we have done is to go ahead and lower the spare tire down, out of the way, so we have a little bit more working room. Starting over here on the driver side of the vehicle, at the end of the frame rail we have our factory installed tow hook. We will need to remove this tow hook so that the hitch can sit flat against the bottom of the frame. There are two bolts that are holding the tow hook in place. We want to go ahead and remove those now. And that is going to be the same on the passenger side of the vehicle as well. With the tow hook removed, you can see we have three bolt holes aligned here. And we will be using all three of those as our attaching points to the trailer hitch. We will be using new hardware for the two bolts that we had just removed and a new 10 millimeter bolt for this weld nut here in the middle. 1:18
So with that pointed out, we can go ahead and put the hitch up into place. We are going to attach, first, the 12 millimeter bolts into the weld nuts at the middle attaching point. And then we will go ahead and put the two 7/16 bolts in after that. With the 7/16 bolts, we will add a flat washer and then at the top side we will use one of the new hex nuts that are provided. And then with the bolts up in place and tightened down, I am just going to go back through and torque each one of the bolts down. You want to verify with the directions the specific torque rating for each of the bolts. And then with the bolts torqued down you just want to make sure you put your spare tire back up into place and your installation will be complete. That will conclude the installation of Curt hitch part number 13223 on a Mitsubishi Montero Sport.
Today, on this 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport, we're going to install part number 75075 from Draw-Tite. This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on the vehicle. 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 the receiver opening down to the ground will be 19 inches. The center of the hitch pin hole to the bumper will be about 1 inch. Now, I'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed.
Today we are going to install part number 70534 from Hidden Hitch, and we are going to install this on a 2003 Mitsubishi Montero Sport. Before we begin our install, it is a good idea to take down the spare tire to give us more working room and plus you can see what is going on a little bit easier, too. First off, we will show you where the hitch mounts onto the frame. It is going to mount onto the bottom of the frame where this tow hook is. That tow hook is going to have to come off. It also is going to attach to the side of the frame using these two bolt holes on the drivers side. This has got to go, and we will be using these two existing holes, too. Next, we will clean out our threaded holes in the frame. We are just using a battery terminal brush, and we are just going to run it in the threads to help clean it out. Keep running the brush in and out and spraying it until you get it good and clean, and then take your bolt and run it in a few threads at a time until you get it to go all the way through the nut. You are going to have to do this for all four bolts. All right, now we will start taking down these tie-down hooks.
Today we are going to install part number 13223 from Curt, and we are going to install this on a 2003 Mitsubishi Montero Sport. We will show you where the hitch mounts up on the frame. It reuses these existing holes where these bolts are right now. This tie-down hook actually gets taken off the vehicle and left off, and it is going to be the same thing on the passengers side, where this tie-down loop will get taken off as well. And these pieces will stay off the vehicle. Also, we did take down the spare tire, just to get a little easier working room, and the spare tire will go back up in its place when we are done. All right, when you take this down, there is a threaded fitting here which the hitch uses, too. We are going to take some time here and actually clean that out really good. Spray it down with some lubricant and run the bolt in and out. Sometimes, in an aged vehicle, you may have to run a tap through it to clean it out.