Today in our 2004 Toyota Avalon, we're going to install Part #12339 from Curt. Now I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements that will help you out in selecting some accessories such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. On top of the receiver opening down to the ground, it's going to be 13 and 3 quarter inches and from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the bumper will be 5 1/2 inches. Now, we're going to go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. First thing you need to do is go ahead and lower the exhaust. There's four exhaustible that we have to remove from the hangar.
There's two on each side. Now you can go ahead and get to this bolt thing that is holding the heat shield up and remove that one as well. Now these three bolts here will be the attaching points. On the driver side, these are the three attaching points here. Now we have to clean up the treads.
Just spray down some lubricant and then we'll go ahead and run a hitch bolt in there until we can ran a bolt in and out easily. The older the vehicle is the more time it's going to take and possibly we'll need a tread tap to clean them out. It will also help clean out the tread, we use a tube brush Part # 814092. Now at this point, we can go ahead and install our hitch. You definitely need an extra set of hands to help pull up the hitch while you install the hardware into the frame.
On the passenger side, the hitch will install on top of the heat shield or run a bolt into that holding place. The next we'll go ahead and run our hardware thru the hangar for a muffler and then thru the hitch and then into the frame. Now, go ahead and reinstall the hangar for the other side of the muffler. With all the hardware installed then we can go ahead and tighten the bolts down and then torque the hitch bolts down as specified in the instructions. And with that, that will finish it for our install Part # 12339 from Curt on our 2004 Toyota Avalon..