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Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, Buick LeSabre trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.
Note: All non-trailer loads - bike racks, cargo carriers and so forth - should be supported with stabilizing straps. Failure to properly support these loads will void your hitch warranty from Curt.
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Additional installation time needed for vehicles with heat shield or Load Leveling Control. Drilling required for installation , Exhaust must be temporarily lowered for installation
Video of Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"
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Today on this 2006 Buick Lucerne, were going to install part number C12044 in currant. All right, the first thing we need to do is go ahead and get our car ready. We need to lower the exhaust. Before we do that, well go ahead and use a strap to help hold our exhaust and support it while we undo the fasteners that are holding the exhaust in place. Well go ahead and remove the exhaust hanger bracket from the bottom of the frame rail. In this case, our vehicle was a dual exhaust. There is a bolt well have to remove for the hanger bracket, another one on each side. Now, well go towards the front of the exhaust a little bit, where weve got another set of hangers.
Well go ahead and spray these rubber hangers down with some lubricant, and then go ahead and push, pull, or pry as needed to remove them. With those hangers removed, well go ahead and use our strap to help lower our exhaust. On this vehicle, it has an automatic load level and control. We want to remove one the fasteners which secures the housing to the frame rail. This bolt will not be reused. Okay, with an extra set of hands, well go ahead and put the hitch up position.
Now, well temporarily go ahead and put the hitch up against the frame of the vehicle. Then, well end up having the trim below the load 00:01:10 control housing, as needed for our hitch. We use a bolt on one side to help hold up our drivers side. Then, on our passenger side, with the housing for a load level and control, well go ahead and put our hitch up against it. Well go ahead and trace around the hitch using a marker; then we know how much to trim out because we dont want any of that housing between the hitch and the frame. Lets go ahead and cut out where we need on our housing.
To do this were using a Dremel tool or cutting wheel. Well basically go ahead and follow our line. Well go ahead and cut it out. Now, our hardware well be using to install the hitch will be the 10mm bolt and a counter-tooth washer. When we install a counter-tooth washer, youll see that there are teeth on there, and those will always face towards the hitch.
In this case, theyll be going on the exhaust hanger bracket. Make sure you have the square hole of the bracket pointing towards the top of the hitch. Okay, with an extra set of hands, well go ahead and put the hitch up in position. As were doing this, well also go ahead and install a new hanger for our exhaust. Our new hanger will sit on the bottom of the hitch, and then our hardware will go through. Since our vehicle is dual exhaust, lets do the hangers on both sides. Thats the same location as the bolt we removed for our factory hangers. There we're two bolts holding the hitch in place. Well go ahead and tighten those down just enough to snug the hitch up against the frame. Now, our two holes on the hitch going towards the front of the vehicle, we need to go ahead and drill those out into the frame. Well use the hitch to template to do that. First, well go ahead and use a smaller drill bit for a pilot hole, then well go back at it with a -inch drill bit. If you can, use a 17/32 drill bit, which is just slightly bigger than a inch, and you want to do this on both sides of the hitch. If our hole is drilled out, we can go ahead and install our hardware. The hardware were going to install will be a -inch carriage bolt thats about 1 and inches long, and a square block thats about 3 inches long, with a square hole in it. Now, we need to go ahead and fish-wire our hardware into place. Well use a bolt leader of a fish wire to go ahead and install our hardware. First off, well go ahead and run our bolt leader through the hole were going to use and then out the access hole. In this case, our access hole is on the side of the frame, so go ahead and run it out there. Well take a block and thread a bolt leader through it, and then push it into the frame. Then well take our carriage bolt, thread that onto the bolt leader, and pull it into the frame as well. You may have to push it in or rotate a little bit to make it fit inside the slot. Then we go ahead and gently pull out the hole that we drilled out. Well do the same thing on both sides of the car. Once our bolts in place, well go ahead and remove the bolt leaders, and then we can go ahead and install the rest of our hardware. On these bolts, all weve got to do is install a -inch flange nut. Well go ahead and run those down, and take up all the slack. Now, well leave the rubber hanger alone and well go ahead and use a 3/8 carriage bolt, and well go ahead and install that into the hanger that was previously installed with the hitch, through the square hole from the inside to the outside. With our hitch hardware snugged up, well go ahead and tighten these down for good, and well torque them down as best, following the instructions. Next, well go back to our exhaust. We need to go ahead and remove the existing exhaust bracket from the rubber hanger, and well do this on both sides of our exhaust. Then we can go ahead and take our exhaust, and put it back up into place. Were going to slide the rubber hanger over the bolt, then secure it with a 3/8 flange nut. Now we just tighten it down and take up slack, just enough to keep it from moving around. After your exhaust at the hanger is reinstalled, well go ahead and go back up towards the front, and reinstall the rubber hangers. Finally, well go ahead and take our strap that we used to help control the exhaust and take it down and out of the way. With that, that will finish it for the install of our Kirk hitch, part number C12044, on our 2006 Buick Lucerne. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (39 Customer Reviews)Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.
by: Kilian Leisy05/14/2015
Installed on a 2004 Buick LeSabre Custom (1 Exhaust) Took 2 days to get tracking info, 6 days to arrive at my door. Packaging was perfect, nothing was loose or damaged. Attaching the hitch proved easy if you are familiar with a wrench. After having watched the install video, I have a couple notes: 1) I HIGHLY recommend an electric/pneumatic impact wrench, it just saves so much time 2) Do not go easy on the WD-40 3) Save yourself from frustration by removing the exhaust from both the middle and the rear mounts to clear it out of the way (use a jack stand to support it) It wont be completely out of the way, but enough to drill without too many problems 4) Get some decent metal drill bits. The video says long drill bits will help you drill behind exhaust but as someone else said, they don't. If you follow tip 3, long bits are helpful but not necessary 5) Find a buddy to help you hold the hitch up when you initially put the bolts in, it gets heavy quick if you do it yourself. Oh and the bolt fish wire was amazingly handy. Overall it looks/feels great and etrailer couldn't be any more helpful with instructions on how to install! It's quality and I highly recommend it. 193173
by: john g06/04/2016
This was my 2nd Curt hitch purchased through etrailer. On the 1st one, for an '04 Saturn Vue, everything went smoothly; ordering, merchandise quality, delivery, installation - a total 5 Star experience. My most recent order - A Curt hitch for an '02 Buick LeSabre, started out just as promising; ordering, merch quality, delivery, all great. Then came a small problem with installation. My parts list included the fishwire tool and two 3/8 flange nuts. Problem was, they weren't there. Luckily, I had some 3/8 locknuts, and some Ni-chrome wire that I fashioned into a fishwire tool, so I didn't have to call etrailer, then wait for parts to arrive. (I know they would've sent them next-day express - they take their customer service seriously). For me, this was only a minor irritation, but for someone else in the middle of an install, it may have been a significant problem. Hence, this time only 4 stars. But in my opinion, they are a really good company. 256883
by: Don F03/10/2014
I installed my 12044 hitch on my 2005 Buick LeSabre. I have a couple comments. First the video suggests using long drill bits to help clear the muffler. I could not get long bits locally and besides after looking at it, even with a long bit you still have a nasty angle to drill the holes. Plus the cost of these bits for one hole. I was able to get to it by using a right angle drill motor after removing the rubber hanger halfway up the exhaust system. Was not too difficult to do, the rubber mount just slides out. This worked pretty well plus I was able to drill a straight hole. My point is that I would have appreciated it if this option was suggested in the video. Would have saved me some time. Please add this suggestion, it would have helped me and could help the next guy. 120045
by: Trevor S07/28/2014
I was able to get this email installed on Saturday, and put it to use on Sunday to tow a motorcycle. Worked without any hiccups on the 6 hr round trip to the track. Only issues with install were due to the condition of the undercarriage of the Bonneville (rusted bolts/brackets). I highly recommend you spray some pb blaster on the bolts and nuts the day before install to help break them loose. Also may need to improvise if you only have one muffler. The weld nut on the side without the exhaust was rusted out because it was completely exposed to the elements (no bolt in hole) so I had to tap the hole. Again this is because of the condition of the 14 year old Bonneville. Product quality is great, the best I can tell so far! 143156
Just wanted to say that im extremely pleased with my made in America Curt Receiver, you can feel the quality in the heft of the item, the welds are flawless and the powder coating looks perfect, there is no pitting or raised bumps from welding slag not being cleaned off before it was sent to be coated. and that's just the item itself, the price was very reasonable and the shipping was surprising at how fast it arrived, i almost didn't know what it was because i wasent expecting it for a few more days still. Also the communication between myself and etrailer was very personable, wasent a form letter (and if it was one its a great one because i couldn't tell if it was one) 164169
by: John J.11/25/2014
We were actually having a humorous discussion last night about how etrailer.com manages to ship so fast. The long, involved story involved Steve McQueen and total disregard for traffic laws. And special US delivery trucks with race engines. Perhaps not. Regardless, you guys always manage to ship the hitch MUCH sooner than I am prepared to install it. My question is: If YOU guys can do this, why can't everyone ELSE??? I did the job in the dark, on gravel, with my daughters helping me. It was a snap. Videos are amazingly helpful. You guys rock. 162401
by: Don C.09/11/2012
I recieved the product in less time than I had anticipated and was very satisfied with the product. Based on my somewhat limited search this was an excellent value for the product and the quality was very good. The instructions for installation were accurate and all in all I am very pleased that I purchased this trailer hitch through etrailer. I will definitely `check etrailer for similar products if I have future need for products you handle. 54351
by: Shawn C.05/03/2012
very nice. just make sure you have all the right stuff to install it first. you may have to order the drill bit. they didnt have one at any store near me. I used 15/32 drill bit instead of 17/32 as they said. then i just worked the bit in and out until the bolt fit right. other than that it wasnt to bad to install 39342
Everything fit well and the videos were very helpful. The only issue I ran into was the muffler was directly under the position for drilling one of the holes. It took me longer to lower and move the exhaust then the rest of the project combined. The end result was great. 39051
Took about 45 minutes to install. Instructions should state that the rubber exhaust hangers in the MIDDLE of the car need to be disconnected to get the muffler down far enough to drill the front hole on the passenger side. Other than that, great fit, nice quality. 276953
by: Larry Roller01/01/2011
Hitch Install This is my third hitch from Etrailer and as allways the install was as advertised. I have recomended your product to several others and have never heard a complaint. Thanks for a quality product with fast shipping at a fair price. Larry 4872
by: Steve B04/06/2017
My grandson and I installed this on my 2006 Buick Lucerne in about 1 hr. Delivery was on time. Well packaged. Quality construction and paint. The video from the etrailer website was perfect and easy to follow. I'll order from them again. 363833
by: Mike H.08/03/2015
We are very satisfied with our hitch. My husband will be using it to haul his handicap scooter. We had to return the first one because the installer had ordered the wrong one. The return was easily handled . We will be a return customer 216503
by: Ron K.10/07/2011
Very happy with service and product. Ordered on thursday the 29th of Sept. and rcv'd on Monday Oct 3rd Couldn't be happier, Installed and working great. Thanks for the great service and good pricing etrailer. 25253
by: Paul E.05/16/2012
The Curt Trailer Hitch Reciever with Drawbar was as advertised. It has plenty of heft and the web site gave very good assistance for installation. Was pleased with the speed of sending it. 40757
by: Tom Schaefer08/02/2011
Arrived quickly, hitch had tore through the box, finish was scuffed up in one spot. Installation wasn't bad, video tip on cleaning out threads on car was a life saver. 20848
quality is great, Delivery was two days, I like that the directions are specific to the vehicle I will now see how the fit is as I will install today. 10691
by: Lon D09/11/2012
The Hitch went on as described on my LeSabre. The videos helped immensely with getting it attached as well as hooking up the electrical. 54193
by: Don C.09/18/2012
I was very happy with the delivery and the product. In my opinion it was a much better value than others I had compared it to locally. 54988
by: Richard P.02/16/2011
Product very good, Instructions a little unclear. Very happy with service from etrailer. This was my second purchase. 7248
by: Tom S07/25/2011
Arrived quickly, installation video was extrememly helpful. Took only an hour to install and clean up. 20168
by: Jim W.07/11/2011
Received the hitch today, installed it this evening. My fourth hitch purchase, always satisfied. 19192
by: Kevin K.05/10/2012
Excellent service, speedy delivery, and very good product that was easy to install. Thanks! 39879
Quick shipping. No problems whatsoever. Installed just like the directions said. 51262
The hitch was well made and works great. Quick delivery too. Thank You 285270
by: Bob S.06/04/2013
Perfect fit, great instructions, fast delivery and unmatchable price. 83367
by: Ken Cocca06/28/2013
Very good, but my mech said it took more than 1/2 hr to install 86492
by: Jay D06/18/2012
Fit and finish were excellent. Installation of hitch was easy. 44652
product was exactly what we wanted. service was excellent. 252238
by: Aaron E03/18/2012
Excellent Product and easy to install! Only took me an hour. 34287
Great product great fit Great company to do bussiness with 34758
by: pete. p08/19/2011
exactly what I ordered and fast delivery. thanks. 22219
excellent service and shipping 42220
Very happy with the product. 221394
by: Gail Q06/13/2011
Shipping time was great 16906
by: James D03/05/2011
Very easy to install! 8573
by: Mike M06/14/2016
Easy to install 261185
Works great!!! 359481
good product 27682
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