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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

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Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an e-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from Draw-Tite. Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" part number 76020 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch - 76020

  • Draw-Tite
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 4500 lbs GTW
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • 675 lbs TW
  • 4500 lbs WD GTW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • 675 lbs WD TW

Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an e-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection.


Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your vehicle
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Tested Tough - safety and reliability criteria exceed industry standards
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Integrated mounting point lets you attach a bracket for a 4-way or 7-way plug (sold separately)
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 4,500 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 4,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 675 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 675 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.



Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.


In addition, Draw-Tite performs static testing on a simulated automobile, as opposed to the rigid fixture used for SAE testing, resulting in a more true-to-life scenario.


etrailer.com Technical Support

At etrailer.com we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.



76020 Draw-Tite Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver - Max-Frame



76020 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 76020 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2016 - 2019 Mazda CX-9



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Video of Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Mazda CX-9 - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2017 Mazda CX9, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite class 3 custom fit trailer hitch receiver, part number 76020. Here's what our hitch looks like fully installed. The cross tube is going to tuck up behind the bumper nicely and all we're really going to see is the receiver tube sticking out. It is a class 3 hitch, which means it's going to give us that two inch by two inch receiver tube opening and it has a nice reinforced collar giving it added strength and a nice clean finished look. On the side of our receiver tube, we're going to have two holes. The one towards the front of our vehicle it's going to be for a standard 5/8 pin and clip. They're not included but you can pick one up on our website. Now the rear hole here, that's going to be for the J pin stabilization device.

Now that's going to be great if any of your accessories for your hitch don't have a built in anti-rattle. Now the safety chain loops are going to be a rolled steel stock style welded to the bottom. As you can see, we're not going to have any trouble getting most size hooks on or off. Now one of the things I really like about our hitch is right here we have a built in, welded on bracket that we can mount any of our electrical accessories. That way whenever we're ready to tow, our wiring will be right here. Now our hitch is going to have a rating of 675 pounds for the tongue weight.

Along with a 4,500 pound gross trailer weight rating. Now it is designed to use with weight distribution systems and those ratings are going to stay the same. I just do want to mention, you always want to check with your owner's manual to make sure it can handle that amount of weight. I'd like to give you a few measurements to help you when deciding for accessories for your new hitch such as a ball mount, bike rack, or even a cargo carrier. From the center in the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper, it's going to be about six inches. Now from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, that's going to be right about 14 inches.

Now that we've gone over some of the details and benefits, let's go ahead and show you how we get it installed. To begin our installation, we're going to need to remove these plastic panel underneath our vehicle. There's going to be two plastic push pins holding it in place. I'm going to take a flathead screwdriver and there's a couple notches on either side of the center section and we're going to pry out the center section first, which is going to release some of the tension off the clip. Once the center section is loose, we can pop out the outer section and the rest of the clip will come out.

We'll go ahead and repeat that for the other remaining fastener. Now on each side of the panel, we're going to have two arms that are going to go up and two fasteners holding it in place. No I'm going to be using a 10 millimeter socket to remove that bolt. We'll go ahead and remove the other one as well. Now at the top where our bolts were, there is a couple clips holding it in place. You may have to give it a firm grab and pull for it to come down. It's not going to be going back in place because our hitch is going to be taking up all that space. We are going to have to lower our exhaust as well. Now we're going to have two hangers on each side. One towards the tail pipe and one towards the front of our muffler. Now to help get these off the hangers, I'm going to take a little bit of penetrating oil and I'm going to spray down the hanger, so it will slide off the rubber isolator a little bit easier. Then we can slide the hanger off the rubber isolator. Now before we let our exhaust completely fall down, you want to make sure that you support it, so it's not hanging on its own weight. I'll be using this strap to help support my exhaust. We can go ahead and remove the other two on the other side. If we look at our frame, we're going to have several holes on our frame. Now towards the very back, right by our rubber isolator, we're going to have a rather large hole. That's going to be our access hole to get our hardware in. Now if we go forward, there's going to be an oblong hole and that's going to be another one of our mounting locations. We're going to start by taking our pull wire here and we're going to feed the coiled end up into the oblong hole towards the front of our vehicle and we're going to feed it back until that coiled end will come out of our access hole right here. Now once it does, I'm going to kink it a little bit just so I don't have to worry about it falling out. We can go ahead and grab one of our spacer blocks. We're going to slide it over the coiled end. Then we're going to take our half inch carriage bolts, and we're going to thread them in place. Now we can go ahead and push our spacer block into the frame. Then I'm going to pull on my pull wire here, feeding my bolts into the frame. Then I'm going to have it drop down through my spacer block down through the hole. Now the access hole where we're going to mount our hardware is going to be a little bit different. We're going to take our pull wire and we're going to slide this space block over it. Then we're going to thread the bolt onto the coiled end. Now we're going to take our bolt, then we're going to push it up into the frame along with our spacer block. Making sure it goes all the way in there. Then we're going to pull our pull wire so that the bolt will drop down engaging the block, so that it won't spin. Now that we have this done, we're going to leave our pull wires on our bolts and we're going to repeat the same process on the other side. Now with an extra set of hands, we're going to get our hitch put in place. We're going to take our pull wires and we're going to go through the corresponding holes in our hitch. Go ahead and remove the pull wire. We're going to attach a half inch conical tooth washer. Now you want to make sure that the teeth are facing the hitch and then finally we're going to follow that up with a half inch nut. I'm only going to get one piece of hardware on each side hand tight. That way I don't have to worry about the hitch falling and it can support itself. Then I can get the rest of my hardware in place. If you're having a little trouble getting the nut started on the bolts, one trick is if you put the washer in place. You can push on it and it'll trap the bolt making it a little bit easier to start. You want to come back using a 7/8 socket and I'm going to tighten up all my half inch hardware. We'll repeat that for all the remaining hardware. I'm going to come back and I'm going to torque all my hardware to the specified amount in the instructions. We'll go ahead and repeat that for all the remaining hardware. We can go ahead and raise our exhaust back up. We're going to slide the rubber isolators back over the hangers. That'll finish up our look at the Draw-Tite class 3 custom fit trailer hitch receiver part number 76020 on our 2017 Mazda CX9.


Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 76020

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (100 Customer Reviews)

Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an e-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection.

- 76020
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2016 Mazda CX-9

Awesome product easy to install especially with the video on the website. Definitely recommend for everyone. Shipping was super fast also 570204



- 76020
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2016 Mazda CX-9

This Draw-Tite trailer hitch worked out well - our 2016 Mazda CX-9 requires you to lower the twin mufflers to install the hitch above the mufflers, but with some research, and a ratchet-strap, that step proved to be less of a hassle than I'd anticipated. The rest of the hitch installation was relatively straight forward. I opted not to lift/jack the vehicle (thus there was minimal room to be underneath) so it was awkward to be sure, but still this was quite a manageable installation for a semi-handy/non-automotive type person. The quality of Draw-Tite hitch was quite good, in the end I was quite pleased with the afternoon's work. 447328


Comments
One year on, still happy: the Draw-Tite trailer hitch worked out well - our 2016 Mazda CX-9 requires you to lower the twin mufflers to install the hitch above the mufflers, but with some research, and a ratchet-strap, that step proved to be less of a hassle than Id anticipated. The rest of the hitch installation was relatively straight forward. I opted not to lift/jack the vehicle thus there was minimal room to be underneath so it was awkward to be sure, but still this was quite a manageable installation for a semi-handy/non-automotive type person. The quality of Draw-Tite hitch was quite good, in the end I was quite pleased with the afternoons work. one year later and it still works well, but unfortunately surface rust has taken over especially inside areas that have allowed salt to accumulate
Peter E - 11/05/2018

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Salt is an issue for sure, I have included one of our help articles that does explain a some steps for rust prevention. Our manufactures do recommend lightly sanding and removing any existing rust and then using a high quality spray paint for touch ups as necessary.

-- Rachael H - 11/6/2018


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Mazda

Excellent service from etrailer. Product as described, and fairly easy to instal on a 2018 Mazda CX 9 using the video as guidance. Would definitely buy from etrailer again. Would recommend this hitch. 465431



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2017 Mazda CX-9

Perfect fit. Easy to install. Looks great. Wanted a bike carrier but didn't want to get one that touched the rear door. This was a cheap way to get a high quality hitch. 429193



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2018 Mazda CX-9

Perfect fit. Took about an hour. Arrived in 1 Day!!!! All I needed was wd40 a pry bar and a ratchet with a 3/4 socket. 574215



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I am very satisfied with the trailer hitch. It was fairly easy to install. I have used it many times and have had no problems. I would recommend to family and friends. 558969



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2016 Mazda CX-9

Information on the site about the product was top notch, including the reviews, photos, specs, and most importantly, the installation video specific to my vehicle. Great information and a great site to ease any concerns I had. I'm completely unfamiliar with the products and installation (never had a hitch before and not even remotely close to a mechanic or even a car person). No way I would've been comfortable installing the hitch without seeing a video specifically using my model vehicle. Installed the hitch myself on the '16 CX-9, and definitely needed a 2nd set of hands to help plus a little bit of leverage from a stack of books to hold up the hitch while we bolted in each side (that was the most challenging part. No way I could have done it on my own without that 2nd person. All-in-all, probably about an hour to install, and it now looks great, just like the photos on the site. Thanks, etrailer!!! I've found a new go-to company for future products of this sort. 377794



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Easy install. Do-able with one person, easier with 2. Tips: Get a set of ramps to get the back higher, and jack stands to support the Exhaust system. Don't remove the bolt's fishing lines until you're absolutely ready to thread on the retaining nuts. Unfortunately, the back trim piece really does need to be removed. I suppose you could trim it to fit the hitch's drop down, but haven't had time to look into this. 436600


Comments
Still on the car. Hasn’t fallen off yet! The only annoyance is that the receiver box on the hitch doesn’t extend far enough. E.g. my bike racks slightly rub against the bumper. Perhaps I can get underneath and shift it a fraction of an inch, but I haven’t had time to look into this.
A O - 09/26/2018

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If you are able to make the necessary adjustments cool, if not we offer some 2 inch receiver extensions that may help you out, such as the # C45791
Curt Hitch Extender for 2" Hitch Receivers - 8" Long
$38.95
. Do keep in mind that this hitch extender will reduce the tongue weight capacity of your hitch by 50 percent, so make sure that your bike rack when fully loaded will still be able to be used as you would like with this extension.

-- Rachael H - 9/28/2018


- 76020
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2016 Mazda CX-9

I purchased the wiring harness and drawtite class III receiver trailer hitch for a 2016 Mazda CX-9. These are detailed instructions that are missing from the pkg. Wiring harness requires removal of some of the rear back bottom and passenger side cargo inside panels. A couple bolt screws that hold the strap and cargo nets and the clips that require you to pressure the panel out or upward. Plug in and screw grd strap, route cable to rear bottom where the spare is housed. I used one of the black rubber grommets in bottom of the trunk and sliced a hole to allow the trailer hookup plug to be near the trailer hitch. I sealed the grommet with clear silicone. The trailer hitch bolts are easily installed using the wire fish bolt method that is provided. You screw the wire on to the bolt and thread the rectangular washer onto the wire and feed thru the back larger hole to the front hole then holding the wire, insert the bolt and washer up thru the back hole and guide the bolt thru e washer and back down so threads are showing. I used a floor jack to support the muffler system. You have to drop it to install the hitch. Four hands to bolt up hitch would make if easier. Hope this helps. Great product and price. 302314



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2018 Mazda CX-9

Bolted up perfect for a 2018 Mazda CX-8/ Used the Wiring Harness # 118278 and mounting plate 18144. No lift, or even jack needed. Used a creeper, 21mm socket, 10mm socket, 7/8's socket, and a small and a large flat screw driver and some wd40 for the exhaust hangers was all. Install took less than 90 minutes total to disassemble the car, install, and reassemble. Only minor complaint if any, would be the 4 pin adapter pushes out of the adapter plate if you push too hard trying to plug in the connector. Easy enough to pop back in and just remember to hold it in place when plugging in the trailer lights. 539586



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2018 Mazda CX-9

I watched the videos and read reviews for suggestions .... I’ll add mine. I used RV lynx leveler blocks to give myself some extra room to work. The rear suspension lower arms (awd) have oval holes on bottom that worked perfectly for the hooks of the cam lock strap I used to support exhaust system. An extra set of hands to get nuts started while I held hitch up in place was a big help. Instead of discarding the black plastic trim piece altogether, I reinstalled the two mounting bracket pieces to add some support to bumper fascia. (see pix) The trim piece is actually three pieces and only put together with push clips. 504147



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2018 Mazda CX-9

Installation will certainly go faster with a second person helping. Doing it myself it took me close to an hour to complete. I didn't bother putting the car up on jacks and found there to be sufficient room to maneuver. The install video on the site is super helpful and all that's really needed. It does help clear up the paper instructions that come with the hitch. I used a strap to support the exhaust pipe and like someone else mentioned also utilized an overturned 2 gallon bucket to support the muffler while getting it off the hangers. There was enough clearance for the bucket to slide right underneath, but I was parked a very mild grade. I was able to get it off the mounts with just WD-40 . Since I didn't jack up the car, I was able to leverage my body weight and the fact that car was sitting on all four wheels to pull the rubber mounts off without a pry bar. I sat with my legs under the car and grabbing each side of the rubber mount was able to work them off. I found the rear mounts were far easier to get off than the front. Once I got the mounts off, I removed the supporting bucket and loosened the straps to lower the exhaust further. I then used the bucket to support the weight of the hitch as I got it in position. Leaving the guide wires in place for the bolts helped me align the hitch since I was working alone. The paper instructions mention using the washer to pinch the bolt in place to make it easier to get the nut on without the bolt being pushed up into the hole. This was particularly key to doing the install alone and one handed. Once you get one bolt attached the rest goes faster and is a lot easier. A deep socket and extension bar was critical in getting the bolts on to the proper torque. Without the deep socket I was able to get the hitch bolted on tight enough to drive to the hardware store to get the deeper socket to then torque to 110 ft/lbs as per the instructions. Once I got the hitch attached, I simply reversed the process by again using the assistance of the bucket to support the exhaust as I got it back on the hangers. A bucket or some other easy to maneuver item to help support the exhaust and hitch were definitely key in attempting to do this yourself. 573859



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2018 Mazda CX-9

Excellent product that solve the hassel of transporting my bike. Solid, nice looking and easy to install. It is a high value product as well. 557787



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Installation was pretty easy thanks to a very detailed and to the point video. My main concern was lowering the muffler without damaging it - i am not a mechanic and never done it before, but that ended up being an easy part. WD-40 helps a lot sliding rubber holding muffler to the point when sliding it back on takes two minutes. Hardest thing for me though was holding actual frame (i was doing the job alone) and aligning it to attach to the bolts. I used small plastic bucket and put frame on it after sliding it above dropped muffler to put it in a position to attach to the bolts. Then i would lift it up little by little and would put under the bucket little one inch sheets of plywood i found laying around in my garage lifting the frame finally to the level where i could attach the frame finally to the bolts. It did take me an hour to install the product on my brand new Signature. 351195



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Mazda

Fit nicely on my 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature. Installation is straight forward but you do need to be handy. Or have a pro install it, it should take them only 30 minutes. I also purchased the Mounting Bracket 4-Pole Flat 18144 and the Tekonsha Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring 118278 which does fit all 2016 CX-9s (all '16 CX-9s have the harness already installed). Photos attached of my install in case this helps. 292789



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2016 Mazda CX-9

This was a super easy install on the 2016 Mazda CX-9. I did it by myself in the driveway in about 30 minutes, taking my time and laying everything out. One technique I used, since I was working by myself is to keep the fish wires attached to the carriage bolts. Then I placed the hitch reciever on top of the muffler, which was lowered as in the video using a simple ratchet strap. I then pushed the muffler up into place and reattached the rear rubber hangers. This put the hitch receiver into close position of where it needed to be. I then fed the fish wires through the holes in the hitch receiver, to help align them. I pressed the hitch receiver up into place with one hand, and with the other I was able to remove the fish wire on one of the rear bolts and slowly secure it with the washer and nut. By that point, it was easier to get the rear bolt on the other side. Then I did the two front bolts, pulling them through with the fish wire on them. I figured the fish wire was extra insurance that I don't accidentally knock them in. Great product, fast shipping, low price, easy installation. The Mazda dealer wanted more than $1000 for a class II hitch receiver, and they didn't really even seem to know what was needed. Someone told me that it required a reflash of the automatic transmission to tow. I sent an email to Mazda USA, and they told me that that was not the case. They also confirmed that all CX-9s have the prewired harness for the tow package. Good to know. Too bad the dealer didn't know any of that. 439075


Comments
Awesome thank you!
R. H - 10/04/2018

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- 76020
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2017 Mazda CX-9

Item very solid and looks really good on the car. The one star off is only because the difficulty of installing it... take the exhaust off the rubber piece is really a pain in the xxx... but for the product itself will be an absolutely 5 stars. 568318



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First, I want to give kiddos go such a thorough set of pictures, videos and resources in your website. Shipping was prompt and delivery was quick. My only feedback here is to provide the actual tracking #, to be able to use 3rd party apps. The hitch looks well built and great finish. It comes with everything needed to do the install. I did the installed by myself in about 45 min. 406611



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2016 Mazda CX-9

I was very pleased with the quick turnaround on my order. The product itself appears to be well made and was reasonable to install, although considering the size and weight of the hitch, it would have gone much more quickly with an extra pair of hands. This hitch was installed on a 2016 Mazda CX-9. The one issue I had was with the lower trim panel that had to be removed for the installation. After bolting up the hitch, I realized that I was not going to be able to get the trim panel back into position with the hitch bolted all the way up, and had to drop it some by loosening the bolts in order to get the trim between the hitch and the mounting points. Once I started retightening the bolts, I found that the hitch was pulling the middle of the trim piece up causing the two ends of the trim to splay downward. Snug is good but too snug can cause some problems. It is not a biggie because it is for the most part not easily seen by the casual observer, but if the manufacturer would like to make a good product better, they might take a look at dropping the hitch down just a bit in order to provide some relief between the hitch and the trim piece. 288721



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Works solid. No issues even after moving across country 738644



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I like that it was well packaged for delivery. I have read that other companies just rapped item in plastic and it was damaged on arrival. The online video instructions are easy to follow and will make installation a breeze. 734093



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2019 Mazda CX-9

Easy install. Video instructions are really good. Price is good. Very fast delivery. can't complain! 727242



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Excellent quality and easy to install. Instructions are very thorough. 722503



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2016 Mazda CX-9

Easy to install, perfect fit, and amazingly fast and well packaged shipping. Thank you! 721332



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The hitch arrived quickly, I installed the wiring myself, this was very easy after watching your video. I had a local company install it, as I don't have a pit or hoist and I am way too fat to squeeze under this vehicle. the installation took 35 minutes. I am extremely happy with the product and the service. 719303


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    We do indeed offer Class III hitches for your 2016 Mazda CX-9. I'd recommend the Draw-Tite Class III, part # 76020 which IS a confirmed fit. With the exception of the receiver opening and the safety chain loops, the majority of the hitch will be concealed behind the rear bumper. If you'll be using the hitch for towing purposes, you'll need a few more items to complete your towing system: Trailer wiring harness w/ 4-pole trailer connector, part # 119147KIT Ball mount, part # 2923 Trailer...
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  • 2 inch Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Mazda CX-9
    Yes, for your 2018 Mazda CX-9 we have the Draw Tite 2 inch hitch part # 76020 which is a confirmed fit and would work well. For trailer wiring you'd then want the part # 119147KIT which is a confirmed fit as well. I attached an install video for this on a similar Mazda as yours for you to check out as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a...
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  • Will T-One Connector Fit 2018 Mazda CX-9 With or Without OEM Hitch
    According to my research, and my contact at Tekonsha, the 2016 and 2017 CX-9 models both came with the connector for the T-One # 118278 as a standard. Since your 2018 Mazda CX-9 is the same generation it would be surprising if you didn't have that connector. I did check the online version of your owner's manual and it states on page 6-58 that the #8 "Trailer Hitch" fuse is only included on some models. You may want to check the left side of your fuse block compartment to make sure that...
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  • Removal of Lower Trim Panel for Trailer Hitch Receiver Installation on 2016 Mazda CX-9
    On both the Draw-Tite # 76020 and Curt # C13284 trailer hitch receivers the lower trim panel on the 2016 Mazda CX-9 is not reinstalled. I've linked videos as well as the install instructions of both hitches for you to take a look at.
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  • Is Torque Wrench Needed to Install Trailer Hitch on 2018 Mazda CX-9
    Yes, when installing the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 76020 on your 2018 Mazda CX-9 you will need to use a torque wrench to tighten down the hardware to the specifications listed in the installation instructions. This is the case with any vehicle trailer hitch and it is necessary so that the hitch stays secured to the vehicle when towing. I took a look at the installation instructions for the Draw-Tite hitch and found that in addition to a torque wrench (which you may...
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  • Recommendation Trailer Hitch, Wiring, and Towing Setup for 2016 Mazda CX-9
    Good news, I can help you outfit your 2016 Mazda CX-9 with a trailer hitch and wiring towing setup. First I recommend the Draw-Tite Class III Trailer Hitch # 76020 for its no drill installation, the higher capacity rating, and lower cost. I reviewed the question you looked at and found that if your vehicle came with the tow package you will be able to use the # 118278 and you will find the plug-in location behind the passenger side trim panel. I have linked an image to help you find...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2016 Mazda CX-9
    The Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame Receiver Hitch # 76020 and the Curt Class III Receiver Hitch # C13284 are both confirmed to fit your 2016 Mazda CX-9 and are indeed extremely similar to each other. These will both mount to the same existing holes in your vehicle frame and provide the same bumper clearance and ground clearance dimensions once installed. Both the Draw-Tite and Curt models do feature a black powder coat finish that will provide superior rust protection, so this should not...
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  • Installed Position of Draw-Tite & Curt 2-Inch Hitches on 2016 Mazda CX-9
    We have not yet had a local customer bring in a 2016 Mazda CX-9 for a hitch install but I can give you some help in determining the installed position for a hitch. I went to our warehouse and measured Draw-Tite hitch # 76020 and Curt hitch # C13284 so you can use those dimensions to give you a close approximation of where the hitch tube will be relative to your bumper and to the ground when installed. Since both install on the bottom surface of the car's frame what I did was measure...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Towing Capacity for 2018 Mazda CX-9
    We have everything you need to be able to safely tow a trailer with your 2018 Mazda CX-9. To do this you will need a trailer hitch, a wiring harness, and a ball mount/hitch ball combo. I did take a look at the online version of the owner's manual and found that the 2018 Mazda CX-9 has a towing weight capacity of 3,500 pounds. Starting with the trailer hitch I recommend the Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame # 76020. Its higher capacities and integrated wiring harness bracket on the crosstube...
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  • Dimensions and Weight of Draw Tite Hitch 76020
    The overall width of the Draw Tite hitch is 41 inches, the depth front to back is 21 inches and the height is 8 inches. The weight is then 37 lb. Based on the standard checked back dimensions I believe this would be too large. Weight should be fine as that's typically around 50 lb.
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  • Can the Thule T2 Bike Rack be Used with a 2017 Mazda CX-9 with Factory 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hitch
    I can't recommend going forward with the T2 hitch since not enough of the shank will be in the hitch receiver on your 2017 Mazda CX-9. The best solution I can offer is to remove the factory hitch on the vehicle (as long as it is not welded on) and replace it with a Class III hitch # 76020. This will actually cost less than changing the shank on the bike rack! If the hitch is welded on I recommend going with a different bike rack such as the lightweight Swagman XC # S64650. It weighs...
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  • How Is Exhaust of Vehicle Usually Supported When Lowered to Install Trailer Hitch
    Lowering exhaust to install a hitch is a pretty standard install step. It's not too hard to do in most cases. It just requires you to pry the exhaust hangers off of the vehicles so that it can be lowered. Our installers routinely use a ratchet strap to provide support to the exhaust once it is removed from the exhaust hangers. The purpose of the strap is to control the descent of the exhaust so it does not fall too rapidly and damage something. The exhaust hangers are very easy to remove,...
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  • Does Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver Fit On 2016 Mazda CX-9
    The Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part # 76020 is designed specifically for the Mazda CX-9 for 2016 and newer. This is a Class lll hitch and it has a 2 inch receiver opening.
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