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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2004 Jeep Wrangler

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2004 Jeep Wrangler

Today on this 2004 Jeep Wrangler we will be installing Curt hitch part number 13408. We are underneath the Wrangler here and we are going to go ahead and point out the mounting location for the trailer hitch. Looking here at the driver side frame rail, this particular model has a factory installed tow hook. Some models have it, some models do not. If you do, you have to go ahead and have that removed. Take it off by removing the two bolts here. And we just need to remove the handle nut from inside the frame there. The mounting holes for both sides of the vehicle are going to be the weld nut here that is at the end of the frame and the larger, oblong hole here just forward of the weld nut.

We are going to be using new hex bolts in the weld nuts here and then we will be ping a carriage bolt and block down through the oblong hole and into place. So we need to remove the other weld nut here from the passenger side and then we will go ahead and just secure these bolts into place. You will note that in the installation kit that there are two separate bolts that they send for the weld nut here for in the Wrangler. Some models use a metric, some models use a standard 7/ 16 bolt here. So you need to find out which one you have. And you can basically just match it up with the existing bolt that you just took out of the frame rail. And you can see comparing it to the existing bolt that came out of the frame it looks like we are going to be using the metric bolt here.

All right next we are going to go ahead and fish wire the carriage bolt into position into the oblong hole here at the bottom of the frame. And the instructions note to use actually use one of the holes here on the side of the frame to fish wire our bolt through. I am actually going to go ahead, and since the carriage bolt and block fit up through this oblong hole that we are going to be using, I am just going to fish it up and just bring it straight back down. Take and first feed our block onto the bolt leader. And then take our carriage bolt and wrap the threads of the bolt leader around the threads of the carriage bolt. Then we will just take and feed our carriage bolt into the frame followed by our block and pull them right back down into position. And we just want to repeat that procedure for the passenger side. And then we will go ahead and put the hitch up into place. We are going to be attaching the carriage bolts to the trailer hitch using the flanged hex nut here. And then we will also be adding a conical tooth washer to 12 millimeter bolt here. Now that we have got all of the fasteners into place we will go ahead and torque them down. You do want to check with the directions to verify the appropriate torque rating for each individual bolt. This will conclude the installation of hitch part number 13408 on a 2004 Jeep Wrangler.

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