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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2004 Nissan Xterra

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2004 Nissan Xterra

Today we are going to be installing Curt hitch part number 13183 on a 2004 Nissan Xterra. OK, we are underneath the vehicle, and the first thing you want to do is to go ahead and remove the spare tire to get it out of the way. Taking a look at the passengers side frame rail here, you can see we have got one, two, three existing holes here at the bottom of the frame. Those are going to provide our attaching points on both sides of the vehicle. With the installation kit, you do have this long plate that it comes with, one for each side of the vehicle. One end has a flat edge the other end has a rounded edge. The rounded edge is the part that actually needs to go inside the frame. The flat edge will be the one toward the bumper. We will just lay that in there and align it over the existing holes. And then we are just going to take our carriage bolts that are provided in the installation kit, and we are going to them down into all three locations.

OK, we are going to repeat that procedure for the drivers side as well, and then we will go ahead and put the hitch up into position. We are going to fasten those carriage bolts with the hex nuts that are provided. OK, then, on the drivers side, we are going to be using the same procedure with the long block in the carriage bolts. But here on the drivers side you can see we do have the exhaust tube that is going to kind of interfere with us putting everything into place here on the frame rail. So to get that out of the way, we are going to go ahead and lower it off of this rear-most hanger, which is right here.

OK, now we are going to go ahead and put the hitch up into position. We want to make sure we go up and over the exhaust here on the drivers side with the trailer hitch. With the hitch up into position and the nuts tightened down, we can go ahead and torque our bolts. We want to check with the directions to make sure we verify the appropriate torque rating for each individual bolt. Now that we have got all our bolts torqued down, we just want to make sure we put the exhaust back up on its hanger and put our spare tire back up into place, and our installation will be complete. And this will conclude the installation of Curt hitch part number 13183 on a 2004 Nissan Xterra.

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Nathan P. 08/30/2014

Hi,Ive got a Curt hitch for my 2003 Nissan Xterra I bought off a buddy, but its mounting hardware the 3-holed long plate was too rusted out to acquire. Do you guys sell the mounting kit separately by chance? 6555

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Rachael H 09/02/2014

Yes we do. Hitch mounting hardware is not intended to be used more than once, so replacement is a great idea. To find the correct hardware kit you will need to enter RHK in the top right hand side of our page in the search box. Then you will need to enter the hitch number and the manufacturer for your hitch. 5427

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