Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Dodge Durango

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2005 Dodge Durango


Today on this 2005 Dodge Durango we will be installing Hidden Hitch part number 87562. This installation will also apply for Draw-Tite part number 75162. We are underneath the vehicle, the first thing you want to do in preparation is to remove the spare tire and get it out of the way. Secondly, we are going to remove the fascia support straps here at the bottom of the bumper which will allow us to have a little more working room around the cross tube of the vehicle we are attaching to. :29

With the fascia support straps removed we can go ahead and test fit the hitch up into position. What we are gong to need to do is cut out2, 3 quarter inch sections of our styrofoam here where our u-bolts are going to be going up and over our cross tube. When you take the hitch itself you can see we have a notch here, and that is going to go around the gusset here in the middle. So that will help us line it up. :50

We need to go straight up and mark that spot in the styrofoam to where we need to cut out our section. This is the u-bolt we are going to be using to attach the hitch to the vehicle cross tube. Again we need about a three quarter inch section cut out of the styrofoam so we can fully get it around and into place. What I am going to do is take a 3/ 4 inch drill bit and run it directly through there and just open up the hole for me. I do recommend before you cut it, to go ahead and put a piece of wood or something in between the bumper structure and the cross tube here. And what I have had to do with the cut out is not only go with the 3/ 4 inch spacing width wise, but I need to go fairly high as well so we can get our u-bolt into place. The styrofoam is actually mounted to these brackets which are welded to the cross tube so there is not a whole lot of play there around the styroofoam. Okay with those in place we can go ahead and mount the hitch up in position using the u-bolts. Get them nice and snug and we are going to go ahead and drill out our holes at both the rear end of the hitch for these two holes, and from the front side as well on those two holes. 2:05

And with the holes drilled on both sides I am actually going to take my drill bit and just run it all the way through because we are going to be using the long hex bolts to go through both holes. We need to make those stay aligned. With the holes aligned, again we are going to be taking our 1/ 2 inch by 4 inch hex bolts, along with the flat washer, we will be sliding them through from the outer side of the vehicle in toward the inside of the vehicle. We will be attaching those to the hitch using the lock washer and hex nut. With all the bolts and fasteners in place we can go ahead and torque the hitch down. We are going to start by torquing the two bolts here in the middle first, and we will come out and torque the u-bolts last. With the hitch torqued down we just want to make sure we put our fasteners back into place and then put your spare tire back up into place, and your installation will be complete. This will conclude the installation of Hidden Hitch part number 87562 on a 2005 Dodge Durango.

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