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Trailer Hitch Installation - 1999 Jeep Wrangler

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 1999 Jeep Wrangler

Today on this 1999 Jeep Wrangler we are going to install part number 13408 from Curt. The first thing we need to do is remove this bolt at the bottom of the frame, there will be one on each side of the vehicle. We are looking at the driver side right now. The next thing I want to show you is some of the hardware that comes with the hitch, you are going to get two hex bolts like this. One is going to be an SAE thread and the other one is going to be Metric. To determine which one you need, you get the old bolt that came out of the vehicle and match them up. If the threads mesh together then you have the right ones. So in this case we will be using the Metric bolt. 00:37

Now I know which bolt to use lets clean out the threads a little bit since when we took out the old one a lot of rust came out with it. Lets use some lubricant and lets run the bolt in and make sure it threads in okay before you put the hitch up into place. You want to do this on both sides. With the threads cleaned out we can start installing the hitch. It is a good idea to have an extra set of hands to help hold it up there while you start the bolts. We are going to use our Metric bolt and a conical tooth washer. The next step we need to do is fish wire the bolts into the frame and we will have to use one of the access holes that is farther up into the frame. Take the bolt and try out a few and see if you can get it inside. This hole right here seems big enough to just push it in and pull it back down. In fact if you can do that just lower the hitch down, fish wire the bolts in, and then put the hitch back up. 01:22

We will take the spacer block that goes on the inside of the frame, we will run the bolt leader, which comes with the kit, into the carriage bolt. Put it in this way, put all of the hardware in, and then pull it back through. Then we can install the flange nut then we can reinstall the bolt that was closest to the bumper. We have got the passenger side done, lets go back and repeat the same process back over on the driver side. With the hardware installed lets tighten everything up and then we will torque the bolts down as specified in the instructions. Now that we have got the vehicle off the lift lets give you some measurements that will help you out in choosing a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier for your hitch. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground is going to be 16 inches and then from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the spare tire on the back is going to be 10 inches. That will finish it for our install of part number 13408 from Curt the 1999 Jeep Wrangler.

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