Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Nissan Murano

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2005 Nissan Murano

Today we are going to install part number 90073 on our 2005 Nissan Murano. The first thing we are going to do is loosen the exhaust. What we need to do is the lower the exhaust in front of the muffler. Bring it down an inch or so. You can also put a strap around it to hold it in place and maybe lower a little further if you need to. We will start by taking down this bracket here. Next we move on to the exhaust hangers this is where it is good to invest in a ratchet wrench. It makes things a lot easier. Now this bracket must come off and stay off by taking out the 2 bolts up in front and 2 on the backside. Then these rubber hangers have to come off so we can lower everything down. How we do that is spray them down with some WD40 which will make it a little easier to pry them off.

As you can see we lowered it down, the hanger is all the way down. This strap is whats holding up the exhaust for now which gives up plenty of working room for the hitch. Now we can install the hitch and basically whats going to happen is the arms are going to go up and over the exhaust tubes and go between the exhaust and the frame. At this point we have the hitch being held up by 2 bolts. We will want to go ahead and install the other bolts. Sometimes fine threads get dirty pretty quick. This is a 2005 but we got pretty lucky on this one. Typically you will need to thread the bolts in a few times to make sure they go in all the way. To get a straighter angle on the bolts themselves we took that last exhaust hanger down and hung it on the strap we had. It simply gives us more room to push the exhaust from side to side. Now we go ahead and re hang the exhaust. One note is that this rod has to go through this exhaust hanger and the tip of it resides in this hole here at the top of the hitch. So what we will do is stick the rod in there then put the exhaust hanger back up to hold it in place. Next we want to take the front rubber hanger off and slide it back on here and then put it back on it makes it a little bit easier. Now get the rear most hanger and there you go. Back to the passenger side then bolt all 4 of those bolts back on. That covers our install of part number 90073 from Hidden Hitch on our 2005 Nissan Murano.

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