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Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL

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How to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL


Hello neighbors. It's Brad here at E-trailer. And today we're taking a look and installing the curt trailer hitch receiver on a 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL. Now here we have it installed and you might be wondering, well, where is it The great part about this hitch is the fact that it's a hidden cross tube. And you also have this interior pit or this panel here. So whenever you need to actually use your hitch, you can simply pop this out and your hitch is right here, ready to hook up.

So taking a closer look at the hitch receiver, you're gonna see it's a two inch by two inch and this is gonna be a great option for a bunch of different accessories. It's the most common size. So your bike racks and cargo carriers will generally come in that two inch side. So that's gonna be great to be able to pick up whatever accessories you may want. Now, with those accessories, you're gonna have a 5/8 hitch pin hole and that's gonna allow you to actually put your accessories in and hold them in place.

But the hitch does not come with a pin and clip. A lot of times, your accessories will come with them. But if you wanna pick some up that maybe suits your needs a little bit better, like a locking one. We actually have those available here at E-trailer. And that way, when you have accessories loaded up you can lock it in place and know that they're not gonna disappear in the hands of someone else.

We also have a plate style safety chain loop here which is gonna be great for larger clevis style hooks or just a standard hook for when you're towing your trailer. Now, a few quick measurements here. We're gonna go from the center of a hitch pinhole to the furthest point of the rear fascia. We're looking about 3 1/2 inches and that's gonna be important to note for some of your folding accessories like your cargo carriers or bike racks as some of them as they fold in can make contact with fascia but that's a fairly small measurement here. So I really don't worry too much about that issue.

Now, as far as ground clearance goes, from the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground, we're looking at 14 1/2 inches. And that's a pretty solid ground clearance. I don't ever really worry about the hitch making contact but if you have suspended accessories, they do kind of extend past the vehicle. And as you go up and incline, those can actually dip closer to the ground. But with that much ground clearance, you should be pretty clear assuming when you go up in climbs or if you're on rocky or rough terrain, you just kinda being mindful of the fact that you have that loaded up. Now, as far as the installation goes, this is actually a pretty easy install, can be done in your driveway or garage with just two socket sizes. And now you're gonna want to have a torque crunch handy as well, but you should be able to knock this out in about 30 minutes or less. And again, the great part about this hitch that I really like is generally you're not always using it so you can cover this up and give it that perfect OEM look. We'll begin our installation by removing our center panel here. And now this is gonna go back on once the hitch is up there and it's gonna cover it, which is kinda nice. But in order to get this panel down, you have two plastic push pins that you're gonna want to remove. Now there's slots on four sides of the plastic push pins. So using a trim panel tool, I'll go ahead and just pop that button down and I can remove the plastic push pin. Now, if you don't have a trim panel tool, we have 'em here at E-trailer. They're really handy for these plastic push pins. But if you don't have one, you can actually use a screwdriver and it should work just as well. So with those out, we can then push on our tabs here. And we can set this aside. So we're gonna get ready to put the hitch in place and we'll be putting our hardware here. These are gonna just go into these weld nuts, but over time these kinda can see a lot of road grim and build up and can actually turn into rust, making it hard for these threads to actually go through. And sometimes you can actually strip out the bolt. So in order to kind of just make sure that we have a clean surface and threads for these to thread into, I'm just using a tube brush and that's gonna be enough to kinda knock out some of those potential buildup in there. We have two brushes here at E-trailer as well but anything that can kind of go in there just to kinda clean 'em out, and then you might wanna just test by putting the bolt up, threading it through and make sure that there's no resistance. Now, before you raise the hitch up in place, it's going to be going right in here. And eventually we're gonna be passing some bolts through but this pin is in the way not only is it a little bit too narrow for that hitch to slide up, but also it looks like we might have some clearance issues come time for this. So I'm gonna kind of pry it out and maybe down a little bit and that should make it a lot easier to get our hitch up in place. So you can use a pry bar. I'm just kind of using this style of pry bar here just to kinda, again, just make sure that we're clear for that opening later on 'cause we'll be putting hardware through there but also just to get the hitch up in place. Now you might wanna grab an extra set of hands to help get the hitch up in place. And you're also gonna want to have your bolt and your conical tooth washer ready. And the conical tooth washer you can see, does have a concave shape and it has teeth on one side. This is what's gonna be biting into the metal. So just make sure you have that washer in the proper orientation. Now we'll go ahead and raise it up and we're just gonna get the bolts hand tightened in. And that way the hitch can kind of support itself up which will make it a lot easier for us to get the rest of the hardware in place. Now it is kinda tight against the spare tire. So just kind of work a little bit to kind of move it to where it sits up in there. And if you need to ,the instructions say you can drop the spare tire but as you can tell, I'm able to kind of get this in place without having to drop that spare tire. Once we have a few threads started on each side, then we can go ahead and grab our other bolt like this and put it through the next weld nut. Now that I have the two bolts on each side in place and hand tighten, I'm gonna go ahead and actually tighten this down. It's gonna be a 17 millimeter shocket and this is gonna help draw that hitch up and making it easier to get our other side hardware in. So I'll just go ahead and get this nice and snug Sorry, you're gonna want to grab your long carriage bolts and these are gonna go from the inside towards the outside of the vehicle. And you can see this one slides through pretty easily but this pin is still given us a little trouble. In fact, this'll feed in, but once you kinda get to the head of the bolt, it's real close, but not quite wanting to go over it. So I'm gonna go ahead and just take a pair of channel locks, grab a hold and just kind of bend that down. Just kind of give us that clearance where our carriage bolt had to go through. Now we can test it through. And that does it for us. So now we're gonna follow it up. We have our flare nuts here, and these are just gonna go on the other side where that stud poke through. And we'll go ahead and just get these hand tightened on for now. So now we have everything in place. We need to go back with our torque wrench and this is gonna be an important step 'cause we're gonna make sure that it's not too tight putting stress on the threads, but also that it's tight enough to stay in place for the life span of the hitch. Now, if you need a torque wrench we have these available here at E-trailer. And if not, you can generally rent these at an auto parts store. But again, this is an important step. You're gonna just go back. This is gonna be a 17 millimeter shocket on these and the torque settings are in the instruction manual. Now the ones that face vertical versus the horizontal do have very different torque settings. So just make sure that you are applying the proper torque setting to each set of hardware. So now we're gonna go back to our side, horizontal bolts here, and this is gonna be 3/4 inch socket to get this achieved. And again, this is quite a bit higher torque setting than our previous. So just make sure you take that into account. Now everything's tightened in torque and we're ready to actually use our hitch. Now the great part too is if you aren't planing on using your hitch right away, you can actually put that access panel up and that's gonna hide it. But other than that, hopefully this brings you plenty of opportunities to use your hitch for whatever life brings you..


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