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Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Toyota Sequoia

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Toyota Sequoia


Hey everybody, how's it going Today, we're gonna be going over and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver here on a 2017 Toyota Sequoia. So this is what our trailer hitch is gonna look like installed on our Sequoia here. Now everything does have a powder-coated black finish, so it's gonna help protect the hitch from rust and corrosion. It's also gonna help it blend in with the underbody of the vehicle here. Now our receiver tube is actually recessed behind the bumper there, so you don't ever have to worry about hitting your shins on it when you're walking by. So adding a front trailer hitch to your Sequoia it's a great option, because these things are actually very versatile.

A lot of people don't realize everything that we can use them for. You can use them for anything, for mounting a snow plow on there. A lot of snow plows attach using a two-inch hitch accessory, so you can clear your driveway out or even make a business out of it. You could use this to help back a trailer into a tight parking spot, or you could use this as a recovery point or you could mount a winch on a winch plate which we have plenty of options here at etrailer. So the possibilities are really endless for adding a front mount hitch to your vehicle.

Now, the one downside of adding the front trailer hitch is gonna be the obvious, it is gonna reduce your ground clearance a little bit and it does sort of limit your skid shield options. If you have any larger skid shields there installed here those will have to be removed. So there are a couple things that you are gonna have to forego, but if you ask me, I really think the benefits of this hitch here outweigh some of the negative side effects. Now in regards to the capacities of our hitch here and how they're gonna translate to how you're gonna guys are gonna be using them. For starters, the first one is line pull, it's gonna be 9,000 pounds and that's gonna be if you're using this to winch yourself out or vehicle recovery.

So the max on that is gonna be 9,000 pounds. Now, the other rating we have is gonna be the downward force or the tongue weight rating, that's gonna be 500 pounds and that's gonna translate more to when you're using this to help back a trailer into place or you're using this for a snow plow. You just wanna make sure you don't exceed either of those ratings. And as with any trailer hitch, you're gonna get a hitch pin hole on the side there that's used to secure your accessories. It's no different for the front ones here.

This is gonna be an industry standard 5/8 inches. So keep in mind your hitch pin clip however does not come with the trailer hitch. A lot of your accessories are probably gonna come with their own or you could just pick one up here at etrailer, we have plenty of options. So now just a couple measurements for you guys here. The first one I like to do is ground clearance because we mentioned that is a potential issue here for this vehicle with this hitch. Now this is a stock suspension vehicle, stock tire size, and it is a few years old, so those are gonna affect your measurements. But the distance from the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube you might be using that for a snow plow. A lot of those require a certain hitch height or at least a range. So, if you're interested what that is you're looking at about 12 and a half inches. So in regards to installation, this one is really not that bad. It's mostly bolt on for the trailer hitch. We'll explain this a little bit further in the video, but you do have to cut a hole in the skid shield there to allow for some clearance, and that's probably the hardest part. It will require a hole saw or some sort of tool to remove that. I do recommend a hole saw however, but aside from that, everything else is pretty straightforward, just common tools. You will need a torque wrench if you don't have one, you can actually rent this for free from most local auto parts stores. But with that being said, let's go ahead and walk you through this entire process step by step now to give you guys the confidence to do it at home. You can do it on the ground. You don't have to lift it up in the air. So you can do this in your driveway or in your garage in a few short hours. Now the first step of our installation we're gonna be looking underneath the front bumper here. What we're looking for is a skid shield. So this is what our skid shield looks like. Granted not all models have this. So if you don't have the skid shield, not to worry this hitch is still gonna fit. You'll just proceed to the next step. But if you do have the skid shield, this just needs to come off. So we're gonna take a 12 millimeter socket. There's gonna be a couple different bolts here located along. We have four up front here and I believe there's two more back here. So we'll go ahead and remove those bolts, so we can remove the skid shield from the vehicle. So this is a metal skid shield, therefore it is relatively heavy. So once you have one bolt left, you need to be prepared to grab the skid shield 'cause this is gonna fall after that. If you have an extra set of hands to help catch it as well that'll certainly help you out in the long run. So now keep in mind, this large skid shield on the bottom here we actually won't be able to reinstall this here with our trailer hitch into position. Now we're gonna be removing our tow hooks on either side here. Now these will be reinstalled, but in order to remove them, you're gonna need to grab a 17 millimeter socket preferably a deep well or you can use a short well with an extension, But these bolts are more than likely lock tighted on here, so they're gonna be pretty tough. So what I recommend is getting a breaker bar so you can break them free. Then you can switch over to your ratchet to get them the rest of the way out. So there's only two bolts holding these tow hooks in place. And once you get them out, they should just drop out along with it. You may or may not also have a skid shield bracket attached to that tow hook. But once we do it on this side, we're just gonna be doing the same thing over on the other side. The process is the exact same. So next we have another skid shield to remove here. So this is a metal one and this one actually does get reinstalled here, but we have to take it off the vehicle because we need a cut a hole in here to allow for access to our oil filter. Now, if you're asking why we're doing this is because we're actually not gonna be able to remove this while we have the hitch into its position. So, normally your technician, when he's changing your oil, he's actually gonna be removing this metal skid shield here so he can access the oil filter. But you're not gonna be able to remove it, as we said, with the hitch into position. So we still need a way for them to be able to get in there, remove your oil filter, which is why we're gonna be cutting a large hole in here. So in order to do that, we do need to remove it first. So there's gonna be a couple different fasteners located along the outside here. We're gonna have a few at the front, and there's actually some of them tucked up back here behind these holes here in the skid shield. So just make sure you look up there for your bolts. And then we'll go ahead and remove it using a 12 millimeter socket. So once we get all of our fasteners out, our skid shield is actually gonna swing down like this. And there's some hooks at the top here you kind of have to maneuver out. So if we take a look at this skid shield here there's actually some hooks on there. So if you're having trouble getting it off and it's hanging up, you're gonna lift up and then you're gonna shift over like this and then it should drop out. So now comes the somewhat challenging part and that's gonna be trimming the skid shield here to allow for clearance of our oil filter. So in your instructions are gonna give you a diagram. So you're gonna locate this hole here and this is gonna be our guide to where we need to cut that four inch hole. So we've got our hole saw already here with our pilot bit in there. And as we mentioned earlier, I can't just stick it exactly where I want it because that pilot bit is gonna have nowhere to grab onto, and your hole saw is just gonna walk around. So I'm gonna be placing the hole saw bit sort of on this outside edge here, because the diagram does sort of show the hole a little bit more offset to this side. So I'm gonna go ahead and get my pilot bit as close to that hole as I can. So now that we've got our hole drilled, we've got that material removed, we're gonna come back with a file here. We're gonna remove all the rough edges there because we don't want the technician to cut their hand when they're going in here to change the oil filter. So we're just gonna take a metal file here and clean up all those burrs. And now as an order of rust prevention, we're gonna take a paint marker, or we're gonna cover up all that bare metal that we exposed. If you have a can of spray paint, that'll work as well. Literally anything you have to just cover that metal. Go ahead and install this back on the vehicle using the factory hardware. We're ready to lift that hitch into position, secure it. So before that, we're not gonna be using the factory bolts. We're gonna be using the bolts that come in your kit here. So you can see, we have a conical tooth washer on those with the teeth facing up. And then if we want to, and you have them, the tow hooks, we can actually reinstall these. So our trailer hitch, we're gonna mount to the frame underneath the vehicle with these two holes for the tow hooks. And if we actually wanna reuse the tow hooks, we can. We'll mount the frame up there first and then we'll sandwich the tow hooks underneath and come back with our aftermarket hardware and secure everything together. Now, one thing that can help for this next step is if we have another person to help us lift it into position. You can probably do it by yourself, but we're gonna err on the side of caution to have someone help us. That way they're working on one side, we're working on the other and it's much more stable. So now we'll just go ahead and lift it up into position. I'm gonna roughly align it with the holes as best as I can. Have our tow hook ready as well. And then we'll go ahead and get our hardware and stick everything together. Okay. That's all mine. Cool. So now we've got one bolt per side holding it in place. So we're gonna come back with a 19 millimeter socket and we're gonna snug them down so we can get our other bolts in. So now that we have all of our fasteners snugged down, we'll come back with our torque wrench here and torque everything down to the specifications in your instructions. And with everything torque down, that's gonna do it today for look and installation of the Draw-Tite front trailer hitch receiver here on a 2017 Toyota Sequoia..


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