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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Pontiac Montana

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2006 Pontiac Montana

Today we will be working on a 2006 Pontiac Montana. We will be installing Hidden Hitch part number 87410, comparable to Draw-Tite part number 75278. Here are a couple of measurements that will assist you with ing accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most point of the bumper is 5-1/2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 12 inches. This will assist you with ing accessories such as a draw bar, a bike rack or a cargo carrier. Now let us go ahead with the installation. 0:33

Our first step is going to be to remove the accessories that are in our way for installing the hitch. On the driver side we need to remove the air compressor. You will see there are three mounting locations here. On the passenger side, we are going to remove the two bolts that hold the exhaust hanger. On this particular application, we are also going to have to remove this bracket. Now that we have these parts done and out of our way, we are ready to go ahead and install our hitch. This would be a good time to get an extra set of hands to help you raise the hitch into position and install your fasteners. I am going to install the four fasteners into the existing weld nuts. I am going to go ahead and run them down and we are going to use the hitch as a template to drill out our front holes. We will repeat the same step on the driver side. 1:32

We will be drilling out our rear most mounting points here to 1/2 inch holes but I am going to start with a smaller bit to get a pilot hole. I will repeat that same process on the driver side. We will be using our handle nuts that are provided in the install kit and ing our new hardware, a bolt and lock washer, into the new holes we just drilled out into the bottom of the frame. Now that we have our handle nut and hardware installed on the rear most fastener for the passenger side, I can go ahead and reinstall my bracket also. We will be using the new bolt provided in our install kit and reusing the hardware out of the fender. Now that we have the passenger side done with our handle nut and hardware, we are going to go ahead and repeat the same process on the driver side. 2:19

OK, with our handle nut tightened down, we can go ahead and remove the two bolts we installed earlier to line up and drill out our hole. These are the two mounting bolts that also hold on our compressor. You can see here were our second bolt hole should be but there is not one on the manufacturer bracket so we are going to go ahead and drill it out so we can install our hardware. But I am going to start with a smaller bit to get a pilot hole. With our holes drilled out, we can go ahead and install our new compressor now. When reinstalling the passenger side, we will make sure we are also reinstalling our exhaust hanger. It fits nicely through the hole in the hitch. Alright, now we will run our hardware down and then torque to specifications. That completes torqueing the fasteners on the passenger side, and we will go repeat the same process on the driver side. With everything torqued to specification, that completes the installation of Hidden Hitch part number 87410.

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