Trailer Hitch Installation - 1998 Jeep Cherokee - Hidden Hitch

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 1998 Jeep Cherokee

Today, on our 1998 Jeep Cherokee, we'll be installing Hidden Hitch, part number 87591. This is what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Next, we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. Such as, a draw bar, a bike rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 16 inches. Now, let's go ahead with installation. Our first step, we'll go ahead and point out the attachment points here on the passenger side.

Our rear and two center attachment points will be well nuts already built into the frame. Our forward attachment will be this well nut here where the bolt is installed currently. We'll remove that bolt and install new hardware with the hitch. First, we'll start here on the passenger side. We'll need to clean out the well nuts. To do this we'll need some spray lubricant and a 1/2 inch nylon tube brush, part number 814092 to thoroughly clean out the threads.

We'll go ahead and take one of our new bolts and thread it into the well nut to make sure it's going to go nice and easy. Once we've done that for all three attachment points, we're ready to go ahead and remove the forward bolt as currently installed. We'll go ahead and set that aside, as it will not be reinstalled. We will be using new hardware with the hitch. Now, we will move over to the driver's side. Point out the mounting locations for our hitch, which will be here.

We'll need to use the bolt leader, provided with our install kit and our carriage bolt and block and feed them into the frame. The easiest way to do this is to use the open end of the frame at the rear of the vehicle, near the bumper. We'll go ahead and take our bolt feeder, feed it through the attachment point and out the end of the frame. We'll slide our block and thread on our bolt. Once we do that, we'll feed them both up into the frame and pull them into position Now that they're into position, we'll remove the bolt leader and repeat the same process for the other two attachment points. Now we're ready to install the hitch.

It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install your fasteners. To secure our carriage bolt and block on the driver's side, we'll be using the conical tooth washer and a 1/2 inch nut. We'll move over to the passenger side and install our hardware. Now with our hitch being secured by the forward three fasteners on each side, we'll need to install the rearmost fastener. We'll be using the handle nut bolt and conical tooth washer, again with the teeth of the washer facing the hitch. The handle nut is designed so that it can be bent in any fashion needed to get it into position. Go ahead and do that and put our bolt and conical tooth washer through the hitch and into the handle nut. Now, with all our fasteners in place, we can go ahead and tighten them down. Next, we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. That will complete the install of our Hidden Hitch, part number 87591, on our 1998 Jeep Cherokee. .

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