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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2007 Ford Mustang - Hidden Hitch

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2007 Ford Mustang

Speaker 1: Today on our 2007 Ford Mustang well be installing the hidden hitch trailer hitch receiver in a class one with 1 1/4 inch opening on the receiver, part number 60809. Heres what the hitch looks like installed on our vehicle.Well go ahead and give you a couple of measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately 5 1/2 inches. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 12 1/2 inches.Lets go ahead and install our hitch. We need to first go ahead and remove some exhaust hangers so we can lower the muffler down out of the way to give us room to install our hardware into the frame. Well go ahead and first remove this rear exhaust hanger as theres two bolts that hold it, one on the bottom and one on the side of the frame.

Once we get these two bolts out, well go ahead and slide this hanger off.Next well need to go ahead and remove the rubber exhaust hanger up here on the front portion of the muffler. To do this, well use a little spray lubricant and a large pry bar. Theres one final exhaust hanger that well need to remove. This has two bolts, one on the side of the frame and one on the bottom, in-between the muffler and the frame. The one on the bottom between the muffler and the frame is a little difficult to get to.

If you have a ratchet wrench, it makes it much easier.Now that we have this exhaust hanger removed as well, lets go ahead and point out the mounting locations that well be using. Theres two for each side. We will be using the fish wire technique, the fish wire 7/16s carriage bolts, as well as spacer blocks into the frame. Well do this for both sides.Next well need to take the exhaust hanger that we removed from the rear of the muffler. Well need to rim out the horizontal hole to allow for everything to be shifted over enough once a hitch is put up in the place.

We did find that you need to rim out the hole to where you only leave about an eighth of an inch of material to the edge of the bracket.At this time, its a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you raise the hitch up into place as youre fitting the fish wires through the hitch, as well as putting the exhaust bracket back on, and working it through the hole on the side of the hitch. As youre raising the hitch, make sure that you dont pinch the fish wires between the hitch and the frame.Youll also notice how the exhaust hanger over here on the passenger side, the horizontal portion slides through the large opening on the hitch. The other hole on the hitch will actually line up with the vertical bolt hole. Once you have the hitch up into place, you can go ahead and pull the carriage bolts through the frame and through the hitch. Once you do that, go ahead and unthread the fish wire from the carriage bolt.

Then put the conical tooth washer on, followed by the hex knot. Go ahead and do this for all four locations.Now that you have all the hardware installed loosely, you want to make sure that the hitch is leveled before you tighten it down. Once you have everything tightened down and the hitch is leveled, go ahead and to torque it to the manufacturers specification.Now that we have the four hitch bolts torqued down, well need to install the two bolts that hold the rear exhaust hanger into place. We did find that if you put the rear exhaust hanger on before tightening down the two bolts over here on the passenger side, it does not allow enough access for you to get your wrench and torque wrench up in to tighten these two pieces of hardware down. Youll need to wait to put this rear exhaust hanger on once the hitch bolts are torqued.Now that we have our exhaust hangers back up into place, thatll complete our installation of the hidden hitch trailer hitch part number 60809 on our 2007 Ford Mustang. .

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