Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Jeep Liberty

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Speaker 1: Today on our 2009 Jeep Liberty we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Curt Class Three Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 13245.So here's what our hitch is gonna look like. It is gonna sit right below our bumper and we are gonna see the cross tube right underneath. Now the receiver tube is gonna stick out just a little bit past our bumper, but that's gonna give us a lot more options on accessories, because we're not gonna have to worry about anything coming in contact with the bumper. It is a class three hitch, which means it's gonna give us that two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. It's got a reinforced collar, giving it that overall nice look but also some added strength.Now the way we're gonna mount any of our accessories is gonna be through the hitch pin hole here, and it's gonna accept a standard five eighths pin and clip. Now these aren't included in the kit but you can pick them up on our website using part number PC3.The safety chain connection points are gonna be a plate style welded to the bottom of the receiver tube, and as you can see we're not gonna have too much trouble getting the hooks on or off.

And then being slightly offset from the hitch pin hole will make it a little bit easier and not have to worry about any kind of interference with a locking device or the hitch pin itself. As far as weight capacity goes, our hitch is gonna feature a 500 lbs tongue weight, along with a 5,000 lbs gross trailer weight rating. Now it is designed to work with weight distribution systems as well, and that's gonna bump the tongue weight up to 750 lbs, and the gross trailer weight rating up to 7,500 lbs. With all that in mind, I do wanna recommend that you double check your Liberty's owners manual and you never exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight.I'd like to give you a few measurements, and that's gonna help you when deciding for accessories for your new hitch, such as a ball mount, bike rack, even a cargo carrier. The center of the hitch pin hole is gonna extend past the bumper by about a half an inch.

From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, that's gonna be about 19 and three quarter inches. So now that we've seen what our hitch looks like and going over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed.To begin our installation we're gonna come to the very back of our Jeep, and right behind the rear tire we're gonna come to the frame. Now, we're gonna have two threaded holes in our frame and then we're gonna have one bolt for the support right here. We're gonna need to remove that bolt because that is also gonna be a mounting spot for our hitch. I'm gonna be using an 18MM socket to pull it out.So on the driver's side here we should have the hole that we just pulled the bolt out of and then two more going down the frame.

I'm gonna take a little bit of spray lubricant and we're gonna spray in each one of these holes. I'm gonna come back with a nylon brush and we're gonna clean out the threads and make sure there's no rust, any kind of debris, or anything else in there, so that the bolts can go in nice and easy and we don't have to worry about them cross threading or anything jamming up. We wanna clean out all the holes on the driver's side here, as well as the three on the passenger's side.With the holes all cleaned out we can grab one of our M12 bolts from the kit. We're just gonna make sure the threads are nice and clean, go ahead and throw them in there and hang tight, just to make sure they're not gonna bind up. We'll do this and check and make sure that each one of the holes is nice and clean.

So now that we've gone over the mounting locations, the way we're gonna attach our hitch is we're gonna take that same M12 bolt, a mechanical tube washer, and you wanna make sure that the teeth in the washer are facing up towards the hitch. We're gonna sandwich this support bracket between our hitch and the frame, and we're gonna go through all three and then thread them in. And the three holes in the frame on our passenger's side are gonna be just towards the inside right by our muffler.With an extra set of hands we're gonna lift our hitch into position. Gotta line it up with the holes in the frame. Then we can take our hardware, we're gonna get one in on each side, just hand tight for now, just so that we don't have to worry about the hitch falling down. Then we can get the rest of our hardware in place.Then I'm gonna come back with a 19MM socket and snug up all my bolts.Then I'm gonna come back with that same 19MM socket and a torque wrench, and I'm gonna torque all my hardware down. And we'll find that specification in the instructions. We're gonna repeat that for all of our remaining hardware.And that'll finish up your look at the Curt Class Three Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 13245, on our 2009 Jeep Liberty.

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