Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Jeep Liberty

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2009 Jeep Liberty

Speaker 1: Today on our 2009 Jeep Liberty, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Class II Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 36451.Here's what our hitch is going to look like. It is going to sit right below the bumper and the cross tube is going to be visible. It's a class II hitch, which means it's going to give us that inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter receiver tube opening. It has this reinforced collar giving it added strength and just an overall nice look to it.Now the way we're going to mount any of our accessories is going to be through this hitch pin here. It is going to accept a standard half inch pin in clip. Now, these aren't included in the kit, but you can pick one up on our website using part number PC2.Now the safety chains are going to be a loop style welded to the bottom, it's going to be kind of a rolled stock steel.

As you can see, we're going to have plenty of room to get those hooks on or off no matter what size they may be.Now for weight, our hitch is going to feature a 300 lbs tongue weight alone with a 3,500 lbs gross trailer weight rating. I do want to recommend that you always double check your Liberty's owner's manual, to make sure you don't exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight.The receiver tube is going to stick out just a little bit past the bumper, not enough to where we're really going to have worry about hitting our leg unless you're right up on the car already. It does benefit us because it's going to give you a lot more options when it comes to bike racks or any kind of accessory because we're not going to have to worry about coming in contact with the bumper.I'd like to give you a few measurements that will help you in deciding for accessories for your new hitch such as a bike rack or even a cargo carrier. The hitch pin hole is going to be even with the outermost edge of the bumper. From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, that's going to be right around 19-1/2 inches.Now we've seen what our hitch looks like, we've gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed.

To begin our installation we're going to come to the very back of our vehicle. Along the frame here we're going to have a few holes that we're going to be using.We're going to have two threaded holes on either side of this large oval hole, that's where our hitch is going to be mounting. These two holes on each side of the frame, so since they don't have any coverings or any kind of plugs in them, I'm going to take a little bit of spray lubricant and spray it on the inside of the holes.I'm going to come back with a nylon brush and clean out all the threads, making sure that there's no dirt, debris, or any kind of rust that will prevent the bolts from going in easily. If you need one of these brushes, you can pick one up on our website using part number 814092.We're going to go in and clean all the holes, the two on each side of the frame. Now we can take one of our M12 bolts from our kit and just to make sure that our threads are nice and clean, I'm going to run this in hand tight into the threads a few times just to make sure it will go in.You're going to want to check each one of the holes and the weld nuts.

While we're here though, I like to go over the combination of hardware we're going to be using. Our hitch is going to come up and sandwich up against our frame here, we're going to take our M12 bolt followed by a conical tooth washer. You want to make sure that the teeth are facing up towards the hitch, and that's what's going to be securing it to the frame.With an extra set of hands we're going to lift our hitch into place. We're going to line up the holes on our hitch with the holes on our frame. I'm going to take one piece of hardware for right now, get it hand tight.

That way we don't have to worry about the hitch falling down and we can get the rest of the hardware in after that.I'm going to come back with a 19mm socket and I'm going to snug up on my hardware. Now with that same 19mm socket, I'm going to grab my torque wrench and I'm going to torque down all my hardware to the specified amount in the instructions. We'll repeat that for the other side as well.That will finish up your look at the Draw-Tite Class II Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 36451 on our 2009 Jeep Liberty.

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