Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Dodge Ram Pickup - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on 2011 Dodge Ram Pickup


Today on our 2011 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Series Crew Cab 2-Wheel Drive, we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Front Hitch part number 65062. This what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now, we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch such as the ball mount, bicycle rack or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin holes to the outermost edge of the bumper, it is approximately five inches. From the top of the opening and the receiver to the ground is approximately 8-3/4 inches. Now, let's go ahead and install our hitch.

To begin with, we're going to go ahead and look underneath the vehicle and see if the tailhooks from the factory are present or not. On this particular vehicle, there are not tailhooks that are present so we will be using the additional bolt that are supplied with the kit. We also found that when holding the hitch up and lining it up with the weld nuts that are already in the frame for the front two mounting locations that we will not need to cut a complete eight inches out of the lower balance. We found that about three inches work just fine. Now, we're going to go ahead and measure the center of the balance and mark out the area that will need to be trimmed out.

You can either do this using a rotary tool, a pair of tin snips or some other means of cutting the plastic. Now, we're ready to go ahead and put our hitch up. Before we put the new bolts into the existing weld nuts, we're going to go ahead and use a little spray lubricant and a nylon toothbrush which is part number 814092 to go ahead and clean up the thread. With the thread cleaned up, now we're ready to go ahead and raise our hitch up into place. These two locations, we'll be using a M12 hexbolt as well as two half inch conical toothed washers.

You want to make sure that the teeth on the washer face the hitch. We'll go ahead and tighten them down so that it holds the hitch in place. Next, we're going to need to use a half inch drill bit to drill the two rear locations through the holes that line up with up rear brackets. We'll be drilling into the frame on this but it's a good idea to start small with the drill bit and step up the half inch. Once we have both of our holds drilled, now we're ready to install our half inch carriage bolts as well as the spacer blocks.

We did notice however, that the openings on the side of the frame where we supposed to use the fish wire and pull the carriage bolt and the spacer block through are little small for the spacer block to fit. We had to open up the holes just a little bit using a round file and drill. Now, with the holes open up large enough for the spacer block to fit in, we'll go ahead and use the fish wire and we'll fish wire through the hole and the hitch and out this large hole on the side of the frame. Then, we'll feed the spacer block on to the fish wire followed by the half inch carriage bolt. We'll go ahead and pull the half inch carriage bolt and spacer block into place. Followed by putting the half inch conical toothed washer with the teeth facing the hitch and half inch hex nut. We'll repeat this process for both sides. Now that we have all the hardware installed, we'll go ahead and tighten everything down and then torque it to the manufacturer's specification. With that, that will conclude the installation of our Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch part number 65062 on our 2011 Dodge Ram truck 1500 Series Crew Cab in 2-Wheel Drive.


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