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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Nissan Murano - Hidden Hitch

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2011 Nissan Murano

Today on our 2011 Nissan Murano we'll be installing Hidden Hitch 2" receiver tube hitch, part number 87486. Here's what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 5". From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 15". To begin our install we'll first need to lower the exhaust. To lower the exhaust we need to remove the rubber isolators that secure it to the hanger.

On the driver side there are two of the rubber isolators and one on the passenger side. To give ourselves some additional working room we can also lower the one at the rear axle. The remove the rubber isolators from the metal hangars we'll spray each one with a spray lubricant and use a pry bar or pliers to remove the rubber isolator from the metal hanger. Now before we remove the rubber isolators we'll want to put a safety strap underneath the exhaust to help control the weight after we remove the rubber isolators. With our rubber isolators removed we'll go ahead and use the safety strap to safely lower the weight of the exhaust. Next we'll remove the tow hook from the driver side.

Tow hook has a total of four fasteners that secure it, two in the bottom and two on the inside of the frame rail. Now with the tow hook down out of the way we'll need to remove the lower balance panel. To start we'll remove the two push pin fasteners that secure the balance panel to the rear fascia. To remove the push pin fasteners we'll pry the center of the fasteners out and then remove it completely. Next we'll remove the four fasteners on the inside of the balance panel. Once we have the fasteners out we can go ahead and remove the balance panel as it will not be reinstalled. Next we'll go ahead and point out the attachment points.

We're going to have a total of five attachment points, three on the driver side and two on the passenger side. Each one of these attachment points will be weld nuts built into the frame by the manufacturer. On the driver side our forward attachment point we'll use a 10mm bolt and 3/8 conical tooth washer. The teeth of the washer will face the hitch. For our center and rear attachment point we'll use the new 12mm and 1/2" conical tooth washer.

Again, the teeth of the washer will face the hitch. On the passenger side it will be the two 12mm bolt attachment points. These weld nuts have been exposed to the elements so over time they'll build up with rust, dust, dirt, and debris. Before we attempt to install the new hardware we'll go ahead and thoroughly clean them out. We'll go ahead and use a nylon tube brush, part number 814092, and some spray lubricant. We'll thoroughly clean out the threads of the weld nuts. Once we have it cleaned out we can go ahead and take one of the new bolts, thread it into the weld nut to make sure it will go nice and easily. Now with our attachment points identified and our weld nuts cleaned out we're ready to put our hitch in place. Bring the hitch up over the exhaust and install the fasteners finger tight until we have them all in place. Now with all our fasteners in place we'll go ahead and tighten them down. Once we have our fasteners tightened down we can then torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with our hitch tightened down and torqued to specifications, we'll go ahead and install the zip tie to secure the lower fascia attachment points directly to the hitch. Then we'll cut off the excess from the zip ties. With that done we can now reinstall the exhaust. With everything reinstalled. This will complete the install of our Hidden Hitch, part number 87486, on our 2011 Nissan Murano. .

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