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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Nissan Rogue - Hidden Hitch

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2011 Nissan Rogue


Today on our 2011 Nissan Rogue, we're going to review an install, the Hidden Hitch Class III 2-inch Receiver Tube Hitch, part number HH87663. Here's what our hitch is going to look like once installed. This is an entirely steel constructed hitch with a fully welded design. It's got a really nice black powder coated finish to resist rust and corrosion. The main body of the hitch is hidden behind the rear fascia or bumper. The only thing really having exposed is the receiver tube, which has a chain hold down on each side, 5/8 pin hole that goes all the way through the receiver tube, and a 1/2-inch pin hole for a J-pin style anti-rattle bolt. This is a class II 2-inch by 2-inch receiver tube that's capable of up to 350 pounds of tongue weight and a 3500-pound tow capacity.

Next, we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 5 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening down to the ground is 13-1/4 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. We'll now go ahead and show you the minimum tools required for installing the hitch. We're going to have a 1/2-inch tube brush and spray lubricant.

We use an 18 and a 3/4 inch sockets, extension, rachet, and torque wrench. Now, we'll go ahead and show you just how easy it is to install this hitch. To begin our install, we need to remove the manufacturer's tow hook. To remove the manufacturer's tow hook, we've got a total of 4 fasteners, 2 in the bottom of the frame and 2 in the side. Once we remove the fasteners and tow hook, we'll go ahead and set them aside as they will not be reinstalled. Now with our tow hook removed, it also exposes the 2 attachment points here on the passenger side.

These attachment points are weld nuts built into the frame by the manufacturer. Here on the driver's side, we have 3 attachment points for a total of 5. Each of these attachment points or weld nuts built into the frame by the manufacturer. For this application on the driver's side, the weld nuts are exposed, so over time, they build up rust, dust, and debris, and we'll need to clean them out before we attempt to install our new hardware. To clean them out, we're going to use a spray lubricant and a 1/2-inch nylon tube brush, part number 814092. We'll thoroughly clean the threads of the weld nut out, removing that buildup so we can install the new fasteners. After we've got the weld nut cleaned out, we'll take one of the new fasteners and thread it into the weld nut to make sure it'll go nice and easily.

To secure the hitch, we're going to use the new 12 mm bolt and 1/2-inch counter-tooth washer. The teeth of the washer will face the hitch. It'll go through the hitch and into the weld nut. We're now ready to go ahead and install the hitch. We'll take the driver's side and feed it up above the exhaust first. We'll then bring the passenger side up to the frame and go ahead and start installing the fasteners. Keep in mind as we install our fasteners, we'll install each one finger tight till we have them all in place. Now, with the passenger side installed, we'll move over to the driver's side and repeat the same process. Next, we can go ahead and tighten down our fasteners. Now with the fastener tightened down, we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with our hitch installed, tightened down, and torqued to specifications, we're ready to hit the road. That'll do it for the review and install of our Hidden Hitch Class III 2-inch Receiver Tube Hitch, part number HH87663, on our 2011 Nissan Rogue. .


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