Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Lincoln MKX

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Lincoln MKX


Ryan: Hey, everybody. Ryan here at etrailer.com. Today we have our Draw-Tite hitch installed on our Lincoln MKX. Now what I really like about this hitch is that everything is hidden behind the bumper other than our receiver tube.Now even though our receiver tube opening is tucked back a little bit and not extremely visible, it's still going to offer us plenty of clearance. That way we can still use it for things like bike racks or cargo carriers. It is a Class 3 hitch, so it's going to utilize that 2" by 2" receiver tube opening.

It's also going to have a reinforced collar for extra strength.The hitch is going to utilize the standard size 5/8 hitch pin. If you need a pin and clip, you can pick one up on etrailer.com. It's also going to have a loop-style safety chain, which is large enough and open enough to use just about any size safety chain hook. It also has a hole to be used for a j-pin. If you do use a j-pin, that's going to eliminate any vibration or noise in your connection point.The hitch is going to have a 400 pound maximum tongue weight rating.

Now that's going to be the amount of weight pushing down on the receiver tube. Now for the maximum gross trailer weight rating, that's going to be 4,000 pounds. That's going to be the amount of weight pulling on the hitch. That's the weight of the trailer plus anything you might have on it. Now it can be used with a weight distribution system.

However, all of the ratings stay the same. Now it's a good idea to check with your Lincoln's owner's manual to make sure that your MKX can pull that much weight.Now I'm going to give you a couple of measurements. These are going to help you when deciding which accessories to use. From the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube opening is about 13-1/2". Now you're going to use that measurement when deciding whether to get a rise or a drop for your ball mount.

From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the rear bumper is about 6". Now you're going to use that measurement to figure out if any of your folding accessories can be folded in the upright position without making contact with your bumper.To begin our install, we're going to need to lower the exhaust. Now I went ahead and did this already, but it's a good idea to get a strap and run it from one side of the vehicle to the other. That way, when we lower the exhaust, we can do it a little more controlled.We're going to need to remove three rubber isolator hangers, one here, one here, and then this one right here in the center. Now we're just going to use some lubricant to spray it down and make it a little easier to get off. We can get it sprayed down. We're just going to take a pry bar to pop it off. We're going to use that same procedure to remove the other two.Now I just want to point out on our heat shield, this hole right here in the frame, some of our hardware will actually come out through that hole. Well the heat shield went straight across and partially blocked that hole, so I just used those tin snips and just cut out a little notch. That way, it's free from obstruction. What we can do now is use our fish wire to put our hardware in the frame. Now we're going to be using this hole as well as this larger one right here.What we're going to do is take the coiled end of our fish wire and actually feed it through this larger hole. It'll come out from the back of the frame behind the bumper. You're going to have to stick your hand up there and feel for it. Here it is. What we'll do then is take a spacer block, put that over the fish wire. Then you can take the carriage bolt and thread that in. Then we can pull the other end of our fish wire, and with our hand help feed that hardware back into the frame. We'll slide it all the way through and it'll pop out just like that. I'm going to do the same thing with this hole here. I'll go ahead and do the same thing to the other side.Now with an extra set of hands, we can put our hitch into place. Now we're going to take our fish wires and put them through the corresponding holes in our hitch. The hitch is actually going to sandwich the heat shield. Once we get one of the bolts exposed, we're going to put on a conical tooth washer. Just make sure that the teeth are facing the hitch. We'll take our nut and carefully get it threaded it on. Now we're going to get one nut started on each side. That way the hitch will hold itself in place while we finish the rest of the hardware.Now we can tighten all our hardware up. Now for this most rearward hole, we're actually going to use the hitch as a template. We're going to use a drill bit to drill out a hole in the frame. That way we can put some hardware in it. Keep in mind, the other side will be exactly the same, so anything we do to one side, we'll do to the other.Now we're going to use the same fish wire technique to install our hardware in the hole that we just drilled. I did find it does make it a little easier to get out the coiled end is if you make a bend in it maybe 3 or 4" down past the coil, something like that. We'll push that in, pull it down. Once again, our spacer block goes on first, then our carriage bolt. Thread in to the coils. Once it's dropped down through the hole, remove our fish wire and put on our conical tooth washer and our nut. Now we'll go ahead and tighten it down. Now we can use a torque wrench to torque all of the hardware down. You can find that torque specification in your instructions. Now that all of our hardware's torqued down, we can rehang our exhaust in the opposite way that we lowered it. Once that's done, we can remove our strap. That'll do it for our look at and installation of the Draw-Tite hitch on our 2013 Lincoln MKX.


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