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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe - Hidden Hitch

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe

Today on our 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe we'll be installing Hidden Hitch, part number 90233. Here's what our hitch we'll look like once it's installed. Next I'll give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 5-1/4". From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 13". This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. Now to begin our install we'll first need to lower and remove the spare tire.

The spare tire out of the way, we need to remove the two underbody panels. There's one on the driver and one on the passenger side. Here on the driver side there's a total of four push pin fasteners. Screw the center of the fastener out and then remove it completely. Now there are two more fasteners that secure the underbody panel.

There's one here and one here. To remove the panel you just have to pop the fasteners free. We'll go ahead and set the panel aside for reinstallation later. Here on the passenger side is the same process only we only have three fasteners instead of four. Next we'll go ahead and lower the exhaust. To lower the exhaust we need to remove the rubber isolators from the metal hangars.

There are a total of three rubber isolators that we're going to remove to give ourselves plenty of working room. Now before I go ahead and remove the rubber isolators I'm going to put a safety strap underneath the exhaust to help hold the weight. To remove the rubber isolator from the metal hangar we'll spray each one with a spray lubricant. You can use a pry bar or pliers. Now with our hangers removed we can go ahead and use the safety strap to safely lower the weight of the exhaust. On each side there will be two attachment points in the bottom of the frame.

These attachment points are weld nuts built into the frame by the manufacturer. We'll also use the holes in the side of the frame. These pre-drilled holes go all the way through the frame and will get a long bolt to secure the hitch. To make room for the hardware we need to remove a portion of the bumper alignment pin. To do that we're going to use a cutoff wheel and just remove the alignment pin behind the steel. Now with our alignment pins cut out we can go ahead and prepare the weld nuts, because over time they're going to build up with rust, dust, dirt and debris. It can make it difficult to install the new hardware. To clean them out we're going to use some spray lubricant and a 1/2" nylon tube brush, part number 814092. We're now ready to go ahead and put our hitch in place. It's a good idea to go ahead and get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install your fasteners. For the bottom attachments they'll be the same on both sides. Each one is going to be a new 10mm nut along with a 7/16 conical tooth washer. The teeth of the washer will face the hitch. We'll have our long bolt and 1/2" conical tooth washer going through the frame through the hitch on the outside, securing with a second conical tooth washer, with the teeth of the washer facing the hitch and our 1/2" nut. Now for the top hardware here on the passenger side we're going to have our long bolt and 1/2" conical tooth washer going through the frame from outside towards the inside. Then move on the inside and install a spacer block, 1/2" conical tooth washer. Teeth of the washer will face the block. Then our 1/2" nut. Now with all the fasteners installed finger tight we'll go ahead and run them down. Once we have all our fasteners tightened down we can then go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. We're going to trim the underbody panels to make them easier to get back into place. Here on the passenger side just behind the attachment point we're going to come down approximately 2" and cut off the rear corner. Once we have it cut off we can go ahead and put it back in place. With our underbody panels back in place we'll now go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. We can go ahead and remove our safety strap. With that, this will complete the install of our Hidden Hitch 1-1/4" receiver tube hitch, part number 90233, on our 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe. .

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