Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Jeep Cherokee - Hidden Hitch

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Jeep Cherokee

Today on our 2015 Jeep Cherokee we'll be installing and reviewing the Hidden Hitch class three 2" receiver tube hitch, part number 87648. Here's what our hitch will look like once it's installed. This is our class three hitch. While our hitch does hang down below the rear fascia, it's tucked up nicely underneath the vehicle, with the only thing really being exposed is our receiver tube. We also have our pre-drilled 5/8 pinhole and our chain hold downs. The built-on bracket for attaching your 4-pole bracket for trailer wiring.

This hitch is capable of up to 600 pounds of tongue weight and 5,000 pounds of towing capability. Next I'll go ahead and 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 5-1/2". From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 11-1/2". This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. Now let's go ahead and show you how to install the hitch. Now to begin our install we're first going to go ahead and remove the rubber square plug at the bottom of the frame.

This will be at the bottom of the frame next to the exhaust. We're going to have one on each side. Our hardware and our attachment points are identical on each side, so each process we do here to one side will get repeated identically on the opposite side. Just using a flat blade screwdriver or a trim panel tool we can pop the rubber plug out and set it aside, as it will not be reinstalled. Now here on the driver side with the plug out, our frame rail is exposed and this also exposes our access hole for getting our hardware into the frame for our rear and side attachment point. Then the access hole becomes the forward attachment point.

On the passenger side we'll need to relocate the manufacturer's wiring that goes underneath the frame. To do that we're just going to pop it free, which you can use a trim panel tool or a flat blade screwdriver. Now that we have it popped free, we'll keep it out of the way of the hitch and then resecure it once the hitch is installed. Each of our attachment points is going to get a 1/2" carriage bolt and spacer block. To get our hardware into the frame and in position we'll use the 1/2" bolt leader provided with the install kit. We're going to start with the rear attachment point hardware first.

We'll take our bolt leader, feed it through the attachment point, and out the access hole. Grab the end of the bolt leader, slide on our block, and then thread on the carriage bolt. Once the block and bolt are on the bolt leader we'll feed them into the frame separately. First the block, and then the bolt. Now once I have them into the frame I'll go ahead and pull them into position and down through the pre-drilled hole in the frame. We'll leave our bolt leader attached as it will assist with getting our hitch into place without losing our hardware into the frame. Next we're going to do the side frame attachment point. Again we'll be using the same hardware: the 1/2" carriage bolt and spacer block. Now here for the side frame attachment point, once I have my carriage bolt and block engaged, I'm going to gently slide them back into the frame until we get the hitch in place. Now for our third and final attachment point here on the passenger side we're going to use the reverse pull method, turning our access hole into our attachment point. We'll take the block, put it onto our bolt leader, and then thread on the carriage bolt. We're going to feed the carriage bolt into the frame first, followed by the block. Then once into place, we'll pull them back down over the access hole, creating our attachment point. Now with all our hardware in place here on the passenger side I'll move over to the driver side and repeat the same process. Now once we get our hitch in place, to secure it at the forward and side attachment point we're going to use the conical tooth washer with the teeth of the washer will face the hitch, and a 1/2" nut. For the rear bottom frame attachment point we'll use the same conical tooth washer and nut, but we'll add a spacer block before we install the conical tooth washer and nut to add additional support for this attachment point. We're now ready to go ahead and put our hitch in place. Now as we put the pull wires through the hitch, once we bring the hitch up to the frame we'll pull the side frame fastener through the attachment point first to help hold the weight of the hitch. Keep in mind here on the passenger side to make sure the manufacturer's wiring does not get pinched between the hitch and the frame. Now with the carriage bolt here at the side of the frame holding the weight of the hitch, I'm going to go ahead and remove the pull wire and install our attachment hardware. We'll start with their conical tooth washer. Again, the teeth of the washer will face the hitch, and then the nut. Now as I install my fasteners, we'll install each one finger tight until all our hardware's in place. Next I'll repeat the same process with my forward fastener. Now for the rear bottom frame rail fastener we'll start by removing the pull wire. We'll install the square round hole spacer block, our conical tooth washer, and then the nut. Now with all our hardware on here on the passenger side, we'll repeat the same process for the driver side. Now once we have all our hardware in place, we'll go ahead and tighten it down. Now once all our fasteners are tightened down we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with all our hardware tightened down and torqued to specifications, we'll go ahead and resecure our wiring here on the passenger side using the zip ties provided. We can simply take the zip tie and secure the wiring to the exhaust hanger, keeping it up out of the way and away from the exhaust. I'll cut off the excess from the zip tie to clean up our install look. Just like that, we're ready to hit the road. There you have it for Hidden Hitch class three 2" receiver hitch, part number 87648, on our 2015 Jeep Cherokee. .

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