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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Nissan Altima - Hidden Hitch

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Nissan Altima

Today, in our 2015 Nissan Altima we'll be installing a hidden hitch 1 x 1/4" receiver two bit hitch Part Number 60873. As you can see, it's got a nice square tube design and it tucks up underneath the vehicle so it's not easily visible. This hitch has a two hundred pound ton capacity and a two thousand pound towing capacity. Next, I'm going to give you a couple measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is 6-1/4", from the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 10-1/2". This will assist you in selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier. We'll now go ahead with the installation.

Now, to begin our install we're first going to go ahead and open up the trunk and remove the spare tire cover. The reason why we're removing the spare tire cover is because ultimately, part of our attachment points are going to go through the frame into the trunk area. I'll go ahead and pull the cargo mat out of the way first, set it aside, then our spare tire cover, and the fiber board underneath. Now for the cover, if I take it, fold it in and up it'll keep it out of the way. Because ultimately what we need to expose is the frame rail on both sides.

Here you can see a small indention, and below that is the frame. Next, we need to remove both muffler assemblies. There one is on the driver and passenger side. For the install of our hitch, whether it is dis-assembly or re-installation, each step we do here on one side is going to be repeated identically on the opposite side. Because our hitch attachment points for the driver and passenger side are identical. Now, to remove the muffler well first going to go ahead loosen the exhaust clamp, then using a spray lubricant we'll spray down the rubber isolator that is above the muffler.

Once we have the muffler released from the exhaust pipe, we'll just take it and slide it towards the rear of the vehicle so that the metal hanger will come out of the rubber isolator. Now that the passenger side is down and out, I'll go ahead and repeat the same process on the drivers side. Now with the exhaust out of the way, we need to relocate the heat shield. We're just going to take them and fold them out towards the rear of the vehicle out towards the tire, or away from the center, opening up the space between the spare tire well and the frame. Here is where the hitch side bracket is going to sit. Now with both heat shields out of the way, it is a good idea to get an extra set of hands.

We're going to take the hitch and hold it up into position and using a paint marker, mark out our two attachment points for each side. Now once we have our holes marked, we'll go ahead and bring the hitch back down and out of the way. As you can see use the hitch as a template to mark out our attachment points. Next, we'll go ahead and drill them out. To drill them out, I'm going to start with a smaller pilot hole and then work my way up to our final size as per the instructions. Now that our hole is drilled out, I'm going to get back into the trunk. Before we put our hardware in place, we're going to apply some Lock-Tight RTV gasket silicon maker, part number LT37467, this will help to seal up around our attachment points to make sure we seal it up from the outside. Now for each side, we're going to have a bolt plate that will sit down over the attachment hole and then it is 7/16" carriage bolt that'll go down through each attachment point. All right, we're now ready to go ahead and put our hitch in place. It is a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you out put the hitch up in place and then install your fasteners. Keep in mind that you'll need to be very careful as you put the hitch in place not to push your hardware back up into the trunk. Now as you put your hardware in place, keep in mind we'll have the split lock washer and then the nut. With our nut already in the socket and the split lock washer resting on top, gently feed them both into place. Just use that to thread and get our nut started. Once it is started, I'll go ahead and tighten it down hand tight.Now with the passenger side done, I'll go ahead and move over to the driver side and repeat the same process. Now with all the fasteners installed, we'll go ahead and tighten them down. Once we have all the fasteners tightened down we'll go ahead and torque to the specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with all the fasteners tightened down and torqued to specifications, well push the heat shields back into place and then reinstall the mufflers. Quick tech tip. Once you have your mufflers tightened down, go ahead and check to make sure that the heat shield doesn't rattle on the hitch or the muffler. With our exhaust reinstalled, we'll move back into the trunk and reinstall the inner cargo liner and cover. With that this will complete the install and review of our hidden hitch class one 1-1/4" receiver tube hitch, part number 60873 on a 2015 Nissan Altima. .

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