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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Ford Transit Connect

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How to Install a Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Ford Transit Connect


Speaker 1: Today on our 2016 Ford Transit Connect, we're gonna take a look at and also show you how to install the Draw-Tite Max Frame custom fit class three trailer hitch receiver, offering the two inch by two inch receiver tube opening, its part number is 75852.So, here's what the hitch is gonna look like installed in the Transit. We'll have our connection points that are gonna go up to the frame. Our cross tube's gonna run across here in the middle. You'll have your receiver tube opening. This is a class three hitch, so we've got the two inch by two inch receiver tube opening, it's gonna make it an extremely versatile hitch. Works out really well for bike racks, ball mounts, cargo carriers, but also any other accessory that they make for hitches is probably gonna come in the class three variety.They've finished that off with a rounded style reinforcement collar.

As you can see, it's gonna come out just past the end of the bumper a little bit. I don't think it's gonna be so far you'll have to worry about running into it or anything like that.Now, to secure your items in your hitch, you want to use the forward pinhole. It's gonna be a little bit larger. It's five eighths of an inch in diameter, and you just want to be sure you choose a class three rated accessory. There's a decent amount of room around there, so I think with a locking hitch pin, regular hitch pin, or an anti-rattle device you should be okay to use it.

Just want to avoid one that would have a really, really large washer on it.The smaller pinhole closer to the rear of the vehicle, that's gonna be used for the J pin stabilization system, which in this case, with this being a little narrower, would be a good option for anti-rattle device. We have a plate style safety chain connection point. As you can see, it's gonna be large, wide and open, so regardless of the size chain you're gonna be using or the hook size, you shouldn't have any problem getting that connected.There's also been a tab welded on right here. This is to allow you to attach either your four pole or seven pole wiring tube. It has three pre-drilled holes that'll accept the brackets you need to make that attachment.

One thing you do want to keep in mind, though, typically the wiring is gonna stay in the back of the Transit. So, if you don't plan on taking a special route to run it outside, this tab might not be very beneficial to you.Now, as far as weight ratings on the hitch are concerned, it's gonna offer a 400 pound tongue weight rating. That would be the maximum downward force you'd want to put on your receiver tube opening, and it gives us a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating. That's gonna be total weight of your trailer and anything that you load up on it. Now, the hitch is also rated for use with weight distribution.

If you use a torsion or spring bar setup, the tongue weight rating will stay the same at 400 pounds. The gross trailer weight rating, it's gonna go up to 4,000 pounds. Definitely consult your owner's manual on the Transit first, though, to ensure that you're not exceeding what it's rated for.Now, a few measurements that you'll find helpful when it comes time to select your ball mount, bike rack, or hitch cargo carrier, will be from the ground to the inside top edge of our receiver tube opening, we've got about 12 inches. With that being said, it would be a great idea to choose accessories that have a raise in the shank, just to provide better ground clearance. Then from the center of our hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of our bumper, it's gonna be about an inch and a half.Now, to begin our installation, we need to get two carriage bolts and spacer blocks in each frame rail. We have a seven sixteenths and a half inch. The seven sixteenths inch with the smaller spacer block is gonna go in this hole. Our half inch with the larger spacer block will be in this hole, just a little bit further back.Let's start by getting the front one in place. We're gonna take our small pull wire, slide on a spacer block, and then we're just gonna thread on that bolt. That's gonna go into the frame. Get the spacer block in there. You're just gonna draw that down through.Now, for the half inch, we're gonna do just a standard pull wire method. We'll run our pull wire forward. There's a nice rectangular hole here in the front. Spacer block and then half inch bolt, we'll feed that one in the frame. Bring our bolt down through. Now we'll go to the passenger's side and repeat that same process.Now with the help of an extra set of hands, we're gonna get our hitch lifted in position. We're gonna guide the bolts down through the two oblong holes that we have on our brackets. Once we have those through, we want to place on a conical tooth washer. The teeth of that need to face up towards the hitch, and then we'll thread on a hex nut. Now, once that's started really well or finger tight, just let our hitch rest there. Do the same thing in our forward location, only this time using our seven sixteenths hardware.Now we just want to take a quick look. We want to be sure that the center of our hitch is aligned with the center of the vehicle. Once we have that positioned correctly, we're gonna use a 19 millimeter socket will tighten up both of our back nuts. Then we'll use an 11 sixteenths, or an 18 millimeter for our forward nut.Now we can look in our instructions and we're gonna find torque specifications for our bolts. I'm gonna go through and get them torqued down appropriately. With everything torqued down properly, that's gonna complete our installation of the Draw-Tite Max Frame custom fit class three trailer hitch receiver, part number 75852 on our 2016 Ford Transit Connect.

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