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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 BMW X5 - Curt

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How to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2017 BMW X5


Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 BMW X5, you're gonna be taking a look at and show you how to install the Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver. Part number 13077.This is what our hitch looks like when it's installed. You can see the cross tube is completely hidden behind the bumper fascia. The only thing we see is the receiver tube, and it's nice and tucked in behind the outermost edge of the bumper fascia. We're not going worry about hitting our legs or our shins on it when we're loading or unloading the vehicle.You can see it's going to have a reinforced collar, give you a little extra stability on the receiver tube. It's gonna be a Class 3 hitch and it's going to be 2" by 2".

Hitch pin hole is going to be 5/8" in diameter. You can see that the safety chain loops is a rolled steel style. It's welded on the bottom of the receiver tube. You can see the hole is nice and large. It's gonna accept many different size safety chain hooks.You're gonna have a 600 pound max tongue weight which is a downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube.

You're gonna have a 6,000 pound max trailer weight, which is a trailer plus load included. Now, you can use weight distribution with this hitch. Your weights are gonna stay the same. I do recommend checking the owner's manual to make sure the vehicle can withstand that amount of weight. You're gonna want to pick the lowest number between the vehicle and the hitch.As far as the installation goes, it is a pretty straightforward installation.

Keep in mind you will have to remove the bumper fascia. Now, let me give you a few measurements to help you in deciding on any hitch-mount accessory you may need, such as a bike rack, ball mount, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most part of the bumper will be about 4". From the ground to the top innermost part of the receiver tube will be about 14.5".Now, let's show you how to get this installed. First thing we need to do is we're gonna have two plastic rivets in our wheel well that we need to remove.

We're gonna do this on both sides. This is gonna be behind the tire and it's gonna be connection this panel to our rear fascia. Take a drill bit, we're gonna drill out the center. We're gonna slowly pull out on this trim piece. If for some reason this isn't pulling off, you pull back your wheel well liner. This is the bottom tab. You reach in right behind and you push down like this. It'll release that. You're gonna have another up a little bit higher. Take an 8mm socket, you're gonna remove this bolt. We're gonna repeat that same thing on the other side. Take your 8mm socket, you're gonna remove three bolts on each side of the vehicle underneath the fascia.Now we're gonna remove our reflectors. What we're gonna do is we're gonna reach up right above our tail pipe here. There's gonna be a clip. We're gonna push that clip and we'll push this corner out. You want to push in that side. Once you get those lose, just pull it out and set it aside. What I like to do before I remove my fascia is right here on this edge, just put a piece of tape. I use electrical tape just to keep this from scratching that edge right there. Even though this is plastic, as the bumper moves around and it bumps up against this, it could take a chance at chipping it there. I like to take a little extra precautionary action and cover it up like that. Go head and do that on both sides.Now we need to remove our tail lights. In order to do that, here on our driver's side we're gonna pull out this panel, we're gonna pull back our insulation. Actually we don't even need to do that. You see this plug right here Go ahead and unplug that. It's going to our tail light. Take an 8mm socket, you're gonna remove the two nuts that are holding the tail light in place. Now, it's a little bit hard just to pull it out. You reach in and grab the two bolts and the back of that wiring harness and just push on it a little bit. It'll pop out. Just like that. We'll set that aside. You're gonna repeat the process on the other side of the car.Take your 8mm socket. You're gonna remove this bolt on each side of the vehicle. Around the lower corner, or inside corner, of your bumper fascia underneath your tail light. Because our bumper fascia has a few plastic clips, they run along this center section, our tailgate, take a strap and we're gonna hang it just like that. That'll give us enough room that we can reach in there and do what we need to do to get those undone. Take your 8mm socket, you're gonna have a bolt here that was under your reflector. You're gonna have one on both sides.The next set of hands, we're gonna start moving our fascia. We're gonna start down here in the lower corner and work our way in toward the center. Keep in mind, if you have sensors, make sure you don't pull your fascia off. You need to unplug those first. Well start herein this corner. We're gonna pull out like that. You're gonna have some clips here at the top. If it doesn't come out, if you take a little screw driver and stick it down in there, it'll push those down enough to release it. Here's gonna be your sensor plug. You're just gonna push down on both ends. Just like that. Take an 18mm socket, we're gonna remove the four nuts holding our bumper beam in place. These nuts will not be reinstalled. I'm gonna leave on partially on just so my bumper beam doesn't fall off when I'm doing the other side.Before we remove our bumper beam, we're gonna have a wire that runs across. It's a sensor wire. We're gonna unplug it, go ahead an pull it out of the clips. We're actually just gonna lay it across here. We need to disconnect it here also. You can just take a trim panel tool, flathead screwdriver, anything to just get back in there and pop that off. Just like that.Once you've removed that wire, or set the wire aside, go ahead and take off the last nut holding the bumper beam in place and you can pull off the bumper. We'll set that aside. We'll take our hitch, put it into place. Just be mindful of the edge of the tailgate here, that you don't hit it. We're gonna put new hardware, conical tooth washer. You're gonna make sure that the teeth of the washer are facing toward the hitch, and then the nut. We'll take a 19mm socket and tighten them all into place. We want to torque all of our hardware to the specification of the instructions.Now, we need to reattach our plug. We're just gonna go up over the top like this, around the front of our hitch, and we're gonna reinstall it back on the clips and get it plugged in. Since we can't reconnect this, if you pull the wire, tighten that up so it doesn't fall back down on the exhaust, and then put it in your clips, it'll hold it. It'll hold it over in place like that. Now we can reinstall our fascia in reverse order from the way we took it off.What Curt has done, instead of putting new plastic rivets in it and requiring somebody to get a rivet gun if they don't have one, they're gonna give you little rivets like this that have a Phillips head screw in them. They are plastic so all you will need to do is once we get it in place, you're just gonna push the center in. All we're gonna do is push the center in just like that. Repeat that on the other side and you're ready to go.That'll do it for a look at an installation in the Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver. Part number 13077 on our 2017 BMW X5.


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