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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Ford F-150

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How to Install a Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Ford F-150


Hey guys, it's Jake here with etrailer today. We're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite hitch for our 2017 F-150. You're going to have a two-inch by two-inch hitch opening. This is going to work great for any bike racks, pulling trailers, cargo carriers, anything of that nature, it's going to have a nice black powder coat finish, which is going to help resist against that rust and corrosion. This hitch is going to have a five, eight inch pinhole and a J-pinhole if you use those.With this hitch, you're going to have a max trailer weight of 6,000 pounds and a max tongue weight of 900 pounds. If you're using a weight distribution system, you're going to bump your max trailer weight up to 12,000 pounds and your max tongue weight up to 1200 pounds.And you do want to make sure you check with your vehicle's owner's manual to make sure that your truck can haul that.

Now, what I really like about this hitch is it's going to have a nice Flush Mount design with the edge of your bumper. So you're not going to have to worry about ever running into that. You just want to be cautious when you have a ball mount in there that you don't hit yourself on that. We'll go ahead and give you guys a couple of measurements from the ground to the top inside of the receiver is going to be about 20 and three-quarters inches. And from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of our bumper is about two and a half inches.

Now that we've gone over some of those features, let's go ahead and show you guys how to get it installed.The first thing you're going to want to do is remove your spare tire. What you're going to want to do is strap your bumper to the frame, because you're going to have to take off to the nuts on the backside of the bumper and it'll come loose. So if you strap your bumper up to your truck anywhere that's in front, that you can put tension on it like that. It'll keep your bumper from falling off. So we'll go ahead and repeat that process for the other side.

Then you'll take a 21-millimeter socket and wrench and take off these two nuts on this side. And on the other side.Now, with those four nuts off, we can start getting our bolts in place. They will supply you with six fish wires to fish all the bolts into place. But these, I found to be easy enough to just slide that plate into place from going up there and reach down and set the bowl in the place.There we go, got that one in place. Now we'll do the same for the other side.

Now we're going to run our bolts through our frame, into our access holes out of these two holes on the side of the frame, we're going to be using the bottom holes. This one and this one over here. Here, take your fish wire, run it through and out that hole on the other side. Now we got it through on the other side. You're going to put your plate on first and then screw on your bolt. Slide it up, slide your plate in, just be patient with it, there we go, and slide your bolt through. Then you pull your bolt through the hole, wiggle it around, so here we go. Now we'll go ahead and do the other one on this side and the other two on the other side.So with an extra set of hands, we can go ahead and get our hitch up into place. You're going to want to slide the fish wire through your holes. Slide it up into place. Make sure as you're lifting it up, you get your bolts on the horizontal piece here, into place, and then make sure both of your bolts on the vertical portion are pulled through and you can begin installing your washers and nuts. We'll take our conical toothed washer, slide it on, and then thread on our nut. We'll make sure the teeth on your washer are facing the hitch. What I like to do is I like to slide my washer on first before I take the fish wire off, then put your finger against the washer in the bolt. Make sure your bolt doesn't slide through. Pull your fish wire off. Also, holding that bolt, tread on your nut.No chance that your bolt can fall back into the frame. Now we'll do the same for the other two. On the other side of the hitch. I want you to get all your new hardware installed. You can go ahead and reinstall your factory nuts on the back and then tighten everything down. Now we're going to take a 19-millimeter socket and tighten down the rest of our new hardware. Then you want to take your torque wrench and torque everything down, make sure you're torquing it down to the specifications in your directions. Now that we've got everything tightened up, we can go ahead and remove our straps. Once you have your sheriffs off, you can install your spare tire.It was all that being said. That's going to do it for our look at the Draw-Tite hitch on our 2017 Ford F-150..