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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Nissan Pathfinder - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Today on our 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, we'll be having a look at and installing the Draw-Tite Max-Frame 2 inch trailer hitch receiver, part number 76031. Here's what our hitch looks like installed. As you can see, it's nice and tucked up underneath our rear fascia here, giving us optimal ground clearance and hiding most of the body of the hitch underneath the fascia itself, giving us a nice, clean look. On the side of our hitch here, we'll see our standard 5/8 of an inch diameter hitch pin hole and towards the rear, we'll have our J Pin stabilization device hole. J Pin stabilization device will take some of that annoying shake, play and rattle out of what's inserted into your receiver such as your bike rack or your cargo carrier. Down on the bottom here, we have some nice, large, easy to use safety chain loops on a plate welded to the bottom of the receiver and the frame. Off to the driver's side, we have this nice attachment point here that's welded onto the hitch, giving us a place to mount our 4-pole flat trailer wiring or our 7-way RV wiring, or whatever other trailer wiring that we have on our vehicle. This hitch features a 900 pound max tongue weight rating and a 6,000 pound gross trailer weight rating.

It does support the use of weight distribution but those numbers stay the same. You'll want to consult with the owner's manual on your Nissan Pathfinder and go by whichever number's less. You don't want to exceed the limits of the vehicle or the hitch and cause damage to either one. What I really like about this hitch compared to other hitches is how nice it looks underneath our vehicle with it being really tucked up under the fascia and the added features it has, such as our J Pin hole here, so we don't have to listen to that annoying rattle while we're going down the road, and then the mounting bracket here for our wiring harnesses, that way they're readily available for us. We don't have to fish them out of the vehicle. They're not dangling.

They're easy for us to hook up to and always there when we need them when we're towing our trailer. Now for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch-mounted accessory you may need, such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier. You're looking at about 6 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rear most part of the back bumper and about 14 1/2 inches from the ground to the top of the receiver opening. Okay, to begin our installation on the driver's side of the vehicle, our factory tow hook needs to be removed. We have two 18 millimeter bolts here on the side and on the bottom, we have two more, so there's four bolts in total. We'll just set this aside.

We will not be reinstalling it. Our hitch will be installed using the three well nuts on the inside of our frame well on both sides of the vehicle. Now, a little tech tip here for you. A lot of times there will be some dirt, debris or rust inside of those well nuts. If you spray some lubricant in there and you use a pipe brush, which we have available on our website as part number 814092, run it up and down a few times.

That will clean up the threads and the bolts will go in nice and easy. Make sure we do the same thing on the other side. Our hitch is held in place using six bolts with a lock washer and a flat washer. They're all the same so we'll get all of our hardware set up like this and we'll grab an extra set of hands and raise our hitch in position and secure it with the hardware. Okay, so we'll raise our hitch up and over the exhaust and install our hardware. We'll just get a couple started on each side by hand. Now that we have all of our hardware started, we'll snug them down. Now, we'll torque all of our hardware to the amount specified in the instructions. That completes our look at and installation of the Draw-Tite Max-Frame 2 inch trailer hitch receiver, part number 76031, on our 2017 Nissan Pathfinder.



I have a 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SL that is equipped for a tow package. I like the Draw-tite 76031 for the hitch. My question concerns the wiring. I would like to get the set-up for both the 7 pin and 4 pin. Ive watched the videos to see how to do it, but most of the things show just the 7 pin. Can you give me some direction on part s and pricing. Thanks

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Rachael H.


I have included a link to the wiring options that we have confirmed as a fit for your 2018 Nissan Pathfinder. If you vehicle is already set up with the factory tow package then it is likely that you have the OEM port located at the back fo the of your Pathfinder. So with part # 118273 it would be a simple plug in the harness and the relays in the indicated locations and you are all set. This would then give you a 7-way plug and you could use a general 7-4 way adapter like the # TR20141 . We do have some of the wiring options that are strictly 4-way, but you would either have to hardware and create adapters, and get relays, etc. that are already included with the 7-Way # 118273 it would be the easiest, cost efficient, and streamiled option and then use a standard adapter for when you are pulling a trailer with at 4-flat or need if for other accessories.

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