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Does Bumper Fascia of 2013 Inifiniti JX35 Need to Be Modified to Install a Hitch


Do you need to make any bumper modifications to install and fit this hitch? like the Curt Model # C13126


Expert Reply:

Whether you'll need to modify the bumper fascia or not will depend on which hitch you choose.

The nice thing about the Curt Class III you mentioned, part # C13126 is that the entire hitch with the exception of the receiver opening is concealed behind the vehicle bumper. According to the installation instructions, a small (1-3/8 x 2-1/2 inch) area of the underside of the bumper fascia would need to be trimmed away. I've linked you to photos showing the area that would be trimmed and how the hitch looks once installed. The trimmed area is mainly visible from under the vehicle.

The Draw-Tite Hitch Class IV hitch, part # 76031 would be more visible, because a large portion of the crossbar and the receiver opening would be exposed, but the upside of this hitch is that it would require NO trimming of the bumper fascia. This makes for a quick installation.

If you'll be using the hitch for towing purposes, you'll need the following to complete your towing set-up:

Trailer wiring harness with 4-pole trailer connector, part # 119190KIT
Ball mount, part # 2923
1-7/8 inch trailer ball # 19260 -or- 2 inch trailer ball, part # 63845

I've linked you to install videos showing both hitches being installed on a 2013 Pathfinder. The procedure for your JX35 would be the same.

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