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Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2021 Hyundai Palisade

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How to Install a Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2021 Hyundai Palisade


Hey everybody, how's it going Today we're going to be going over and showing you how to install the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver here on our 2021 Hyundai Palisade. So here's what our trailer hitch receiver looks like installed. As you can see here we have a nice sturdy collar around the outside. We also have a nice black powder coated finish. That's going to do a great job of protecting our hitch from rust and corrosion. It's also going to have what is known as a hidden design.

Now, what this essentially means is, the cross tube of our hitch is actually going to be behind our bumper here. So the only thing we're going to be able to see is the receiver tube opening. It's going to have a nice clean factory finished install look. So our trailer hitch here is going to have a class three rating, with a two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. Now this is going to allow us to do plenty of different things.

We can use the trailer hitch for a bike rack if we want to hit the trails, or we can use it for a cargo carrier if we want to free up some space inside the vehicle. Now we have plenty of selection here at etrailer. You're going to have a lot more to choose from as well because of the larger two inch receiver tube opening. So we're also going to be able to use our trailer hitch for towing. Now, if we are going to be towing, we're going to need to abide by the weight capacities of our trailer hitch or the vehicle, if lower; these can be found in the owner's manual.

But for our trailer hitch, we're going to have a 5,000 pound gross trailer weight rating, which is the amount we can pull outward. We're also going to have a 750 pound tongue weight, which is going to be the downward force on our receiver tube. Now, keep in mind, we can use this trailer hitch with a weight distribution system as well. If we do, our capacities are going to increase to 6,000 pounds and 750 pounds respectively. So on the side of our receiver tube here, we're going to have the industry standard five-eighths inch diameter hitch pin and clip.

Keep in mind, this is going to be sold separately. We also have locking versions as well here through etrailer. This is what's going to be that's going to hold our ball mount or the shank of our bike rack or cargo carrier. And on the bottom we're going to have our safety chain loops here which are going to accept those smaller S type hooks, as well as the larger Clevis hooks as well. So now we have a couple of measurements that are going to help you when you're selecting your hitch mounted accessories. The first one is the distance from the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube opening. That's going to be right at 13 inches. That'll be useful with selecting our ball mount so we can make sure we get the correct rise and drop. So now we're going to measure the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of our bumper. That's going to be right at five inches. And that measurement there will be useful when we're selecting our folding accessories, such as a bike rack or cargo carrier. That way we can make sure while the accessory is in the stowed position, that it doesn't contact the vehicle. So in regards to installation, this one's pretty simple definitely something you guys can do at home by yourself. We don't have to do any modifications to the vehicle. Everything's going to be pretty much bolt on. We also really don't need to have any specialized tools. Most standard socket sets will allow you to get this job done. No problem. Let's go ahead and show you guys how now. So the first step of our installation today, we actually need to lower our spare tire. In order to do this, we're going to need to open up the hatch on our vehicle and come inside to our storage compartment here. We'll simply lift this panel up and inside we're going to see a bolt down here in this little area. This is the bolt we're going to use to lower the spare tire. We'll take a 21 millimeter socket, we'll place that over the bolt like, so and then we'll simply just turn our ratchet and this is actually going to lower our spare tire. So now with our spare tire lowered, we can go ahead and drag it out and set it aside. So now we're going to come over here on the driver's side of our vehicle and directly behind our rear wheel, we're going to have this plastic panel we need to remove. In order to do so, we're first going to have three push pin fasteners here on the bottom which we'll remove with a flathead screwdriver. We'll just simply pry that center section out. We should be able to pull it through the rest of the way. Now we're going to have two 14 millimeter nuts on the inside here. We'll go ahead and take those both out. Once we get those loosened, we should be able to pull our panel straight down and out. So now we need to go ahead and lower exhaust here. In order to do this, we're first going to be taking a support strap, we're just using a Cambuckle Strap here. We're tying it off to two points on a lower control arm, that way when we break the isolators free or the hangers from the isolator, our exhaust has something to sit on so it doesn't fall down and cause damage. Now, what we can do is we're going to go ahead and prep our rubber isolators. There's going to be three of them. We're going to have one here, one on the backside of the exhaust, and then one upfront. What we'll do before we remove them is, we're just going to be taking a spray lubricant, we're going to spray down the hangers inside those isolators to make them a little bit easier to remove. So now we're just going to take a pry bar here, we're going to slip it between this bracket metal hanger and pry it off, just like so. So once we have our rear hanger broken free we should see our exhaust come down and this is really all we need. So before we raise our hitch up into position we're going to take our M 12 bolts in our kit here. They're the really long ones here. We're going to go ahead and slide on a Conical Tooth Washer. We need to get two of these ready on each side. Because when we set the hitch up into position we're actually going to be installing these. We're going to be using them to hold the hitch into position. So they're going to be installing in these two holes here. So now with an extra set of hands we can go ahead and set our hitch up into position. Keep in mind on the passenger side you'll have to come in there first so we can go over the exhaust. So now once we have our bolt pushed all the way through we can come back with our Conical Tooth Washer, making sure the teeth are facing the frame, then we can secure it with our hex nut. We'll go ahead and just repeat this same process on our remaining fasteners. So now that we have the two bolts on top secure we're going to come back with our smaller M10 fasteners here, again we're using the same Conical Tooth Washers as before with the teeth facing up to the hitch. And we'll simply just loosely thread those into position into the existing weld nuts in the bottom of the frame. Now if you have some trouble threading them in, you may need to take some spray lubricant and a nylon brush and clean those out. But once we get both of these in we'll, again, just repeat the same process on the other side. So now we're going to take a 19 millimeter socket and wrench. We're going to tighten up our two bolts here at the top. Once we have those tightened, we're going to take our 17 millimeter socket, we're going to snug up the two bolts on the bottom. Now we can come back with our torque wrench here and torque everything down to spec. Now we can finally torque the two bolts on the bottom. We'll simply just repeat that same process on the other side. So now we're going to go ahead and put our exhaust back up into position. Then we can also reinstall our spare tire. And don't forget, we need to re-install our panel here on the driver's side. And that'll do it for our look and installation of the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver here on our 2021 Hyundai Palisade..


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