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Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Nissan Frontier

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How to Install the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Nissan Frontier

Shane: Hey guys, Shane here with Today I have a 2017 Nissan Frontier, and I want to walk through how to install the CURT front mount trailer hitch. Front mount trailer hitch can be used for a lot of different things. This vehicle it actually has kayak carriers on the top, they have a very large ball mount on the back, it looks like it's used for weight distribution for pulling a camper. So there's really not a whole lot of extra room back there. So, maybe they want to take bikes with them, this is going to allow them to put a bike rack on the front.

You can also use it to put a spare tire on it, you can use it for a winch, you can also use it for a ball mount if you want to maneuver a trailer into a tight spot. So again, can be used for a lot of different purposes.It's just going to be a steel construction, black powder coat finish, so it's really going to help resist any rust or corrosion, stay looking nice on the vehicle for a long time. It's going to have a two inch by two inch receiver tube opening so, it's going to give you a lot of different options for hitch mount accessories. Hitch pin hole which is going to be here, it's going to be 5/8 inch in diameter. Take a standard 5/8 hitch pin, it does not come with a hitch pin and clip, however it can be found here come over here to the side, this is going to be our tow hook or our safety chain loop.

You can see a very large opening it's going to fit a lot of different size safety chain hooks. Also, we've been able to use this as a straight line pull, maybe we would want to pull somebody out that's stuck in a ditch. Gives us a lot of room we can run a large tow strap through there, through each one of them to connect to the vehicle to help them out of that situation.Now I'm going to give you a few measurements and weight ratings to help you when deciding on any of your hitch mount accessories like your bike racks, ball mounts, cargo carriers, or even winches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of our bumper is going to be about seven inches. So if we're putting a cargo carrier on there, bike rack, we want to make sure when it is folded up, it's not going to make contact with the vehicle.

From the ground to the top innermost part of the receiver tube it's going to be about 12 inches. Keep that number in mind for any of those hitch mount accessories that may require a little bit more ground clearance.As far as weight capacities go, we're going to have three of them. 350 pound max tongue weight, which is the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube. That's going to be a vertical load limit. So when you're putting your bike rack on, cargo carrier or any trailer that has a significant amount of weight that you may be maneuvering, you want to make sure you're not exceeding that downward pressure.

We're going to have a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight, which is the trailer plus the load included. You can also use this, it's going to have a 9,000 pound straight line pull. So if we want to put a winch on there again, wanting to winch somebody out of a bad situation, 9,000 pounds, always check with the owner's manual to make sure the vehicle can withstand that amount of weight inaudible 00:02:55 between the vehicle and the hitch.Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's walk you through how to get it installed. To start our installation, we need to remove this lower center section of our air dam. We're going to use a 10 millimeter socket. Air dam down and we'll set it aside for now. We're going to take an 11/16 socket, we're going to remove our tow hook. Tow hook will not be re-installed. If you have two of them, you will also need to remove the other one. Now the next set of hands, we're going to lift that hitch into place. We're going to install it into the same weld nuts in our frame rail where our tow hook was. You're going to have four hex bolts, you're going to put on a lock washer and a flat washer.We'll get a bolt in on each side to hold our hitch up so we can install our remaining hardware. Then we're going to take a 3/4 inch socket, we're going to tighten, and then torque all of our hardware to the specifications in the instructions. Your instructions are going to tell you not to put your air dam back in place, however, if you follow my markings in how I cut it out, it'll allow you to put this back in place to fill in some of that open area.So once you get it cut out, we can slide it right over top of our hitch like that and get it reinstalled. Once you've got your air dam reinstalled, you're ready to go. That's going to do it for a look at installation on the CURT front mount trailer hitch on our 2017 Nissan Frontier.

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