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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Lexus RX 350

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Lexus RX 350


Shane: Hi, I'm Shane with etrailer.com. Today you're going to be taking a look at, and I'm going to walk you through the installation, on the Draw Tite class III trailer hitch receiver on your 2016 Lexus RX350. Adding a hitch to your Lexus is going to make your vehicle more versatile. Maybe you want to put on a cargo carrier so you can move some of those items out from the inside to make more room for your passengers. Maybe you have some bikes, you want to add on a bike rack. Maybe you have a small trailer.

Keep in mind this hitch is not going to be designed for the larger size trailers like your tandem axle trailers, but it will work for your smaller boat trailers or maybe you have a small camper. As far as our weight capacities go, we're gonna have a 675 pound max tongue weight, which is the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube.So you want to make sure that cargo carrier, anything loaded on it, you're not exceeding that downward pressure on that tube. You're gonna have a 4,500 pound Max trailer weight. That's going to be the trailer plus the load included. You can use weight distribution with this hitch.

Numbers are gonna stay the same. I always recommend checking the owner's manual of your Lexus. Make sure the vehicle can withstand that amount of weight. You're going to pick the lowest number between the vehicle and the hitch.It's going to be a class III hitch, two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. We're gonna have a reinforced collar.

Give us a little extra stability there. Our hitch pin hole is going to be five eighths inch in diameter. It's going to take a standard five eighths hitch pin. Hitch pin and clip does not come with this hitch, however it can be found here at etrailer.com. This hole here, it's going to be for a J pin stabilization device.

And what that does, it's going to take any of the shake and play out of any of your hitch mount accessories.It's going to fit in just like that. J pin does not come with this hitch, however it can be found here at etrailer.com. We're gonna have a rolled steel style safety chain loops. It's going to give us plenty of room for different size hooks. This hitch is going to have a very nice black powder coat finish that's really going to resist any rust or corrosion. It's going to stay looking nice for a very long time. And the Draw Tite's going to look very nice on the back of your Lexus. You'll notice the cross tube is completely hidden behind the bumper fascia. The only thing we can really see is our receiver tube. When we're not using the hitch, you can see it's going to maintain a nice clean look. There is a second hitch available for the Lexus. It's going to be the Curt. There's a few minor differences between the Curt and the Draw Tite.Draw Tite has the second hole for the J pin where the Curt does not have that. However, you can still find locking devices for the Curt. The other difference is going to be weight capacities. Our Draw Tite's going to have a slightly higher tongue weight and towing capacity.Now there's a few measurements you want to keep in mind when ordering your bike racks, your ball mounts, or your cargo carriers. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper is going to be about four inches. That number is important for like your bike racks or cargo carriers that may fold up against the vehicle. You want to make sure that you have enough room that those bike racks and cargo carriers aren't going to make contact. From the ground to the top innermost part of your receiver tube, it's going to be about 16 inches. Keep that number in mind for any of those hitch mount accessories that may require a little bit more ground clearance.For those of you who may be a little bit intimidated by installing a hitch yourself, let me assure you, it's very simple. You can do it at home on the ground with a few simple tools. It's not going to require you to lift the vehicle in the air. Let's walk through it now. On our driver's side, we're going to have three plugs towards the back of the vehicle we need to remove. The passenger side, we're going to have two bolts we need to remove. We need to remove our tow hook. Driver's side, we're going to remove this plug, this one, and this one. Flathead screwdriver, little twists. Pull these out. And then those inaudible 00:03:36 rubber plug out. Passenger side, remove this bolt and this bolt. We're going to remove our tow hook and it will not be re-installed. We'll use a 17 millimeter socket.Now if you get underneath your vehicle, and you see that those plugs are not filled or they don't have caps on them, you want to make sure you clean off those weld nuts. Spray some lubricant in there. Take a brush, brush out those holes, take your hardware and thread it in by hand. You want to make sure you're not crossthreading that, because you'll damage the threads on the weld nut.For our hardware, we're going to have four hex bolts that look like this. Conical tooth washer. You're going to make sure the teeth are facing away from the head and up towards the hitch. That's going to be the same on both sides. Now we're going to be using these two weld nuts on our driver's side, and then the two rear most weld nuts on our passenger side. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help raise your hitch into place. And then we'll install one bolt on each side that'll hold our hitch hug while we install our remaining hardware.Then you're going to take an 18 millimeter socket. You're going to tighten all your hardware, you're gonna take a torque wrench, and you're going to torque everything to the specifications in the instructions.Once you've torqued all of your hardware to the specifications in the instructions, you're ready to go. Again, I'm Shane with etrailer.com. I hope this video has helped you, whether you're still deciding or installing the Draw Tite class III trailer hitch receiver on your 2016 Lexus RX350.


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