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Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Nissan Frontier

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Nissan Frontier


Shane: Hey everyone. Shane here with etrailer.com. Today, I have a 2017 Nissan Frontier, and I want to walk through how to install the Draw-Tite front mount hitch. There's a lot of reasons to put a front mountain hitch on your vehicle. If you notice on our Frontier here, we have a kayak carrier on the top. We have a large ball mount in the back.

What I'm picturing is, that these individuals pull a large trailer and maybe they're wanting to use a front hitch for a bike rack. Other purposes you can use it for; we can use it to maneuver trailers into tight spaces. We can use it for straight line pull. If we want to put a winch on it, we can use it for cargo carrier, spare tire carrier, a lot of different purposes that we can use a front mounted hitch if our back hitch is being used already.This is what our hitch is going to look like when it's installed on the vehicle. And you'll see a nice clean look on the front.

It's going to be a steel construction, black powder coat finish. So not only does it match well with the vehicle, but it's also going to help resist against rust and corrosion. It's going to hold up in all weather conditions. It's going to give us a two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. So it gives us a lot of different options for hitch mount accessories, reinforced collar, give us a little extra stability there.

This back hole is going to be our hitch pin hole. It's 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, they can be found here at etrailer.com.

This hole here is for a j-pin stabilization device. And what that does is it takes the shake and play out of any of your hitch mount accessories, like your bike racks or cargo carriers you may be hauling on the front of your vehicle.Here, we're going to have safety chain loops. You can see very large openings, really going to allow you to fit a lot of very large safety chain hooks. Another use for these, since this is the front mounted hitch, if you we're using this hitch to pull somebody out of a ditch or something like that, the very large opening allows you to run a very large tow strap through it, to help get them out. Now I'm going to give you a few measurements in wake passes to help you when deciding on any of your hitch mount accessories you may need such as your bike racks, ball mounts, cargo carriers, or winch trays. From the center of our hitch pin hole, which is our larger back one, to the outermost part of our bumper is going to be about six inches. Keep that number in mind for anything that may fold up against your vehicle, like your cargo carriers and bike racks. You want to make sure they're not going to make contact.From the ground, the top innermost part of the receiver tube is going to be about 11 and a half inches. Keep that number in mind for anything that may require a little bit more ground clearance. Now there's going to be three different weight capacities. We're going to have a 500 pound max towing weight, which is the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube. So whatever you're loading on the cargo carrier, bike racks, or whatever you're putting on, make sure you're not exceeding the downward pressure. We're going to have a 5,000 pound gross trailer weight, which is the trailer plus the load included. We're also going to have a 9,000 pound straight line pole.So again, if we're using this for a winch or we have a strap running through here, pulling someone out of a ditch, we want to make sure that we're not exceeding that 9,000 pound straight line pull. Keep in mind, the straight line pull is not dragging something on the ground. Whatever you are pulling has to be able to roll. As far as the installation on this, this is a very simple hitch to install, to get you where you need to be. So you have your front hitch to be able to use it when you need it. Now that we've gone over some of the features, let me 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. Pull the air dam down and we'll set it aside for now. We're going to take an 11 16ths socket, we're going to remove our tow hook. The tow hook will not be re-installed. If you have two of them, you will also need to remove the other one. So with our air dam, we have the option to trim it or to not put it back on. I myself, I'm going to trim it so it finishes off the look here and put it in place. The directions are going to tell you to cut about this much off all the way across, but what happens is, if you go all the way across, then you leave this open gap here. What I'm going to do is, I'm going to cut all the way up, because this piece is going to actually sit up on top of here. I'm going to cut it all the way off.When we get over to this side, we have to notch it around this plate. So you can see how I marked it. All's I did was, I just tested in my hitch up, put a couple of bolts in to hold it in place. And I held it up like that and just notched it like this. And I'm going to cut out everything below it. So when I put this on, I can probably take this and slide it from here, right over the top, because really, they want you to put this on before you put the hitch up, but it makes it hard to get to your bolts, at least the front bolt. So I'm going to cut this out and see if I can't slide it on with the hitch on there.What I'm going to use as a rotary tool. And I'm just going to follow my lines. Then we'll test fit it to see if it's going to work and trim out any extra that we may need. You can see, I got the air dam cut out and I was able to slide it in with the hitch on. I had to cut up just a little bit higher to get it past my bracket here on both sides. But as you can see, it keeps it nice and clean, it flows with the mud flap here on the side. So rather than cutting it off and leaving a big opening there and showing where it would attach to this outside piece, it makes it look clean. So now we'll take this back off and we'll go ahead and get our hitch installed all the way. On the side, if you don't have to tow hooks, on the side that doesn't have a tow hook. On your frame, rail, your hardware, that's going to be hold up your hitch is going to go into the holes for your tow hooks would go.You're going to have four well nuts in the frame rail. It's going to be a hex bolt with a lock washer. You're going to put a lock washer on and then a flat washer. And you're going to have four of them. You can use penetrating oil, anything to clean out that hole because if you don't have a tow hook on one side, those holes are open. So some of those threads could be rusted up. All you're going to do is you're going to spray it up inside the hole. We're going to take a brush, we're just going to clean it out. We want to be able to take our bolt and hand thread it into place. I will suggest getting an extra set of hands to help lift your hitch up while you get one bolt in on each side. So it holds it up. And then you can put on your remaining hardware.You're going to take a three quarter inch socket. You're going to tighten and then torque your hardware to the specifications in the instructions. Once you get all your hardware tightened down and torqued to the specifications, go ahead and re-install your air dam and your hardware to hold it in place. Once you've got your air dam re-installed, you're ready to go. That's going to do it for a look at and installation on the Draw-Tite front mount hitch on a 2017 Nissan Frontier.


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