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Trailer Hitch Installation - 1996 Ford F-150 - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 1996 Ford F-150


All right. Today on this 1996 Ford F150 were going to install part number 14001. All right. This is what the hitch looks like when its installed on the vehicle. Next, well give you some measurements that will help you out in selecting some accessories such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver down to the ground will be about 17 inches.

And, from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about 4 3/8 inches. Now, well go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. The first step is to go ahead and make sure the bottom of the frame is clear of obstacles. Now, theres a series of holes on the hitch. Starting from the back of the vehicle going towards the front, the second hole will go around an existing rivet thats in the frame.

Then we can go ahead well have an extra set of hands to help hold the hitch to the frame. Well hold the hitch up to that rivet and make sure it goes into place, and then well clamp it down. With our hitch clamped into place well go ahead and use a inch drill bit to mark our centers for our holes. Now, were doing this on the drivers side. Well repeat the same process over on the passenger side which will be identical.

Got our holes marked. Well go ahead and drill them out. Well use a inch drill bit first and then use a 3/8 and 1/2 inch drill bit to our final hole size. Well install our hardware. It will be the carriage bolt, a block, and underneath another block and a flange nut.

Well do this on both sides. Once we have this hardware installed, well go ahead and snug it down. Well use that to hold the hitch up from here on out as we drill out the rest of our holes. That way thatll keep the hitch in line and it wont move around as much. Now our hardware at the back of the hitch and going to the front, well use a block and a carriage bolt and then just a flange nut on the bottom side. With all of our hardware loosely installed, well go ahead tighten down the bolts and then torque them down as specified in the instructions. All right and with that, that will finish it for our install of part number 14001 from Curt on our 1996 Ford F150.


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