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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2004 Dodge Ram

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2004 Dodge Ram


Today we are working on a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. Were going to install a Curt Hitch part number 13333. Here are a couple of measurements that will assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the pin hitch hole to the outer most point of the bumper is 2- 1/2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 19-3/4 inches. This will assist you in selecting accessories such as a draw bar, bike rack, or cargo carrier.

Now lets go ahead with the installation, our first step is going to be removing the bumper cap, because underneath is where we are going to secure our hitch to. With the cap removed, we can now go ahead and install our hitch, but before we install the hitch I will go ahead and point out our three fastening points. Our center hole here we will be using our by 10 and socket cap screw, thats it for our center fastening point. Then we have two on the back side of the bumper, these will be our forward fastening points. First we will remove the nuts, and then we can install our hitch.

Alright before we put our hitch in place, the bumper tube does not have hardware already installed. You will need to install your hardware using the fish wire. You will come through the end of the bumper tube, and then using your fish wire, you will pull your hardware into place, but because in this application the hardware is already in place, Im just going to take my fish wire, and thread it onto the hardware so that we dont lose it into the bumper tube while we install our hitch. I will go ahead and complete the same for the other side. With our bumper tube fasteners in place, Im going to go ahead and install my hitch.

First we are going to take our fish wire and put it through our mounting holes, and our hitch. With our hitch in place I can go ahead and take my bolt and put it through the top of the bumper into my hitch to secure it, just tightening my hitch enough that it secures it so that we can tighten our fasteners to the bumpers too tight but not tightened down all the way, we can go ahead and install our fasteners into the bumper tube. Go ahead and pull my hardware through the hitch, Im going to pull my bolt leader and install a flange nut. With the drivers side secure I will go ahead and complete the same process on the passengers side. With all our fasteners in place, we can now go ahead and tork to specifications as indicated in the instructions.

With all of our fasteners torked to specifications we can go ahead and reinstall our bumper cap, and that completes the install of our Curt hitch part number 13333. .


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