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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Today in our 2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Class III, part number 13456. Here's what it looks like once it's installed. You can see its a nice round, tubular design. It's going to tuck up very nice under the bottom of your vehicle. With a flat style safety chain loop. You're going to have one 5/8" hitch pin hole. It's a 2" X 2" receiver Class III. It's going to give you 600 pounds of tongue weight, which is the amount of downward force, and 6,000 pounds of towing weight, which is the amount you can tow, and if you're going to use a weight distribution, that'll bring you up to 800 pounds of tongue weight, and 8,000 pounds of trailer towing.

Now you want to make sure you check with your owner's manual or your manufacturer to make sure your vehicle is actually able to tow that much. This is going to be a bolt-on design, there's no drilling required. You're just going to fit a couple of bolts through the frame rails and install the nuts. Now let's go ahead and give you some measurements that's going to help you picking out your accessories such as a ball mount, a cargo carrier, or a bike rack. From the ground to the inside of the top of the receiver, it's going to be about 17", and from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper, is about 3-1/2". Now let's go ahead and show you how to put it on. Now the first step will be to drop the spare tire, which you've already gone ahead and lowered it out of the way. Let me show you our connection points where it's going to mount to the frame.

We're going to have a block for the carriage bolt here and one here. It's going to be the same on the other side. Now keep in mind anything you do on this side, we're going to repeat on the other side. With these two different sized blocks, they're going to go inside our frame. Now the narrower one is going to go up in here with our 1/2" carriage bolt being fish-wired through the inside. The larger one is going to go on the back here, and be fish-wired in as well. We now have two different length fish wires.

We're going to use the longer one and go through the back of the frame rail here, and come out through this hole. inaudible 00:02:03 our needle nose and we can pull our wire out of there. Now we're going to take our narrower block, place that on there, and our 1/2" carriage bolt. Thread it all the way down. I'm going to pull this up.

Once we get to where we need to go, we're going to just set it back in place because we're going to have to slide our hitch up, over the fish wire and pull it through. Now we can fish the one through the back side here with the shorter fish wire. Now we'll take our larger block and our carriage bolt and we're going to push it through as well. I'm going to take a screwdriver and pry this block out of the way, and pull that down. Now I'll go on and do the other ones. Now we're going to get the help of a good friend and confidante. Put our fish wires through the inside. We're going to slide our hitch carefully up into place, and we'll pull out our bolts from the inside with our fish wire. Now we can snug up our bottom bolts. Then we'll tighten up our side bolts. Now we're going to go ahead and set the torque with specifications listed in our instructions. These are going to be a 3/4" or a 19, whichever you happen to have. Now that we have it all torqued down, we can go ahead and reinstall our spare tire. That's going to do it for our look at and install of the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Class III part number 13456 on our 2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

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