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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Toyota Prius - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2008 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2008 Toyota Prius, we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch part number 24808. Here's what the hitch looks like installed in our vehicle. Next I'll give you some measurements that help you pick out accessories like cargo carriers and bike racks. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the bumper is 2-1/2" and from the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 11-1/2". Now I'll show you how to install it. To start our hitch installation, we need to remove the plastic panel on the driver side of the vehicle. There's four connection points for this panel.

We have the two push fasteners at the back. One small bolt right there, and then this one just pops out of place. We'll remove the tow hooks from the vehicle. To remove the tow hooks, we just need to remove the two factory bolts. Once the factory tow hooks are removed, we can set them to the side because they will not be reinstalled. Now we can get ready to bolt the hitch in place.

We'll use the new hardware supplied with the kit and then two mounting points will serve as the mounting points for our hitch. This is the hardware we will be using to install our hitch.We have a ten millimeter bolt and a conical tooth washer. It's important when installing the washer that the teeth face upwards towards the hitch. Now we're ready to put the hitch on the car. It usually helps to have an extra set of hands around to help you lift the hitch into place. Once the hitch is up, just line up the mounting points and thread in the hardware included with the hitch. With the hardware in place, we can tighten it down and torque them to the amount specified in the instructions.

Now to put our panel back in place, we'll have to trim it. We're going to put it up into place on driver side to find out where we need to make our marks. The bottom of the hitch hits the panel. We're going to make two cuts so we can fit this in place. With our cut made, we can now put the panel back into place. We can now put the push fasteners back into place.

That concludes today's installation of the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch part number 24808 on our 2008 Toyota Prius. .

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