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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Toyota Tacoma - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2008 Toyota Tacoma


Today on our 2008 Toyota Tacoma we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Draw-Tite Max Frame Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 75236. Here's what this hitch is going to look like once it's installed on the truck. As you can see, it gives a very factory look where it comes out just below the bottom of the bumper here. It's going to give us really good accessibility for all of our accessories that we may want to use, whether that be ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. Features a 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube opening with a nice reinforcement inaudible 00:00:35 around it that's welded on. Features the 5/8 inch standard hitch pin hole. That's going to be used to secure all of your class 3 accessories.

It also has the smaller half inch hole which is going to be used with the j-pin stabilization system. What that does is help eliminate some of the shake and play that's inside the shank with the accessories installed. It's got the rolled steel loop style safety chain connection points, which will make it nice and easy to connect just about any type of safety chain that you may have. This hitch is going to feature a 500 pound max tongue weight rating, which is the maximum downward pressure here on the inside of the receiver tube. It's going to feature a 5,000 pound gross trailer weight rating, which is the weight of the trailer and anything that you may have on it. When used with weight distribution it goes up to a 550 pound max tongue weight rating and a 5,500 pound gross trailer weight rating.

You want to be sure to check the owner's manual of your vehicle to see that it's rated for that type of weight. What I like most about this hitch is the nice factory look that it gives and with that reinforcement collar it helps maintain a nice clean look. Now, I'll give you some measurements to help assist you with your selection of hitch mounted accessories such as ball mounts, bike racks, or cargo carriers. The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most part of the rear bumper is 3 inches. The distance from the top inside edge of the receiver tube opening to the ground is about 20 and 3/4 inches. Now let's show you how to install this hitch. To begin our installation you want to put a couple of jack stands underneath the bumper just to support it. You want to be sure to do that on the outside of where the frame rail is.

That way you'll be able to get the hitch up between them. Here on the bumper bracket underneath the rear bumper we're going to need to take that top bolt there then the two bolts that go out to the bumper. We're going to need to loosen those a bit. We'll use a 17 millimeter socket in order to do that. Now with those three loose these other two we're going to need to completely remove those.

Then we move over to the other side and repeat that same process. Now on the bottom side of the frame rail there's going to be two weld nuts that we're going to be using. We want to take a little bit of spray lubricant and a tube brush to help clean those threads out a little bit before we put our new bolts in there. If you need a brush to clean it out with you can get that on our site. Part number 814092. Keep in mind anything that we do to one side we will be doing that same thing to the other side. The attachment points that we're going to be using for our hitch are going to be the two holes that we took those bolts out of. We'll be sliding the hitch between this bracket and the frame rail. Then we'll also be using the two weld nuts on the bottom side of the frame. Now, it's a good idea to grab a second set of hands. You get your hitch up in to place. Then underneath you can get one of your 12 millimeter bolts with inaudible 00:04:05 washer started in to the weld nut. You want to be sure that with the teeth on that washer you have them facing up towards the hitch. Then we'll get our other 12 millimeter bolt started underneath. Then we can come back up and loosely install the hardware that we had removed before. Now the two bracket bolts that hold the bumper to our frame here, we'll need to remove those one at a time in order to insert one of our spacers between that bracket and the frame. That's going to be the same width as our hitch so that way we're not bending this bracket. Now we'll take a 3/4 inch socket and begin by tightening up our bolts that go in to the bottom of the frame ramp. Now we can begin tightening up all of our bracket bolts here on the side. Now we'll go back through and torque all of our fasteners to the specification given in the instructions. That's going to complete our look at and installation of the Draw-Tite Class 3 Max Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 75236 on our 2008 Toyota Tacoma.


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