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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Mazda Tribute - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2009 Mazda Tribute

Speaker 1: Today on our 2009 Mazda Tribute, we're going to be taking a look at and also showing you how to install the Draw-Tite max-frame custom fit class III trailer hitch receiver. Offering the 2" by 2" opening, its part number is 75751. Now, here's what our hitch is going to look like installed. We're going to have a rounded tube. It's going to come over and meet in the middle at the receiver tube opening. This is a class III hitch.

We've got the 2" by 2" opening. It also makes it a very versatile hitch. You can see they rounded off the reinforcement collar around the end, gives it a nice clean look.We've got our two holes you can see in the side of the receiver tube opening. The one closest to the front of the car, the five-eighths diameter hole is the only one you're going to use to secure your items with. There's plenty of room in front of it and behind it, so if you want to use a locking hitch pin, maybe an anti-rail device, you should have plenty of room.

Then this little bit smaller hole here in the back that's only for use with a J-pin stabilization system. We've got plate style, safety chain connection points that are going to come around. Pretty good-sized oval there. Whatever size chains you might want to connect.You might run into issues with the very large clevis style hooks, but the rest of them you shouldn't have any issues there. The end of our receiver tube is going to be just past the outer edge of the bumper here.

It's going to make it very accessible and easy to get to when you need to put your accessories in there. So, really won't have to reach underneath the vehicle. Now as far as weight capacities go, the hitch is going to offer a 675 pound ton weight capacity. That's the maximum downward force we can put in our receiver tube opening. It gives us a 4500-pound gross trailer weight rating.

That's the total weight of your trailer in anything you we're to load up on it.It is rated for use with weight distribution if you need that style set up. The ton weight rating is going to stay the same. It's 675. Your gross trailer weight rating, however, it's going to go up to 5250 pounds. Now, check the owner's manual on the Tribute. You want to see what it's rated for and use whichever of those numbers are the lowest. Now, a few measurements that'll be helpful when it's time to select your ball-mount bike rack or hitch cargo carrier will be from the ground to the inside top edge of a receiver tube opening. We've got about six feet and a half inches.Then from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our bumper, it's about a half inch. In the beginning of our installation process, I like to lower down this tailpipe section here. It's just two exhaust hangers. We've got one here in the back. Then we've got the one just up front of it here. That's going to give us a lot better access to our forward attachment point. This is going to be the same on both sides. The other two attachment points are going to be right up here. Again, those are the same on both sides. Now to lower the hangers, we'll use a little bit of spray lubricant on them and then a large screw driver or a pry bar.We just have to get them separated. So, we're just going to slide off. Now to get our hardware in place, we'll take one of our coil-pulled wires. We're going to go in the attachment point and then just kind of guide it towards the rear of the vehicle. It'll come out of the elongated hole there. If it doesn't help it along, then we'll slide on our square hole space here right on one of the seven-sixteenth inch carriage bolts. Save that. Push the spacer up in there and then our bolt. Now, we just put all those through. Now with the help of an extra set of hands, we'll get our hitch raised up into position.Now we can take a conical tube washer. We want to place that over our bolt. Then we're going to secure it with one of the hex nuts. I just want to be sure that the teeth of that washer face up towards the hitch. We're going to run these down so they're about hand tight. Then we'll get the rest of our hardware in place. Once we have the hitch in place, our other two holes are going to be lined up here. I'm just going to repeat the same process for getting our hardware in place and come out the same access hole underneath the frame here. Square holes facing in one of the carriage bolts.Now, here, you'll probably have to hold onto your hardware so it doesn't fall back in the frame rail and put on our conical tube washer and then the . Now we just repeat the same process for our passenger side. Now with all of our hardware started, we'll go through and get everything snugged down. Now, we'll get it torqued down to the appropriate specifications that are listed in your instructions. Now, with those torqued down, we'll hit our exhaust isolators or hangers here with a little more spray lubricant and they should slide right back on. Now, with our exhaust back in place, that's going to complete our installation of the Draw-Tite max-frame custom fit class III trailer hitch receiver, part number 75751 on our 2009 Mazda Tribute.

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