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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Dodge Ram - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Dodge Ram

Today on our 2013 Dodge Ram Pickup we'll be installing the Curt hitch, part number 14374. This is what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Next we'll go ahead and take a couple of measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is 3 inches. To the top of the inside of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 19 inches. Now let's go ahead with installation.

Note we've already gone ahead and lowered and removed the spare tire. Now we're ready to go ahead and install the hitch. Starting here on the drivers side frame rail we'll need to remove the second manufacturers bolt from the very end of the frame rail nearest the bumper. We'll hang onto this bolt as we'll be reusing it to install the hitch. Next our forward attachment point on the frame rail will bet eh open hole here where we'll feed hardware into the frame.

For our forward attachment point on the frame we'll be using the half inch carriage bolt, smaller half inch spacer block, along with the half inch pull wire we'll use to pull it into position, and then a half inch flange nut to secure the hitch. Our center attachment points we'll be using a cross tube that runs directly under the bumper. These predrilled holes here will get hardware pulled in through the end of the tube and into position to secure the hitch. For the cross tube hardware we'll be using again the half inch carriage bolt, the larger half inch spacer block, and then the pull wire and half inch flange nut. Now we'll go ahead and put the hardware in this frame for our forward attachment point.

Using the bolt leader we'll slide the block onto the bolt leader and then thread on the bolt. We'll feed the bolt into the frame, followed by the block, and then pull them back into position. Once in position we can go ahead and remove the bolt leader. Now Ill go ahead and repeat the same process on the passenger side. Next it's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install the fasteners.

Put the hitch up into position installing the manufacturers bolt back into the threaded well nut and then the half inch flange nut for our forward attachment point. We'll install each one of these fasteners finger tight to hold the hitch into position. Now we'll go ahead and take the bolt leader, feed it through the hitch attachment point, into the cross tube, and out the end of the cross tube. Then we'll go ahead and slide on the block and feed it into the cross tube, followed by threading on the carriage bolt. Then we'll pull the carriage bolt and block into position, down to the center of the cross tube and out through the hitch. We'll go ahead and hold onto the carriage bolt, remove the bolt leader, and thread on the half inch flange nut. Note, it's a good idea to hold on to the carriage bolt as it can possibly fall back into the cross tube once you remove the bolt leader. Quick tech tip, you can also use a flat bladed screwdriver to assist in holding the carriage bolt by taking the flat blade and pushing down onto the carriage bolt pinching it in position. Now with those fasteners all finger tight we can go ahead and tighten down all fasteners. Next we'll torque to specifications as indicated in instructions. That will complete the install of our Curt hitch, part number 14374, on our 2013 Dodge Ram Pickup.

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