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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Jeep Cherokee - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Jeep Cherokee


Today, on our 2014 Jeep Cherokee, we're going to take a look at, then show you how to install the Curt custom fit, class three, trailer hitch receiver. This is a two inch hitch. It's part number is C13171. This is what the hitch looks like once we get it installed. As you can see, it's really going to beef up the look of the back of the vehicle, here. It's got a nice shape that comes out, plenty far enough. Hitch pin hole's not that far into the bumper, really a lot of accessories will work great on here. It's a two inch by two inch hitch.

It uses a standard five eighths hitch pin hole. That's going to take just about all the hitch pin accessories, too. It's got the heavy duty cowl around the end, so a hitch will move wiser 00:00:37 or go around really well. Now, as far as hauling goes, this is rated with a five, I'm sorry, a seven hundred and fifty pound gross ton weight rating. It's built with a five thousand pound gross trailer weight rating. Now, if you step up to a weight distribution hitch, you can increase that trailer weight rating up to six thousand pounds, while the ton weight rating is going to stay the same. You really need to refer to the owner's manual of the Jeep.

Make sure it can handle that. If not, we're going to go off of whatever those numbers are the lowest. While our safety chain connection points on each side, that way we can get our trailer secured as we're heading down the road. Fairly easy install. There's a lot of fish wiring to do.

That doesn't take a great deal of time, it's something you can get done at home. A few measurements that will be helpful in selecting your ball-mount bike rack or hitch cargo carrier, will be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, we have about eleven and three quarters of an inch. Then, from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our bumper, it's about four. Now while the instructions don't tell you to, we're going to go ahead and lower this exhaust down a little bit, just so we can get a good look with the camera and just give us a little more room to work. It will be optional for you. If you do, there's going to be four bolts that will be removed and we're going to put a safety strap, we're just using a little cam buckle strap here. We're going to put it underneath the exhaust to offer some support so when we remove those hangers, it doesn't all come down on us. Here, we've got two bolts here on the passenger's side, just behind this wheel well.

We've got two more located here on the driver's side in the same location. You do want to watch this hose, don't pull it down when the hitch comes down, just use a little bit of caution there. All right, now we just loosen that strap slightly to allow it to come down a little bit. All of those removed, you'll have a little bit of flexibility to move it side to side here and get a good angle on our bolts and access the locations we need to get to. Now, we're going to have three mounting locations on each side. One is going to be the very rear oblong hole. Our other one is going to be our access hole, we're actually going to be feeding our hardware in through that hole. Then, just on the side, above this oblong hole, there is going to be another hole that we'll be pulling a bolt through, there. As you can see, there is a wire, it's kind of in our way here, so we'll take a screwdriver or a trim panel removal tool, and just kind of pop that off. As you can see, it's just like a push pin that's on a little stud. Just get that kind of off there and then the Christmas tree fastener that we'll have underneath here, it's like that. Now we have some room to get our hitch into place. Now, here on the driver's side all we need to do is pull out that black plug. Now we're going to feed our fish wire right up through so it will come out of our access hole from our rear mounted location, there. Then inaudible 00:04:10a spacer block and then one of our half inch carriage bolts. What you want to do, is feed these in separately. Back in there, then our bolt, we'll just pull them right down and out. Now, with that one where we want it, we're going to do this side, mount through location. This one is going to get the same spacer and bolt. In this one, we're going to get near a position that, when we get that sat inside the frame rail until we're ready to pull it through our hitch. Now, we're going to do the reverse pull method. We need to block off our larger hole here. So, this time, we'll thread our bolt on first, slide it up in there, then we'll pull our spacer on through thebat 05:08 inside. Slide it up in there, then bring it right down over our hole, there. Now, let me remind the fish wire is on there just to help guide our hitch up into position. Let's head over to the driver's side and repeat that same process. Now, we're going to raise our hitch up into position. It's important to get an extra set of hands because this can be a little bit heavy. We're going to raise it up so that we can start our fish wires through each of our holes. We're using the rear most and the front most on our horizontal flange and on our vertical one here, on the side, those are going to be the only hole line 00:05:53. We'll bring our side fish wire through our side hole as well. I messed that one up by putting my fish wire behind that wire, so I got to go in front of it so I can get the hitch to slide in behind it. Now, we're want to pull our side bolt through first. That way, it will kind of support our hitch, we can take a little weight off of our arms, there, and get our other bolts started through. We can just allow it to rest there, remove our fish wire and we'll put a half inch flange neck on each of those. We'll get our passenger side started. We'll start our other four fastener's as well. All right, now let's get the two on the driver's side to put on. We'll just take a quick look, be sure we've got our hitch centered, and we'll start snugging down those fasteners. Let's go get the passenger's side. Now we're going to torque everything down to the specification's you'll find listed in our instructions. Now we can realign our exhaust hanger bolts and get that re-secured. All right, now we're safe to pull down our strap. We can hook up our trailer or load up our bike rack and hit the road. With everything re-secured, our strap removed, that completes the installation today with the Curt custom fit, class three, trailer hitch receiver. Part number C13171 on our 2014 Jeep Cherokee. .


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