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Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 BMW X5

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How to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2016 BMW X5


Speaker 1: Today on our 2016 BMW X5 we're gonna be taking a look at, and showing you how to install, the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number: 13077. As you can see, this is what our hitch looks like when it's installed. The cross tube is hidden behind the bumper. The only thing you can see is the receiver tube. It's gonna be a 2" x 2" Class III. It's gonna work with a lot of accessories, and it's gonna have a 5/8" hitch pin hole.

It has a nice loop style design to give you plenty of room for your safety chains. As you can see, it doesn't stick out past the bumper, so it gives it a nice clean look, and you don't have to worry about hitting your shins or your legs on it. This hitch does have a 600 pound max tongue weight, and a 6,000 pound max trailer weight. It does support weight distribution, however, the numbers are gonna stay the same. I do recommend you check your owner's manual to make sure your vehicle can withstand that amount of weight.

I would like to note that Curt does require stabilization straps for any non-wheeled loads. You can find those here at etrailer.com.Now we will give you a couple measurements to help you when deciding on any hitch-mounted accessories you may need, such as a bike rack, ball mounts, or cargo carriers. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper will be about 3". From the ground to the top of the innermost part of the receiver tube will be about 14".First thing we need to do to start our installation is, there's a bolt underneath this side panel here, that holds the bumper on. First thing we need to do is take out these plastic rivets to access the bolt that's behind this panel.

So, what we have to do to remove these because they're plastic rivets, is we gotta drill. Then you're gonna repeat that same process on the other side. Next thing we need to do is, we're gonna have to remove this reflector. There's a metal clip right above the tailpipe here on the inside of the bumper. Just take note, when you take the reflector out and you push this tab in, if it doesn't release here, if you just push up on that, this reflector will pop out.

Next thing we want to do is we want to remove these three bolts here, and we're gonna do the same thing on the other side. We're gonna use a 5/16" socket.So now what we want to do is, we're gonna pull out on this panel to access our bolt that's holding our bumper on, which is underneath here. Now what we're gonna do is, we're gonna remove our bumper bolt. You'll notice there's another one down here. You won't need to remove that because that's just holding this onto the bumper. And then we gotta remove this one, which was under our reflector, and we're gonna do the same thing on the other side. Next thing we want to do is, we want to get inside our hatch. You're gonna remove this panel on the driver's side. Right behind this pad we're gonna take this wiring harness off, that goes to the tail light, and we're gonna take these two nuts off, and we're gonna pop this tail light out. So what you want to do to remove this wiring is just, you want to push down on that spot there.So now we'll go ahead and remove these. Now we can remove our tail light. And the reason we remove our tail light is to access this bolt right here. So, before we remove this, we're gonna repeat the same process on the passenger side. So, now what we want to do, is we want to support this tailgate here so we can access these clips that are inside. So what we're gonna do is, we're gonna take a strap, and we're just gonna hook it up there so it hold it up. Next we want to remove this bolt on both sides. Before we remove our bumper, what I like to do is just run a piece of tape electrical tape is fine just run it along this edge right here. What it does is it keeps these from pushing up against there when you're trying to pull the bumper off. So, next what you want to do is, you're just gonna push down on that just to pop that loose.Now what we want to do is get an extra set of hands. To remove the bumper we're gonna start up on the front, and we're gonna work our way to the middle. Now we want to remove this wiring harness that runs to your backup sensors. What you want to do is, you want to push down on the top tab and up on the bottom tab. You want to make sure you set your bumper somewhere safe so it doesn't get scratched up. Now what we want to do now that we have our bumper off is, we want to take this wire, just pop it out of these clips, and then we want to pop this out. We want to just keep this off to the side for now because we're gonna put it back in once we put our hitch on. To get these plastic covers off, they're just gonna unthread off of the bolt, and then we'll repeat the same process on both sides.Now we're gonna start removing our bolts and nuts. You'll have two on the bottom and two on the top, and then we'll repeat the same process on the other side. It's gonna be an 18mm. I would suggest not taking them all the way off, so your bumper brace does not fall. What we're gonna do is, we can go ahead and take this off, and we'll just set it to the side. So now, with an extra set of hands, we'll go ahead and put our hitch into place. You're gonna have a conical tooth washer for each bolt. You want to make sure the teeth are in facing the hitch. After the washer, we'll follow it up with a new nut that's included in the hardware. And we're gonna repeat this on all eight bolts.Now we can go ahead and tighten up our bolts. With the new nuts you're putting on, it's gonna be a 19mm instead of an 18. Then you'll repeat that process on the other side. Now we're gonna go ahead and torque everything down to the specifications in the instructions. Now we're gonna re-run our wire back over. Because we don't have our stabilizer bar, this isn't gonna be plugged back in. So, I'm just gonna run it up top like that, feed it down through here, run it back behind the bumper. We'll go ahead and replace the wires back in the clip.Now we can go ahead and put our bumper back on, but first we want to replace our backup sensor wiring harness. Now that we have our backup sensor back in place . when we took it off we started from the outside and went in, now we're gonna start from inside and work our way out. Reinstall all of our hardware. It's important you put this one in first before you install your tail lights. Gonna reinstall the wiring harness for the tail lights. Once we have our tail lights secured, we'll go ahead and replace our panel. Remove this tape and reinstall this bolt. Once we have that bolt installed, pop this back into place, and we'll repeat that same process on the other side. Now we want to replace this one that goes underneath our reflector, and then we're gonna repeat that on the other side. Now we'll go ahead and replace our reflectors. And replace our bolts that are on the bottom of our bumper. We're gonna have three bolts on this side, and you're gonna have three bolts on the other. We just repeat that process on the other side. And replace our pins here, and we're gonna repeat that same process on the other side.And that'll do it for the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number: 12077, on our 2016 BMW X5.


Geoff I.

7/29/2020

does the curt #13077 fit the m sport package?

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Jon G.

8/6/2020

The # C13077 hitch fits the M Performance model. For your M Sport you need the Stealth Hitches part # SH85VR for towing or part # SH79VR for recreational use like a bike rack or cargo carrier.

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