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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Dodge Journey

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Dodge Journey


Today on our 2016 Dodge Journey we will be installing the Draw-tite Max Frame Class III trailer hitch receiver, part number 75648. Here is what our hitch looks like installed. As you can see, it tucks up nicely underneath our vehicle, doesn't hang down an excessive amount. We have plenty of room around our spare tire here to lower it down without having to get a weird angle to when we put it back up. It is a nice feature. Some other ones sit above it a little bit, this one doesn't. This hitch has a nice gloss black powder coat finish that blends in nicely with our vehicle. It looks like it was there from the factory.

We have our industry standard class III 2 x 2 inch receiver opening here with a nice collar welded on the outside edge of it to give it a nice finished look and to give it some extra reinforcement for strength. We have our standard 5/8 inch hitch pin hole here. To the rear of that we have a J-pin stabilization device hole to take some of that annoying shake, play, and rattle out of the device that is inserted in the receiver. If you want to use a J-pin stabilization device, we have those for sell separately on our web site. We have our nice, round tubular safety chain loops right here below the receiver. They are easy to gain access to and they are a decent size so you shouldn't have any problems hooking up most safety chains to them. Off to the left here toward the driver's side, we have this bracket that is welded onto the frame of the hitch which we can use to secure any wiring that we may have such as a four-pole flat or a seven way RV connector tube to hook up our lighting for our trailer onto it. This hitch has a 400 pound max gross tongue weight rating and a 4,000 pound max gross trailer weight rating. It does support the use of weight distribution, but those numbers stay the same.

They do not increase at all. Now for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch mounted accessory you might need such as a ball mount bike rack or cargo carrier. You are looking at about three inches from the center of the pitch pin hole to the rear most point on the back bumper. You are also looking about 15 inches from the ground to the top of the two inch receiver opening on the hitch. Installation All right, we are fortunate. We do not need to lower our spare tire in order to begin our installation, but we do need to lower our exhaust here. There's two mufflers on either side of the vehicle.

On our passenger side there is a ground strap belt just clipped onto the exhaust hanger. Just grab it, un-clip it, set it out of the way. That done, we need to put a strap in this porter exhaust. We will take a cam buckle strap here, go around the sway bar link on the driver's side, come over to the passenger side, do the same thing. Make sure our strap has a little bit of slack in it to catch our exhaust. We have two exhaust hangers on both mufflers. Spray some lubricant on them, help them slide off easier.

Repeat the process on the other muffler. Okay, now that we have of our hangers sprayed with some lubricant, take a pry bar here and work our hangers off our muffler. Okay there is one, got three more to go. Now on our driver's side of our vehicle, there is a wiring harness here that is clipped onto our bumper support. Let's pop this down so it is out of the way. All right, that will give us room to work. Now we have two of these handle nuts. These are going to go into our frame rail for our forward most attaching hole. Put a slight bend in them like this. There is our access hole, slide the handle nut through there til it sits over this hole right here and do the same on the other side. Now I have a fish wire, carriage bolt, and spacer plate. We are on the passenger side right now. This is our access hole and our bumper support beam right here that our carriage bolt is going to come through. We will stick our fish wire through there and it will come out our bumper support right there. We will put our spacer point onto the fish wire, stick it inside the bumper support, thread our carriage bolt on, pull it on down through. We will do the same on the other side. Now for our hitch on the ground, facing the direction it is going to be installed on the vehicle, we will install two of our wedge plates. For our rear access hole here, our wedge plate is thicker on one end and thinner on the other. The thick end will go on the top part right here. Underneath that on the bottom, the thin part will go towards the rear. We are going to tape these in position before I raise the hitch up. That way we don't have to worry about getting it in place while we are trying to install the hitch. We will just wrap it on, make sure they aren't going to fall off. Tuck our tape in, and repeat the same process for the same hole, but on the other side of the hitch. Now we will prep our hardware for the forward mounting bolts that will go into the handle nuts we installed in the frame rail already. We have two hatch bolts, two conical tooth washers. We will place the washer onto the bolt with the teeth facing away from the bolt head, going towards the hitch. Once we have these ready, we can grab a second set of hands and get the hitch into position, and loosely install it with these. We will raise our hitch up over our exhaust, slide our bolts on down to the wedge plates in the bolt hole. There it goes. Okay good. Now we will take our conical tooth washer, again, teeth towards the hitch, and our nut. Do the same on the other side. With all of our hardware started we will tighten them down with a 3/4 inch socket. Repeat the same process on the other side. Now we will torque all of our hardware to the amount specified in the instructions. The handle nuts do get a lower torque specification than the carriage bolts so make sure you pay attention to that. All right, now that all of our hardware is torqued down to specifications, we can raise our exhaust back up into position. We will make sure we install one hanger at a time on one side. That way the exhaust is level. All right, do the same on the other side. Okay, with all four of our exhaust hangers on, make sure we put our ground strap back on the passenger side. Now we can safely remove our support strap. That completes our installation of the Draw-tite Max Frame Class III trailer hitch receiver, part number 75648, on our 2016 Dodge Journey. Etrailer.com expert service, fast shipping, lowest prices .


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