Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 GMC Terrain - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2016 GMC Terrain


Today on our 2016 GMC Terrain we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Draw-Tite Max-Frame class three trailer hitch receiver, part number 76028. Here's what the hitch looks like once it's installed on the vehicle. As you can see, everything's pretty well hidden. You don't really see a whole lot other than the receiver tube and the safety chain loops right here. When you get down low you can see a little bit of the crosstube right there, but there is also the option for the cover that needs to be taken off in order to install it. You can trim this cover, but you'll be trimming it most of it out because all you'll really have left is the edge around here.

Although that may make it a little bit cleaner look, that will also restrict your use of a hitch pin here through the hitch pinhole. That's really up to you whether or not you want to cut that and replace it or not. Here you can see we've got the standard 5/8" hitch pinhole, which is going to be used for all your hitch pins or anti-rattle bolts, anything like that. Then up here we've got a 1/2" hole, which is going to be used with the j-pin stabilization system. With where this hitch sits underneath the vehicle, maintains a pretty clean look overall because it comes out to where it's almost flush but you're not able to see a whole lot of it other than what's right here. This hitch features a 675 pound tongue weight rating and a 4,500 gross trailer weight rating.

Those numbers are the same when used with a weight distribution system. You will want to be sure to refer to your owners manual to see what type of towing capacity your vehicle has. On this hitch, something that I like is how accessible everything it is, but it also does help to keep that nice factory look on the vehicle. Now we'll give you some measurements to help assist you with your selection of hitch-mounted accessories such as ball mounts, bike racks, or cargo carriers. The distance from the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost part of the rear bumper is 4". The distance from the top inside edge of the receiver tube opening to the ground is about 15".

Now let's show you how to install it. First thing we'll need to do before we begin the install is remove our little cover that we have here at the bottom of the rear bumper. On either side we've got a little tab here. We'll just work that out of there, then do the same thing on the other side here. Then we can just pop it out from these four clip points right there. From here on out, whatever we do on one side we'll be doing the exact same thing on the other side. Our next step is going to be we'll need to get this larger spacer block with 1/2" carriage bolt through this whole.

We'll use a fish wire and use the reverse fish process by putting our carriage bolt and spacer on there. Then we'll put the head of the carriage bolt through first, then the spacer block and pull it down into position. Now we're also going to be using these two weld nuts that are inside the frame rail here. We're going to put a little bit of spray lubricant in each one. Then I'm going to take a tube cleaner brush. If you'd like to pick one up you can get one on our site, part number 814092. I'm just work that through there to help make sure those threads are nice and clean so that our bolts will thread in without a problem. We'll grab a second set of hands and put our hitch up into place. You want to be careful not to push that carriage bolt back up into the frame. Then you want to get bolts started on either side to hold it into place so then you can go back and put the rest of the hardware in. Now when putting your 12mm bolts in, you want to be sure that with these conical tooth washers on here that you have the teeth facing away from the head of the bolt here and in towards the hitch. Then with that carriage bolt that we put in place, you want to put conical tooth washer on it with the teeth facing up towards the hitch. Then put on the 1/2" nut provided. Now right up here we've got one slotted holes on either side of where our receiver tube is. That's going to line up with those holes that's in the bumper rail right there. What we'll do is take one of our fish wires and just begin to send it up through there to send it out through the end of our bumper rail there. Then we can install one of the smaller spacer blocks followed by 1/2" carriage bolt. Then we can go back and we'll be able to begin pulling it through into position. Now we can take conical tooth washer with teeth facing up towards the hitch, and 1/2" nut, and get them started. Now I'll grab a 3/4" socket and begin to tighten the hardware. Now we'll go back and torque everything to the specification given in the instructions. That's going to complete our look at the Draw-Tite Max-Frame class three trailer hitch receiver, part number 76028, on our 2016 GMC Terrain.


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