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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Kia Sorento

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How to Install a Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2016 Kia Sorento, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the DrawTite max frame custom fit class 4 trailer hitch receiver. This offers the 2" opening. It's part number 75908. Here's what our hitch looks like once we get it installed. You see it tucks up really close underneath the bumper here, which is nice. We're not going to have it hanging down too much.

This is a class 4 hitch, so it offers the 2"x2" receiver tube opening. You got nice, large safety chain connection points on either side, so connecting trailers, anything like that aren't going to be an issue at all. We've got a 500 pound tongue weight rating, which is the maximum downward force we can put here on the receiver tube opening, and we're going to have a 5,000 pound gross trailer weight rating. That's going to be the total of our trailer and everything that we plan on loading on it. You'll notice here on the side, we're going to have a 5/8" pin hole here in the back. This is going to work great.

You can see there's plenty of room on each side for any of the class 3 or class 4 rated accessories, depending on what kind of weight you're going to be dealing with. Here on the front, there's a smaller pin hole. Now, that's not for smaller accessories; that's for the j-pin stabilization system. Another thing I like about the hitch, there's going to be a bracket that's welded right on there, three pre-drilled holes to allow us to mount any wiring that we might want to. A few measurements that are going to be helpful in selecting our ball mount, bike rack, or even hitch cargo carrier, would be from the ground to the inside top edge of our receiver tube opening. We're going to have about 13-1/2". Then, from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our bumper, it's about 4-1/2". To begin our install, we'll open our rear hatch.

We'll pull out our floor coverings here, and we're going to lower down the spare tire. What we're going to do is back the little cap out down here that's covering up our spare tire area and you'll use your tire tool, or we're just going to use a wrench here, and go ahead an lower that down. Set this aside and we'll put it back in later. Now, we'll use a safety strap to just come under the exhaust here and give it a little support. Now we'll take off the 3 rubber isolators.

We've got one here from the rear side of the tail pipe. You got one catty-corner up here on the front corner. Then there's going to be one right here, right on that main cross member. We'll put a little bit of spray lubricant on each one of the hangers and then just work it off. Sometimes you'll get them off by hand. If you got a little screwdriver or pry bar, you can just try to pry them off there. You can see that's going to give us a little bit of room to work. Now, we've got a rubber plug right here on the passenger side frame rail that we're going to remove. Then we'll have one in the same spot on the driver's side. Now we're going to take out the small cover that's right here. We're going to have 5 of the screw end pushpin fasteners, then there will be one right here on that front side. We can just set that one aside. We're going to be putting it back in later, as well. Now we're ready to raise our hitch up into position. We're going to take our 7/16" bolt, that's going to go through the hitch, through our frame, and it'll come out the other side here. Then on our other side, we'll take our 1/2" bolts. Those are going to go through the hitch, come out there and there. While our bolts are holding our hitch into place, we're going to take out our 1/2" bolt, place on one of the conical tooth washers with the teeth facing towards the hitch. We'll pass them through each of our slots there and on our passenger side, we'll take our M12 bolt. We're going to put the hardened washer on it and we'll pass that through just like that. Now we'll take our M10 bolts with the conical tooth washers, thread those in the existing weld nuts here under the frame. We'll have 2 for our passenger side and 2 here for the driver's side. Now, on each of our bolts, we're going to put on one of our conical tooth washers and also one of our hex nuts. Now we're ready to take a quick look, just to be sure our hitch is centered, and then we'll snug down all of our hardware. We'll torque them down to the specifications in our instructions. Now we'll take our panel and we'll slide it right back up. I like to start with the studs we took it off of when we un-threaded it here. Just slide it up on those and then when we put these fasteners back in, we just have to push the center. It's a good idea to hit each of our hangers here with a little more lubricant, and we'll pull down our strap. All right. Let's get our spare tire put back, and we'll take our cap and we'll put that back on. We'll replace our floor coverings. Now, with everything back in place, that's going to complete today's installation of the DrawTite custom fit class 4 trailer hitch receiver, part number 75908, on our 2016 Kia Sorento.

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