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Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Nissan Versa Note

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How to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Nissan Versa Note

Speaker 1: Today on this 2016 Nissan Versa Note, we're going to review and install the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, class 1. Part number C11378.This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on the Versa Note. You can see that it sits below the bumper here, just the receiver opening. And, the rest of the hitch is actually hidden behind the bumper fascia. All except for one little section right here where it attaches to your tie down loop.Now, this is a great hitch to attach to your vehicle for such needs as a very small utility trailer. Or, in this case, maybe for a bike rack.

And also, some small cargo carriers as well will fit in our inch a quarter opening right here.Also, on the bottom here, we have our safety chain loops, which will accommodate a wide variety of styled hooks that are out there. This hole is for the half inch diameter hitch pin.Carrying capacities, we'll go ahead and cover that now. It's going to be 200 pounds of tongue weight, which is the weight that pushes down on the hitch. And, then, you're going to have up to 2,000 pounds of pulling weight. Now, of course, you always want to double check with your owner's manual to make sure your engine, your transmission, and your vehicle overall can handle both kinds of weights, depending on the model you have.Now, we'll go ahead and give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a bike rack, or a cargo carrier.

From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground, we've got a measurement of about ten and a half inches. And from the center of the hitch pin hole to outside edge of the bumper, it's going to be about four inches.Now, we'll go ahead and show you how we install the hitch. To begin our install, we need to remove the fasteners that are below the fascia here. That will give us some extra working room. To remove them, take a flat bed screw driver.

There's usually a slot on the side, and work it in there. And, then, work out the center part. Once you work out the center part, you can gently pull the whole thing out. So, a little trim panel tool works pretty good, too. This will give us some flexibility we need to put the hitch into position.Next up, we need to make more room for our hitch.

The hitch is going to require a notch on the bottom of the fascia, which is on the very bottom so you won't see it from when you're normally standing around the vehicle. To give you some measurements for that, starting from the center of this fascia hole right here, we're going to go over about 2 inches. I like to make mine just a little bit wider than what they call for. Sometimes the body panel can move back and forth. And, then, from that mark, I'm going to go over two and three quarter inches right here. We'll transfer that down to the bottom. Then, we'll make a measurement going from here up to here.Now, from our edge here, we'll go up to about two and a half inches. Using something that has a right angle to it, we'll use that to make our lines to cut. Now, we'll go remove this section here. I'm going to use some tin snips. For our top right here, I'll get another straight edge, and just make a light score with a knife. Then, we'll take the plastic and just fold it backwards, and it will snap. After I've cut, we'll take a few moments to clean it up and get rid of any paint markings or whatever you used to mark the hole.At this point, we can go ahead and put the hitch up in position, get an extra set of hands to help hold the fascia back. We'll line up the hitch. It's going to go right next to the exhaust for now and up inside, over the metal tabs. And, you can let it rest on the metal tabs. This is still going to be loose, so be careful. And, we'll install some hardware through this tie down loop right here. Take this half inch bolt. There's two different size bolts, so make sure you get the right one. We'll go through the hitch, out through tow loop, and then a block, and then half inch flange nut. That will keep it from moving anywhere, and we can install the rest of the hardware.Now, we'll take our small diameter carriage bolt. We're going to run it from this side of the hitch to the outside through the hole. Move the hitch as needed to run it through. Once the bolt's through, another block, and a matching locking flange nut. Just finger tight for now, enough to hold it together. This is our driver's side. We're going to do the same thing, one more time, over on the passenger side.On our passenger side here, there's one important detail. There's going to be another basic block like this that's going to go between the hitch and the metal. So, I'm going to scoot it out a little bit. We'll put the block up into place. Bolt through hitch. And, then, bolt through block. And, then, bolt through panel. And, we'll push it through. One more block and flange nut.With the hitch still loose, we'll make adjustments to have it centered with our opening as best we can. Once we have it to where we want it, we'll start by tightening down our bolts hand tight. On this bolt, we'll need a three quarter inch socket or 19 mm. And, on the other two bolts that go up into the top, up inside here, we need a 11/16 socket.Now, if you can get a hold of a swivel or a extension here if it has a wobble into it, make it a little bit easier by putting the ratchet further towards the front, get a little more working room. And, when we tighten down the bolt on the passenger side here, one little trick is actually push this little heat shield up and out of the way, and you get plenty of room for your ratchet. And, then, tighten it down. Next, we'll use a torque wrench and tighten down the bolts as described in the instructions.Hitch is properly tightened down. Now, we'll reinstall our plastic rivets. With it open just like this, we'll line up the hole in the plastic, push them in, press the center back in.That will finish it for Curt Class 1 Receiver Hitch, part number C11378 on this 2016 Nissan Versa Note.

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