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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 BMW X5 - Draw-Tite

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch on a 2017 BMW X5


Today on our 2017 BMW X5, we're going to be taking a look at, and showing you how to install, the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 75600. Now, this is what our hitch looks like when it's installed. You can see the cross tube is completely hidden behind the bumper. All you can see is the receiver tube. It's going to be a class three hitch. It's going to be two inch by two inch.

This front hole here is going to be for your hitch pin. It's going to be 5/8th inch in diameter. This back hole here is going to be for a J-Pin stabilization device only. What that's going to do is going to take the shake and play out of any of your hitch mount accessories. This has a nice loop style safety chain rings, give you plenty of room for different size safety chains. It's going to have a 600 pound max tongue weight, which is the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube.

It's going to have a 6,000 pound max trailer weight, and that's going to be your trailer plus your load included. Now, you can use weight distribution with this and the weights will stay the same. I do recommend checking your owner's manual to make sure your vehicle can withstand that amount of weight. What you want to do is you want to pick the lower weight between your hitch and your vehicle. Now, we will give you a couple of measurements to help you when deciding on any hitch mount accessories you may need, such as a bike rack, ball mount or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper will be about two and a half inches.

From the ground to the top innermost part of the receiver tube will be about 13 and a half inches. Now, let's show you how to get this installed. First thing we need to do to start our installation is we're going to remove these two popper 00:01:32 bits here. Now, they're just plastic and your kit comes with replacements. What we're going to do is gently pry it out on the wheel well trim piece here. What we're trying to do is there's a couple of bolts back here we need to access for our bumper.

We're going to use an eight millimeter socket to remove this bolt, repeat that on the other side of the vehicle. We're going to need to move these bolts here on the bottom of the bumper fascia, then you're going to have one here and then two in the back. You're going to have the same thing on the other side. Next thing you're going to want to do is we want to take out our reflectors and our bumper fascia. What we're going to do is this very middle one here, we're going to push up on that center part and we're going to push the reflector out. The reason we take our reflectors out is because we want to get to these bolts. Again, we're using an eight millimeter socket and we're going to do the same thing on the other side of the vehicle. Our next step is to go inside, so that's what we want to do is we want to gain access to this panel. We're just going to lift it out. We're going to pull back this here, and what we want to do is we're going to unplug the taillight. We're just going to squeeze to unplug it. We're going to take a wrench and we'll take those out and pull our taillight out. Again, with the same socket, eight millimeter, we're going to take out these nuts right here. We'll just gently remove our taillight. The reason for removing our taillights is to gain access to this bolt right here. Again, using the same socket, eight millimeter, we're going to remove this bolt and we're going to do this on both sides of the vehicle. Next thing we want to do is we want to support our bumper here. We're going to take a strap, we're just going to hook it on here. Hook it up to the top. We just want to pull it enough to get it up off our bumper so when we pull our bumper off, we get the clips out. Just a little tip, when we're taking the bumper off, what I'm going to do is I'm going to take a piece of electrical tape. I'm going to put it right here on this edge, so that when we're putting it back in, because this is still in place, that when these two meet, because we're going to be fitting it in place, when these two are hitting together, it doesn't do any damage to the edge of this and it doesn't scratch anything. Again, just going to take a piece of electrical tape. Stick it right on the edge of this. Once we get our hitch put on and our bumper put back in place, this will be in place. We can just peel the tape off. Now, you're going to want to do this on both sides. Next what we're going to do is we're going to go ahead and remove our bumper fascia. We're just going to gently pry it out, we're going to start from the outside and move our way to the middle. Now that we've worked the outside of the bumper off, what we're going to do, we're going to come inside here and we're going to push these little tabs down. We're going to inaudible 00:04:40 we're just going to pry out on these tabs here. Next what we're going to do is we're going to unplug our sensor wire. We're going to push down on the top and up on the bottom. Then, we're going to set our bumper on the side. Next thing we're going to do is we're going to remove our bumper beam. We're going to take out these four nuts here on this side, and we're going to do the same thing on the other side. Before we take our bumper beam completely off, we got to take this sensor off right here. All that we're going to do is we're going to push in and pull that wire out. We're going to unclip the wire from the clips. When you get to this outside, you're going to want to pull that out. Use a tool, a screwdriver will work. I'm going to use this pry tool here. Now that we have our sensor wire off, we'll go ahead and take the last two nuts off that are holding our bumper beam on. We're going to pull our bumper beam off. We're just going to set that down, because we're going to reinstall it. The next thing we're going to do is we're going to take our hitch, go ahead and put it into place. That's going to go onto the existing bolts that are there. Now that we have our hitch in place here, we'll go ahead and set our bumper beam back over the top of this and then reinstall our factory nuts we took off. Once we have all our hardware in place, we'll go ahead and tighten everything down. Next what we're going to do is we're going to torque everything down as specifications in the instructions. Next thing we're going to do is we're going to reinstall our sensor wire, plug it back in. Now, with an extra set of hands, we'll go ahead and put our bumper back on. First, we're going to connect our rear sensors back up. Then, from there, what we're going to do is we're going to start in the middle. We're going to get these inaudible 00:06:46 back in place. Once we get our tabs in place, we're going to work our way around to the outside of the bumper, just connecting it as we go. Now, you want to remember when you get around to the side, you're going to make sure that you pull this out and put this inside first. The next thing we're going to do is we're going to reinstall these screws here. We're going to do the same thing on the other side of the vehicle. We'll go ahead and reinstall these screws. Again, we'll do the same thing on the other side of the vehicle. Once we have this screw in down here, we can go ahead and reinstall our reflector. That'll just pop right into place. Do the same thing on the other side. Once we have these in, we'll go ahead and put our taillights back in place. Go ahead and plug our taillight back in, reinstall the two nuts. We're going to do the same thing on the other side of the vehicle. Next what we're going to do is we're going to go ahead, remove our tape and reinstall our screw here on the side. Once we get that installed, go ahead and put our trim piece back into place. We're going to do the same thing on the other side of the vehicle. The next thing we're going to do is we're going to reinstall our screws down here on the bottom of the bumper. We're going to reinstall this one, we're going to reinstall these two back here and we're going to do the same thing on the other side of the vehicle. Now, we'll go ahead and replace our rivets. That'll do it for the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 75600, on our 2017 BMW X5.


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