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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Dodge Journey - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Dodge Journey

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Dodge Journey we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, Class III. Part number 75648. This is what our hitch looks like when it's installed. It has a nice round-tube design. This has a 2" by 2" receiver tube, which will accommodate a wide variety of accessories.This hole here is going to be for the 5/8" hitch pin hole and this is going to be for your J-pin stabilization device. The J-pin stabilization device is going to be used for taking the shake and play out of any of your hitch mounted accessories.

It's a loop style safety chain hookup, give you plenty of room to hook up your chains. You can see we have a prewelded mounting plate to attach most wiring harnesses.Now this hitch just sticks out just a little bit past your bumper, but still gives you good access to your hitch pin hole. Now on this hitch there is a 400 pound max tongue weight and a 4,000 pound max trailer weight. It does support the use of weight distribution, however the weight does stay the same. I do recommend you check your owner's manual to make sure that your vehicle can withstand that amount of weight.Now we'll give you a couple measurements to help you when deciding on any hitch mount accessories you may need, such as bike racks, ball mounts, or cargo carriers.

From center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most part of the bumper will be about 1-1/2". From the ground to the top of the inner most part of the receiver tube will be about 15".First thing we need to do to start our install is we need to lower our exhaust. What we want to do is we want to spray our hangers with some soapy water. This makes them a little easier to take off. Next what you want to do is get you a strap and I like to just hang it by the springs to support your exhaust when you take it off the hangers.

Now you have a rubber hanger here and you have a rubber hanger on this side of the exhaust on both sides of the car. You want to remove those. Now on the inside towards the spare tire you're going to notice this strap. You want to pop that off and just let it hang there because we're going to put it back on later.Sometimes these hangers are a little difficult to get off, so you're going to need to use a pry bar, so this strap that we took off down here, I'm going to go ahead and put it back on down here and take it off at the top. That way it doesn't get damaged when we put the pry bar up there.

Then we're going to repeat that same process on the other side of the vehicle.Here on our passenger side what we're going to do is we're going to take our handle nut and we're going to feed it up through this square hole in the frame. We're just going to let it sit right here on this back hole. We're going to repeat that same process on the other side. On this back hole right up on the bumper support, we're going to run our lead wire through. Going to take the long skinny spacer, go ahead and slide that up into your bumper support, take your carriage bolt, thread it onto your wiring, and pull that up through the hole. We're going to do the same thing on the other side.Your hardware kit's going to come with four beveled spacers like this. What we're going to do to make it easier on ourselves, we're going to take the fat end on the top here and you want to tape it to your hitch. Now we're going to repeat the same process on the other side. Now with a second set of hands we'll go ahead and set our hitch in place. Put your conical tooth washer on and your hex nut. You want to make sure that the conical tooth washer, you want to make sure the teeth are facing up toward the hitch.With our second beveled spacer, what we're going to do is we're going to slide it on our wire feed. What you want to do is you want to put it on the opposite way that you did the other one. Put your conical tooth washer on and your hex nut. Then we're going to repeat that same process on the other side. Now that we have our hardware in place, we're going to take a 3/4" socket and tighten everything down. We're going to do the same thing on the other side.Now that we have everything snugged up, we'll go ahead and torque everything down to the specifications that are in the instructions. Once we have our hitch torque done, we'll go ahead and reinstall our exhaust. Again, go ahead and spray these rubber hangers down. How you can go ahead you put your ground strap back on. Once we have our exhaust back up into place, we can remove our safety strap.That will do it for the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver. Part number 75648, on our 2017 Dodge Journey.

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