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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Ford Focus - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Ford Focus

Today on our 2017 Ford Focus, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the draw tight class one custom fit trailer hitch receiver, part number 24872. The crosstube's going to be tucked up behind the bumper nicely, and all we're really going to see is our receiver tube sticking out. It is a class one hitch, so we're going to get that 1 1/4" by 1 1/4" receiver tube opening. Our hitch is going to use a standard 1/2" pinning clip. They're not included, but you can pick some up on our website using part number PC2. Now as far as the safety chain loops are concerned, they're going to be a rolled steel stock style, that's welded to the bottom of our receiver tube and as you can see, we're not going to have too much trouble getting most sized hooks on or off. Now our hitch is going to feature a 200 lb tongue weight, along with a 2,000 lb gross trailer weight rating.

Now, I do want to mention that you always want to double check with the vehicle's owners manual to make sure that your vehicle can handle that amount of weight. Now I'd like to give you a few measurements that will help you when deciding the accessories for your new hitch, such as a bike rack, or even a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hold to the outermost edge of the bumper is going to be right about 3". From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, it's right around 11 1/2". Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's show you how we get it installed. To begin our installation, we're going to need to lower down our exhaust.

And normally, I would suggest that we put up a strap to hold up our exhaust so that it doesn't fall down far enough, but if we look, our axle back here is gonna keep our exhaust from going down too far. Now on each side, we're going to have a hanger, and we're going to need to remove the two bolts holding the hanger in place. I'm going to be using a 13mm socket to remove these bolts. We're going to go ahead and remove the other side as well. Now, if we bring our attention to the heat shield right underneath where we just lowered our muffler hanger, we're going to need to trim this out. Now the easiest way for me to show you where we're going to trim is I'm going to draw a line.

Basically, what we're going to want to do is we're going to want to trim the flat piece of the heat shield off of the bottom of our frame here. So we're going to need to take out this square section, where our exhaust hanger bolts hit up to, and right where this large hole is. So I'm just going to bend it away a little bit so I can get a pair of tin snips in there, and you can use whatever you have available. It's not very thick. Just pretty thin sheet metal.

And I'm just going to cut straight across. I'm going to bend my heat shield, and I'm going to cut straight across that way now. Now once we have this section trimmed out, I'm going to trim out the other side as well. Now in our kit, they do provide us with some isolator strips right here. Now we're going to want to cut these directly in half. Once we cut them in half, we're going to cut them into fourths. So we're going to cut them in half again. Now what we're going to do with these, is this is going to go in between our hitch here, and our exhaust hanger. So what we're going to need to do is we're going to need to flip our hitch over, and since our exhaust hangers are going to be butting up against our hitch right here, we're going to be putting in the strips on the bottom side of our hitch. So we can take a strip, we can remove the backing and now we're gonna take this strip and we're gonna not want to cover the holes, but we're gonna want to get it as much on the flat surface as we can without covering up any of our access holes for our hardware. Once we have one in place, we're going to go ahead and get the other one in place, and we'll get them all on the other side as well. So if we look at our frame rail, right in between the two weld nuts that are holding our exhaust hanger on, we're gonna have this large oblong hole. Now that's going to be our access hole to get our hardware through, which is eventually going to be coming out this side of our frame rail. Now as we can see, the bolts aren't gonna fit through. So, we're going to need to enlarge this hole. I'm going to be using a rotary bit here, and I'm just going to file it down until I can get my bolt through. You don't need to go crazy, you only want to file it just big enough that you can get your hardware in place. Looks like we can get our hardware in, so we're going to repeat that process for the other side as well. We're going to grab our pull wire, and we're going to find the hole inside of the frame rail that our hardware should be coming out, and we're going to take the coiled end and we're going to feed it into that hole. Now, the main goal here is to be feeding it down to where it comes out our access hole right here. Now what we're going to do now, is we're going to start putting our hardware in place. We're going to take our spacer block, and we're going to feed it over the coiled end of our wire. And then we're going to take our carriage bolts and we're going to thread it onto the end of the wire. Now we can go ahead and push the block into the frame rail, and once we have the block pushed in, we're going to go ahead and push the bolt in as well. Now to make sure everything is in its place, we're going to go ahead and pull the bolt out, just to make sure everything's working properly, but then we're going to push the bolt in but making sure that the fish wire is still hanging out. And we'll go ahead and repeat that same process on the other side. Alright, we're going to get ready to put our hitch in place, but before we do, I'd like to give you an explanation of how and what kind of hardware we're going to be using. Our hitch is going to fit right in between our framerail and our exhaust hanger here, and we're not going to be reusing the factory hardware. Instead, they're going to provide us with new bolts and it's going to be followed by a lock washer and then finally followed by a flat washer, and that's going to go through our exhaust hanger, through the bracket on our hitch, and go back into the factory weld nut. And now with an extra set of hands, we're going to raise our hitch into position, and we're going to want to make sure that we take our pull wires and go through the hitch to our side mounting holes. And once we have the hitch in position, we can go ahead and pull our hardware out through the side of our framerail here, which will help support the hitch. Now we can take our exhaust hanger, line it back up and again using the supplied bolts in our kit, we can secure them into place. Now I'm only going to get these in there hand tight. One on each side, that way I can get the rest of my hardware in place. Now for the hardware on the side of the frame, we're going to remove the pull wire. And I do want to mention, you want to be careful not to let the bolt drop back in. But now to secure it, we're going to take a counter inaudible 00:08:04 tooth washer, and we're going to want to make sure the teeth are facing the hitch, and put that in place. And then we're going to follow it up with a nut. Then we can secure it down. And we're going to repeat the same thing for the other side as well. I'm going to come back and again, using a 13mm socket, I'm going to snug up all my hardware for my exhaust hanger brackets. Now for the hardware on the side of my frame here, I'm going to be using an 11/16 socket to snug it up. And we'll repeat that for the other bolt as well. Again, using an 11/16 socket, I'm going to come back and I'm going to torque down my hardware on the side of my frame, to the specified amount in the instructions. And we're going to repeat that for all the other hardware as well. And that'll finish up our look at the draw tight custom fit class one trailer hitch receiver, part number 24872 on our 2017 Ford Focus.

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