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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Volvo XC60

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Volvo XC60


Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Volvo XC60, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Class 3 Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 76194.The nice thing about it is that that cross tube's going to be completely behind the bumper and al we're going to see is the receiver tube sticking out of the bottom. Now it is a class 3 hitch which means that it's going to give us that 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube opening, and we're going to have a wide variety of options available. You have all sorts of different kinds of accessories that we can mount up.Now the way we're going to mount all our accessories is using the hitch pin hole here on the side. It is going to accept standard 5/8 pin and clip and while these aren't included in the kit, you can pick them up here at e-trailer.com or a variety of locking devices to keep your accessories safe. Now you'll notice that the Draw-Tite has a secondary toward the back of the receiver here. That's going to be used exclusively for the J pin stabilization device, which is going to be an anti-rattle device that's made specifically for this kind of hitch, and you can pick one of those up here at etrailer.com.As far as the safety chain connection points go, we're going to have a loop style, but they're going to be on either side of our receiver tube which is going to be nice because they're not going to interfere no matter really what size hook we have.

We're not going to have to worry about our pin and clip or our locking device getting the way because they're going to be right on the side just below the receiver tube.Our hitch is going to have a 900 pound tongue weight which is going to be the maximum downward force at the receiver tube. It's also going to have a 6,000 pound gross trailer rig rating which is the amount it can pull including the railer and everything we have loaded on it. Now with those numbers in mind you always want to double check your Volvo's owner's manual and never exceed the manufacturer's recommended towing weight.I like to give you a few measurements and that's going to help you when looking for accessories for your new hitch such as the ball mount, a bike rack, or even a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is going to be right about 4 1/4 inches. That measurement's going to come in handy when you're looking at folding accessories to make sure you have enough clearance so it doesn't come in contact with the rear bumper.

From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening it's going to be right at 14 inches. Another measurement that's going to come in handy when you're looking at ball mounts, so make sure you find the appropriate rise or drop of your trailer and at that height I would definitely recommend a raised shank on whether it's a cargo carrier or a bike rack to give us that little bit of extra ground clearance.So now that we've seen what our hitch looks like and gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed.To begin your installation, we're going to come to the very back of your Volvo and if we come just underneath the bumper, we're going to have several fasteners that are holding it in place. We're going to have a total of six fasteners. Yous may have seven, but you're going to want to go ahead and pull all of those out.Next we'll move to the inside of our wheel well. We're going to have several fasteners right along the edge.

We're going to remove all of those. We're going to have a total of six or even of them in the wheel well here and we're going to use a T-25 Torque bit to pull those out as well. It may help to use a driver instead of a screwdriver style because of the limited space because the tire's going to be in the wheel well there. Once we have all the fasteners removed, we're going to pull the wheel well liner back a little bit and if we look right where the bumper meets the fascia, we're going to have another torque bit fastener that's going to be going up into the fender there. So we'll go ahead and remove that as well and we'll do this for both sides.Now if we open up our rear hatch, we'll have this plastic, rubber style bump stop there.

You're going to want to grab it, turn it counter clockwise a quarter turn, and then we can pull it out We're going to have one on each side of our vehicle, so go ahead and pull the driver's side out as well. So if we start right where our fender meets the fascia, we're going to grab the fascia and start pulling away from our vehicle. It's going to undo the clips and once we get toward the tail light section, you're going to want to grab underneath and kind of start working it out and pull away. You are going to have an electrical connector over here on the passenger's side. It's going to have a little tab right here, so if we push in on that tab, we can disconnect it and then we can set our fascia aside where it won't get damaged.Now in order to get our hitch in place, we are going to have to move our bumper beam. On each side we'll have two studs with some flange nuts attaching it. And then on the bottom side, we'll have another on that's holding it in place. So it will be a total of three on each side. So you're going to want to grab a 15 mm socket so we can pull those flange nuts off. Once all the bolts are removed, we can remove the bumper beam and set it aside for right now.Now the fascia support here when we remove those bolts from the bottom, this is going to interfere with our hitch. This thing kind of bows out here, so we're going to want to bend this section in so our hitch can sit right here nice and flat, but we want to make sure that the bottom holes are still lined up. The easiest way that we've found to do this is we're going to put a pair of vice grips on the bottom holding this support piece in place and then we're going to take a hammer and flatten out this section right here. We'll keep doing that until we get the angle that we want. Now you can see that those supports are going to be a lot closer to the heat shield and give us the clearance that we're going to need in order to get our hitch in place.So we're going to lift up our hitch and we're going to line up the holes on the hitch with the studs that our bumper beam was on and we're going to test fit it to see if any kind of trimming is going to be required from our heat shield. So we can just double check any kind of clearance issues we may have on the back side of the hitch and around here It is hitting the back of our hitch right at the back of there receiver tube, so we may want to make a relief cut in our heat shield material. Let's take a pair of tin snips and we're going to go on either side of the receiver tube and we're going to make a straight cut that way we'll have a little bit of relief in that materials and we can always bend it out of the way rather than having to cut a chunk out. Now we can double check all the clearances making sure everything fits as it should.So now that we know our hutch is going to fit, we're going to take our bumper beam, and we're going to sandwich our hitch between the bumper beam and the body of the vehicle. Now it's not a bad idea to go ahead and put at least one of those flange nuts in place so we don't have to worry about everything coming down, our bumper beam or the hitch. So we'll go ahead and get all our hardware at least hand tight and then we can start securing everything down. Now some models are going to have a fourth hole in the bumper beam itself because you'll notice whenever we had everything off, there was another threaded hole there. If yous does have that hole accessible right now with the bumper beam in place, you're going to want to grab one of the bolts from your kit and a conical tooth washer. You want to make sure that those teeth are facing the bumper beam and you would install it there. But as you can see, we don't have any hole available in our bumper beam, so we're not going to be installing it.We will come back with that same 15 mm socket, and we're going to snug up all of our hardware. We're going to torque all of the flange nuts down to the specified amount in the instructions. I want to make sure to repeat that for all our remaining hardware.So with our hitch in place, we are going to have to trim our fascia in order for it to get re-installed, so the very bottom of our fascia, we have it on the inside, we're going to want to find the center point, and we're going to make a cut that's going to be 3 1/2 inches wide by 2 1/2 inches tall, which should lead us right to this little lip, this edge here. So make sure you get it nice and centered and we don't have to worry about any of the electronics because it is going to be just over a little bit from that. So we'll go ahead and cut it out, We're going to be using a rotary tool, but you can use whatever you have available even if it is just a sharp utility knife. So you want to take your time and make nice, clean cuts.So with our fascia trimmed we can get ready to re-install it. So we'll get it pretty close, but we have to make that electrical connection, so we'll slide the two together, and make sure they lock into place. Then we're going to want to get as close as we can lining everything up and once we have our fascia lined up and back on, you're going to want to take those bump stops and put it in. Make sure it goes in all the way, and then turn it a quarter turn and then we'll at least have one fastener holding everything in place along with the clips. Then we can start working on putting all our fasteners back in place like the torque bits on the bottom of our bumper here. Then we can put all the fasteners back in the wheel well. Don't forget to put the one that's behind the wheel well liner, connecting our fascia to our fender. We're going to get our liner lined up, start putting our fasteners in hand tightened. We can always come back and tighten them all up once they're in place.That will finish up your look at the Draw-Tite Class 3 Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 76194 on our 2018 Volvo CX60.


John

3/15/2021

Wiring harness info would have completed the install

Jon G.

3/17/2021

For wiring you can use the T-One # 118773 . Attached is a link to our install video of this harness on a 2020 XC60 that you can check out.

Ron

3/22/2019

After watching the video the install went great. Even easier than expected for a do it yourself home mechanic. No unexpected surprises. Thanks

Etrailer Expert

Rachael H.

3/25/2019

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