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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Volvo XC90

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Volvo XC90

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Volvo XC90, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite class three custom fit trailer hitch receiver. Part number 76194.So here's what our hitch is going to look like once we have it fully installed. It is going to be tucked up behind the bumper and all we're going to see is the receiver tube sticking out. Now I do want to mention that we have a seven pole wiring over here and the bracket and the wiring itself does not come with the hitch. It is sold separately. But our hitch is going to feature a two inch by two inch receiver tube opening.

Which is going to be great for any kind of accessory all the way from a ball mount to two a trailer, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier to put some of that extra gear out back.Now the way we're going to mount any of those accessories is through the hitch pin hole here on the side. Now it is going to accept a standard 5/8 pin and clip. Now they're not included in our kit, but you can pick them up at Now you'll notice there's a secondary hole towards the rear of our receiver tube and that's going to be used exclusively for the J-pin stabilization device. And the way that's going to work is it's going to go into the hitch pin hole like normal and then this hook here is going to go into the receiver tube and apply pressure when we tighten the nut on the other side.

And it's also a locking device. So not only is it going to keep all of our accessories secure to the hitch, but it's going to keep it secure and keep it from rattling around when we're driving down the road.Our safety chain connection points are going to be a plate style welded to the side of the receiver tube and dropped down. Which is going to be a nice feature because we're not going to have to worry about any kind of interference with a lock and hitch pin or anything getting in the way. And we're going to have ample room to get most size hooks on and off and not have to worry about struggling too much to get them hooked on or take them off.As far as the weight capacity goes, our hitch is going to feature a 900 pound tongue weight. Which is going to be the maximum downward force at the receiver tube.

Now it's also going to have a 6,000 pound gross trailer weight rating, which is the amount it can pull including the trailer and everything we have loaded on it. Now with all those numbers in mind, I always suggest you double check your XC90's owners manual and never exceed the manufacturers recommended weight.Now it is really nice that our hitch is going to be hidden behind our bumper because it's not going to distract from the looks of our Volvo. But since it is going to be behind it, we're going to have to remove the fascia in order to get it installed. Along with that we are going to have to do some very minor trimming on the bottom of our bumper. So we're not going to see any cosmetic changes to our Volvo, but it is a little bit more in depth installation.

But as you can see the end result is definitely going to be worth it if the looks of your Volvo are a big concern.Now with the fascia being removed, when you go to do the installation for your hitch. I would recommend doing your wiring if you're putting a seven pole on the back, because then we can route and securely attach all our wires behind the fascia. Making it a lot easier to get it in place. If you're doing just a four pole wiring, that wiring is designed to stay on the inside, so our fascia is not going to be an issue. But if you do want that seven pole, you'll need the four pole to be installed first. And then we can upgrade it with the seven pole.I'd like to give you a few measurements and these are going to help you when deciding for accessories for your new hitch like a ball mount, bike rack, or a cargo carrier.From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper, it's going to be right about three and 1/2 inches. From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, it's going to be right about 13 and 3/4 inches. And also at that measurement I would recommend a raised shank on either a bike rack or a cargo carrier to give us that little bit extra ground clearance. So now that we've seen what our hitch looks like, gone over some of the features let's show you how to get it installed.To begin our installation, we're going to have to remove our rear fascia. So we're going to start out at the bottom right behind the muffler. We're going to have several Torx bits that we're going to have to remove. We're going to have two on each side just on the inside of our exhaust. Now on the wheel well on each side, we're going to have a total of five Torx screws that we're going to have to pull out. Once we have all five of those removed, we'll go ahead and move to the other side and pull those out as well.We're going to need to partially remove this section over the wheel here. So that we can get access to the clips holding the fascia in place. Now it is going to be a rather tight fit, so I suggest using a plastic trim panel tool. That way we don't scratch the paint on our Volvo. Bu we're going to come in between the two panels and you just want to grab that outer ring area and start working your way up til the clips release. Then we can grab it. You just want to release them up high enough, so that we can get to this where our fascia meets our fender. And then we're going to come and if you can, use your hand to pull the fascia away just a bit. But again it's a rather tight fit, so you may need to grab that trim panel tool again and come behind it. And just pull away from the body. Now you just want to get it started a little bit, so that we can start releasing those clips. Then we're going to move up to our hatch is and open up the hatch.Now just to make that nothing else is going to be holding our fascia in place. We got these little bump stops that are right at the bottom edge of our lift gate. So we're just going to take a quarter turn, turn to the left. And then we're going to pull them out. Now we're going to have one on each side.Now with an extra set of hands, we're going to start at the side and start pulling our fascia away working towards the center, releasing all the clips as we go. And before we pull it too far away, keep in mind there are going to be some connectors and electrical sensors in the back. So we'll have one over here on the passenger side. There's going to be a little gray tab on the end of the connector. So if we push in on it, we should be able to disconnect and pull our fascia away. If you're having trouble, just take a flat head screwdriver, kind of push in on that tab. At the same time you're pulling that connector out and we can disconnect it. Now we're going to set our fascia aside where it won't get damaged.Now in order to get our hitch in place, we're going to have to remove our bumper beam as well. On each side, we're going to have three flange nuts that are holding it in place. Going to be using a 15 millimeter socket to pull those out. It does help to use an extension for this lower one because there's a hole in the bumper beam that'll allow you to get access to it. I'm going to go ahead and leave this one on just hand tight and remove the other side. That way I don't have to worry with my bumper beam falling off.Then we can take it off and we're going to set it aside because we will be reinstalling this. So now we're going to take our hitch and the four holes on each side is going to line up with the studs on our bumper beam. So we'll loosely put it in place and test fit it to see if any trimming of the heat shield is required. Now it is extremely close at the back of the receiver tube. But it's not touching, it may cause a slight rattle. So what we're going to do is we're just going to bend that up a little bit so it's farther away and we have a little bit better clearance. And it seems like we have pretty good clearance all the way around. We got at least 3/4 if not an inch everywhere else, to where I can actually get my hand between the heat shield and the hitch. So we're not going to have to trim the heat shield.So then we're going to sandwich our hitch between our bumper beam and the vehicle body. And it's not a bad idea to get at least one of those nuts that we took off earlier back in place on each side. Then we can work on getting the rest of the hardware in.On each side of our bumper on the lower section, we may or may not have an extra hole. If you do, in your kit we're going to take one of the bolts and a conical tooth washer. Now you want to make sure that the teeth are facing towards the hitch. And it is a little bit of a tight fit. But if we come from up top and help guide out bolt in. We're going to get this bolt in place and you just want to get it started enough to where the threads are going to grab and we can come back and tighten it up later. It is a pretty tight spot to get into. So we got a couple threads to grab and then we'll put the other one in place.Now we'll come back and we're going to snug up all our hardware. You want to make sure you snug up all of them on both sides. Now I'm going to come back with a torque wrench and I'm going to torque all my hardware down. For the new bolts that we added, I'm going to be using a 17 millimeter socket. And to make it easy to get inside and access them, I'm going to be using a swivel and a rather long extension, so I can get in there. And we'll find the torque spec for all of our bolts in our instructions.Before we can put our fascia back in place, we are going to have to do a slight bit of trimming. So the receiver tube has a recess so it can fit through. Now I went ahead and marked out what we need to trim. And basically you'll find a very center of our fascia, and we're going to be measuring two and 1/2 inches up and three and 1/2 inches wide. I'm going to be using a rotary tool to cut this section out. And you just want to take your time and even cut a little bit inside of the lines, because you can always go back and trim a little bit more if you need to.We can always peel off the excess plastic and clean up all of our lines. Now with an extra set of hands, we're going to put our fascia back in place. Now you just want to make sure you plug in all your connectors and you may want to kind of guide it up in the center to make sure it goes around our connector and the hitch itself. I'm just going to make sure everything lines up, kind of lift up on the edge here. And we'll push everything back in place. Then we can put our bump stops for our lift gate in place. You may have to kind of push a little bit to get everything lined up.So then we can pop our trim piece that goes around the wheel well back in place. Just line up the holes, make sure all the clips are holding. Then we can put all the fasteners back in the wheel well. And finally we can put those four Torx screws back in place on the bottom of our fascia. And that'll finish up your look at the Draw-Tite class three custom fit trailer hitch receiver, part number is 76194 on our 2018 Volvo XC90.

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