Installing a Trailer Hitch in 5 Easy Steps

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Trailer Hitch Installation

Installing Your Trailer Hitch

  1. After making sure your parking brake is set and your wheels are blocked, jack your truck or SUV up to give yourself plenty of clearance to install the hitch.
  2. Assemble the entire hitch per the manufacturer’s instructions but don’t tighten any of the bolts.
  3. Some vehicles have pre-drilled holes to accept hitch mounts. If not, drill holes into your vehicle’s frame by using the loosely assembled hitch as a template. Note: make sure you don’t drill the holes any wider than 1/16-inch thicker than the bolts or the bolts won’t hold.
  4. Using C-clamps, attach the hitch to the frame of your vehicle and bolt it into place, securely tightening the bolts on the hitch.
  5. Make all electrical connections for any of the brake lights and turn signals and test them to make sure they’re working before heading out.

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My 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road Access Cab 4x4 offers bed space to camp in, haul my dirt bike around, and it's been done up to take on the trails. Favorite mods include my Icon coilovers to soak up the bumps. My Walker Evans 501 Legend wheels wrapped in Toyo RT tires give me the clearance from my upper control arms to fit (and they look darn good) and the over-sized tires take on rocks with plenty of traction. My Rigid Industries fog lights have kept me out of a ditch or two when night wheeling. Growing up going to car shows and helping my dad work on the family vehicles ignited my passion. My best memory was the first time I flushed the coolant. My dad forgot to tell me to keep my face out from under the drain plug. Never made that mistake again!

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