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Today we’re going to be taking a look at then installing the Draw-Tite Max-Frame custom fit trailer hitch receiver. This is a class III 2-inch hitch. Part number is 75528. This going on our 2015 Buick Enclave. Here’s what the hitch is going to look like once we’ve got it installed into the vehicle. That’s right, we’re going to be able to put our cover back on. We’re not going to have this blank opening here with just a hitch sticking out where we can see it as we go. Just turn in the two set screws down here, kind of pulling down on that.
That’s going to allow us to separate it. As you can see, the hitch tucks up nicely. It’s a round tube design so if you are going to be leaving that cover open you don’t have one of the large square kind of blocks hanging down. We’ve got a tab here if you plan on putting in a four-way pull or a seven pull-plug, we can easily attach it there. Of course, it’s going to have safety chain hooks.
It’s got a little extra steel right here around this front section to give us a little extra support and it’s going to be fully welded all the way around our tube. It’s a full pass through. It’s just really nice good looking hitch that we can cover up when it’s not in use. As you can see, it’s been designed for a standard 5/8 pin to pass through but it’s also got this slightly smaller hole here. That’s going to be for the J-pin. It’s made by Draw-Tite.
It’s a J-pin stabilization system. So if you’d like to use that set up, ready to go. The maximum tongue weight that we’ve got on our hitch is 750 pounds. The maximum gross trailer weight rating is going to be 5,000 pounds. You will want to look into the Buick’s owner’s manual just to make sure of what the vehicle’s capacity is as well and you’ll want to use the lower number of those. Let’s go over a couple of different measurements that are going to help you in selecting your ball mount, bike rack, or maybe a cargo carrier. To start with we’ve got the measurement from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper.
That’s going to be about 4 inches. Now from the ground to the inside edge of top tube of the receiver opening we’re going to have about 18 1/8 inches. So, just keep these in mind when making your selections. First step’s going to be to remove our access panel located underneath. We’ve got a couple of just kind of turnstile fasteners here. Just rotate those both 90 degrees. We can separate those. Then you’ve four tabs across the top here that kind of clip in. Just set that aside for now. Let’s take a strap and you’re just going to bring it across underneath your exhaust here somewhere where you can get it hooked in on both sides and we’ll take some slack out of it. This is going to provide some support for our exhaust, as we lower it down it’s going to have something to rest on so it’s not resting or causing undue strain on the front part of the system there. Now on both sides of the vehicle we’re also going to have two rubber isolators or exhaust hangers that we also need to remove. We’ve got one located here on the top. That’s the easy one. The one here is a little more difficult. It’s located just to the outside of your tailpipe assembly there. So we’ll hit these both with a little bit of spray lubricant just to kind of help us in removing them. Do the same thing to the two located on this side. Now we’ll come through and just start pulling our hangers off. Sometimes you may need a pry bar or something. Whatever you need to do to get them off. All right, you see, that’s just going to give us that little bit of extra space we need to get our nuts in there. Now for installing our hitch we’re going to be using the two weld nuts located on both sides. These are just above our tailpipe. That’s going to get the 12 millimeter by 45 bolt and a conical toothed washer. The conical toothed washer will face in towards our hitch and will be sandwiched in between there. For our middle two mounting locations, here and here, we’ll be using a weld nut that will go up through and then a half inch bolt by an inch and three-quarter, that’s also going to have a conical toothed washer and that washer should face up. And our two others are located here on the driver’s side. Now we’re going to go through, use a little bit of spray lubricant in each of our weld nut locations. Remember, we’ve got the two here on the driver’s side and the two on the other side. We’re just going to clean these out. Th