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Old 04-01-2009, 07:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Curt / U-Haul Hitch Installed

After searching around for the best bang-for-your-buck hitch, I decided to order the U-Haul #75175 hitch (relabeled Curt mfg #13328). This hitch has 3 mounting points; left, center, and right. Some other hitches didn't have the center mount

After removing the spare tire and lower rear garnish, I had to remove both exhausts from the rubber hangers to give me enough room to slide the hitch into place.

These pics are of the right side muffler. I used some all purpose grease to help slide the hangers off.

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I slid a jack underneath to help support the weight of the exhaust.

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This hitch lined up perfectly to the existing holes. (Use a torque wrench to tighten the bolts to spec)

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Here's the center bracket. It also lined up perfectly as you can see there are no gaps.

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There's about a centimeter space in between the hitch and factory donut spare. Not sure if there's enough room for a full size spare, but it lines up with the bumper.

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Pic of the U-Haul label. This isn't visible from eye level.

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And here's what it looks like installed. As you can see, the majority of the bar is hidden.

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Nice! What are you planning to tow?
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Nice job and nice pics!

I took the lazy route and bought a hitch and had it mounted for me for a total of $200 and something at a local hitch place (I don't remember the exact price, it was a couple years ago). I also use it for holding my mountain bike carrier.
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Great DIY - did you have to remove the tow hook?
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Old 04-03-2009, 06:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Curt / U-Haul Hitch Installed

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After searching around for the best bang-for-your-buck hitch, I decided to order the U-Haul #75175 hitch (relabeled Curt mfg #13328). This hitch has 3 mounting points; left, center, and right. Some other hitches didn't have the center mount

After removing the spare tire and lower rear garnish, I had to remove both exhausts from the rubber hangers to give me enough room to slide the hitch into place.

These pics are of the right side muffler. I used some all purpose grease to help slide the hangers off.

Photobucket

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I slid a jack underneath to help support the weight of the exhaust.

Photobucket


This hitch lined up perfectly to the existing holes. (Use a torque wrench to tighten the bolts to spec)

Photobucket


Here's the center bracket. It also lined up perfectly as you can see there are no gaps.

Photobucket

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There's about a centimeter space in between the hitch and factory donut spare. Not sure if there's enough room for a full size spare, but it lines up with the bumper.

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Pic of the U-Haul label. This isn't visible from eye level.

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And here's what it looks like installed. As you can see, the majority of the bar is hidden.

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Looks like the plastic piece is cut out. Is this something you have to do on all hitch installs?. Looks nice Thanks,F1
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Great DIY - did you have to remove the tow hook?
Yea, but I forgot to take a pic of that. It's just 3 or 4 bolts. Thanks
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Looks like the plastic piece is cut out. Is this something you have to do on all hitch installs?. Looks nice Thanks,F1
I think that piece is there on 2005 and 2006s (maybe even 2004s). It's attached by a couple small bolts behind the bumper and simply unclips... no cutting required. Thanks
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I think that piece is there on 2005 and 2006s (maybe even 2004s). It's attached by a couple small bolts behind the bumper and simply unclips... no cutting required. Thanks
Got it. I did not know that but i do now thanks to you. Thanks, F1
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I installed that very same hitch last week on my wife's 2006 and the exhaust tailpipe is hitting on the driver's side

Have you noticed any clearance problems?
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I installed that very same hitch last week on my wife's 2006 and the exhaust tailpipe is hitting on the driver's side

Have you noticed any clearance problems?
Nope. How's the exhaust pipe hitting the hitch? On mine, the only thing that could possibly hit the hitch would be the muffler. But the hitch is installed on the outside of the heat shield so the muffler would first have to bang on the shield before it would hit the hitch.

Did you install it yourself?
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Nice installation job. I think you got the very same hitch installed that I got for my 2006. I didn't care for the round tube model that took up much of the area vacated by the removal of the old trim piece. My U-Haul place even managed to put a cut out in the old trim piece and reinstall it, which looks quite cool and custom.

I also use mine for an Allen hitch mount bike rack but I may tow at some point. Any ideas for an inexpensive but good brake controller and a hitch mount 7/4 plug combination?
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Did a quick search. Maybe something like this would work:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/T-Con...Q5fAccessories
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Nope. How's the exhaust pipe hitting the hitch?

Did you install it yourself?
Yup, installed myself.

The backside of the exhaust tip was hitting the hitch near the sticker. Perhaps some pictures would help...

You can kind of see a spot on the hitch where it rubbed:


The backside of the exhaust tip has a lot of excess material and this is what rubbed.


So yesterday in an attempt to fix this thing, I loosened all the bolts, shoved a jackstand under the receiver to get the hitch to seat higher and then I retorqued. I also took a hammer to the excess material on backside of the exhaust tip.


Apparently the few millimeters of clearance gained from that exercise worked. Neither me or my wife notice any more noise.
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Did a quick search. Maybe something like this would work:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/T-Con...Q5fAccessories
This is what I put in mine:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Trail...Q5fAccessories

I currently have the plug stowed under the trap door. I'm pondering routing it through the grommet and zip-tying it to the hitch.

Pulled a U-haul 4x7 trailer loaded up with a rototiller. Everything worked like a champ. Not having to pay mileage charges on trailer rentals really rocks.
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