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post #16 of 70 Old 03-16-2005, 05:29 PM
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Very Nice documentation.

This should be considered for a sticky?
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Can you take a profile pic, I like to see how far the hitch sticks out from the back.
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Sure, here you go....
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Nice, it doesn't protrude too far out. One day, I'll get mine on. Still has white primer on it and sitting in the garage.
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Awesome! Thanks! I am looking at one on ebay and if that falls through I am getting one elsewhere.

I already put a small scratch in the plastic interior carrying around my bike

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Very Nice documentation.

This should be considered for a sticky?
I'd say!

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Excellent documentation of the install......I will def. be using it to guide me through mine.....again, thanks and nice work there


.......Got a question for ya......Do you think you could measure the height from the ground to the top of the 2" Square ballmount hole on the hitch? ......it would be greatly appreciated.......

I was gonna install mine tomm. but the rain may put a damper on that for me......So I need to make a determination if I need to purchase a ballmount....and I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to install between now and next week, and time is of the essence.....
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ToddEichel - Good Job. With those pictures you probably cut someone elses time in half to do the install.

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Finally got mine on. Even with two of us, we weren't able to pull off the rubber hangers. So we just navigated our way through. Scratched the new coat of paint I put on the hitch, but we were able to get it on.
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Thumbs up Awesome POST!

Thanks for the time you took to share! May go for this sometime near the summer as I like the option of being able to attach a cargo carrier to the hitch. I need to explore the wiring harness install for the trailer connection.

Nice Job!!!
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.......Got a question for ya......Do you think you could measure the height from the ground to the top of the 2" Square ballmount hole on the hitch? ......it would be greatly appreciated.......
Looks like it's just about 14 1/2" from the ground to the top inside surface of the hitch receiver...

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Finally got mine on. Even with two of us, we weren't able to pull off the rubber hangers. So we just navigated our way through. Scratched the new coat of paint I put on the hitch, but we were able to get it on.
Yeah, initially I wasn't able to get them off either, snuck the hitch in around the tail pipes (took a layer of dirt off the chrome but the chrome remained intact... eeks...) and got maybe 3 or 4 bolts in, but couldn't get the rearmost bolt even started, let alone tightened down. So while the hitch was up there, I broke out a "wonder-bar" which is a short, flat, wide crowbar (maybe 16 inches long with a 90 degree bend on one end) and pushed the rubber brackets off the mounts that are attached to the Mo with the flat end of the bar (using the side of the hitch for leverage). Once the muffler was dropped, I took the hitch back off again to take a look at it. Turns out the first tab of metal on the drivers side of the hitch looks like it was bent in at some point during shipping by about a 1/8 to 1/4" so it wasn't lining up exactly with the mounting hole. Had to pry it back out into place with a big crow bar to get it to match up. Good times.

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If one needs a hitch, the DrawTite looks very attractive and is priced right. The styling is clean and simple and it covers the rear muffler.

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Thanks my man....I owe you a beer for all the help........yeah today's a little unfavorable weather-wise for the install, so soon I hope , but in the meantime I can get to order that ballmount, ....thanks again that was big.......

I wasn't impressed with the packaging, but I thought they wrapped up the ends enough to prevent it from dinging, mine actually arrived with only a minor chip on it and wasn't covered over with a marker,

they did give me that big ol' box with the handles, but reinforced the bottom with some extra cardboard, again mucho gracias....
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Did my install on Sat. ......install time including install of Nissan wiring harness....2 hours..... that's all thanks to the preplanning that Todd did....

I did have a somewhat bent hitch though....I had to hit it a couple of times with the mallet to match the weld nuts on the driver's side...anyone else off a little there???...I actually think the hitch is supposed to be somewhat curved to accomodate the tailpipe though? I'm not sure.....Other than that, it went smooth...

Tips I have are....... that the tow bracket is really torqued on there (that was the hard part).....helps to have someone help.....And the wire harness doesn't really need to be put on before the hitch.....I also recommend the OEM wiring kit....The instructions are easy enough for a monkey to follow.......and follow what was done here it's uber easy ......

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