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Old 10-18-2013
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Installing a Cl III Trailer Hitch

I purchased a Curt CL III trailer hitch for my B2300. I paid $102.48 delivered from Trends Automotive and it shipped directly from Curt Mfg in Acworth, GA.

Here's how I did it:

1. Packaging Grade: D+

Boxed arrived in perfect shape as it only traveled about 15 miles.

That is NOT cool! Zero packaging on the inside of the box.

And that results in stuff like this happening to the powder coat finish:

I had several spots that were down to bare metal. That's from the factory or in transit as the product never touched the ground while I had it out of the box.

2. Weld Quality: B

Looks like the welds are very uniform but not fish scales as from hand made.

Installation Procedure:

1. Check your bumper alignment and note the dimensions.

2. Remove the following bolt and J-Clip:

3. The J-Clip is held in place by a metal tab as shown:

I could not bend the tab so that I could remove the J-Clip without having to loosen this bolt:

Once loosened, your bumper will probably shift some and the J-Clip is then removed. DO NOT tighten this bolt back up yet.

4. Repeat the process on the other side as well.

5. Take your metal spacers and grease them heavily in order to prevent rusting in the future. (Grease is great for rust from forming on metal)

6. Ditto for the top of the hitch flanges, bolts and nuts.

7. Now place the spacers and bolts into their respective positions as shown:

The metal spacers should abut the bumper bracket and not overlay it.

8. Now using a hydraulic jack bring the trailer hitch up into position. You will need to guide it with one hand and pump with the other. Bring it up until the flanges on the hitch are within all 4 bolts by a good inch.

9. Apply nuts to all of the bolts and snug them up by hand or slight torque only..

10. Remove the jack and check alignment. here's how I did it:

Make sure the bolt head within this hole is aligned on both sides with each other. That bolt head is part of the frame so its a good point to measure against.

11. Once you have it aligned underneath, move the bumper back to its OEM position using your right angle measure as shown in the earlier photo. Remember that the bolt head MUST fit within the hole in the hitch flange.

12. Now tighten all of the bolts making sure that the bolt head is fully fitted within the spacer and not riding above it.

13. I torqued to 110lbs as stated in the instructions.


18mm and 19mm 1/2" deep well sockets, 1/2" torque wrench, 1/2 ratchet, high beam LED headlamp,

I cleaned up the hitch before installing and applied 2 coats of Glare Polish.

I also heavily coated the top of the flange with grease prior to mounting.
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Last edited by GMG; 10-18-2013 at 07:30 AM.
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Old 12-20-2013
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Here are some good tips I found for installing and preventing rust.
Preventing Rust On a Trailer Hitch -
Trailer Hitch Installation Tips -
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Old 01-02-2014
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Dang. Thats a good price on that hitch. I got a similar hitch - also for a great price- through these guys! They shipped it crazy fast too! Cheap Trailer Hitch - Buy Low Price Free Shipping Tow Hitches

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