NISSAN Pictures of how I installed a trailer hitch on my 87-95 Nissan Pathfinder.

I have something big I need to tow. The old pathy can do it. All she needs is a trailer hitch. So I got one and installed it. Cool.

But first, lets pay some bills:

  1. The Curt Trailer Hitch for the 94 pahty looks like a solid piece of equipment. Heavy. Thick. Made in USA kind of a thing.

  2. I put some rags on the bumper to save the paint.

  3. Right here is the bumper bracket, with a little extra bracket underneath it.
    extra bracket

  4. The extra bracket comes off, one on each side, leaving this space.
    empty spaces

  5. Here are the brackets.

  6. The brackets match the shape of the trailer hitch. The hitch will take the place of these brackets.

  7. But the hitch can not fit between the frame and the tailpipe. I need to lower the tailpipe about an inch, at this connection point.

  8. The Curt Hitch is sopposed to come with all that you see here. I got it used and it did not get any of that. The lowering bracket is the piece shaped like the letter C on the top left.
    comes with all you see here

  9. I will fabricate a lowering bracket based on the one in the original kit. This is just a piece of flat bar with some holes drilled in it and bent on the vice.

  10. It was a little to tall, so I smashed it down to size.

  11. There it is installed, and the exhaust is lowered about an inch. The rear is plenty high, so no worries about draggin.

  12. The hitch installs just like those little brackets that I took out earlier. It needed some persuasion to get all the bolt holes to line up.

  13. The holes at the front of the hitch (furthest forward in the car) are way too small. No 1/2" or 9/16" bolt is going to go through there. And I don't feel safe using a 3/16" bolt to hold a trailer on the freeway.
    tight holes    
    tight holes

  14. So I bought 9/16" lag bolts and I made a fish line and I made some rectangular washers, just like the original equipment! And I drilled the holes in the frame out to 9/16".
    fab parts

  15. The bolt hole is now big enough to accept this bolt, but it is impossible to get the bolt to go through the frame to even get to the hole. It is almost as if there are huge pieces of metal inside the frame blocking the bolt from getting through.
    pull bolt

  16. So I took the bumper off to get a better look. Huh. Big pieces of metal in the frame. No fish wire is pulling no bolt through there.
    no fish

  17. But this little nut can get through.

  18. I slid the wrench into the frame and lined up the nut with the hole.
    line up your nut

  19. And I bolted it on that way. Not like the instructions say. Better.

  20. So then I put the bumper back on and installation reverse of removal etc. blah had a beer blah blah.

  21. But I still needed to wire up the trailer lights. So I did. I got some wiring from a jeep in a junkyard. Eventually I found out that the control module was fried, so I had to buy a new one at the hardware store anyway. But the wiring was usable, and here is installing that.

  22. I pulled out the wiring going to the taillight on the right side. I tested and found ground and the power to the blinker and spliced into those. I ran those new wires under the carpet to the left side.
    splice and run

  23. On the left side I spliced into the left blinker and the brake light. There should be a diagram with the control unit saying which color hooks to what wire in the truck. The wires in the truck are a different color each model year, so I consulted the FSM for that. For the 1994:
    B = ground,
    G/Y = Brakes
    GY/R = Rt Turn
    GY/L = Lt Turn

  24. Then I routed the connection wire out the bottom of the truck and folded it up and shoved it into the frame until I need it.

  25. Update: I towed my new motorcycle over 200 miles with no problems from the hitch, wiring, trailer, bike, or "The Man." That was the first time I towed anything. I am so psyched that I brought my new bike home safely.

  26. Next I sold out to make 02ยข so I can fulfill my lifelong dream of owning a 1986 944 with blown head gaskets.

    But no minivans!

  27. Then I finished my beer.

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