OEM hitch install ------ 2 hours
Was looking for a how to for this and could not find one. I almost went the aftermarket route but did not like the look, so I decided to try and do a tutorial. Thanks and hope you enjoy.
Wheel Well Trim
First step is to take the wheel well trim.
There are 2 bolts (1-10mm and 1-8mm) in the wheel well and 2 plastic rivets that need to be removed.
Once the bolts and rivets are removed, start at the top by the door and pull straight out. There are three plastic clips that will pop. Once you get those out the trim piece has 3 clips that can be pressed from underneath. Finish removing the wheel well trim by pulling up on the trim piece.
Once the wheel well trim is removed, remove T-20 torx bolts from the wheel well. (Sorry No picture)
Open the rear hatch and remove, two T-30 torx bolts on the lower part of the hatch opening. And underneath there is are two 10mm bolts that also need to be removed.
To finish removing the rear bumper, start at each wheel well at the top and pull towards the front and out. The top is recessed and will require some effort. Then just work your way to the back.
Bumper Cutting and Hitch install
Put the bumper on a sturdy surface (saw horses) and you will see the premarked places that need to be cut out. The directions were wrong in my packet, they did not have me cut out the bottom clips. The best way I found was to drill a starter hole on each side. Then come back with a dremmel to actually do the cut and clean up with a sharp razor blade. The cut doesn’t have to be exact as the trim piece will cover but that doesn’t mean do a rush job. Install the trim piece and make sure everything snaps together.
To remove the cross member, remove a total of 6-21mm bolts pull out and install the tow hitch and reinstall the 6-21mm bolts + 2-21mm bolts included in the kit.
The reinstallation of the bumper and wheel well trim is reverse of the removal. The only tricky part is the plastic rivets. If you do not have a plastic rivet tool don’t worry you can just use a pair of dikes and pliers. Pliers to hold and dikes to pull the rivet tight. Or if you don’t want to use either buy the plastic ‘christmas tree’ trim plugs. Also on the reinstallation, the lower bolts on rear are no longer used. I used the trim plugs instead.