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Posted by MI-Roger [Email] (#882) [Profile/Gallery] (more from MI-Roger) on Fri, 15 May 2020 03:39:24 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: Class II trailer hitch installed on my '08, chris cleeland, Thu, 14 May 2020 20:07:15
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Install was on an 2008 Aero Sedan.

Remove the rear tow eye, two 10mm bolts from below and one 10mm nut located inside the spare tire well. Plug the spare tire well hole.

Three 5/8-inch diameter Grade 5 Carriage Bolts with reinforcing plates which must be snaked into the frame rails via lozenge shaped holes in the rails. These are what stymied me. I got one easily and failed on the other two. I would install all three of these before having a buddy help you lift the hitch into position - carefully to avoid dislodging one of these bolts.

The instructions say to loosely install the hitch using the rear tow eye bolts before snaking the three large bolts into the frame rails. I would not follow this order of steps again. The hitch blocks too much view and access for the snaking step.

The right rear carriage bolt has two thick spacer plates which are sandwiched between the hitch and the frame rail. No such spacers on the other two frame bolts.

Re-install the two 10mm bolts from the rear tow eye to secure the hitch to the spare tire well.

Saab 9-5 Class II Draw-Tite Hitch




Right side underview. I missed the rear bolt in this photo but you can see the lozenge shaped access hole and front bolt.



Left side underview. Just enough space to not require lowering the exhaust. The Class-I hitch has two bolts on the left side and the exhaust must be lowered for access during installation.


Rear view with and without ball mount installed. I splurged for the Euro-style ball mount. There is no need to trim the plastic rear bumper skin.



->Posting last edited on Fri, 15 May 2020 06:56:17.

_______________________________________ Saabs owned: 2008 9-5 Aero Sedan 2006 9-3SC 2.0T 2000 Viggen Convertible 2000 9-5lpt Sedan, sold at 318K miles


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