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Re: Curt Hitch - Infiniti 2004 FX35

Daschlag, and any other readers- I am planning on installing a Curt hitch to my '05 FX35 tomorrow. I will take pics during the process or aftermath, if it isn't too inconvenient. and I hope it doesn't take all day, I have appointments in the early afternoon to pick up the item I need the hitch to haul.
Any input I have on how to do this faster or easier, I will post- however I may not be able to add much more than what is already above and in the 'how to remove bumper' thread. Remind me to post up pictures of the installed hitch if I haven't by the end of the week, and I would also appreciate seeing other people's hitch installs- which is why I believe in contributing.
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Re: Curt Hitch - Infiniti 2004 FX35

So far I can tell you that I spent over an hour underneath the rear end looking at what is going on under there, and for a first time install it is obviously going to be a pain in the @$$. So I can share some knowledge I gained in my searches of images and other forums-

The push pins are a real pain to get out, the expanding backsides are difficult to access. I plan on just forcing the pins through or cutting them/clipping them out. The two-flathead screwdriver method sounds like its too time consuming and I don't like laying under a dirty undercarriage any longer than necessary.

Check out the following link for some methods people have for removing/replacing parts in the undercarriage, even if it isn't my model it is helpful:
http://www.driveaccord.net/forums/showt ... hp?t=49488

Also images here:
http://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch/I ... d=20059862

As I finish up today I may have some more advice, but so far my plans are to force out the pushpins, try to squeeze the hitch around the exhaust until I can fasten the back two bolts, drill the aluminum frame from there- use the wire fish thing to fasten the remaining four bolts, then put the rest that I removed back up using zipties or equally permanent fixtures. Hopefully it will take less than 3 total hours, but we will see and I will let you know when I finish(or if I have to let someone else finish it for me).

One more piece of semi-obvious advice- wash the undercarriage well before starting to work on it, or wear really good eye protection while underneath. Lots will fall into your eyes.
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Re: Curt Hitch - Infiniti 2004 FX35

I installed the Curt hitch on our '04 FX35 and was very impressed with the installation and the finished product. I've installed receiver hitches before and I'd say this was about middle of the pack as far as installation difficulty, time, etc., and better than average on finished appearance. The only caveat to this, however, is that you may need an extension of some kind for towing, and almost certainly for things like hitch mount bike racks.

It's worth noting my installation may have gone faster and easier than some others because I removed the muffler before doing it, even though the instructions said you only needed to drop it. I had a rusted out flange ahead of the muffler and was going to have a Magnaflow installed anyway, so I took the muffler out, installed the hitch, then took it to a local muffler shop the next day so they could deal with installing the Magnaflow around the hitch - though it was probably pretty easy because the Magnaflow is much, MUCH smaller than the OEM muffler.

I bought my Curt hitch from JC Whitney and, even with shipping to Canada, it was WAY less than buying one here.

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Re: Curt Hitch - Infiniti 2004 FX35

Just finish intalling a Curt hitch on my FX45. 6 hours and I have a lot of experience in mechanic, pay the $150 dollar shops are asking for installation and go golfing with your buddy instead. There is no way to fish the bupper bolts, as someone else said, foam is in the way and also the bolt that attached the bumper. I would have save a lot time by removing the bumper cover in the first place. This is what I did at the end. If you do, make sure to get extra plastic plugs (regular black ones) and some smal white ones for the plastic fender edge.
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Re: Curt Hitch - Infiniti 2004 FX35

I too had a "blast" installing this hitch. The 90 minutes from the install instructions stretched out into 8 hours. Push pins weren't much of an issue for me but getting them darn bolts in was pretty frustrating. I could never get the inside bolts in so resulted into grabbing a piece of flat steel and threading it for an M10 bolt. Leaving the flat steel long enough for me to maneuver it in place, the inside bolts now took only 10 minutes.

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