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Hey all,

I recently just bought a curtis manufacturing hitch for my 2004 Infiniti FX35 and ran into some major problems when doing the install myself. First off, they say the installation should only take 45 mins, nope plan for a whole day if installing this yourself. The question I have goes to anyone who has installed one of these hitches themselves, did people have trouble installing the the 4 bolts in aluminum bumper rail? I could only install the two outside ones because there are pieces of foam in the rail which prevent the two inner bolts from traveling down the inside of the rail and into their respective wholes. If anyone has any insight on this issue please post a response!!!

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Jim
 

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Hi, I had the Curt installed at a local truck accessories shop and it took them about 5 hours with all the right equipment so I can appreciate the challenge. Plus I had to go back complaining of a rattle and it turned out to be some control box they taped to the inside hatch panel and it came loose. Sorry I can't help with the problem you are having.

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I just installed a Curt hitch bought from J.C.Whitney for $150 USD with free shipping. I am probably the only idiot to put J.C.Whitney parts on a FX-45 but it was the same Curt part number!
Anyway, the bolts that require "fishing" through the rectangular aluminum bumper tube issue...
There are other bolts and obstruction inside that tube, that prevent the large rectangular washer and carriage bolt from being fished through. After hours of trying, and snapping off the fishwire, I retrieved the bolt and washer from the beam with a magnet and threw them away!
I found a regular high grade hex bolt, drilled a small hole though the threaded portion about 1/4" below the head, and inserted a piece of copper ground wire from a piece of Romax in my junk drawer. That allowed me to position the bolt more accurately, but still let it flex enough to manuver past the obstructions in the tube. Once it dropped into the hole, I got the nut started, and yanked out the wire. I jambed a chisel inside the tube to try to hold the bolt head from turning, but one blast of the air tool was all it took to tighten it up!
Also, don't fight those rubber muffler/exhaust hangers...just blast the three hanger mounting bolts off. Much easier! But sure glad they didn't snap off!
My install took 8 hours, but that included time to polish the exhaust tips while they were down!
 

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thomasXfiniti said:
2003 FX-45
Liquid Copper
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You know you could add that into your signature... :)
 

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I recently installed a Curt Mfg hitch on my '06 FX35, your information was very helpful. I ended up taking the rear bumper cover off, it made all of the difference. It took about 3 hours for the cover removal, hitch install, harness install and putting it all back together. I highly recommend removing the cover, it's a quick removal and will have you a lot of headache in trying to work in this confined space. Not to mention, you have to take most of the panels off for the harness. Fishing your harness wires was much easier with the cover off too. Pictures to come.
 

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is it hard to take off the rear bumper cover? I installed the curt hitch and like most i couldn't get the inner bolt in place, i haven't used it to tow anything yet cause i'm not sure how well it will hold with those 2 bolts missing?
when are you going to add pics?
 

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is it hard to take off the rear bumper cover? I installed the curt hitch and like most i couldn't get the inner bolt in place, i haven't used it to tow anything yet cause i'm not sure how well it will hold with those 2 bolts missing?
when are you going to add pics?
Search for "Remove Rear Bumper" and you will find this -----> viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4234&hilit=remove+rear+bumper
 

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Rather than create a new thread to ask this question, I'll bump this old one.

Would someone with the Curt hitch installed mind snapping a photo? I searched all over and found many pics of OEM, some Hidden Hitch, and no Curt. Lots of folks say the Curt hitch is more visible from the rear, and I'm just wondering HOW visible, and if it's worth the extra $$$ for the OEM version. One dealer quoted me $950 + tax for the hitch, harness, installation. I'm tempted to do it but my inner cheapskate will be so pissed.
 

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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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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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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.

Just my $0.02...
 

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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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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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