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Installed my Steal Hitch from etrailer.com on my 2021 Ti Sport. etrailer is less expensive than stealth hitch plus you can usually get 5% off everything. Sometime 10% flash sales.

Extras recommended (links for illustrated purposes as some don't shop from the galactic empire):
Steps
  1. BUMPER REMOVAL
    • Mask outside of bumper
    • Place towels and cloth on ground under back of car so if bumper falls it doesn't get marked!!
    • Remove wheel well
      • BUY THE CLIPS, they break and 90% of them do not come off the body of the car, they rip out of the wheel well trim, oof.
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      • Start at the front of the well trim, it has a small hook on the bottom so start there, once the first pop the rest follow.
      • TIP, In order to get them out with out breaking you must squeeze them from behind, I used a curved pliers. Using a trim tool just breaks them.
      • Once both sides were removed I put all the clips on the wheel well trim parts, removed all clips that remain on the car body which is almost all but the green larger ones at the back. Put the clips on properly, they have an arrow for direction of install
      • Bumper has a hook at the front of it by the tail light, i worked from just behind the light and pulled the 3 tabs out than the clip at the front.
      • I marked the cables just in case. Be careful with the 2 cable plugs, one of them is attached to a mount on the car. Mark which one attaches to the car.
      • Use 2 people to remove the bumper, teenagers work well.
  2. HITCH INSTALL
    • Removal of the aluminum cross bar is straight forward, 6 nuts for me, not bolts as per instructions.
    • there are 4 plugs that must be removed from the chassis as bolts will go through the holes for the chassis brackets
    • There is plastic sticker on the end of the chassis frame which must be cut for the chassis brackets to go through and line up with the holes.
    • I did use the heat shield bracket for the wiring connector as there is no harm.
    • I used the hook looking chain hooks instead of the circle ones, kit came with both.
    • Cutting the Fascia is straight forward, Measure at least twice because the instructions show you from the inside and its easier to work from the outside so it is reversed. I used a sharpy marker, made a mistake, but alcohol erases sharpy and reversed my drawing. I cut it with a dremel tool very slowly. Measure at least twice.


 

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Yes. It’s worth the money. I’ll post soon the wiring for folks. No need to remove any panels like their instructions. Nothing a short electrical fish wire couldn’t help with.
 

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I am ready to pull the trigger on this install…..but the electrical side is concerning for me as it requires pulling a lot of paneling ……is there a simpler way to tap into lighting ? I believe there is a YouTube using the rear light at the light itself….anyone used that method ? Appreciate the help.
 

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I pulled no panels for the electrical. Once the rear bumper is off you can feed the wire through the passenger side rear lower wiring boot then retape the boot back up. feed the wire down the bumper to the left side of the hitch.

For the driver side i also fed it through the boot for the wiring or a blank grommet. I was able to get feed my short wire snake using my hand jammed behind the panel.

I did not remove any of the side panels, snake a plastic electrical snake from the outside of the car indward and tape the wire or a string to it and pull the wires through.

 

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Correct, I tapped into the left and right wire with a posi tap. I only use posi taps when doing that kind of work. I was able to get to the wiring I believe from the inside. On the driver side you have the fuse access panel that gives you plenty of access. The other side was tricky and I may have pulled the light off and worked again outside to in. I recall pulling both lights to tap. I forgot to take pictures of the taps.
 
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