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EB_05_NISMO 04-11-2008 02:44 PM

Hitch Plug Relocated to Bumper
 
I relocated my 7 pin trailer hitch plug on Monday. I used a 2.25 inch hole saw and then cut away some of the plastic guides (that it used to slide onto the original location) so I could squeeze it through the hole.

The drill bit size I used for the plug's bolts was 1/4inch. I slid the plug in, made sure it was straight, marked the holes with a sharpie, used a punch to make a little divot, took the plug out then drilled the two holes.

Here are the pics.

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...2722Medium.jpg

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...2723Medium.jpg

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...2724Medium.jpg

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...MediumEdit.jpg


NEW PICS:
This is a pic of the clip/ cable tie I had to cut so the plug could reach easier. (I tried removing the whole cable tie clip, but I couldn't get the tab through the hole)
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...2729Medium.jpg

Here are the remnants of the plate that held the plug. The sawzall was pretty long so this was a pain for me to cut, I had to hold the sawzall at an angle. I then sprayed the bare metal with some paint.
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...2730Medium.jpg

Here on the side of the plug you can see where I cut the plastic with diagonal cutters. It's not the cleanest job in the world, but it's behind the bumper so who cares.
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...2736Medium.jpg

The hole saw I used.
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...2743Medium.jpg

Clint 04-30-2008 05:55 PM

looks great
 
Nissan should have done it that way originally.

jaf06se 05-01-2008 11:34 AM

Good info on the steps taken. Might actually do that today.

OK, did it this morning/afternoon. Turned out fantastic. Anyone thinking about doing this DO NOT I repeat DO NOT use a 2 1/2" hole saw to cut it. I used a 2 3/8 to cut it and had a fun time positioning it to cover the scratches form the hole saw walking a bit, mainly because my barb came loose in the middle of starting it. I really think a 2 1/2" will be too big to cover with the plate.

BABYBUSA01 05-15-2008 10:57 AM

great write up thanks! i used a 2 1/8 inch hole saw which made it snug but popped in w/ a little force. i had to grind down the extra plastic to make it flush w/ the bumper. note: you have to disassemble the entire unit to make it work. i just used a small flat head screw driver to undo the clips.

jerryp58 05-15-2008 05:39 PM

Very nice.

You wouldn't happen to know if there's anything available to do that with my 4-pole connector, would you? I searched a bit on the the Internet, but couldn't find anything except an adapter to go from a round connector to a multiple configuration connector, which doesn't help me.

BABYBUSA01 05-15-2008 07:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jerryp58 (Post 497836)
Very nice.

You wouldn't happen to know if there's anything available to do that with my 4-pole connector, would you? I searched a bit on the the Internet, but couldn't find anything except an adapter to go from a round connector to a multiple configuration connector, which doesn't help me.

i am not exactly the one to ask and i am not sure about your question. it should'nt be an issue if you are refering to the stock connector.

EB_05_NISMO 05-15-2008 08:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jerryp58 (Post 497836)
Very nice.

You wouldn't happen to know if there's anything available to do that with my 4-pole connector, would you? I searched a bit on the the Internet, but couldn't find anything except an adapter to go from a round connector to a multiple configuration connector, which doesn't help me.

I don't know how 1st gen's are wired, but I found this which lets you flush mount existing 4pin wiring
Trailer Parts Superstore - Flat 4-Prong Vehicle Knockout Adapter #47605

or this which would have to be spliced in
Trailer Parts Superstore - Flat 4-Prong Vehicle Knockout Connector #48065

jerryp58 05-15-2008 09:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EB_05_NISMO (Post 497914)
I found this which lets you flush mount existing 4pin wiring
Trailer Parts Superstore - Flat 4-Prong Vehicle Knockout Adapter #47605

That's pretty good. I was kind of hoping for a flush mount like you have so it wouldn't get hit by anything, but that's really close. Thanks.

thekyle 06-01-2008 07:31 PM

Thanks for figuring what size hole saws to use - it helped save me some time!

Instead of cutting off the plate with a saw, I opted for an angle grinder. There is weld the width of the plate on the forward side and a small spot weld on the aft side. I had to use a rotary tool to get to the spot weld since it's kind of tight and the angle grinder made quick business of the bigger weld. Took the grinding wheel to it all after to and hit it with some BBQ paint I had kicking around. A bit cleaner IMO and you won't have to worry about moisture collecting in that gap where you cut off the plate with the saw.

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ncsujrock 06-02-2008 10:37 PM

Nice install. Should have been oem. And GO SOX!!!!!


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