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Mitsubishi Outlander, SUV
#118 of 127 GT roof rack
Jun 18, 2012 (3:14 pm)
Does anyone know why the GT doesn't come with the roof rack standard like the lower models.
Instead it says Thule plug in mount point but does not explain how it works or how much.
How difficult is it to install or uninstall the roof cross bars on the GT? I won't use it all the time but want to know the difference between the GT/Thule system and the SE side rails where you throw the mitsu cross bar ($250) on.
#119 of 127 Re: noeffectx... [fushigi]
Nov 13, 2012 (1:01 am)
Did you install the OEM tow hitch (#MZ313809) yourself or was it installed by a Mitsubishi technician?
I have ordered the part and it is very heavy. The installation instructions imply taking off the exhaust and the gas emission canister before assembling the tow hitch.
If you did the installation job could you provide some hints of how to do it without lifting the car with a hydraulic ramp? Is it possible to do the job with my back on the floor and the car lifted with jacks?
Also is it still possible to access the spare tire easily when the tow hitch is in place?
Help much appreciated.
#120 of 127 Re: noeffectx... [batman47]
Nov 14, 2012 (7:38 am)
I haven't followed the changes in Outlanders over the years, but installing the factory tow hitch on my 2007 was no big deal and the spare tire lowers just fine with that hitch. I don't remember jacking it up off the ground either. I think I used a floor jack to hold it up in position while I fastened the frame bolts.
#121 of 127 Re: GT roof rack [fastgst]
Nov 14, 2012 (4:14 pm)
I bought and installed the OEM Roof Rack Kit (MZ314455 $300, GT).
You will have to follow the installation instructions step by step. The kit comes without the paint protection film, so you need to buy it separately. The part number for this item is not easily available so I bought a 3M paint protection tape/film for the occasion.
My wife helped me to follow the instructions carefully. There are 4-keys that need to be inserted in the right order at the end of the procedure to click nicely. We spent a bit of time here to fit the keys in their proper order.
The installation of a Yakima roof box was straightforward.
#122 of 127 Re: noeffectx... [comem47]
Nov 14, 2012 (4:52 pm)
The OEM tow hitch is still applicable for the Outlander 2007-2012.
The steps of the installation instructions are as follow:
1-Unscrew the 3-bolts that join the muffler to the rear exhaust pipe
2-Detach the exhaust muffler from its rubber holders (2 of 3)
3-Detach the gas emission canister situated at the left rear of the car
4-Install the tow hitch class II by screwing 10-bolts (5-each side) . Torque to specifications
5-Connect the 2-rubber muffler holders
6-Attach the muffler to the exhaust pipe (3-bolts). Torque to specification
7-Attach the emission canister back to its place (3-bolts). Torque to specification.
8-Plug the 2.5”drawbar in the hitch receiver
The above, in my opinion, does not look an easy task especially when the tow hitch weight is around 80 pounds and without help to hold one side while working with the other. Thanks anyway for your comments.
#123 of 127 Love a Toyota
Nov 15, 2012 (5:22 am)
Majority of US drivers love to own a Toyota car and this is fully impregnate in the mind of the Americans in spite of the fact of so many re-calls for faulty Toyota car models. We Americans still keep buying Toyota cars. This is the last re-call:
“Toyota Wednesday November 14th, 2012 said it will recall 2.77 million vehicles worldwide due to steering wheel and water pump defects”
You see in this forum people asking you not to buy Mitsubishi cars because paint chips problems due to flying stones.
#124 of 127 Re: noeffectx... [batman47]
Nov 15, 2012 (7:18 am)
Well this is all from memory but my tow hitch was class 3 (not 2) and I seem to remember 3 frame bolts per side as per the video below. The one I have has the factory S shaped ball. (not well thought out IMHO) There was also a wiring harness to be installed for the trailer lights plug. 80 lbs doesn't sound right and this installation tech hardly looks like a bodybuilder type doing the install solo. (I believe I used floor jack to assist in some way but he rests one side on the muffler)
#125 of 127 Re: noeffectx... [comem47]
Nov 15, 2012 (1:25 pm)
Most probably the trailer hitch you installed in your car was not the OEM (#MZ313809). My trailer hitch was ordered from a Mitsubishi dealer that will fit neatly to my Outlander GT 2012. The total weight of the box is 75 pounds (included the drawbar & ball).
You may see the Outlander trailer hitch (not the Sport Outlander) at:
The trailer hitch for the Outlander Sport is Type III.
This may be the main reason that your installation instructions do not match those of the OEM trailer hitch which accompany the OEM trailer hitch box. The video you show is for an aftermarket trailer hitch, which does not require to unscrew (3-bolts) that join the exhaust muffler from the exhaust pipe.
After market trailer hitch is useful when there is no way to unscrew the muffler from the exhaust pipe due to the fact that the 3-bolts are practically welded (heat) to the joint (muffler + exhaust pipe). I think that after 3-years this separation is not possible. The muffler can be separated just by cutting or drilling the bolts.
#126 of 127 Re: noeffectx... [batman47]
Nov 15, 2012 (7:09 pm)
I put an aftermarket Reese class III in mine, pretty easy install, had to clean the factory threads with a battery brush, remove the muffler donuts, and used a floor jack and a helper to hold it up.
#127 of 127 Re: noeffectx... [batman47]
Dec 08, 2012 (8:33 pm)
Sorry; just catching up.
The dealer installed my tow kit as I ordered it with the vehicle. I've yet to use the spare but I don't believe the tow kit interferes.