Yup, it can get quite involved. Not bad for those that have done some "mild" jobs as there's a level of know-how that comes with that.i just checked the installation guide from Sewell. the instruction is way beyond of my skills. i will have to remove the mufflers just to get the hitch attached and put it back on.
i'll pass for now.
I have used http://factorylexusparts.com before and was quite satisfied. They are a Lexus dealer in Northern California. You could also go to a moving rental place like U-Haul and see how much they charge to install a hitch or maybe even an independent Lexus repair shop.i'm considering the hitch. i asked the dealer and the hitch is $550. and $750 for the cost of installing it. that's too much don't you think? now if only i know how to install the hitch myself i would do it.
i also found this website online, http://factorylexusparts.com, they sell original lexus parts for a much cheaper price. i sent them an e-mail and they said the parts are original and they are an authorized factory outlet lexus parts dealer. their hitch is only $300 compared to the $550 dealer price.
i'm also planning to buy the cargo tray from this website. it only cost $83. compared to $109 from the dealer.
you might also want to consider talking to a Toyota dealership... its possible the rack for the RAV will work for the NX, the share a chassis so the mounting points may be identical as well... Keep in mind though, I don't know for certain...i just checked the installation guide from Sewell. the instruction is way beyond of my skills. i will have to remove the mufflers just to get the hitch attached and put it back on.
i'll pass for now.
1. It's essentially a RAV4 with serious suspension implants
The NX shares a platform with the Toyota RAV4, but so much has been upgraded, strengthened, or modified that the two vehicles don't feel related (this is a good thing). The two crossovers do ride on the same wheelbase, but the NX is slightly longer and about 500 lbs heavier. Flip the NX on its lid like a turtle and you'll find additional stiffening braces across the width of the frame—responsible for some of the extra heft. Although the geometry of the suspension is the same, some of the mounts, as well as the links themselves, have been re-tooled for stiffness and more accurate tolerances. All this fussing is evident on a twisty road.
Or Toyota...Cheaper labor rates as well