Because of the number of members who have recently installed a hitch, I thought I'd make a thread where people can post their experience or tips/questions. I initially wanted an OEM foldout hitch but the deal breaker was that I needed to tow but also use my hitch mounted bike rack. So Stealth was the way to go. I chose to do the installation myself for a few reasons: My dealer was unfamiliar with Stealth. My local Rack/Attack had not done a V90. I'm fairly comfortable using tools and working on cars and enjoy small projects and felt that if anybody was going to break my car - it would be me. The following is not a step by step instruction but simply areas where I thought additional info would have helped me - I'm by no means a mechanic, so everything following is strictly where I had minor problems. All in all it was not a difficult project - but I took my time. It took 6 hours in total spread over one evening and the following morning.
For the most part, I will reference the Stealth V90 Installation instruction Steps found here: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/21...017-C.pdf?8338 I will reference the Step number and post where I deviated from the instructions. I hope the photo's post, I've had trouble with this before.
Stealth Hitch Installation on 2019 Volvo V90 CC.
Step 2: I could not access the fender liner screws without removing the wheels - so I put my car up on Jack Stands. This made if very easy. Note: You could probably access the screws without removing the wheels if you used a T25 Allen key. Otherwise, there was no room - even for just a T25 socket head.
Steps 5 and 6:
The Cross Country Fender Flares fit very tightly together at the joint but they DO release along with the bumper cover when you pull out. Just do not force anything. Pull out to the side of the car and very slightly down at the back of the wheel wells - being careful that you do not bend or break the flares. After the sides release - pull straight towards the rear and the bumper cover comes off. Note: I found the Volvo electrical clips (one on each side) very difficult to release - the tabs (under my thumb) are tiny. Further, the electrical lines are very short - so this is an area where a helper is necessary (otherwise, devise something to hold the bumper cover up while you release these electrical clips.)
The following pictures show how clean the back of the car is beneath the bumper cover. Both the OEM and Stealth require a cutout along the bottom of the bumper cover - which will be an area where future dirt/water/salt, etc can enter. No getting around this.
That black plastic piece on top of the reinforcing beam slides out (towards rear) in order to more easily access the retaining nuts for the beam.
Bumber cover and reinforcing beam removed: