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How to Remove Plastic Shield to Install Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch 36417 on a 2011 Honda Odyssey

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Just11/6 purchased a 2011 Odyssey. Plan to add hitch.I viewed your install video for 2010 model. However,the 2011 has a black plastic cover on driver side concealing the area where the bolts are attached.Must be new for 2011, since it is not shown on 2010 video. Can you help with removal procedure? Thank you in advance. I purchased a hitch from E-trailer for our 2007 Accord and happy with performance.

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I spoke with my contact at Draw-Tite, and they are aware of the plastic shield to which you are referring. They are currently in the process of adding this information to the instructions, so that they will cover the 2011 Honda Odyssey models. If you take a look at the cover, it should be held on by some plastic rivets that can be popped out with a rivet tool. You may be able to retain the shield if you trim it, but more than likely it will be removed entirely.

I am including a link to the current installation instructions for hitch # 36417, for reference.

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