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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Acura RDX

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Acura RDX


Ryan: Hey, everybody. Ryan here at etrailer. today on our 2017 Acura RDX, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver. Since these RDX's are really versatile SUVs, you're going to want a hitch that can handle pretty much anything you throw at it. While some of our customers do do a little bit of towing, this will work good for that. But primarily most of our customers use their hitch for accessories, things like bike racks and cargo carriers.

And in my opinion, this is really going to work well, especially for those.And I say that because not only is this going to look good and be pretty much completely hidden, not taking away from the looks of the back of your RDX, but it's going to give us some really good clearance. So we have the best of both worlds there. What I mean, by giving us good clearance, the end of the receiver tube is going to be just behind our bumper. So that should work out well for any folding accessories. That way, when we put them in the upright position, we shouldn't have to worry about them contacting our bumper.So this is a class three hitch.

So it's going to give us that two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. And that's a very common size, so a ton of different accessories will work with it. It's also going to have a reinforced collar for extra strength and, in my opinion, looks pretty good too. It's going to have the standard five-eighths pin hole.Now pin and clip does not come included, but if you need one, you can pick it up here at etrailer. We're also going to have a smaller hole in front of our hitch pin hole.

And that's going to allow us to use a j-pin. Which that's more or less a stabilization device that runs through there and eliminates any play or slop in our connection point, helping maintain a quiet ride inside.It's going to have loop-style safety chain openings, which are relatively large and somewhat easy to get to, but they do sit a little bit further back. That way, they shouldn't interfere with our pin and clip. And because of that, you should be able to use just about any size hook that we might have.As far as the hitch's weight capacities go, it's going to have a 400 pound maximum gross tongue weight rating. So that's going to be the amount of weight pushing down on the hitch.

That's a pretty high number so you should be able to use those one to four bike racks and just about any cargo carrier.As far as the maximum gross trailer weight rating goes, it's going to be 4,000 pounds. That's going to be the amount of weight that's pulling on the hitch. So that's the weight of your trailer plus anything that you might have on it. Now, I do always like to mention, it's never a bad idea to check with your Acura's owner's manual to make sure your RDX can pull that much weight.Now I'm going to give you a couple of measurements. If you go from the ground to the top inside edge of our receiver tube opening, it's going to be right at 12 inches. So if you do plan on doing some towing, you're probably going to need to get a ball mount with a rise.If we measure from the center of our hitch pin hole to the edge of our rear bumper, looks like that's going to be right at about five inches. And you're going to use that measurement to figure out exactly if any of those folding accessories you do have, can be stored in that upright position without contacting your bumper.So overall, a really good looking hitch that's going to get the job done, whether you're trying to work or play. Now, as far as the installation goes, it's actually extremely straightforward. Not complicated at all and shouldn't take you a whole lot of time. Speaking of which, let's go ahead and do that together now.To begin our install, we're going to be working underneath the back of our RDX. And what we're going to do is go over our attachment points and the hardware that we're going to use to secure our hitch. So on our frame rail, we're going to have a total of two attachment points. We're going to be using this hole here, as well as this one right here. For this one, what we're going to do is take a handle nut. You can just put a bend in it. And this portion is going to go up through this larger hole and line up with the attachment point hole, just like that.The bolt that we're going to put in there once we have our hitch up in place will be a hex bolt and a conical tooth washer. For all these conical tooth washers, we want to be sure that the teeth will be facing up towards the hitch. For this attachment point, we're going to be using this bolt here and again, conical tooth washer once the hitch is up.Since these are factory weld nuts, I do recommend spraying them down with some penetrating oil and using a brush like this to really help clean out any dirt or debris that may be in the threads. The other side of our vehicle is set up the exact same way. The hardware will be the same. So anything we do from this point on to this side of our Acura, we're also going to do to the other side.Now we can grab our hitch and on each side of it, if we move to this hole here, what we're going to do is take the spacer block and just put some tape on it. We're actually going to tape the spacer block to the hitch. So you want to make sure that the hole on the spacer block lines up with the hole in the hitch.Push that on there good. This will make it a lot easier to install the hitch. That way we don't try to have to hold the spacer block while we're putting it up. Once we have it taped, you want to be sure to just cut that tape out through the holes, that way we can pass our bolt through it.Now we can grab our hitch and raise it into position. It will go up and over our exhaust and kind of row it back. And push it up against our frame rail. And you want to get at least one bolt started on each side, hand tight. That way the hitch will support itself, while we work on the rest of the hardware. With all of our hardware in place and hand tight, we can grab a 19 millimeter socket and snug it all down.Now we can grab a torque wrench and tighten all the hardware down to the amount specified in the instructions. Now, as far as the handle nuts go here, the part that's coming out of our frame rail, could do a couple of different things. You could get a little grinder and cut them off flush. You could push them up into the frame rail, or a combination of both.You could push it up and then just fold it flat against the frame. What I think I'm going to do, is just work it in there as far as I can and then push it flat. And that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver on our 2017 Acura RDX.


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