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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2020 Acura MDX

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2020 Acura MDX

Hey everybody, Ryan here at etrailer. Today on our 2020 Acura MDX, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install, the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver. Many of our MDX customers use their SUVs to do a little bit of everything, which does make sense. These are really versatile vehicles. So you're going to want a hitch that can handle just about anything you throw at it. So whether you plan on doing some towing or primarily using it for accessories, this hitch will work out real good.And one of the many questions we get, is if the hitch is going to work with our spare tire reinstall.

As you can see, it's going to have no issues fitting just fine. Now, compared to some of the other hitches available for the MDX, this one is going to be a little more hidden. Really, the only thing you're going to be able to see is the receiver tube opening here, and the safety chain openings, as well as the electrical bracket. So, really not going to take away from the looks of your MDX. And honestly, being able to see this receiver tube opening is a little beneficial in my opinion, it's really easy to get to and work with whenever you're trying to hook your accessories up.

And since it does come out a little bit further, about even with the edge of our bumper, that should work out real well for those of you with folding accessories, you shouldn't have to worry too much about those contacting your bumper whenever you put them in the upright position.Now, since this is a class three hitch, it's going to give us that two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. This is a very common size, and you're able to find a ton of different accessories to work with this hitch. And it's going to have the standard 5/8 pinhole. Now, keep in mind a pin and clip does not come included with the hitch, but if you need one you can find it here at etrailer. If we look in front of our pinhole, we're going to have a smaller hole and that's there to be used with a J-Pin device.

What that's going to do when you use that, is eliminate any slop or play here in the connection point and keep the ride inside of your MDX nice and quiet. The safety chain openings do hang down below the receiver, which is a little interesting, but they are really easy to get to and should give us more than enough space to use, just about any size hook that you might have.As far as the hitch's weight capacities go, it's going to have a 900 pound maximum gross tongue weight rating. So that's going to be the amount of weight pushing down on the hitch. It's a really high number actually, and you should be able to use pretty much any size bike rack or cargo carrier that you would want to go. As far as the maximum gross trailer weight rating goes, it's going to be 6,000 pounds.

That's going to be the amount of weight that's pulling on the hitch. So that is the weight of your trailer plus anything that you might have on it. Now, this hitch can be used with a weight distribution system, which is a separate component. And what that does is hooks to your trailer and helps keep everything nice and leveled. Now, if you are using that, the maximum gross trailer weight rating does increase to 8,000 pounds. However, the maximum gross tongue weight rating does remain the same at 900. Now I do suggest, it's never a bad idea just to grab your Acura's owner's manual, that way you can make sure your MDX can pull that much weight safely.And if you do plan on doing some towing, I would suggest picking up some trailer wiring. That way the lights on your trailer will match up with the lights on your Acura, and you'll be safe and legal. Now let's go ahead and take a couple of measurements, and you're going to use these to help you figure out which hitch mount accessories are going to work best. You go from the ground, to the top inside edge of the receiver tube opening. It's going to be about right at 14 and a half inches. Chances are pretty good, if you plan on doing some towing, you're going to need to get a ball mount with a slight rise.If you go from the center of the hitch pinhole to the very edge of our rear bumper, that's going to be right at three inches. You're going to use that measurement to help figure out, that if any folding accessories you might have can be stored in that upright position, without contacting the bumper.So at the end of the day, a hitch you really can't go wrong with. You're going to be able to use it to do some towing and use it for hitch-mounted accessories. And in my opinion, I think it's going to look pretty good too. As far as the installation goes, believe it or not, it's actually very easy. It shouldn't take you hardly any time at all, or really give you any issues. Speaking of which, let's go ahead and put it on together now.To begin our install, we're going to be here at the back of our MDX and we're going to need to lower our spare tire. So the way to do that is, inside of the hatch here. So if we open that up, lift up on our carpeting, as well as our little storage tray, we're going to see a plug right here, so you can just grab that plug, pop it out. We're going to have a little square fitting. Your spare tire tools are all right here. So we'll take the tool, pop it on there and lower that tired down.Now, eventually once we get the hitch on the tire, we'll go back up. So you don't have to worry about keeping this stored or anything like that. You're just setting it off to the side for now. I'd like to go ahead and point out our attachment points here underneath our Acura. Now they're going to be the same on both sides in anything we do to this side. We're also going to repeat on the other because they're set up the same way. So we're going to have three factory weld nuts on the bottom of our frame rail. One here, one here and one here. Now I do suggest spraying these out with some penetrating oil, just using a brush to clean out the threads of any debris that may be lodged inside.That's an extra set of hands, we can grab our hitch and raise it into position. So it just sits flat against our frame. Then you want to line up the holes in the hitch with the attachment points, and then we're going to take a bolt and a conical tooth washer. Make sure the teeth on the washer are going to face up towards the hitch and simply just thread them in. I do suggest getting at least one started on each side, hand tight. That way the hitch will support itself while we work on the rest of the hardware. All of the attachment points are going to receive the same hardware combination.With all of our hardware in place and hand-tight we can grab a 22 millimeter socket and snug all the hardware out. And don't forget to grab your torque wrench and come back and tighten all the hardware down to the amount specified in the instructions. Now we can go ahead and raise our spare tire back into position. And that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver on our 2020 Acura MDX..

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