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Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Honda Accord

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Honda Accord

Hi there accord owners. Today on your 2019 Honda accord, we're going to be installing the Draw-Tite Sportframe class one, one and a quarter inch trailer hitch receiver. And this is what our hitch looks like when it's installed. The cross tube is going to be completely hidden behind the bumper. So you're only going to be able to see the receiver tube sticking out the back here. This is a class one, one and a quarter by one and a quarter inch receiver.

So it's going to be great for bike racks and cargo carriers, or for extremely light towing such as a jet ski trailer or a small trailer just to haul some wood to your campsite. It uses a half inch, hitch pin and clip. Now one doesn't come included with the hitch, but you can pick some up here And since this is most likely used for accessories due to its size and weight capacities, it's not a bad idea to consider a locking anti-rattle bolt to keep all of your gear safe on your hitch and also to prevent any annoying noises going down the road.It has hoop style safety chain loops with a very large opening. So it should accommodate just about every shape, size, and style of safety chain.

It features a 200 pound tongue weight. That's the force going down on top of the receiver and a 2000 pound gross towing capacity. And that's how much it can pull behind it. You do want to verify in your vehicle's owner's manual before towing to ensure you don't exceed any of its towing capacities. Now I've got some measurements for you to help you when deciding on accessories, from the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube, it measures about 12 inches.

And since it is so low, I would recommend that you get a raised shank on your accessories. From the center of the hitch pin hole, to the edge of the rear bumper. It measures about three inches.This is important when determining if any of your folding accessories can be placed in the upright storage position without contacting the bumper, we'll begin our installation at the back of the vehicle. We'll need to remove the rear fascia with our trunk open. You'll see a Allen head bolt near your tai light assembly.

We're going to remove that with a five millimeter Allen socket. There's another one on the other side, we're going to remove that one as well. We're now on our wheel well, on our passenger side, there's three screws. We're going to need to remove, we're going to use a Phillips screwdriver to remove those. You may need to use a bit in a ratchet like we're doing it due to the low clearance between our tire and our inner mobile well. Now we're going to remove these exact same screws on the opposite side. Once you've got those screws removed, you can peel your mudflap to the side, to expose another screen that we'll need to remove. If you don't have mud flaps you'll already be able to see this one.Now underneath, we're going to need to remove some push pins. There's five on the driver's side we're going to need to remove. There's one on our passenger side we're going to need to remove, it's near the center. The rest of them you don't need to remove over on the passenger side, we're going to use a trim panel tool. You could also use a flat-bladed screwdriver. You want to get it in there, pop out the center of the head, and then you can pull the entire clip out. We're going to repeat that for all the clips on this side and that one on the passenger side. Then after you've got the five pushpins removed on the driver's side, you can remove the two push pins on the bottom on the passenger side. One towards the center and one right behind the wheel. Now we've got both sides loose.You can pull rearward here at the center and we can pull our fascia back and check for any wiring that may be present. You've got a connector here towards the center behind our bumper beam, we're just going to disconnect that by pushing in on the release tab and pulling down. We can now set our fascia aside where it won't get damaged. We can now remove our bumper beam behind our fascia. We're going to use a 12 millimeter socket to remove the four bolts that attach it on each side. The first bolt that I removed, I like to thread back in just a couple of turns by hand. So this way when I remove all the bolts, it'll still hold it up there. I can take those out by hand.We'll do that on the other side, once they're all loose, you can take out the bolts we left threaded in just a little bit on each side, and then we'll pull our bumper beam away from the vehicle. You do have to lift up a little bit to get it to come out of the tabs there, the slots where your bumper beam slid down into, we need to hammer those flush. We'll then take our bumper beam and we're going to set it on top of our hitch. And we're going to slide one bolt through on each side, but the lifting together and get those started to hold it up. Together they're really not that heavy I'm able to do it by myself. So the hard part is getting the bolt lined up with the hole on your vehicle and getting it started. Once you get it started, it'll hold itself up. This will make it easier to install the rest of our hardware. With all of our new hardware installed, we can go back and tighten them down with a 13 millimeter socket.You can then go back and torque all of your hardware to the specifications found in your instructions. With all of our hardware torqued down, we can put our fascia back on and the reverse order that we removed it, don't forget to plug in your electrical connector. And if you look down here at the bottom, you can see that the hitch is pushing up a little bit on the bumper fascia, that's fine. It does mention in the instructions that it's optional and you may have to trim it in order for it to fit. But as you can see here, no trimming really is required. It just pushes it up and that'll be okay. And that completes our installation of Draw-Tite Sportframe class one, one and a quarter inch trailer hitch receiver on your 2019 Honda accord..

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