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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Acura MDX

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Acura MDX


Hi there MDX owners. Today in our 2019 Acura MDX, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install Draw-Tite's class III two 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 really only going to be able to see the receiver tube here at the back, and then a little portion of the wiring bracket. It's a class III two inch by two inch receiver, so it's going to be great for all of your towing needs. Whether you're taking your jet skis to the lake for the weekend, or hauling a pop-up camper behind you to just go out for a nice little camping trip.It uses a 5/8ths inch hitch pin and clip.

Now one doesn't come included with the hitch, but you can pick one up here etrailer.com. The small hole, just to the rear of the larger hole where our hitch pin goes, allows it to accommodate the use of a J pin. A J pin is similar to your standard hitch pin, but the J portion wraps around the hole and pushes into the small hole here against anything that's in your receiver, keeping it nice and tight, acting as an anti-rattle device. It features vertical plate style safety chain loops that has a pretty large opening that should accommodate just about every shape, size, and style of safety chain.It features a 900 pound tongue weight, and that's the force going down on top of the receiver, which that should be plenty of tongue weight for your medium sized trailers, as well as a bike rack fully loaded up with four bikes. It also features a 6,000 pound gross towing capacity, and that's how much that it can pull behind it.

It is rated for use with a weight distribution system. When using a weight distribution system, the tongue weight is going to remain the same at 900 pounds, but the gross towing capacity will increase to 8,000 pounds. A weight distribution system takes the weight that is loaded here on the back that typically goes on your rear axle and helps redistribute the weight so it is more even between your front and rear axle, and this can help restore lost breaking and handling performance that you would get due to the geometry offset of having all the weight towards the back.And 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 15 inches. This is important when determining, if you need to drop, rise, or raise rank on any of your accessories.

And 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. Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's walk through the installation together so you can have the confidence to do it at home.We're beginning our installation underneath the vehicle. If you have a spare tire on your vehicle, you'll want to lower that down first to give you enough clearance to get your hitch up. Not all of your MDX models are going to have a spare tire.

It's going to vary depending upon your trim package. So if you don't have one, you can join us from here. If not, lower your spare tire down first, and then we'll get back along. You'll find three weld nuts located on each side of the bottom of your frame. We're going to use some spray lubricant inside of each of those weld nuts and a bristled brush to clean those out. This'll just make it easier to install all of our hardware and make sure nothing gets caught up when we're trying to do the install. If you need a bristle brush, you can pick one up here etrailer.com.Next we'll prepare our hardware. Take each bolt that comes in the kit and place a conical tooth washer on it with the teeth facing away from the head of the bolt. We'll have a total of six of these once you've got them all prepared. Now with an extra set of hands we'll lift our hitch into position. Just line up the holes in your hitch with the weld nuts in your frame, take the hardware that you prepared, and thread it into those weld nuts. Once you've got one started on each side, the hitch will hold itself up, making it easier to install the rest of your hardware.We'll now use a 7/8ths inch socket and go back and tighten down all of our hardware. And then we can go back and torque all of our hardware to the specifications found in our instructions. Now if you've removed your spare tire, you can go ahead and re-install it. If you didn't have a spare tire, then your installation's complete, you're all set, you're ready to hook up your trailer and hit the road. And that completes our installation of Draw-Tite's class III two inch trailer hitch receiver on our 2019 Acura MDX..


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