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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2021 Honda Odyssey

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2021 Honda Odyssey

Hey everybody, how's it going today We're gonna be going over and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver here on our 2021 Honda Odyssey. So this is what our trailer hitch is gonna look like installed. It actually has a hidden design. And what this means is the cross tube for the trailer hitch is gonna be tucked up behind the bumper here. Therefore, it's gonna make for the best overall appearance. The only thing that we're gonna be able to see is the factory receiver tube.

Now this also is gonna make for the best ground clearance as well. However, with the hidden design here, we do need to make a couple of cuts to the bottom side of our bumper facia. It's really pretty minor, so not a big deal at all. But if you don't wanna do any cutting whatsoever and you do have this option here of the trailer hitch with the visible cross tube, that it doesn't require those cuts. So if we take a closer look here at the trailer hitch, number one, you're gonna see we have this nice rounded collar on the end of our receiver tube.

And number two, you're gonna notice a very shiny black powder coated finish. That's gonna do a couple things. It's gonna help protect our hitch from rust and corrosion. And it's also gonna help it blend in with the vehicle a little better. So with our trailer hitch here we're gonna have a Class III rating.

So it's gonna be great for towing. If we are towing we're gonna have a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating, which is the amount you can pull outward on the receiver tube. We're also gonna have a 525 pound tug weight rating, which is gonna be the downward force here on the receiver tube. Keep in mind, this trailer hitch isn't rated for a weight distribution system. But, the visible cross tube option is if you do have one that you want to use.

You also need to be aware of that the trailer hitch is tested separately of the vehicle. Therefore, we need to abide by the lower of the two rated components. So we're gonna have a two inch by two inch receiver tube opening here for our trailer hitch. Therefore, it's gonna be an excellent option for your bike racks and cargo carriers. Whether you wanna hit the trails, or you need to free up some space inside the vehicle, this larger receiver tube option is gonna give you plenty of those accessories to choose from. So on the side of our receiver tube here, we're gonna have two hitch pin holes. We have the larger hitch pin hole which is gonna be the industry standard 5/8th inch diameter that's gonna accept our standard hitch pin and clip. Keep in mind, this is gonna be sold separately. However, most bike racks and cargo carriers will come with their own hitch pin. Now the smaller hole in the front here this is gonna be specific to the J-pin stabilization device. That's used to help provide a little bit more security for your ball mounts. It has an anti-rattle feature. It also has a locking feature for security as well. Welded to the bottom of the receiver tube, you're gonna see, we have our safety chain loops here. These work great with the larger clevis-style hooks, as well as the smaller S-type books. So now, we're gonna give you guys a couple of measurements here. Now from the ground to the top and side edge of the receiver tube, it's gonna be 14 and a quarter inches. That measurement will be useful when you're selecting your ball mount. So you can make sure you get the correct rise and drop to tow your trailer level. Finally, we have the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the bumper. This one's gonna be useful for our folding accessories, such as a bike rack or cargo carrier. That way we can make sure while they're in the stowed position, that they don't contact the bumper. And this is gonna be right at five inches. So in regards to installation, I'll warn you guys in advance. You do have to take the rear bumper off to install this trailer hitch but it's actually not as hard as it may seem. It's really only a couple of fasteners per side and we can take it off. We really don't have to do too many major modifications to the vehicle. We have to make a small cut to the underside of the bumper facia here which isn't really noticeable from outside the vehicle. But aside from that, everything's pretty straightforward. Definitely something, again, I think you guys can do at home by yourself. We'll go ahead and walk you through the process now. So the first step of our installation, we wanna come over to the driver's side of our vehicle. Now you may or may not have this panel. Thankfully we do, so we can show you what it looks like. There is just gonna be a black appearance panel here behind our rear wheel. We need to go ahead and remove that. There's a couple of different fasteners holding it in place. We're gonna have a few of these push pin fasteners here on the outside. You need to remove those. Just pry the center section out and the rest of it should follow. Now we're gonna come a little bit further in here on this panel, on the very back here, we're gonna have a bolt here which we will remove with a 10-millimeter socket. And then inside our wheel well here, we're gonna have one little screw we need to remove. It's the final fastener holding on that appearance panel. Now we should be able to pull the panel down and out. And now we'll be removing the mud flap as well next. We have a few more screws to get that out. We'll go ahead and repeat the same process on the other side. We're not gonna have an appearance panel on the other side, but we will have a mudflap we need to remove. So now we'll come over here to the passenger side and we'll remove the mud flap over here as well. So now we're gonna come underneath the bumper here in the center. We're gonna have a few pushpin fasteners. Now we only have two. You may have a few more depending on options of our vehicle. But regardless, we need to go ahead and remove them. So now we're gonna come inside the wheel wells again. We're gonna have two more screws here two on each side to be exact. We need to remove those. So now we're gonna come inside the hatch here. We're gonna have two little Allen head bolts we need to remove. Now the instructions give you a choice on what size to use. You definitely gonna wanna use a five-millimeter though. The 3/16ths is a little bit too small. You could definitely strip out that Allen head bolt, cause yourself a lot of headache. So you wanna make sure we're using a five-millimeter. We'll just go ahead and take these bolts out. We have two per side. So now we have all our fasteners removed. We can go ahead and remove the bumper facia. Now, in order to do this, you're gonna wanna start on either side. It doesn't matter. But we just wanna be careful and patient. We're pulling the facia away from the vehicle here. You don't ever wanna stress the plastic too much. So you wanna get your fingers as close to the attachment points as possible. So keep in mind, depending on your exact options you may or may not have an electrical connector you need to unplug, before you remove the facia entirely. That's gonna be over here on the driver's side. You can see the little plug we have here. You'll just simply remove the connector usually by depressing a tab here. So now that we have all of the clips released, we can go ahead and just pull it straight off. There should be a foam piece here that'll probably just fall out on you. Not a big deal. Wanna make sure that we go ahead and set our bumper in a safe place though, so it doesn't get scratched. So now we're gonna go ahead and lower exhaust here to give us some more room to work. To do that, we first need to support it with a cam buckle strap. If you're on the ground, you have a set of jack stands, a block of wood. We just wanna make sure that we break those hangers for you that it doesn't fall down too far. So I'm just gonna use two existing points on the control arms here, pull that tight to offer a little bit of support. So the two hangers that we're gonna be focusing on. We have one towards the rear here, and then we also have one towards the center a little bit more. So in order to remove these, we're gonna take a spray lubricant. I'm gonna go ahead and spray down that metal hanger where it inserts into the rubber isolator. There's a couple of different tools we can use to remove the isolator from the hanger. We have an exhaust hanger removal tool, which is designed for this exact purpose. Chances are you probably don't have this. So we'll go ahead and show you both methods. The other one will be using a pry bar. So now we're gonna go ahead and clean out our weld nuts here. We have three weld nuts. One here, one here, and then one here. We'll go ahead and spray a general purpose lubricant in those holes. And we'll just simply take a wire brush, and clean them out. And now we're ready to set our hitch into position. Before we do that, we wanna go ahead and get our hardware ready. We're gonna take our hex bolts in our kit here, along with our conical tooth washer. We're gonna need three of these per side. We wanna make sure that the teeth on the conical tooth washer are facing up towards the hitch. Now, if we have an extra set of hands, that'll be helpful for this next step. But you can do it by yourselves. As you can see here, we have a pull jack. I'm gonna use it to support one side, and then we should be able to lift the other side up and get a bolt in place. So now that we have one bolt in on each side we'll simply take our remaining hardware and insert it into the weld nuts in the frame. Now we're gonna take a 19-millimeter socket with our impact here. We're gonna go ahead and snug up all of our hardware. And then finally we can come back with our torque wrench here, and torque everything down to the specifications in our instructions. So the next thing we're gonna do is we're gonna be trimming our bumper facia before we put it back on the vehicle, because we need to make a little opening here for the receiver tube. So we've already went ahead and marked out the cutout that we need to make. In your instructions here, you're gonna get any nice diagram to follow. Basically, we're just gonna find two fixed points of the same on either side to get the center point. And then we're gonna measure out a few inches on each side here, as well as the top till we get the correct cut out. We're using some masking tape just to give you guys a little bit better visual. But now we're gonna take a Dremel tool. If you guys have some tin snips, that would probably work as well. Whatever sort of cutting device you have will work for this step here. Let's go ahead now and cutout our little slot. Now what we're gonna do next is I'm gonna go ahead and take off our masking tape here. But we're gonna take a file here. We're just gonna clean up all our rough edges. So now as our cutout made, we can go ahead and set our bumper back up into position on our vehicle. And now we're gonna re-install all our hardware and panels, in the reverse order that we removed them. So in our instructions here, we're gonna have a diagram that we need to use to trim the appearance panel, if we wish to install it. Now, you could just leave it off. But if we are gonna re-install it, as you said, we need to trim a little bit out. We actually don't need to do that much trimming. We're gonna measure from the bottom of this panel here, about 10 inches up, we're gonna make our mark, and then we're gonna come in about an inch here. We're just gonna go flush with this little panel here. So again, we can either use a set of tin snips, a razor blade knife, or in our case, a dremel. So we can go ahead and make the cuts we need. Then again, I'll come back with a file here and clean up all our surfaces. And that's gonna do it today for our look and installation of the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver, here on our 2021 Honda Odyssey..

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