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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Honda CR-V - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2008 Honda CR-V


Today on our 2008 Honda CRV, we're installing the Curt hitch, part number 13555. This is what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Next, we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 2-1/2". From the top of the receiving tube opening to the ground is 14". This will assist you selecting accessories such as a ball mount, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier.

Now let's go ahead with installation. To begin our install, we'll first need to lower the exhaust on the passenger side. To lower the exhaust, we'll remove the two rubber isolators. To make it easier to remove the rubber isolators, we'll use some spray lubricant, and then our pry bar to remove the rubber isolator from the metal hanger. Now we can easily pull the exhaust down and gain access to the frame rail.

Now we can go ahead and point out the attachment points. Next, we need to clean out the weld nuts. First, we'll spray them down with some spray lubricant, then use a 1/2" nylon tube brush, part number 814092. You may have to do this a few times to make sure they're fully cleaned out. Note, in extreme cases, you may need to use a thread tap to clean these weld nuts out.

Now with the weld nuts cleaned out, we'll go ahead and take one of the new bolts and thread it into the weld nut to make sure they're nice and easy. Now with all our attachment points cleaned out, we're ready to go ahead and install the hitch. We'll secure the weld nut attachment points with the new 10-mm bolt and 7/16 conical tooth washer, with the teeth of the washer facing the hitch. Our center attachment point will be a U bolt that will go around the tow hook and then through the hitch, securing with two flange nuts. We'll next lift the hitch into position.

It may be a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install your hardware. We'll go ahead and feed the passenger side up over the exhaust and then bring the driver's side up into position, and install the frame fasteners first. Now we'll go ahead and install the U bolt and nuts. Now with all our fasteners installed, we'll go ahead and tighten them down. Next, we'll torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with the hitch secured and torqued to specifications we can go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. And that will complete our install of the Curt hitch, part number 13555, on our 2008 Honda CRV.


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