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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Honda Odyssey - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2008 Honda Odyssey

This van is a 2008 Honda Odyssey. We're going to take a look at and show you how to install the curt custom class three trailer hitch receiver. This offers the two inch opening. It's part number is C13068. Here's what the hitch looks like once we get it installed on the vehicle. This is going to give us full capabilities.

Whether it's bike wrecks, cargo carriers, little hitch mounted table, whether you're hauling . this is a class hitch so it can really do a lot of great things. Capacity is only going to be a three hundred and fifty pound ton weight capacity and a thirty-five hundred gross trailer weight capacity. If we move up to a weight distribution set up we can go up to a five hundred pound ton weight and a five thousand pound gross trailer weight but we do need to refer into the instructions and the owner's manual and make sure the Odyssey can handle it. If not just go off of which ever those numbers are the lowest. When it comes to hauling we've got a five-eighths pin whole diameter.

Whether you're using a standard pin and clip or an anti-rattle bolt or maybe a hitch pin lock; whatever you've got should work out just fine without any issues. About a two finger wide safety chain connection loop here, works great for a lot of the safety chain connections out there. If you've got those really big hooks with the catch latches it might be a challenge to get them off once they're on but should work out with just about everything. Real simple installation, twenty, thirty minutes is all it's really going to take. We use four existing weld nuts that are in the bottom of the frame and we fish in one carriage bolt, real short, easy to do technique there. A couple of measurements that'll be helpful in selecting your ball mount, bike rack or hitch cargo carrier will be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening.

We've got about sixteen and a quarter inches. Then from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of our bumper is about three and a half. To begin our installation, if you've got a panel right here you'll want to remove that. We don't have one on this situation so we're going to be using the two weld nuts right here on the rear and then there's the whole location for our fish wire bolt. On the passenger side we've got two weld nuts. Let's take a little closer look at those and we'll hit them with some spray lubricant.

Then we're going to try to get out any dirt or debris that might be in there and build up over time. We're using a little nylon tube brush here, this is part number 814092 if you don't already have one. These are going to be the only two we're going to use here on the passenger side. Now we can take a look at the driver's side and see what we're working with there. Here we're going to use the same two little weld nut locations but we're also going to have a third connection point right here. We'll be bringing a fish wire and a bolt right up though this hole and then pull it down through our hitch once that's up into place. Now when raising our hitch up into position it's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help out and we want to guide the passenger side up and over our exhaust, take one of our m12 bolts with a conical tooth washer. Now those teeth need to face up towards the hitch and we'll just bring them up through the hitch and get one started here into our weld nut. With one started on each side there our hitch will just rest in position to get our other two started. Now with these here in place here on the driver's side you'll see where a third hole in the hitch lines up perfectly with hole on the bottom side of the vehicle. We'll bring our fish wire up through the hole then we're going to bring it out the larger access hole right here. We will guide our spacer block up on then we can thread on our carriage bolt. Now we're going to feed those up and in separately, gently pull them down though the hitch. Then we'll take our bolt leader off and thread on our flange nut. Now we'll go around take a quick look, make sure our hitch is centered on the vehicle, snug our bolts down and torque them to the specifications that we can find in the instructions. With all of our fasteners torqued down to specification that's going to complete today's look at the curt custom fit class three trailer hitch receiver, part number C13068 on our 2008 Honda Odyssey.

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