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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Acura RDX - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2011 Acura RDX


Today on our 2011 Acura RDX, we're going to take a look at, then show you how to install, the Draw-Tite Max-Frame custom fit trailer hitch receiver. This is a class three 2" opening hitch. Its part number is 75784. Here's what our hitch is going to look like once we get it installed on the vehicle. As you can see, it's one of the cleanest looking hitches that we offer. You don't see that tube that's going to come down and mate up with the hitch.

Really the only thing that you're going to be seeing added to the vehicle is the useful portion here. Really nice, clean look. We've got a larger end on it, gives us a little extra support, also helps with some of the hitch immobilizers. Then we've got a 5/8 pinhole with a smaller pinhole just in front of it. That 5/8 pinhole is going to work great for any of the anti-rattle devices or the locking hitch pins. The hole just in front of it is for use with the j-pin stabilization system.

You could really utilize that to secure your gear. This offers an extremely easy installation. You've got two existing weld nuts that you put a bolt into and then a small handle nut that you'll secure another bolt in. Four bolts to put in, no drilling or modifications needed whatsoever. This is a 2" by 2" hitch opening so it's going to work great for hitch cargo carriers, bike racks, or anything like that. It offers a 400 pound tongue weight rating and a 4,000 pound gross trailer weight rating.

Now you do want to refer to your owners manual to make sure that your vehicle can handle that. If not, just go off of whatever of those numbers are the lowest. A couple of measurements that will be important in helping you select your ball mount, bike rack, or maybe hitch cargo carrier will be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening we've got about 12-3/4". From the center of our hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of our bumper it's about 4. We'll start here by taking a look at our attachment points. We're going to have two located on the driver side and two in the same spot on the passenger side. Now for our forward-most to the one closest to the front of the car attachment point we're going to use the hole that's located right behind the larger hole.

It's going to be a handle nut that goes up in and in over top of that hole. We'll have a 1/2" bolt that's going to be go right up into it. Now just behind there you'll see the weld nut here. This is going to get the M12 fastener. That's the one that has the finer threads on it. Both of them will receive a conical tooth washer. Now it's a good idea to take a little bit of spray lubricant and also a nylon tube brush, and clean these weld nuts out in the rear. We don't have to worry about the front; we've got our own nut for that. Here in the rear there are existing weld nuts and we want to be sure that we have those free of any debris. You don't have the brush at home, it's part number 814092. Now we're ready to raise our hitch into position. We're going to secure it first using the M12 bolts and the conical tooth washers. Now the teeth of those washers nylon tube brush facing up towards our hitch. We'll start with it almost straight up and down, guide it up, and then just rotate it in. We'll line up our weld nuts with the holes in the hitch and thread our bolts in. Now once we get one started here in our passenger side, let's go over to our driver side and do the same thing. Now with our front two fasteners installed, let's get those handle nuts and get the rear ones started. As you can see, we'll put just a slight bend in them where they'll line up over top of the holes, and thread our bolts right in. We'll take a quick look just to be sure we have our hitch centered. Then we'll start running down our fasteners and securing them. Now we can go to the driver side and repeat that process. Now we'll grab our torque wrench and torque our fasteners down to the specification that we'll find in our instructions. Now we've got our hitch all snugged down. We're ready to hook up and we can hit the road. With our fasteners torqued to specification, that's going to complete our installation of the Draw-Tite Max-Frame trailer hitch receiver, part number 75784, on our 2011 Acura RDX. .


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