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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Honda Odyssey - Hidden Hitch

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Honda Odyssey

Today on this 2013 Honda Odyssey, were going to install part #87479 from Hidden Hitch. This is what the hitch looks like once its installed on the vehicle. Next, well give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a bicycle rack, a ball mount, or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 12 inches. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the edge of the bumper will be about 6-1/2 inches. Now, well go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed.

First thing we need to do is go ahead and lower the exhaust. Were going to move it out of the way to help install the hardware for our hitch. We'll spray down the rubber hanger with some lubricant, then well go ahead and pry it off. With it loose, you can see how we have a straight shot to the threaded holes that the hitch will use to install to the vehicle. Well first point out our mounting locations on our hitch which will be here on each side of the frame.

Now, we do have to go over the drivers side and theres a panel underneath that we have to remove. There will be a variety of fasteners that we have to remove. Therell be some plastic rivets, a small 10-mm bolt and a Phillips head screw right behind the rear tire. Remove those fasteners and well take down this panel. Now, this panel will not be reinstalled.

Next, well go ahead and inspect the threads that are in the vehicle. Now, this is a new vehicle, but well still spray them down with some lubricant and use a wire brush to help clean out the threads. That will be part #814092. Well spray down the threads, use a brush on it to clean it out and then test it with one of the hitch bolts. When we can run it in smoothly, well go ahead and go on the next one.

As older the vehicle gets, the more time this will take. Therell be a lot more dirt and debris and rust that will get into the threads. Eventually, you may need a thread tap to clean these out. Now, we can go ahead and install the hitch. Well take one half of the hitch on the passengers side, slide it over the exhaust and we can let it rest on the exhaust while installing the hardware for the drivers side. When looking at the conical tooth washer, well make sure that the teeth are always pointing towards the hitch. Well run the bolt through the conical tooth washer to the hitch and then well install a spacer between the hitch and the frame. Well go ahead and loosen these on the hardware on our drivers side and then go back over to the passengers side and repeat the same process. Once all the hardware is loosely installed, well go ahead and tighten them down and then torque the bolts down as best provided in the instructions. There you have it for part #87479 from Hidden Hitch, on our 2013 Honda Odyssey.

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