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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Honda Odyssey - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Honda Odyssey

Today on our 2016 Honda Odyssey, we'll be taking a look at and installing the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Class III, which is a 2-inch receiver, part number C13068. Now, this is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on your vehicle. As you can see here, we've got a 2-inch by 2-inch receiver tube opening with a reinforcement collar around it. We've got a 5/8-inch hitch pinhole right here. We've got the steel plate that's welded to the bottom side with the holes for your safety chains. As you can see here on this cross frame, it's got a black powder coat finish that helps give it superior rust and corrosion protection. There's no drilling or welding required in order to install this hitch. It uses 4 existing weld nuts and 1 carriage bolt to fish wire it into place.

It features a 350-pound max tongue weight rating, which is up to 500 pounds with the weight distribution system, and it features a 3,500-pound gross trailer weight, which is up to 5,000 pounds with the weight distribution system. You want to be sure to check your owner's manual that your vehicle is rated for that kind of weight, and if not, use that as your guide. Looking at this hitch, this one definitely seems to look the best underneath the vehicle. As you can see, it contours really well to the underside of the vehicle. Although you can see it, it's tucked up nice and tight, and so it doesn't really look out of place. In comparison with the other hitches we sell, this one definitely seems to be the most aesthetically pleasing. The distance from the inside upper edge of the receiver tube to the ground is 13-3/4 inches.

The distance from the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost part of the rear bumper is 5 inches. These measurements will help with your selection of accessories, such as bike racks, cargo carriers, or ball mounts. Now, let's go ahead and show you how it's installed. First thing we'll do under the vehicle is we're going to remove these 3 push-pin fasteners, which you can take a flat-head screwdriver and pop the center bobbing up and down, and then you can take it out. It's going to be the same on all 3 of these. Then, we'll come up here, use a 10mm socket, take that bolt out.

Once you've got that little bolt out of there, you can take a short Phillips head screwdriver and remove the screw that's right there. Once you've got that out of there, you'll be able to take your panel and pull it down out of the way. Now, we're going to have to remove the 2 exhaust hangers that are here behind our rear axle. We're going to take this and spray a little bit of penetrating oil on there. You can use a pry bar and it'll slide off of there, and then we'll move up to the other one just right here behind the crossmember. Same thing.

Spray a little bit on there. Then that'll allow it to hang just enough for you to be able to get your hitch up in there. Right up here we've got the weld nuts mounted into the frame rail that we're going to be putting our bolts into to mount our hitch up, but before we do that, we just want to take a tube brush, run that up through there and make sure that those threads are clean so that they don't get damaged. Once I've done that, just going to be put a little bit of lubricant up in those holes, and then we'll do the same thing on the other side. Here's what we're going to be using to bolt these into place. We've got our bolt along with our conical tooth washer, and when we put them up into place, the little teeth that are on the one side are going to go upwards towards the hitch. We've got 2 weld nuts here, and on this driver side, we're also going to be using this hole right here, which we will be fishing a carriage bolt and spacer through here to come out here as our third mounting location. Now, let's take our fish wire. We'll take the threaded end, start it through the hole that we're going to be ending up at, and fishing it to come out our access hole. Once we've got that there, we can take our spacer, put it up onto it, take your carriage bolt, thread it in. Then, we'll want to feed the washer up through the access hole first, then the carriage bolt. Then, you can pull it down into place. We'll leave this fish wire on here until we get the bolt started in the existing weld nuts. You want to grab a second set of hands. You can let them feed that up over the exhaust first. You want to be sure to not push this carriage bolt back up through when you do this. You'll hold it up and get 1 of your bolts started and then you can get the rest of your fasteners started. I'm just going to run these down hand tight for now. Now, we can take our 3/4-inch socket and tighten them down. Now, we can torque them down to what's specified in the instruction manual. Now that we got our hitch all torqued down, let's go back and put our exhaust hangers back in place. That's going to complete our look at the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C13068, on our 2016 Honda Odyssey.

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Does it come with the fishing wire or where can I buy it?

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Reply from Les D.

The Curt # C13068 hitch kit does come with the neccessary 4/16 fishwire. If you need and additional fishwire you can order Curt # C58410.

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