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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Honda Odyssey

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Honda Odyssey

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Honda Odyssey we're gonna be taking a look, and showing you how to install, the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 76170. Now, what I like about this Draw-Tite hitch, it is completely hidden behind the bumper, as opposed to some of the other hitches, where they're gonna hang down and you're gonna see the cross tube. It's nice and tucked in under the bumper, you're not gonna worry about hitting your legs on it.It's gonna be a class III, it's gonna be 2" by 2". This forward hole here, it's gonna be your hitch pin hole, it's gonna be a 5/8" in diameter. This hole here, to the back, is gonna be for a J Pin stabilization device only. J Pin stabilization device is gonna be used to take the shake and play out of any of your hitch mount accessories.

You can see it has ring style safety chain loops, it's gonna give you plenty of room for different sized safety chain hooks. Has a reinforced collar here, around your receiver tube, give you a little extra stability.Now, you're gonna have a maximum towing weight of 525 pounds, which is gonna be the downward pressure put on the inside of the receiver tube. You're gonna have a 3,500 pound max trailer weight, which is gonna be the trailer plus the load included. Now, I do recommend checking your owner's manual to make sure your vehicle can withstand that amount of weight, and you're gonna wanna pick the lowest number between your hitch and your vehicle.If your Odyssey does come equipped with rear lift gate assist this hitch will still work, however, you're gonna need to buy some additional parts from the dealership. Now we will give you a couple measurements to help on deciding on any hitch mount accessories you may need, such as a bike rack, ball mount, or cargo carrier.

From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper, it'll be about 4 1/2". From the ground to the top innermost part of the receiver tube will be about 13 1/2".Now let's show you how to get this installed. First thing we need to do to start installation is we need to remove these plastic fasteners that run across the bottom of the fascia. Now, they're gonna run from the mud flap on the passenger's side, all the way around the bottom, to the mud flap on the driver's side. We're just gonna take a flat head screwdriver, and you're just gonna gently pull down on them.

Now these two plastic fasteners are gonna remove this little plastic piece here. Next thing we're gonna do is, we're gonna remove our mud flaps. We're gonna be using a Phillips screwdriver, we're gonna have three screws. Now we're gonna go ahead and take out these two screws. Again, we'll be using a Phillips screwdriver, and we're gonna repeat that same process on the passenger's side.So next we're gonna take a 10 mm socket, to remove this bottom panel here, on the driver's side.

Next we're gonna take a 5 mm hex bit, we're gonna remove the two screws here, on the passenger's side, and you're gonna have two screws over on the driver's side. Now with an extra set of hands we'll go ahead and remove our bumper fascia. We're gonna start at the wheel well, and you're just gonna gently start pulling out from the outside, moving your way in. You could have sensor wires, so you're gonna wanna remove those first; you're just gonna push down on this black tab, and pull down. And you're gonna have one of these on both sides.Next thing we're gonna need to do, is we're gonna need to lower our exhaust. Before doing that, we're gonna take a safety strap, and you can strap it anywhere you want to, so what I'm gonna do, is basically I'm just gonna go over the top of this inaudible 00:03:33 bar here, and all we're wanting to do, is to support our exhaust when we take our hangers off. Next I'm gonna take some lube, you can also use soapy water, I'm gonna spray down my hangers, and the posts, it will just make the rubber hangers slide off a little bit easier. I'm gonna start with this front one, and I'm just gonna take a pry bar, we'll just pop it off. Now with our exhaust lowered, it should give us plenty of room to get our hitch installed.You're gonna spray some lubrication up inside your mounting points, and you're just gonna take a wire brush and clean them all out. Then what you wanna do, is you wanna take one of your bolts in your hardware kit, and thread it up into the whole, and just make sure to not get it stuck on anything. What you don't want to happen is, when you get your hitch on, you go to put one of these in, and you end up stripping out one of the weld nuts. And you're gonna have three on each side of the vehicle.Now with an extra set of hands we'll go ahead and put our hitch into place. On the passenger's side we're gonna go over the top of the exhaust. We're gonna take our hex head bolt and inaudible 00:04:47 the tooth inaudible 00:04:48, you wanna make sure the teeth are facing up toward the hitch. Then we'll go ahead and put one in, on each side, that way the hitch will stay supported up on the back of the vehicle. We're gonna repeat that same process for the five remaining bolts.Next, we'll take a 3/4" socket, go ahead and tighten all of our hardware down. We're gonna torque everything down to the specifications in the instructions. Now here on our bumper fascia, we're gonna have to do some trimming. This is gonna be the furthest to the front inaudible 00:05:31 the bumper fascia, which is gonna be more towards the front of the vehicle. Now, as you can see here, this vehicle has a hands free lift assist, or gate assist if you will. Now in order to make this work properly you're gonna have to get a new sensor bar from the dealership.So before we do any cutting we're gonna go ahead and remove this bottom sensor bar here, or antenna if you will, and alls we're gonna do, is we're just gonna pull it out of the little plastic holders, like this. So next, we'll just cut this zip tie off here, then we're gonna disconnect it. You're gonna pull back on this gray tab here, and you're gonna push down and pull out. And we're gonna take a TS20 star bit, and we're gonna remove this screw right here. Now you're only gonna need to do this if you're replacing the rear sensor bar on the lift assist. Now we're gonna go ahead and take these two wires off. You're just gonna push down on that tab and pull out, this is gonna be the same as the first one. Pull back on the gray, pull out. We'll just leave those in place.Now with your new sensor bar that you get from the dealership, you're gonna get a new one of these. I recommend you go ahead and put the new one in with the new sensor bar. So the next thing we're gonna do, is we're gonna find this center, and just gonna take a paint marker just to mark it. And per the instructions, we're gonna measure out what we need to cut out. Now, I'm just gonna be using a rotary tool with a cutting bit. You can use a razor blade knife if you want, a dremel tool, if you have one, with a blade. Now what I like to do when I'm done cutting this out, is to take a razor knife and just kinda shave across it. I like to just kinda clean it up and get all that extra stuff off.So once you have this cut out, if you have the new sensor bar, and the new block, we'll go ahead and reinstall that. Go ahead and put our screw in the top, then go ahead and hook up our rear sensors. So now we'll go ahead and install our new wire. And you can see the difference between the old wire and the new wire. The new wire is gonna have that white cord running across the middle of it, the reason for that is, is where we cut this out, right here, is where the hitch is gonna be. If that cord ran across there, from the old sensor bar, the hitch would constantly be setting off your hatch. So we'll go ahead and start here at this end. Go ahead and hook up our new sensor bar. Make sure you push the gray tabs in on your connections. And we'll just slowly go around and start connecting all of our wires.Next, we can go ahead and put our exhaust back in place. We're gonna go ahead and spray this down again with some lube. Once you have that back in place, you can remove your strap. Next, with an extra set of hands we can reinstall our bumper fascia. You don't wanna forget, if you have sensors, to plug them back in. This time we're gonna do everything reversed, we're gonna start in the center and work our way to the outside. And you're just gonna work your way around, and push it in till it clicks. We can reinstall all of our hardware; we're gonna start with these two, here on the driver and passenger side. And keep in mind, you're gonna have two different sizes, the big one's gonna go on the bottom. Now we'll go over to the passenger's side and repeat the same process.So what you wanna make sure that you do, is to make sure that your padding in your wheel well is tucked in behind your bumper fascia. We'll replace our two screws holding our bumper fascia on in the wheel well, and you're gonna have two of the same screws on the passenger side. Next, we're gonna trim out our appearance panel that's on our driver's side in the rear. So we'll just mark it out per the instructions. Again, I'm just gonna be using a rotary tool with the cutting blade. We can put our appearance panel back into place. Next we can put our mud flaps back into place, and we're gonna repeat that process on the other side of the vehicle. Now we can go ahead, put in all of our push pins along the bottom of our bumper fascia.And that will do it for the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 76170, on our 2018 Honda Odyssey.

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