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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 at, and showing you how to install, the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number: 76171. This is what our hitch looks like when it's installed. As you can see, the cross tube is visible; however, it does have a round tube design to fit with the contour of the vehicle. It's gonna be a Class III. It's gonna be 2" x 2". This forward hole here is gonna be your hitch pin hole.

It's gonna be 5/8" in diameter. This back hole here is for a J-pin stabilization device only. What that's used for is for taking the shake and rattle out of any of your hitch-mount accessories. This is gonna have a reinforced collar to give you a little extra stability on your receiver tube. It's also gonna have a plate-style safety chain hookup.

As you can see, the safety chain loops, or rings, are very large in size and give you plenty of room for different size safety chain hooks. Another thing about this hitch, it's also gonna have a welded or pre-welded plate for any of your wiring accessories that you may want to put on.You're gonna have a 675 pound max tongue weight, which is the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube. You're gonna have a 4,500 pound max trailer weight, which is the trailer plus the load included. Now, you can use weight distribution with this hitch. Tongue weight is gonna stay the same, however, your trailer weight is gonna go up to 5,000 pounds.

I do recommend checking your owner's manual to make sure your vehicle can withstand that amount of weight. You're gonna want to pick the lowest number between the vehicle and the hitch. Now, the installation on this hitch is very simple. It's gonna use existing weld nuts in the frame, and it's gonna come with all the necessary hardware. However, I do recommend getting an extra set of hands to help lift the hitch into place.Now we will give you a few measurements to help you when deciding on any hitch-mount accessories you may need, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier.

From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper will be about 4". From the ground to the top innermost part of the receiver tube will be about 14-1/2". Now let's show you how to get this installed.First thing we need to do to begin our installation is we need to lower our exhaust. First we need a safety strap. And you can hang it anywhere that's solid. What I like to do is hang it from the springs because they're easily accessible. Next thing we're gonna do is we're gonna take some lubrication and we're gonna spray two rubber hangers. You're gonna have one here, and you're gonna have one at the center of the vehicle. Next, we're gonna take a crowbar and we're gonna start from the one toward the back of the vehicle, and we're gonna pry it off of the metal hanger, and lower it just a little bit. Next, we're gonna have two plastic push pins for our exhaust deflector. We need to remove that. Take a flathead screwdriver, push right up the center, pry the center out, then we'll get the whole thing.Next, here on our driver's side, we need to remove this panel. We're gonna have four plastic push pins that we're gonna need to remove. Again, flathead screwdriver. You pull down the center, you get the base too. We're gonna have a Philips screw right on the inside of the fender well. Next we're gonna have a nut right up here on the inside. You're gonna use a 10mm socket. Then we'll just pull this out and set it aside for now. Next thing we need to do, even though this is a new vehicle, I still recommend cleaning out your weld nuts because they are open to the elements. We want to make sure that there's nothing inside of them, so when we thread our bolts in they don't cross thread and cause an issue. We'll spray a little bit of lubricant in each one. Then we'll just take a tube brush and run it up inside. Make sure nothing's gonna get stuck up in there. Then we're gonna do that same thing on the other side.Now, with an extra set of hands we'll put our hitch into place. Over here on our passenger side we're gonna go over top of the exhaust. We're gonna take a hex bolt, conical tooth washer teeth facing toward the hitch and we're gonna put one in on each side of the vehicle to hold our hitch in place so we can get in our remaining hardware. Then we'll have three bolts, same combination, on each side of our vehicle. Next we'll take our 3/4" socket, tighten all of our hardware. Next we'll torque all of our hardware to the specifications in the instructions. Then we're gonna repeat that process for all remaining hardware. Next we'll put our exhaust deflector back in. Take our push pin, push it up through the hole, and push the center in. Next, put our exhaust back in place. Spray a little bit more lubricant on it. It should just slide right into place. Once you have your exhaust back in place, you can remove your safety strap.Next we'll put our panel back in place. Now, it's gonna require us to trim a little bit off this edge. I don't think we're gonna have to cut off as much as the directions say, so we're gonna test fit it. We'll set it into place and see how far our holes are off. I'm gonna start just by cutting this edge off and see where we're at. I'd rather cut off a little bit, or not enough, than cut off too much and there be a big hole right there. I like to keep it as close to the hitch as possible. Now, I'm just gonna use a Dremel tool with a cutting blade. You can also use a utility knife if you have one, or a rotary tool. Once you have that trimmed, you just take a utility knife and just scrape the edge; you can get off any of those plastic burrs that are left on there. Once you're satisfied with your cut, we'll take our push pins, put them back into place. And last, we'll install our bolt with our 10mm socket.And that'll do it for a look at, and installation, on the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number: 76171, on our 2018 Honda Odyssey.


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