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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Honda Odyssey

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Honda Odyssey

Today on our 2019 Honda Odyssey, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Class III Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 76170.Here's what our hitch is going to look like once we have it installed on our Odyssey. The cross tubes are going to be completely hidden behind the bumper and all we're going to see is the receiver tube sticking out.It's a Class III hitch, which means it's going to give us a two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. We're going to have a really wide variety of options for any kind of accessory that we want to mount up. The way we're going to mount any of our accessories, the hitch pin hole here is closest to the front of the vehicle, and it is going to accept a standard 5/8 pin and clip. These are not included with the hitch, but you can pick them up here at secondary hole towards the back of the receiver tube is going to be exclusively for the J-pin stabilization device. What that's going to do is it's going to go through the hitch pin hole and then this small hook is going to go into the smaller hole and apply pressure to our accessory so it doesn't make any noise when it's going down the road and rattle around.

Now, this is also a locking device and it is sold separately, and you can find it here at Our safety chain connection points are going to be a loop style welded to the bottom of the receiver, and as you can see, we'll have plenty of room to get most size hooks on or off.Our hitch is going to have a 525-pound tongue weight, which is the maximum downward force of the receiver tube. It's also going to have a 3,500-pound gross trailer weight rating, which is the amount it can pull including the trailer and everything we have loaded on it. With those numbers in mind, you should always double check your Odyssey's owner's manual, and never exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight.I'd like to give you a few measurements, and that's going to help you whenever you're looking at accessories for your hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost end of the bumper, you're right about 4 1/2 inches.

The measurement's going to come in handy whenever you're looking at folding accessories to make sure you have enough room, and they're not going to come in contact with the rear bumper. From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, it's going to be right about 14 1/2 inches. That measurement's not only going to help you out when you're looking for a ball mount to find the appropriate rise or drop to match up to your trailer, but also with that height, I'd recommend a bike rack or a cargo carrier with a raised shank to give us a little bit more ground clearance.Now that we've seen what our hitch looks like and gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed. To begin the installation, we're going to need to remove the rear fascia. In order to do that, we'll start at the very corner behind the wheel well, and we're going to work all the way around the perimeter taking these push pin fasteners out.

We'll have a slight little notch in there, we'll pop out the center section and then come to the base and pull the rest of it out. And we'll just work our way around until all of the push pins are removed on the bottom.On the driver's side right behind the wheel well, we're going to have this plastic panel. The push pins we removed are going to loosen it up, but we're going to have to take out that 10 millimeter bolt on the bottom of the trunk pan. We'll grab a 10 millimeter socket and pull it out. We're also going to have several screws that are holding the fascia in place as well, as well as the mud flap here at the bottom.

We're going to grab a Phillips bit, and we can pull those screws out. We're going to pull the mud flap off, set it aside, and we'll remove the other two screws moving up a little bit. With all of these removed, we'll pull out that bottom appearance panel and do the same thing on the other side.If we open up the lift gate, right below our headlight, we're going to have two bolts on each side. We're going to have either a 3/16 Allen or a five millimeter Allen and pull those two bolts out. We'll do that on each side. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands, but we'll start where our fender meets our fascia, and we're going to slowly start peeling it away, and it's going to undo the clips so we start working out way towards the center. Before you pull it too far away, you want to double check that there's no sensors or wires or anything else attached to your fascia. If there is, you want to go ahead and disconnect it. But we're going to go ahead and set out fascia aside where it won't get damaged.With the fascia removed, we're going to go ahead and lower our exhaust down. Before we lower it, we want to make sure that we have a support strap up so it doesn't cause any damage or hang down too low. Just find a spot to hook the strap to. Make sure it's nice and snug, and then we can start loosening these rubber isolators. We're going to have one that's close to the tailpipe on the passenger side. We're going to go ahead and take some spray lubricant. We're going to just spray down the hanger, make it easier to slide that rubber isolator off. We're going to just take a pry bar. We're just going to pry on it until we get it to come off. Then we can move to the one in the center and slide that off as well. Then we can loosen the strap up just a bit so we have a little bit more working room underneath the frame.On each side on the bottom of the frame, we're going to have several holes. These three threaded ones are going to be the weld nuts that we're going to be attaching our hitch with. I'm going to take a little bit of spray lubricant and spray it inside the weld nut and come back with a nylon brush, make sure the threads are clean. There's no dirt, debris, or rust inside so we can prevent any kind of cross-threading. We'll go ahead and clean out each one on each side. We'll grab one of the bolts from your kit, and make sure that you easily thread it in by hand. The way we're going to attach our hitch is we'll have our bolt. We'll slide on a conical-toothed washer. You're going to make sure that these teeth are facing up towards the hitch. They're going to go through the hitch and into the frame.With an extra set of hands, we'll lift our hitch up. You're going to want to go over the exhaust on the passenger side. You want to lift it up to where the holes in the hitch line up with the weld nuts, and you want to get at least one bolt started on each side so that the hitch will support itself, and we can work on getting the rest of the hardware in place. We're going to come back with an 18 millimeter socket and snug up all the hardware. I'm going to come back and torque all of my hardware down to the specified amount in the instructions. You're going to make sure you repeat that for any remaining hardware you have.The underbody panel, we are going to have to trim it. They are going to give you some guidelines in the instructions on how to trim, and basically, I'm going to use this rib right here as a reference point, and we're going to want to cut this section out so that we'll have room so that we can put it back with the hitch in place. It's plastic so you can use a razor knife, a pair of tin snips or whatever you have. I'm going to be using a rotary tool to make nice clean cuts.On the bottom of the fascia, we're going to have to trim a section out as well. And again, they are going to give you a diagram to use as a reference in the instructions. You just want to make sure you find the center point so you can have your cut in the right area. Again, I'm going to be using a rotary tool to cut that out, and then we can come back and clean up the edges and remove any of the excess markings.Before we put our fascia on, I'm going to put the exhaust up because this one towards the back is going to be a lot easier to get to. I'm going to spray a little more lubricant on the hanger and the rubber isolator. I'm going to slide it back in place, and we'll do that for the other hanger as well. With an extra set of hands, we're going to put our fascia back in place. Try to make sure you go around the hitch, that it's going to fit. You're going to make sure the center's snapped in, get everything pretty close. Then our clips go back in and we can start putting all the hardware back in the same way we took it out.That'll finish up your look for the Draw-Tite Class III Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 76170 on our 2019 Honda Odyssey.

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