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Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an e-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection.
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Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.
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2007 - 2013 Acura MDX
Video of Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
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All right, today on this 2012 Acura MDX were going to install part #: 75614 from Draw-Tite. All right, this is what the hitch looks like once its installed on the vehicle. Next well give you some measurements thatll help you out in selecting some accessories such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be 16 and a quarter inches and from the center of the hitch pinhole to the edge of the bumper will be three and three quarter inches. Now Ill go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. First thing that we need to do is go ahead and lower the spare tire and get it out of our way.
Then next well go ahead and lower the exhaust by removing the two rearmost rubber hangers. Well spray them down with some lubricant making them a little easier to remove. Now were done with the rubber hangers on the driver side. Now well move over to the passenger side and repeat the same process. Then well go ahead and unbolt the heat shields.
Were finished removing the heat shield on the driver side, now were going to repeat the same process over on the passenger side. Before we put our hitch up well take a moment to clean up the threads. Now since this is a brand new vehicle it shouldnt be much of a problem, but well spray it down with some lubricant and then use a toothbrush to help clean up the threads. Well be using part #: 814092. Now the older the vehicle more time thisll take.
Well clean up the threads and then put the hitch bolt in to make sure it threads in okay. Now, the older a vehicle gets the more dirt and debris gets contained in there and you may have to use a thread tap over time. All right, next we can go ahead and raise the hitch in position. Now, its a good idea to have an extra set of hands to help you do this while you install the hardware. Once all the bolts are installed we can go ahead and tighten them down evenly on both sides and then torque the bolts as specified in the instructions.
Then we can install the heat shields and then the exhaust. Then the spare tire can be reinstalled. And with that, thatll finish it for our install of part #: 75614 from Draw-Tite on our 2012 Acura MDX.
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (59 Customer Reviews)Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an e-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection.
Very happy with the draw-tite hitch, the shipping, etrailer website, and the customer service. Here are some (hopefully) helpful tidbits: There are 2 exhaust hangers per side. One on each side is tucked under the bumper near the exhaust tips. I initially missed those. I also found it helpful to remove the hangers that are midway from the engine to the back and set the exhaust on the spare tire. (Don't worry. They are very easy to put back.) Only 1 heat shield needs to be removed. (Either one.) there are 3 bolts. They are 10mm. I found a 3" socket extension worked best. I propped the receiver up with my pelvis while starting a bolt on each side. (A sight I'm sure the neighbors just loved.) The piece fits fine with 1/8" gap on each side. no mallet necessary. The bolts are 17mm. I found a 6" extension worked best. Initially I was disappointed with what looked like poor fitment (front tighter than back.) Rest assured, this corrects itself upon incremental tightening, and the fit turns out to be great. Torque the bolts to 90 ft-lbs. After reinstalling everything, guide the spare tire up above the receiver bars first so it goes all the way up. Guide with one hand while turning with the other. Probably took me 90 mins or so, which I'm very happy with. (I'm slow.) Overall, very happy with the whole process. Went off without a hitch. Ba-dum. Tsssss. 87634
by: Scott H.10/20/2010
Draw-Tite Hitch on 2009 MDX I installed this hitch on my wife's 2009 MDX and am very pleased with the resulting look and also the ease of installation. I also used the "Draw-Tite Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring for the 2009 Acura MDX (eTrailer part number 118424)", and the "Mounting Bracket 4-Pole Flat (part # 18144)". The installation videos that are on the eTrailer site were immensely helpful; both for installation of the hitch itself, and also the wiring kit. Having a friend to give me a hand holding the hitch up as recommended in the video made a big difference, it would have been a massive pain to try to hold it up and start the bolts by myself. The video showed the installation with MDX up on a car lift. I don't have access to one of those, so I jacked up both sides of the vehicle and put it on jack stands which gave us a lot more room to work underneath. I also altered the installation of the wiring kit from what the video recommended. The video recommended leaving the wiring in the jack storage compartment when not in use, and hanging it out the rear door when needed. I wanted a little more "professional" look than that, so I ran the wires through a rubber grommet (as is shown in the installation video for the 2010 Acura MDX), and permanently mounted them outside and attached it to the hitch using the flat 4 mounting bracket. The draw-tite hitch is designed with an attachment specifically for this bracket, and makes for a very nice look when installed. Am very happy with the result. 3527
The product was fine and installed fairly easily. The videos are very helpful. Just a note on the MDX; the rubber exhaust hangars are pretty stiff when cold. Best to do this when the shop/garage is warm. Also, like most wrenching, its best to wear protective eyewear; especially if your car has a few miles on it. I had a lot of salt/sand/debris falling from underneath. When you are looking up at the wrench, its bound to break something loose that falls down (along with the lubricant) and is a safety risk. As for packaging and the item itself.... The hitch was sent in a box without any padding or packaging. The two plates had punctured the box. Unfortunately, I did not even notice until collecting the item from my front porch and dragging it puncture-side down damaging my floor. The package was too small for the item and poorly packaged which seems to be the biggest complaint on etrailer. Finally, I live in a state that uses a lot of road salt. Choosing the best protected (e-coated, powder coating, etc.) was very important to me. This hitch came with more deep (to the metal) gouges and scratches than I could believe. There was no problem with the manufacture but it sure made me wonder if it was a cosmetic second. The price was good, shipping and follow-up was excellent, product was okay. Plan to get some touch-up paint (easier before you install) if you worry about corrosion. 110175
by: Aren V.05/05/2011
Received the product within a week or ordering from etrailer.com. They even bumped up my shipping from the standard 5-7 day ground to a 3-5 day ground for no extra charge. The product came 4 days later and was packaged fairly well. The box had been punctured on one spot but there was no damage (dents, scratches, or chipped paint) to the hitch itself. The installation took about 2 hours with prep and clean up, mainly because I was doing it alone using a jack. It will be much easier if you could have a friend help you out. The hitch fits perfectly and is very sturdy without looking too out of place or ruining the design of the rear of the vehicle. I have not towed anything with it at this time, but I have had a bike rack on it with up to 4 bikes and it has performed as promised. 12953
by: Steven G.05/28/2012
A very nice hitch at a good price. Ordered on Tuesday and the product arrived Thursday - a day earlier than estimated by etrailer. The box was a little torn-up by UPS, but the hitch and parts inside were in excellent shape. I am not that handy so I studied the reviews/video and made sure my tools were adequate for the job before starting. I just followed the installation steps as shown and have to say that it is all very straight forward. As the video said, getting the hitch into place took a little jiggling and an extra pair of hands to get the first couple of bolts started made the task easier. Took a little more than one (1) hour total time in my garage (no lift) to install including prep and clean-up as I was slow and careful with each step. I have to say that I was surprised how easy it was and how quickly I was finished. The hitch looks great and given that it will be used to carry a bike rack the class III rating is more than enough for that job. I couldn't be happier with the experience and will definitely be telling others to use etrailer if they need a hitch. 41849
by: Pete B.03/08/2012
Ordered the hitch on Thursday and it arrived Monday using the free shipping option. Everything made it in great shape. The hitch was easy to install on my 2008 MDX using the etrailer video. It took me a little over an hour, no lift, and most of the time was spent searching for the right size socket to get the heat shield off. Small tip, you only need to remove 1 heat shield to get clearance for the hitch to fit. The hitch fit perfectly and 3 of the 4 bolts on each side when in no problem. The lower front bolt is a pain and I recommend using a smaller socket wrench, my heavy duty wrench was just too big. Once installed the hitch is extremely solid and looks great. The wiring is a piece of cake, total of about 15 minutes. Etrailer was fantastic and I could be any happier with my experience. I will use them again, no doubt. 33320
by: Dave H.10/14/2011
I have found the product, supplier, and support to be excellent. The Video showing installation was a huge benefit and prevented me from having to figure out clearance issues during installation. I followed the steps in the video and with the help of a friend we had the hitch fully installed in 1.5hrs. I did invest in a $34 torque wrench but when you consider the Acura dealer quoted me $834 to install a similar hitch and wiring harness it's still a deal, and I now have a torque wrench. The frame on my car is angled toward the rear and required the hitch mounting plates to be manufactured with compound angles that matched up to the frame. The fact that the hitch went right into place tells me the manufacturer put good quality control into their process. I'd recommend this product to anyone with average experience working on cars. 25598
by: Erik G03/17/2012
The hitch appears well-built and fits nicely into the space. A few install issues. First, the hitch can be positioned with only one person if you get far enough underneath, head towards the front of the car. You can use your knee to hold up one side of the hitch while starting the bolts on the other side. As other reviewers state, the hitch can be installed by removing only one heat shield/exhaust hanger, but removing both heat shields makes it easier to tighten the bolts for the hitch. Beware of the limited room you'll have to sqeeze a wrench into place to remove/replace the heat shields and don't even think about using a long-handled torque wrench to tighten the hitch bolts, especially the bolts located towards the rear end of the car. 34208
Installation was just as easy as advertised on a 2013 Acura MDX. Under one hour including cleanup and setup, one person, no lift or jack. There is a extra muffler hanger near the exhaust tip on the 2013 (not shown in the video), but it slips off easily by hand if you push the muffler up just a bit. I recommend unhooking only one muffler and removing its heat shield and sliding the hitch up in slightly diagonally, instead of unhanging both mufflers. If you do the install on your back under the car, you can just rest the hitch on your stomach and put a couple bolts in on each side by hand by yourself. The partialy-obscured install bolts go in easily with a 10" socket extension. 88064
by: Lenny R.06/09/2011
The installation went well and took about 1.5 hours. I did this with help from neighbor and I watched the video. I also had the correct tools, wrenches, extensions, etc. which helped immensely. I would highly recommend your website and products. 16614
by: Jerry f02/09/2015
Thank you so muck your service is topse lf 173038
Nice hitch. Packaging could have been better as rails were outside the box when it came. Install was as expected 2hrs but doable. Note for my 2010 acura mdx I had to remove 4 rubber hangers from the exhaust portion they are located on either side of the muffler/heat shields also came off. When you are positioning hitch into place slide one side just above one muffler and raise the opposite side up into place then you can raise other side up. looks beefy and tough was worried that it would stick out but with a hitch cover it blends in nicely 41502
by: Steve R.08/05/2012
The video was extremely helpful. Installed myself in my garage with no lifts. Took about 3 hours total. Most of that time was spent screwing and unscrewing the heat shields. Some reviews said that you only had to loosen one side of the exhaust. Ending up doing both sides (like the video said!) and it worked perfectly. Everything mounted to the frame very nicely and secure. I feel very confident in the product. All parts arrived QUICKLY (gave free upgrade in shipping) and in great condition. I will definitely shop etrailer again! 50609
Excellent purchase. The order arrived in 2 days, as described and all items were in perfect condition. The hitch itself was very easy to install, even without the lift. You just need to follow the steps from the movie to be able to install it in around an hour. As others have already mentioned, there is no need to remove second heat shield. There is enough room to fit the hitch with one shield still attached to the car. Again, excellent experience. If I ever need another hitch, this site will be the first place I will check to look for it. 51845
by: Jay C04/17/2014
Hitch is well made, easy to install, and comes with all hardware. It is not compatible with factory hitch wiring harness. The 7 pin connector bracket is positioned 3" too close to the receiver, and there is not enough whip in the 7 pin connector to reach the mounting bracket. Had to fabricate a spacer to span the gap. 125833
Extremely happy with the product. It looks really clean and neat. I had a friend help and it was really good to have extra pair of hands. I didn't have to raise the car. Did not have any problem during the installation on my 2008 MDX. It really helped to have a wrench with extension set and rotating adapter to maneuver around the space. I only lowered one side of the exhaust and everything worked out. Just followed the video. There are two rubber hooks to remove per exhaust (inside, outside). 43582
by: Jay T.04/18/2011
Great hitch! Installation was easy (you don't even need to jack up the MDX). I really appreciated the model-specific videos on YouTube. It gave me alot of confidence before starting the project. Toughest part was getting the rubber hangers off the muffler. My model had one-way clips on the muffler that made it a little more challenging than the video. I was able to slip the hangers around them by wrapping with some teflon tape. A few good tugs and you're on your way! 11941
by: Brent O10/03/2013
Product arrived in great shape & instructions were very straight forward & simple to follow. Hitch looks great & have already started using it. 2nd time I've purchased from etrailer & have had a wonderful experience both times - both quality of products & support regarding installation etc. Will continue purchasing hitches as needed for new vehicles moving forward - great value & much cheaper than paying some local shop to screw in 8 bolts for 200-400 in labor! 102446
by: Dean H.08/10/2012
The product was ordered on Monday and arrived on Wednesday in spite of the fact that I specified standard free shipping (7-10 days). I installed it by myself, without incident, on Thursday in about an hour, using the video from the website as a guide. I am extremely pleased with the service. As to the product itself, it is sturdy, well built, and fit my MDX perfectly. It has been a pleasure doing business with this company, I recommend them highly. 51304
This arrived quickly, though the box did not fare as well. It could have used a little extra packaging on the edges. It fit perfectly on my 2012 MDX and took about 45 mins to install. The video was right on point for the install and it looked great, pretty clean when it was all said and done. There is one tough bolt on each side but an 8" extension gets right in there. 54164
by: Ed M.03/01/2012
etrailer was recommended by a good friend with like interest. Service was very fast and easy to order. etrailer upgraded my shipping just because! Rcvd trailer hitch 5 day after order. Have not installed yet but website video's and written instruction are sound, from perspective of ex Honda Engineer w/ lots of electrical-mechanical experience. 32824
Took about 2 hours to install including removing spare, dropping mufflers, removing heat shields, etc. Hitch is well built. Some of the powder coat got knocked of with shipping but a touch up with paint only took a couple of minutes. Spare fits just fine with hitch installed. Not much visible except the hitch receiver. Nice product. 62834
by: Mike S.10/11/2011
Hitch was very easy to install on my '09 MDX. I didn't have to jack up the car and completed the installation without any helpers. I only had to remove one exhaust heat shield to get enough clearance to install the hitch. Use a 12" socket extension to tighten the rear bolts without interference between the hitch and the torque wrench. 25413
by: Craig S.11/06/2016
I bought and installed this trailer hitch on my vehicle after researching the product and etrailer.com. It was a good value. I installed this trailer hitch myself, only taking me about an hour. I plan on using it to tow my boat, utility trailers, bicycle rack, and tailgating at Ohio State football games. 314297
by: Jim Mc06/08/2016
video was perfect as far as description. I needed to remove the passenger heat shield and only loosen the drivers heat shield to bolt up the hitch. there's one bolt on each side that's very difficult to reach and tighten. this is my 2nd hitch and my 2nd time purchasing from eTrailer. very happy overall. 258976
by: Ryan V.06/10/2014
Excellent service. Shipped and arrived as promised. All parts included. Installed in no time. Great value considering Acura wanted nearly 3 times what this cost. I would add that the product had a few scratches and nicks, but not a big deal as it will likely get many more and they are certainly not visible. 135016
by: Jared L.06/01/2012
The hitch is working as advertised for my '08 MDX. Installation would have been faster if I would have cleaned all the bolt holes prior to trying to screw in the bolts. The bolt holes had rusted so it took quite a bit of effort to secure the bolts. Once I cleaned bolt holes with WD40 they went right in! 42346
by: Mitch M11/05/2013
The installation went pretty good but the muffler posed a little challenge. I had to wedge it in despite removing the hangers. The only thing I need to adjust is how the spare tire fits. I'll need to adjust the hitch as far toward the rear as possible. Right now it is a little tight. 106424
by: Traci R04/03/2015
Fairly easy installation; had to negotiate getting the spare back in place; however was pleased with the instructions. Took a little longer than expected; however I have a 2010 vehicle, so took a little bit to clean out the holes for the bolts. Bike rack is next! 182949
by: M Alexander08/27/2012
The free shipping came just one day after we ordered. Installation was smooth and took about an hour and a half. The video was a plus! Looks great on the 08 Acura MDX and saved us about $800+ that they wanted us to spend at the dealership. Love etrailer! 53223
Shipped pretty quickly. Installation wasn't a problem. It took more time to clean out the threads (2008 model so a decent amount of buildup) than to install (less than an hour). There is a great video on Youtube (better than the one on this site). 84916
Product arrived quickly and in great shape. The online installation instructions helped immensively because the included 1 page instructions while detailed don't quite show how to do it but only what to do. 53855
by: Jon B.12/16/2013
Great product. Fairly easy to install although getting the hitch around the tailpipes was not nearly as easy as the video indicated. Faster than expected shipping. Great service. Would buy again. 110195
I order on a monday and it arrived on Wednesday. I couldnt beleive it.. I put on on Saturday morning in an hour with help from & year old nephew. The video directions were great. I'll be back! 20918
by: RICHARD E09/20/2013
I believe so far that ordering the trailer hitch was a good idea it was inexpensive easy to install it seem to come with a good set of directions for the mechanic and future use 100820
by: Michael L.10/19/2012
Easy installation. From start to finish took less than 1 hour with no need to place the car on jack stands. Hitch arrived within three days of placing the order (East Coast). 57671
by: Craig D09/09/2012
The hitch went right in. Only had to take off the drivers side heat sheild. Didn't even need to raise the car. Design appears to be very strong and well thought out. 54130
by: Franco A08/12/2011
Ordered on Sunday delivered on Thursday installed Thursday night! Package was wexactly how described and installation very easy. Strong solid construction. 21667
by: K Hoover07/15/2014
Product is exactly as described. Only took a couple hours to install and looks great. Love the "hidden" factor of the hitch. My bike rack fits perfectly. 141322
Received within a few days. Fairly easy to install with the right tools. Took me a few hours, but should've been less as I caused most of my own delays. 72742
by: Jeff S.06/24/2013
Arrived with a few nicks and scratches but otherwise in great condition. Install was just as described. Very helpful to watch the video on the website. 85778
by: Mike G.07/24/2011
The product installed very easily. It took me about an hour, by myself. If I had noticed there were 6 hanger on my MDX it would have been even faster. 20156
by: Mark G06/29/2013
Product was exactly what I needed. Arrived on-time and installed exactly as described by etrailer.com. Many thanks for a painless upgrade! 86746
by: John H03/03/2014
Shipment was fast an communication awesome. Hitch worked great and simple to install. Looks like the OEM hitch at a fraction of the cost. 118356
by: Xu Xiong03/06/2014
First off, delivery was super fast. Next everything was really easy to install, plus videos to help. Definitely will buy again from here. 119711
by: mike s07/01/2015
fits perfectly, it would have been nice to have a second set of hands and a lift but it can be done by one person without using a jack. 208625
by: Jim P05/08/2013
The trailer hitch arrived promptly. The installation went well with no problems. I would definitely recommend this trailer hitch. 79395
Product is very well built. Nice clean welds and heavy duty construction. I would recommend to anyone thinking of buying. 8773
by: Alex P.02/06/2009
very good Suggest to buy it. Fit on my Acura MDX 2008, looks great and solid. Install alone within 2hrs, no surprises. 1553
Excellent product, fast shipping excellent customer support would highly recommend this site and will buy from again 29902
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