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Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera Installation - 2010 Honda Element

Today on our 2010 Honda Element, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System. Part number HM50002. Here's what it looks like once it's installed. As you can see we're in trailer mode now so it's kind of a V shape, it's going to go right to the ball, that you can see right there at the bottom. You can switch it to everyday mode, simply push it in. That gives you a nice square box and the closer you get to something it'll start to make a little more noise so when you get to the yellow it kind of a caution zone, when you get to red that's a danger zone. You can up to an inch and a half away when that red starts to go off. If you want to back up to a trailer you would simply switch it to hitch mode and you start to back up.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2010 Honda Element

Today on our 2010 Honda Element we'll be taking a look at and installing the Tow-Ready T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector. Part number 118465. Here's what it looks like installed. This is going to be your 4 flat trailer connector. If you have any trailers you have to tow that require a 4 flat design, this would be perfect for it. Your T-One kit is a two-part system.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2006 Honda Element

Today on this 2006 Honda Element, we're going to install part number 119197KIT. First, to install this wiring harness, we need to get access to the wiring. We're going to open up the back hatch and get access to the tail lights. There will be two screws we have to remove on each side for the tail lights. We'll go ahead and remove both tail lights for now. Once we have the bolts loosened, we can carefully pry the tail light away from the vehicle until it unpops. We'll go ahead and lean it over on their side so it will sit in place there. Next we'll go ahead and install a ground screw for our tester. We'll take a simple sheet metal screw, we'll run it into the sheet metal behind the tail light, and we'll use that for our ground.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Honda Element - Curt

Today on our 2008 Honda Element we're going to be installing the CURT Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 13574. Now here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately 3". From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 13". Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. Now we'll begin our installation here by pointing out our mounting locations underneath the vehicle. There will be a total of five mounting locations.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2008 Honda Element

Today on our 2008 Honda Element we're going to be installing the Tow Ready T1 vehicle wiring harness with a 4-pole flat trailer connector, part number 118465. Now this particular wiring kit is a two part kit. This right here is the half that goes up underneath the driver side dash. It plugs into a 10-pin connector, has a couple fuse holders in it that have little 5-amp fuses in it. Now we'll be installing this first. Now normally there would be a panel right here that you would remove, but on this car it's already removed for some reason so we will not have to take that off. Now the other half of the plug that we're looking for is actually up in here.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Honda Element

Today on our 2005 Honda Element we'll be installing the Hidden Hitch, part number 87506. Here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, bicycle rack or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper is approximately 3 inches. From the top of the opening on the hitch to the ground is approximately 13 1/2 inches. Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. To begin with, we'll point out the mounting locations on the vehicle.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Honda Element

Today in our 2005 Honda Element. We'll be installing the draw-tite hitch, part number 75659. Here's what our hitch looks like installed on a vehicle. Now, we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch such as a ball mount, bicycle rack or cargo carrier. From the center the hitch and hole to the edge of the bumper is approximately three inches and from the top of the opening on the hitch to the ground is approximately thirteen and a half inches. Now let's go ahead and install our hitch.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Honda Element - Hidden Hitch

Today on this 2006 Honda Element, we're going to install part number 87506 from Hidden Hitch. This is what the hitch looks like once installed on the vehicle. Next, we'll give you some measurements that will help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the top of receiver opening down to the ground will be about 14" and from the center of your hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about 3 1/2. Let's go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed now. First off, we'll go ahead and show you where the mounting holes are for a hitch on the frame.



Hopkins Tail Light Wiring Kit Installation - 2003 Honda Element

Right, today on this 2003 Honda Element were going install part number HM55999. This is the Hopkins universal taillight wiring kit for towed vehicles. The first thing we need to do is go ahead and get access to a taillight through removing them, so go ahead and open up the back hatches and tailgate. Well start on the passenger side. Then we will remove two screws to remove the taillights, then pull straight back with steady pull, un-pop this fastener in the back. Now, were going to rotate our light; I wont disconnect it, but well just lay it gently off to the side. Well go over to the driver side and repeat the same process.Next, well go ahead and lay out our wire harness.



RoadMaster 4-Wire Connector Installation - 2003 Honda Element

Today on this 2003 Honda Element, we're going to install part number RM-910030-1. This is a Road Master 4-wire connector. The first thing we need to do is go ahead and remove the original connector that's on our vehicle. In this case, it's a 4-pole flat, so we'll simply just cut off the end. Then we'll go ahead and take apart the 4-wire connector. We'll take out 1 screw in the top, and then push the insides out the front.



Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2003 Honda Element

Today on this 2003 Honda Element we're going to install part number Bx2232 from Blue Ox. Go ahead and get underneath the hood and remove some plastic fasteners that hold the top of the bumper cover. Now we'll remove all the plastic fasteners that we can see plus the ones for the panel in the center. They'll be one last plastic grid that we'll have to remove that's underneath the panel. Now we'll go to the bottom of the vehicle at the bottom edge of the bumper cover. There'll be two metric bolts in the bottom, two on each side. You don't have to remove these, but it did make the whole assembly a little bit easier to work with and made it more flexible. Now we'll go to each fender well.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2007 Honda Element

Today on this 2007 Honda Element we are going to install part number 118465 from Tow Ready. This is a T-One wiring harness and what this harness basically does is fill in the missing parts of the factory tow package. First thing we are going to do is find the port underneath the dash where part of the harness plugs into. It is a two piece kit. One piece gos in the front of the vehicle with the modulite box itself and the other half plugs into the back of the vehicle.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Honda Element

Okay we are going to do an install on a Honda element using part number 24720. We will take out all the spare tire and the plastic so we can actually do the install. Okay we will go ahead and clean out the trunk area and then get down to the spare tire and take that apart. What well do next is tighten this down just enough to snug it to hold it in place, and then well see where to drill or holes out using the hitch as a template.





Honda Element Questions

  • I would discourage the use of an adapter for use of 2 inch accessories in 1-1/4 inch trailer hitch receivers. The reason is that the adapter places the carrier farther away from the rear of the vehicle and hitch, creating additional torque that 1-1/4 inch hitches, especially Class I hitches, are not designed to handle. For this reason all 1-1/4 to 2 inch hitch adapters decrease the hitch or vehicle tongue weight capacity, whichever is lowest, by 50 percent, making a class one...
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  • No, a cross bar is not required to flat tow with the RoadMaster Falcon 5250 tow bar if you have the Roadmaster MX Base Plate Kit, # 1541-5, on your 2003 Honda Element. If you have the XL Base Plate Kit, # 1541-1, on your Element then you would need to use a cross bar and quick disconnect system, # 910021-00.
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  • For your 2006 Element, you will need to use a hardwired converter, like part # 119178KIT. The converter will tap into the factory wiring harnesses feeding your taillight assemblies. The best place to tap the wiring in would be directly behind the tail light assemblies. You would use the circuit tester included with the kit to probe the wires feeding each taillight assembly to determine which wire carries which circuit. Activate the left turn signal, and then probe the wires...
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  • I can help you get everything you will need to tow a trailer with your 2004 Honda Element. Starting with a trailer hitch I recommend going with the Class III hitch that is available for your vehicle, # 87506. It has a 2 inch receiver that is going to be compatible with more accessories than the smaller hitches. I have linked installation instructions for you. The hitch does not come with a ball mount but I recommend the etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball...
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  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled an Thule # XADAPT8 kit, an M6 barrel nut, and a regular M6 nut. I tested all the parts together and found what I think is the problem you are having. The bolts are M6 bolts but they are fine threaded. You are probably finding nuts that are coarse threaded. The Thule barrel nut fit perfectly which is how I know they are M6 bolts. The other nut would nut screw onto the bolt because it was coarse threaded meaning the spaces between threads...
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  • For the older 430 Tracker foot pack we offer the part # 753-2152 which is a replacement foot and the replacement cover part # THTKCAP. These are currently the only two parts we carry.
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  • As long as the crossbars on your 2008 Honda Element are not wider than 3-1/4 inches the Rola Roof Cargo Basket # 59504 will fit. For netting, and to keep cargo secured, you can use the Rola Flat Strap Cargo Net, part # 59200. I have attached a picture that another customer sent to us of the Rola Roof Cargo Basket # 59504 mounted to his Honda Element. Also linked are instructions and a video review of the Rola Basket # 59504.
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  • You will need to check your owners manual or with the car dealer to see if your 2006 Honda Element can be flat towed. Some vehicles must be equipped with a transmission lube pump, an axle disconnect, driveline disconnect or free-wheeling hubs before they can be towed. If the correct procedure is not followed it will cause severe damage to the transmission. If you will be able to flat tow your vehicle, you can use the Roadmaster MX Base Plate Kit, # 1541-5, on your 2006 Honda...
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  • We have quite a few bike racks that will provide enough clearance for you to open your tailgate on your Honda Element. The Swagman bike racks that I would recommend taking a look at are the Swagman XTC-2, # S64670, and the Swagman Titan 2 Bike Rack, # S63400. The XTC-2 is a platform-style bike rack that has a folding arm to allow for tailgate clearance and the Titan is a hanging-style bike rack that has a tilting feature to tilt the bike rack away from the vehicle to give...
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  • I believe I saw the same add. You will need to contact the seller and ask for the gross trailer weight and tongue weight. The dry weight will tell you only so much. But when loaded and ready to tow, if it is under 1,500 pounds then you can tow it. I can track these back as far as 1986 and the dry weight is just under 1,100 pounds. I could not find the information on a 1979. The trailer hitches for the 2005 Honda Element do not allow for the use of weight distribution so...
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  • The Curt hitch part # 13574 would give you the best clearance from the pin hole to the bumper at 3 inches opposed to the Hidden Hitch part # 87506 that would give you 3-1/2 inches from the pin hole to the bumper. This hitch would work great with the Kuat NV part # N105-107 that you referenced.
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  • We do not have a front mount hitch available for the Honda Element. All is not lost though, the Snow Sport Plow, item # A40000HD, will work on the back of a smaller SUV or pickup. This item requires a 2 inch receiver hitch that has 8 to 16 inches of clearance under the receiver. The plow is manually adjustable, weighs 110 pounds and is 7 feet wide. This should make a great plow for long driveways and small parking areas. We have 2 inch receiver hitches available for your Element...
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  • You could use either the Hopkins harness you were looking at, part # 43105, or you could use the Tow Ready part # 118336. They are comparable parts that install the same way. I have included a link to the Tow Ready part instructions that are very good. See page 5 of the instructions for the Element. Either of these should function fine on your 2004 Element The 6 pin factory Honda connector has the necessary circuits to properly power a 4-Way trailer connector. It is possible...
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  • The first thing you will want to check in the owners manual or with the car dealer is the GCVWR (Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating). The GCVWR is the weight capacity for your vehicle, which includes the vehicle, trailer and the contents. The Trailer Hitch for the 2009 Honda Element, # 60985, will only work on a 2009 Honda Element that is not an SC model. If your vehicle is not a SC model then it would fit and work fine for towing the 750-800 lb. trailer. The Gross Towing...
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  • Your 2008 Honda element is set up differently than most vehicles and has a 10 pin connector under the dash to connect the converter to. This connection is essentially a loop circuit that powers the vehicles tow package wiring to the rear spare tire compartment. The converter that is attached to the under dash 10 pin connector is there to protect the vehicles wiring and convert the 5-wire system on the Honda to a 4-wire trailer lighting system. Once you have the part connected...
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  • The white wire with the ring terminal (see photo I edited for you) is indeed a ground wire. It would connect to a factory grounding point under the dash, if available. Otherwise, you can use the included self-tapping screw to attach it to a nearby metal portion of the vehicle body. Before driving the screw in, be sure the area behind it is clear of any wiring that could be damaged.
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  • According to my research, the 2010 Honda Element is flat towable as is. You will still want to consult the vehicle owners manual for any additional specific information on towing the vehicle. Roadmaster does offer a set of base plates for the 2010 Element, except for SC models. The base plate kit I would recommend is the Roadmaster XL Style Kit, part # 1541-3. Roadmaster has a large offering of tow bars as well. I have added a link to the options compatible with XL style...
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  • The Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 24720 has a capacity of 2,000 pounds. It is given this rating based on its connection points on the vehicle and testing done by the manufacturer. The connection points on the vehicle for this hitch can handle the 1,300 pounds. The bolts in the spare tire well will also require the included support blocks that distribute the weight to a wider area beyond where they are attached on the vehicle. What I recommend to give you piece of mind is to...
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  • To tow a rental trailer with your 2005 Honda Element you would start with the trailer hitch. Hitch # 60985 is a good choice. It comes with the proper ball mount and has a capacity of 2,000 pounds. You will also need a ball. If the rental trailer requires a 1-7/8 inch ball use # 19256. For a 2 inch ball use # 19258. The rental place should be able to tell you which size you need. For wiring you can use # 119147KIT. This is a hardwire kit since there are no plug and play...
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  • When you are carrying hitch-mounted accessories on the back of your 2004 Honda Element, you will want to check your owner's manual or with your dealership to make sure you do not exceed the tongue weight capacity of your vehicle. When considering tongue weight you need to add the weight of your carrier to the weight of the bikes. If you have a Class lll hitch on your Element, I recommend the Hollywood Racks Road Runner 4 Bike Carrier, part # HR400. This carrier works in 2...
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