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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 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.



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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  • 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 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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  • The picture you referenced that I attached to the right is a picture we put on all of our Class I hitch product pages to show that only Class I accessories can be used with the hitch. The hitch in the picture is not the # 60985 you are interested in. Since Class I hitches have lower capacities I would recommend you go with the Class III hitch part # 75659. This hitch has a 2 inch opening which would give you better flexibility for hitch accessories. The Kua Sherpa part #...
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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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  • To mount a bike rack on the rear of your Element, there are two alternatives, a hitch mounted option or a trunk mounted option. The hitch mounted option would require that a hitch like the Draw-Tite Class III receiver, part # 75659 be installed. The hitch would then serve as the attachment point for the bike rack, and could also be used with a cargo carrier or to tow a small trailer in the future, if the need should arise. Although going this route would be initially more...
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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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  • 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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  • For your 2008 Honda Element SC I would recommend the Hidden Hitch part # 87506 which is a confirmed fit and has a 2 inch opening which will give you better capacities and more hitch accessory flexibility. For trailer wiring you would then want the part # 118465 which is also a confirmed fit. I attached an install video for this for you to check out as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts;...
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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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  • The Curt hitch part # 13574 would give you the best clearance from the pin hole to the bumper at 3 inches opposed to the Draw-Tite part # 75659 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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  • I believe the closest leaf spring we offer to what you are looking for would be the Leaf Spring part # 1724 that you referenced. The only difference is that this spring is 1-3/4 inches wide instead of 2 inches. Nearly all trailer leaf springs are this width so I would be surprised that you have a 2 inch wide spring. This spring is also a 1/4 inch shorter, which is perfect since old springs like what you have tend to stretch over time. I attached an FAQ article on leaf spring...
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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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  • 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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  • 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, # 24720, 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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  • 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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  • Anytime you are going to haul cargo on the roof of your 2008 Honda Element you will want to check the owners manual or with the Honda dealer for what the roof capacity is for your vehicle. The roof capacity will let you know how many pounds you will be able to haul on the roof of your vehicle. To install two of the Thule Hull-A-Port Kayak Carriers, part # TH834, on the roof of your Honda Element you will need to install a roof rack with cross bars that run from side-to-side....
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  • The Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2 inch, part # 75659, that you referenced will work for your 2003 Honda Element AWD. I have included instructions in a link below. To complete your towing setup you you might also be interested in: Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring for the 2003 Honda Element, part # 118336 Ball Mount 3/4 inch Rise or 2 inch Drop, 6,000 lbs, part # 2923 Hitch Ball with 2 inch Diameter and Medium Shank, 6,000 lbs...
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  • You will want to choose the ball mount that comes closest to placing your trailer so that it is level when towed. To determine the rise or drop of ball mount you need, measure the distance from the ground to the inside top of your receiver tube. Then, with your trailer jacked up so that it is level, measure the distance from the ground to the bottom of the trailer coupler. Subtract the two measurement, and the difference between the dimensions will equal the rise or drop needed....
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