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Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2016 Honda Pilot

Today we're going to reviewing and installing the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness factory tow package with 4 pole flat connector, part number C56291, on a 2016 Honda Pilot. Now if you need to access your trailer wiring for use, all you're going to need to do is lift up this cover. Pop out the cover for your spare tire tools and you can pull your wiring out to whatever length you're going to need. Whenever you close your trunk, I definitely recommend avoiding the area around the latch as to not pinch or damage the wires. You can close the trunk and use however much you need of it. When you're done, you just reverse that. You open your trunk with this cover back up, you can tuck your wiring right back where it was behind the spare tire tools, pop everything back into place, lower your cover and you're back to that nice clean look in the rear of your vehicle. We're just going to take a look at everything that comes with it.



Hollywood Racks Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Honda Pilot

Today on our 2016 Honda Pilot we're doing a test fit of the Hollywood Rack Sport Rider SE2 Platform Style 2 Bike Rack. This is designed for fat tire bikes. The part number for that is HR1450-FB. We already have our bike loaded up. We're going to go over one of the main features of this rack before we start taking it off and showing you how we secure the bike down. Main feature is that we can tilt this away with our bike loaded.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Honda Pilot

Today on this 2016 Honda Pilot we're going to be test fitting the Yakima Light Rider, Two Bike Rack. Part number Y02472. As you can see we already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look at it and show off some of the features. Now, how the bike is actually attached to the rack, we're going to have three points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have the two zip strips up top here, plus the one off to the side which is going to serve as an anti-sway strap, which will keep the bike from going back and forth possibly hitting the bike rack itself or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take that off and set the bike aside for now.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Honda Pilot

Today on this 2016 Honda Pilot, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack, part number TH912XTR. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now first how it actually attaches to the rack, it's going to have three points of contact. We're going to have two straps up top here to the frame and one off to the side here. That's going to be an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from moving back and forth, possibly hitting the bike itself or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. When you take the straps off, it's always a good habit to put them back into place because you don't want to lose them while you're driving.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Honda Pilot

Today on this 2016 Honda Pilot we're going to be testing the Thule Vertex Four Bike Rack, part number TH9029XT. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on our rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of those features. First off, the bike actually attaches to the rack with three points of contact to your bike's frame. We're going to have two straps up top here and one strap off to the side, which is going to act as an anti-sway strap keeping it from moving back and forth, possibly hitting the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. It's always a good habit when you remove the straps just to put them back into place.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Honda Pilot

So in this 2016 Honda Pilot, we're going to be test-fitting the Swagman Trailhead 4-bike rack, part #S63380. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack, so go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now, how this bike is actually attached to the rack . you're going to have 4 points of contact with your bike's frame. We're going to have 3 straps, up top here, and one off to the side here, which is going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from going back and forth, hitting possibly the bike rack itself, or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. When you remove the straps, it's always a good habit to put them back into place because you don't want them flapping around when you're driving, and more importantly, you don't want to lose them while you're driving.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Honda Pilot

Today on this 2016 Honda Pilot, we're going to be test fitting the 23x60 Strongbird Carlson Cargo Carrier, part number CC-100. This cargo carrier has a 500 pound carrying capacity, has this nice mesh floor here, which is going to make it a lot easier to clean. Plus, around the border of it we have these points here which are going to serve as tie down points for either your ratchet straps or your bungee cords, whatever you use to secure your gear. Next I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements here. The first is going to be how much distance is added to the vehicle once the cargo carrier is installed. I'm going to go ahead and measure from the bumper since that's the farthest point out. From this point here, that's about 27", ground clearance looks like 10.5", then our closest point here is about 4.25".



Rola TX-104 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Honda Pilot

Today on this 2016 Honda Pilot we're going to be test fitting the ROLA TX-104 4 bike rack, part number 59401. As you can see we already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. As you can see how it attaches to the rack, there's going to be 3 points of contact to the bikes frame. There's going to be two straps on top here and one off to the side which is going to serve as an anti-sway strap, keeping it from moving back and forth possibly hitting the bike rack or the bike in front of it. Lets go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. Now once you've loosened the straps it's always a good practice to put them back into place because you don't want them flapping around while you're driving and you don't want to lose them while you're driving. With that done, I'm going to give you some measurements now.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Honda Pilot

Today on this 2016 Honda Pilot, we're going to be test-fitting the ROLA TX-102 2 bike rack, part number 59400. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now how the bike actually attaches to the rack, you're going to have 3 points of contact with the bikes frame. We're going to have two straps on the top here, and one off to the side which is going to serve as an anti-sway strap which keeps the bike from going back and forth possibly hitting the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. Now once you remove the straps it's always a good habit to put the straps back on, primarily cause you don't want to lose them while you're driving and you don't want them flapping around in the wind. Now with that done I'm going to go ahead and give you a couple measurements now.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Honda Pilot

Today on this 2016 Honda Pilot, we're going to be test fitting the forty-eight by twenty-one MaxxTow Cargo Carrier, part number MT70422. Now this cargo carrier has a five-hundred pound carrying capacity. It's made from a strong, sturdy aluminum, and on the front and rear of it, we have these tie-down points here for your ratchet straps or your bungee cords, whatever you use to tie down your gear. I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements now. The first is going to be the distance added to the vehicle once the cargo carrier is installed. Now I'm going to go ahead and measure from the bumper, since that's the furthest point out. So from this rail here, it looks to be about twenty-six and a half inches. For ground clearance, it's going to be around eleven inches.



Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2016 Honda Pilot

Today on this 2016 Honda Pilot we're going to be test fitting the Hollywood Racks Over the Top 2-Bike Rack, part number HRF2. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How the bike is actually attached to the rack, we're going to have three points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have two straps up at the top here, and one underneath here which is going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from hitting either the bike rack itself or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. Now when you release the straps it's always a good idea to put them back into place because you don't want them flapping around while you're driving, and more importantly you don't want to lose them while you're driving. With that done I'm going to go ahead and give you a quick measurement. This is going to be how much distance is added to the vehicle when the bike rack is installed.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Honda Pilot

Today on this 2016 Honda Pilot we're going to be test fitting the 20x60 Curt Cargo Carrier, part number C18151. This cargo carrier has a 500 pound carrying capacity plus it has this nice mesh floor here which makes it much easier to clean. It has this rail all the way around the cargo carrier which is going to serve as a tie down point for your ratchet straps, your bungee cords, whatever you use to keep your gear secure while you drive. Now I'm going to go ahead and give you a couple of measurements. The first one is going to be how much distance is added to the vehicle once the cargo carrier is installed. I'm going to go ahead and measure from the bumper, because that's the furthest point out and so this rail here is about 33.25".



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Honda Pilot

Today on this 2016 Honda Pilot, we're going to be test fitting the 20 by 60 Curt Cargo Carrier, part number C18150. This has a weight capacity of 500 pounds and it has this nice mesh floor here which is going to make it a lot easier to clean. It also has this rail all the way around the cargo carrier which actually can serve as a tie down point for either your ratchet straps or your bungee cords, whatever you use to tie down your gear. Next, I'm going to go ahead and give you a couple measurements. The first is going to be how much distance is added to the vehicle once the cargo carrier is installed. I'm going to go ahead and measure from the bumpers since that's the furthest point out. This rail here, that's about 28 and a quarter inches. For our ground clearance, it's going to be about 14 inches.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Honda Pilot

Today on this 2016 Honda Pilot, we're going to be test fitting the 20 by 48 CURT Cargo Carrier, part number C18110. Now, this cargo carrier has a 300 pound carrying capacity. It has a nice mesh floor here, which makes and much easier to clean. Around the border of the cargo carrier, we have tie down points, that you can use for your ratchet straps, or your bungee cords, what ever you use to strap down your cargo as you drive. Next I'm going to go ahead and give you a couple measurements. The first is going to be the distance added to the vehicle once the cargo carrier is installed. I'm going to go ahead and measure from the bumper, since that's the furthest point out.



Yakima KingJoe-Pro Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2016 Honda Pilot

Today on this 2016 Honda Pilot we're going to be test fitting the Yakima KingJoe Pro 2 bike rack, part number Y02624. As you can see we already have a bike installed on our rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look, and show off some of those features. Now how the bike attaches to the rack, you're going to have 3 points of contacts with your bike's frame. We're going to have 2 straps up top here and 1 strap off to the side, which is going to act as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from hitting the bike rack itself or the bikes in front of it. Let's go and take the bike off and set it aside for now. Once we remove the straps it's always a good habit to put them back into place, because you don't want to lose them while you're driving.



Transmission Cooler Installation - 2016 Honda Pilot

Today on our 2016 Honda Pilot we're going to show you how to install the Derale Series 8000 plate-fin transmission cooler. Offering barbed inlets. This is a Class III efficient cooler. Part #D13503. To access our transmission lines we're going to be removing this black, plastic panel here, it's got some push-pin fasteners, a couple of Phillips head fasteners and also four 10 millimeter bolts that go right across the front here. We'll hang on to all of our hardware because we'll want to put this panel back in place once we have it down. We can work on removing the push pin fasteners.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2016 Honda Pilot

Today on a 2016 Honda Pilot, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Tekonsha T1 vehicle wiring harness for the factory tow package. This is going to offer the four pull flat trailer connector. It's part number is 118679. To test out our wiring, we're going to use a test light. The ground clamp, we connect that onto that bare terminal. That's going to test to make sure we've got a good ground. Next we'll have the headlights turned on in the car and we can test the brown wire.



Rhino Rack MountainTrail Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 honda pilot

Today at our 2016 Honda pilot, we'll be doing a test fit of the Rhino-rack Mountain Trail Rooftop Bike Carrier Fork Mounting. Part number, RBC035. You see that we already have a bike mounted on our vehicle. We have it mounted to our rack. I'll show you a few features here. First we check and show where we have the forks into, there's a knob here with a lock, all we do is pop this, this way and lift up the bike to take it off. Right now we have it off.



SportRack Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Honda Pilot

Today on our 2016 Honda Pilot we'll be doing a test fit of the Sports Rack Vista Roof Mounting Cargo Basket, part number SR9035. The dimensions are 44 inches long by 39 1/8 inch wide. It can hold up to 110 pounds. You see I already have it on our vehicle. We have already mounted three of the universal holders on. I'll go on the other side and load the other one also. Now what we have here is a u-bolt, and we also have a metal plate that goes on top.



Kuat TRIO Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Honda Pilot

Today, in our 2016 Honda Pilot, we'll be doing a test fit of the Kuat Trio Roof Bike Rack fork mounting. Part number is TR02. You see we already have it on the vehicle. This is an aluminum and black polish chrome. It will look real nice on your vehicle. You see we have a bike already up there. I'll show you a few features. First feature that I'll show you is right here we have where we hold the fork ends.





Honda Pilot Questions

  • The green light on the Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller, # 39510, indicates that the trailer is connected to your Honda Pilot, so it will not come on unless a trailer is connected. If the green light does not come on when the trailer is connected, then there are a few things that could be causing the green light to stay off. The first thing I would check is the trailer brake fuse in the secondary under hood fuse box. There should be a 20-amp fuse in fuse location # 14. If...
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  • The procedure for installing a 7-way trailer connector will depend on whether your Pilot is equipped with the 4 or the 6 cylinder engine. 6 cylinder engines are equipped with the factory towing connector located behind the bumper on the driver's side (see photo.) If this connector is present, you can indeed install the Curt 7-way, part # 56097. The taillight converter as well as the necessary fuses and relays are included to activate the factory tow package. If your Pilot has...
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  • In order to determine if the kids bikes will fit on the arms of the Apex bike rack, # TH9026, you can measure the top frame tubes. They will need to be longer than 12-1/4 inches long to fit around the arms. If your bikes will not fit, you will need the bike adapter bar, # TH982XT. I have included a link to a video that shows how the adapter works. I have also included a link to a video review of the Apex bike rack.
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  • The wiring harness fora 2012 Honda Pilot that did not come with a factory tow package (that would have included a trailer connector) is # 118558. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. this will provide you with the basic light functions used on a trailer: left and right turn signals, brake lights, and running lights. Wiring harness # 118265 is designed to replace a broken or lost OEM trailer connector if the vehicle came with one from the factory.
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  • I am glad to hear the hitch installation went smoothly, but sorry to hear you are unhappy with the adapter. When using adapters, the play you are experiencing is a common problem. When using accessories in a trailer hitch, sometimes they are a perfect fit, sometimes they are a little loose and other times they are so tight that you must file the accessory down a bit. Because, there is not always a perfect fit, there are anti-rattle devices made. You may have noticed that your...
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  • For a trailer hitch for your 2016 Honda Pilot we have the Curt Hitch part # C13146 that has a 6,000 lb trailer capacity and a 900 lb tongue weight capacity. You should note that if your vehicle has lower capacities (sounds like it does), you would need to go by the lower figures as overall capacity. For trailer wiring you would want the part # C56291 which has been confirmed as a fit. For a transmission cooler the part # D13503 would be a great option. Transmission coolers...
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  • You are correct. When you set up the brake controller for the first time, you set the power to 6 with no boost, drive the vehicle and trailer on a flat surface at 25 mph, then fully apply the manual override. Adjust the power as needed to reach a point just before wheel lock up. When you go up to a heavier load, you will want to adjust the power/boost settings accordingly. Once you have the initial set up complete, you can adjust the boost. To turn the boost on, just press...
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  • The mounting brackets or base plate kits I have available for your 2003 Honda Pilot are the RoadMaster brand and the Blue Ox brand. If you have a Blue Ox tow bar you will need the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, part # BX2227. These base plates have removable arms and can be used with the Blue Ox Adventurer, Acclaim, Ambassador, Aventa, Aladdin, Alpha and Allure tow bars. It can be used with a RoadMaster tow bar by using the Roadmaster Adapters, part # RM-031. If you have a RoadMaster...
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  • The bolt pattern you will need is 4 on 4 inches. They do not make a 4 on 5 inch bolt pattern. The tire size of 78/13 should have a letter in front of the 78 number, like B78-13 or C78-13. The old B78-13 tire size will translate to the current 175/80-13 tire size. The old C78-13 tire size will translate to the current 185/80-13 tire size. The ST175/80-13 (B78-13) tire size is the more common trailer size. If you have the B78-13 tire size you will want to use the Loadstar...
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  • I attached a picture that shows the detailed instructions for the Curt Trailer Wiring harness part # C56291 which is the correct harness for your 2016 Honda Pilot. This would work well with the trailer hitch part # 87691 that you referenced which is also confirmed as a fit. I attached a link to an install video for this hitch 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; one with a 3/4 inch...
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  • If you do not have the factory tow package on your vehicle, or you only want to install a 4-Way connector, you can use the T-One Connector with Upgraded Circuit Protected ModuLite, # 118491, to provide a 4-Way connector at the rear of your vehicle. This kit includes everything needed to install the wiring harness including a circuit tester. If your 2010 Honda Pilot has the tow package it should have a port or plug in the back for this harness to plug into. There are 4 holes...
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  • I spoke with my Tow Ready representative, and was able to confirm for you that the Tow Ready # 118265 IS indeed a fit for the 2014 Honda Pilot. Going with the aftermarket harness would provide a large cost savings over the Honda part.
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  • The Tow Ready T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118274 is intended for use on a 2016 Honda Pilot as a direct OEM replacement 7-way for the one that came from the factory for the tow-package-equipped version. The harness plugs in at a white connector located behind a rear cargo area access door on the driver's side. Please refer to the linked photo of the connector and to the linked instructions for installation procedures. If your Pilot does not have the factory tow package with...
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  • For use while towing with your pop up camper trailer and hitch mounted towing bike rack, the best option would be to use the Anti-Rattle Device for a 2 inch hitch # 63232. This device will eliminate any additional rattling by pulling the ball mount portion of the hitch to one side. It also provides a secure locking mechanism for your hitch. Please keep in mind that this locking device can only be used on hollow hitch devices, it is also advised to remove this locking mechanism...
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  • The Rightline Sport 3 # RL100S30 that you referenced measures 48L x 40W x 19T inches which I have noted in the attached picture. The only way to accurately figure out how many suitcases it will hold would be to know the sizes of the suitcases. I can estimate it could hold maybe 4 suitcases if you consider airline carry on suitcases as medium, however my idea of a medium suitcase is about double that size in which case it should hold 2 or 3. This carrier will hold up to 18 cubic...
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  • The Extra Large Cargo Bag, # 988501, measures 59 inches long by 24 inches wide, so it will work best on a 24 X 60 cargo carrier. It is a soft flexible bag and will fit most cargo carriers. It will work on your 20 X 60 cargo carrier with no problem. The full width of the 24 inch cargo bag will not be used on a 20 inch wide carrier. I also have the Rola Expandable Cargo Bag, # 59102, which is expandable. It will fit both the 20 X 60 cargo carrier and the 24 X 60 cargo carrier. I...
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  • There are a few different options that you have to install a 4-way or a 7-way trailer connector on your 2012 Honda Pilot. Option 1 would be to install the Tow Ready 7-Way Wiring Harness, # 118265, that you referenced and use a 7-way to 4-way adapter like part # PK12716 so you can connect to the 4-way connector from your trailer. The only downside to this set up is adding a brake controller. Since your vehicle did not come with a factory tow package, it probably does not have...
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  • You are correct there is a weight advantage for aluminum, item # C18100, over steel, item # CC-100, but the biggest reason aluminum is considered over steel, for most of our customers, is corrosion resistance and appearance. You do not need to upkeep the carrier with spray paint every couple of years with aluminum like you do steel. As far as disadvantages, there really are none. As long as the weight capacity of the aluminum carrier is rated the same as the steel carrier they...
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  • I will be happy to help you out. For a 4-Way on your 2013 Honda Pilot, you will use wiring harness # 118558. All 2013 Honda Pilots are pre-wired but what that means is they can accept a harness that plugs in. The rest of the wiring is already pre-ran through the vehicle. We do not have a video but I have linked the detailed instructions for you. Installation will be simple and should not take long at all. Current pricing is available on the product page. The # 118491 wiring...
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  • To find out if your 2010 Honda Pilot came with a tow package from the factory, the most certain way is to have a dealer run the VIN. There are some tell tale signs, however, that may lead you in the right direction. If the Pilot has a functioning 7-Way trailer connector, you probably have a tow package. If you do not have the 7-Way plug at the rear of the vehicle, you will need the Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring (7-Way) with Circuit Protected ModuLite HD Module,...
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