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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Honda Civic - Hidden Hitch

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Honda Civic Trailer Hitch



Installation of a Trailer Hitch on a 2012 Honda Civic


Today on this 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid we'll be installing the Hidden Hitch, part number 60822. Here are a few measurements that will help when selecting accessories for your new hitch such as a bike rack or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be 4 inches and from the top of the receiver tube to the ground will be 11 inches. Now we'll go ahead with our install. To begin our install, we'll need to remove the plastic shroud on the driver's side. There are four pushpins and three 10-mm bolts holding it up.

We'll use a screw driver to remove the pushpins. With that removed we next need to remove the exhaust hanger here which we'll use a special tool to remove it. With that out of the way, we can now remove and trim the heat shield. It has four screws holding it up, two on the outboard side and two on the inboard side. With the heat shield removed, we will trim it here as this point will be where our hitch will eventually mount up to while the rest will be sandwiched between the hitch and the frame.

With the heat shield prepped and out of the way, we can now point out our mounting points for the hitch. We'll be using these holes here on both the driver's and passenger's side as well as the tow loop here in the middle of the trunk area. Due to this being a Hybrid we'll need to drill the hole to the proper size. Before we can put the hitch into position, we need to trim the plastic shroud and put it back into place as the hitch will be on the outside of it. You also have the option of leaving it off.

To make the proper cuts we'll align the hitch over the shroud and using a colored marker will outline where we need to cut. Now with our marks made we can cut out what we need. To do this you can use either a utility knife or a Dremel tool. Now we'll put our shroud back into place loosely. With all our prep work done we can lift the hitch into position.

You may want to use an extra set of hands to help you do this as you want to make sure you lift the exhaust into position as you lift the hitch. We'll attach it to the tow loop first securing it with a U bolt. Next, we'll go to the passenger's side and place our handle nut into position before placing our heat shield up. We can now put our heat shield back up and attach it with the three fasteners. The handle nut assembly will also be placed on the driver's side. After that we can attach our hitch to the handle nuts using the bolts and conical tooth washers. With everything in place we can tighten our hitch down and torque to specification as stated in the instructions. Our last step will be to reinstall the rubber hanger to the exhaust and put the rest of the fasteners into the plastic shroud. And there you have it for part number 60822 from Hidden Hitch on our 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid.

Questions and Comments about this Video

I have a question: I have a 1998 Honda civic ex car fwd, and what i would like to know is can this car be okay to tow a light trailer behind it? can you also please tell me on what are the prices on a complete tow package, because im not much of a computer guy..Thanks

comment by: Chad M - 2/11/2013

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First thing to do is check the owners manual. Honda has very specific rules when it comes to towing, and the best source for that info will be the owners manual. There are hitches available for that car, but that does not necessarily mean it is OK to tow with as hitches can also be used for bike racks or cargo carriers. If you have a 2 door or 4 door model, your best choice would be Hidden Hitch 60834 as it also includes an appropriately sized ball mount. If you have a 3 door hatch back, then you would look at Hidden Hitch 60935. If it turns out that you can tow a small trailer, according to the owners manual, then you will also need wiring like kit 119176KIT. Finally you will need the appropriately sized hitch ball. You will need either a 19256 or a 19258.

Patrick B - 2/15/2013

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