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Trailer Hitch Intallation - 2005 Honda Pilot - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2005 Honda Pilot we'll be installing Hidden Hitch, part number 87454. Here's what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Now we'll give you a few measurements to help you choose a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4". From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 17". To begin our install we'll first need to remove the tow hook on the driver side of our Pilot. We'll remove the three fasteners that secure the hook to the frame.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Honda Pilot - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2005 Honda Pilot we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Hitch part number 75599. Here's what our hitch will look like once it's installed. We'll give you a few measurements to help you choose a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is 4". From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 17". To begin our install we'll first need to remove the tow hook on the driver side of our Pilot. We'll remove the three fasteners that secure the hook to the frame. Then we'll need to lower the exhaust from the passenger side.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2005 Honda Pilot

Today on our 2005 Honda Pilot we'll be installing the Tow Ready T1 Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-pole Flat Trailer Connector, part number 118336. To being our install we'll first go ahead and open up the rear hatch. Then the rear storage compartment door and we'll remove the door and set it aside. Next we'll need to remove the rear threshold. To remove the rear threshold we simply need to get underneath of it and free the fasteners underneath using a flat blade screw driver. I'll get underneath the threshold and start working the fasteners to release them. When we remove the threshold and turn it over we can see the snap fasteners that secure it. Between the back edge of the storage compartment and the front edge of the sheet metal if we push forward we can locate the wiring connector.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Honda Pilot

Today we are installing part number 13328, a hitch made by Curt, and it will be going on a 2005 Honda Pilot. Okay, we are underneath the vehicle now. And the first thing you want to do is remove your spare tire, and get it out of the way. Locating the attachment points, right here on the back side of the bumper there are two weld nuts that attach to the flange on the hitch itself. And then we go over here to the drivers side of the frame rail, there is just a tow hook that needs to be removed. There are three bolts holding it on. And those three weld nuts in the frame will be the attachment points for the hitch, as well. And then on the passengers side frame rail, there is not actually a tie-down, there are just the existing weld nuts. On older vehicles, over time corrosion will build up into these weld nuts, so you want to go ahead and clean those out really well before you get started. You can use any kind of spray lubricant, like WD-40, and a wire brush to get the threads cleaned out.





2005 Honda Pilot Questions and Answers


  • Are Lock Cylinders Included with Thule T2 TH96XT Bike Rack Keyed Alike
  • The three cylinders for the hitch lock and the two ratcheting hooks that are included with the rack are keyed alike, but there are 5 lockable portions of the rack. Once you receive the rack, if you feel you need the two additional cylinders and would like them keyed alike with the other three cylinders, you can order replacement cylinders, part # TH512. The product description page for the replacement cylinder has a spot where you can type in the desired key number, before adding the...
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  • Can AirLift 1000 Rear Axle Helper Spring # AL60815 Support Trailer with 600-lbs Tongue Weight
  • The rear-axle air bag kit you referenced, AirLift 1000 Helper Spring # AL60815, provides up to 1000-lbs of load leveling at its maximum pressure rating of 35-lbs psi. Your trailer with approximately 600-lb tongue weight would certainly fall within the operating range for this product. If you are towing often and frequently have widely varying trailer weights then an adjustable air bag kit like this AirLift 1000 is a good choice for adding rear-end support. If your trailer weight is fairly...
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  • Which Transmission Cooler is Recommended for a 2005 Honda Pilot
  • Mounting a trans cooler in front of everything else, radiator and AC condenser, will yield the most cooling ability. The size of the heat exchanger is the factor that weighs most heavily on the cooling ability followed by location and construction/design. The best way to select a cooler is by considering the load you will be towing and the area you will be towing in. The cooler needed to aid in towing a single jet ski in a cool or moderate climate would not be nearly as big as the cooler...
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  • Parts Needed to Add a Trailer Brake Controller to a 2005 Honda Pilot with 4-Way Wiring Harness
  • Since your 2005 Honda Pilot all ready had a 4-Way trailer connector, like you said, you will just need the brake controller itself, # 90885, and the 4 and 7 Way installation kit # ETBC7. This will provide the 7-Way and the wiring needed to hardwire in the brake controller. I have included some links that will help you with the ETBC7 installation.
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack For RV
  • Bike carriers that can be mounted to the back of an RV or camper are constructed differently than the racks designed to fit on a vehicle hitch like the Thule # TH916XTR or # TH990XT, because of the excessive bouncing at the rear of the RV. Unfortunately, we do not offer a bike rack that will fit on the back of your RV that can handle the weight of the Pedego bikes you said you have. The bike rack we offer with the highest weight rating is the Pro Series Q-Slot Platform-Style 2 Bike...
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack for a Frame Mounted Trailer Hitch on a Trailer
  • There are only certain bike racks that can be used at the back of a trailer or motor home. I have included a link to them for you to view. The 4-bike rack compatible with an RV or trailer that has the most clearance is the Swagman XP, # S64940. If measures 12 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright bar. I do not recommend using any kind of extension or dual purpose ball mount like # D210. The distance from the rear axle on a trailer or RV and the receiver...
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  • Comparing Thule Helium Aero and Thule Apex Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Racks for a 2005 Honda Pilot
  • Either the Thule Helium Aero, # TH9043, or the Thule Apex 4, # TH9025, will fit your 2005 Honda Pilot. The Helium Aero has a capacity of 35 pounds per bike, the Apex is listed at 30 pounds per bike. Provided the bikes you have do not exceed these capacities then you would be able to carry your 3 mountain bikes. The Apex features arced arms to make the spacing of the bikes slightly greater than on the Helium. But installing bikes on either would not be much of a challenge. Both racks...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2005 Honda Pilot Without a Trailer Hitch
  • There are three different ways to carry bikes on a vehicle and those are with a trailer hitch mounted bike rack, a rooftop mounted bike rack or a trunk mounted bike rack. Only hitch mounted and rooftop mounted bike racks are recommended for your 2005 Honda Pilot since bike rack manufacturers have determined it is not safe to attach a trunk mounted bike rack on your rear hatch. If you have a roof rack on your vehicle, then you could look into rooftop mounted bike racks like the Swagman...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Swinging Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2005 Honda Pilot
  • The anti-sway feature on the Thule Apex, # TH9027, is something that will A) vary from user to user as some can get it tighter than others and B) tend to work better as it is broken in some. The benefits of the Apex over the Vertex, # TH9031XT will provide an overall better bike carrying experience. The cradles are one of the biggest differences. The cradles have road-dampening technology; cushioned cradles to absorb shock and vibration. This is ideal for higher end bikes with sensitive...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2005 Honda Pilot
  • Both Curt class III trailer hitch, part # 13328 and the Hidden Hitch class III trailer hitch, part # 87454, are quality hitches. But the most popular hitch for your vehicle is the Curt hitch, part # 13328. Installation is relatively easy, even for a beginner. The Curt receiver simply bolts on to the inside of each frame rail. Both hitches require about 40 minutes of installation time. The Curt hitch does use two extra screws to attach the center bumper bracket above the receiver...
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  • Explanation of Class S Snow Tire Chains and Recommendation of Tire Chains for 2005 Honda Pilot
  • First, you will want to consult the vehicle owners manual for your 2005 Honda Pilot to determine if cables or chains can be used and if so if there are any restrictions or recommendations. We have answered a question before on a Honda Pilot with 235/70-16 tire size and the owners manual said SAE Class S cables only, no chains. SAE Class S tire chains are designed for use on vehicles with restricted wheel well clearance. Certain newer cars, vans and small trucks, especially those with...
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  • Where To Connect Hopkins Plug-N-Tow Wiring Harness # 43105 On A 2005 Honda Pilot
  • To install the Hopkins Plug-N-Tow Wiring Harness, part # 43105, on your 2005 Honda Pilot you will need to plug it into a connector located inside the vehicles rear cargo area, under the rear threshold. You will remove the rear threshold and push the front tray forward a little and you will see the connector around the center of the vehicle. See the pictures at the right that will show the location of the connector on a Honda Pilot. I am including a video link to a wiring harness being...
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  • Can a Dual Purpose Ball Mount be Used to Carry a Dirt Bike and Tow a Seadoo Trailer
  • I spoke with my contact at Curt and he stated that the dual purpose receivers and ball mounts are not rated for use with something like a dirt bike and carrier. The issue is not the weight but where that weight is placed. It will be too far from the receiver and can cause it to fail. The best option, but still not ideal, is to install a front mount hitch, # 33328, and use the dirt bike carrier in it. However, my contact at Curt did state that for every foot of distance the weight is...
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  • Where is the Transmission Return Line on a 2005 Honda Pilot for a Transmission Cooler
  • The transmission return line on your 2005 Honda Pilot can be located between the frame crosstube and the drivers side support bracket (see photo). The return line will be the line closest to the front of the vehicle. We installed Derale Series 8000 Plate-Fin Transmission Cooler, # D13503, on a 2006 Honda Pilot. I attached the video for you to check out. The installation should be almost identical on your 2005 Pilot.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2005 Honda Pilot
  • I would recommend either the Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch, item # 13328, or the Hidden Hitch Class 3 Trailer Hitch, item # 87454, for your 2005 Honda Pilot, these are both custom designed hitches for your vehicle. For trailer wiring I would recommend the Plug-N-Tow (TM) Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Flat Trailer Connector, item # 43105. This harness provides up to 8 amps maximum taillight load for trailers with extra lights. Listed below are some other items you may need to complete...
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  • Which Roof Mount Cargo Baskets Fit Factory Cross Bars on a 2005 Honda Pilot
  • The Rola Roof Mounted Cargo Basket, # 59504, is designed to fit cross bars that run side to side that are 3-1/4 inches wide or less. If you measure the thickness of your cross bars and they are less than 3-1/4 inches then you will be able to use this basket. I have included a link to the installation details and a link to a video review for reference. There are several baskets that are a direct fit to the factory cross bars on your 2005 Honda Pilot. According to Yakima and Thule, you...
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  • Can a Roadmaster Hitch Extender be Used with a Tow Defender to Flat Tow a Honda Pilot
  • As long as the combined weight of the Tow Defender # RM-4700 and the tongue weight applied to the hitch from the tow bar when the vehicle is coupled is less than 100 pounds, then yes, you can use the extender # RM-071-75 with the Tow Defender. The Tow Defender weighs about 20 pounds. This means that the vertical weight applied from the vehicle at the point where the tow bar connects to the extender cannot be more than 80 pounds. I recommend an extender that is rated higher such as...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation and Installation Instructions for a 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • For your 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee, I recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy, # 90185. This is one of our highest rated and most popular brake controllers. I have included installation details for the brake controller below. To install a brake controller, you will need to do a little hard wiring. I spoke with my contact at Tekonsha and he stated that the only wire Jeep provides is the electric brake output wire that goes back to the 7-Way trailer connector. This wire is probably a light green...
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  • Distance Between Upper and Lower Grooves where Spring Coils Sit for 2005 Honda Pilot SumoSprings
  • The SumoSprings # CSS-1125R are designed specifically to fit the rear coil springs on your 2005 Honda Pilot. I spoke with my contact at SuperSprings and the measurement between the grooves where the coils rest is 1.25 inches.
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  • Installing Brake Controller and 7-Way Connector on 2005 Honda Pilot
  • Since your vehicle is not equipped with the 7-way, you will have to upgrade the connector. You will need to install a brake controller, as well. We have a Brake Controller Installation Guide which shows how to wire a brake controller into a vehicle that doesn't have existing wiring. As the guide mentions, in addtion to a brake controller you will also need the 7-way Brake Controller Installation kit, part number ETBC7. The 7-way connector included in the installtion kit would simply...
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  • Fit Thule Sidekick Roof Mounted Cargo Box # TH682 On 2005 Honda Pilot
  • If your 2005 Honda Pilot has a factory roof rack with cross bars that run side to side, then the Thule Sidekick Cargo Box, # TH682, will fit. If you just have side rails that run front to back and no cross bars, you will first need to add Thule Custom Fit Roof Rack, # TH45058. This will add cross bars and you can then use the cargo box. I have included a link to the installation details below. If you do not have side rails or cross bars (a naked roof), you will need to add a Yakima...
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  • Is a Brake Controller Wiring Harness Connector Available on the 2005 Honda Pilot
  • The Wiring Adapter, part # 3070-P will work on the Honda Ridgeline only. The 2007 Pilot does not have the provision for plugging in a controller under the dash. To install a controller in your Pilot, you will have to hardwire the controller, using our Brake Controller Installation Kit, part # ETBC7 (for a 7-way connector) or ETBC6 (for a 6-Way connector). The install kits contain everything necessary for installing your brake controller. Since your Pilot already has the 4-pole trailer...
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  • Will Derale Series 8000 Transmission Cooler # D13502 Fit 2005 Honda Pilot for Towing Boat Trailer
  • Transmission coolers such as the highly efficient Derale 8000 Series, part # D13502, are not vehicle-specific. You can install as large a cooler as permitted by the available space in front of the air conditioning condenser (this is the preferred mounting location for the cooler). Coolers can be mounted with the inlet and outlet hoses either pointing up, down or to either side, whichever is most convenient for your particular application. This particular Derale cooler measures 11 inches...
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  • Will the SportRack Platform-Style 4 Bike Carrier # SR2902LR Work on a 2005 Honda Pilot
  • You will need to take one measurement on your 2005 Honda Pilot for you to be able to know if this SportRack 4 Bike Carrier # SR2902LR will work on your vehicle. You will need to measure the distance from the center of the hitch pin on the hitch on your vehicle out to the furthest point of the bumper. If this distance is less than 12 inches this rack will work for you. The reason is because this rack measures 12 inches from the hitch pin out to the closest point on the rack your vehicle....
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  • Is Trailer Wiring Harness Included with Curt Hitch Part # 13328
  • Wiring harnesses are not included with Curt hitches. Hitches include the hardware needed to mount the hitch to the vehicle. Some Hidden Hitch models will included a draw bar and pin and clip. There are a handful of Valley hitches that have integrated wiring. For your 2005 Honda Pilot, you would use either part # 118336 or part # 33105 for a trailer wiring harness.
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  • Will Thule Passage 3 Trunk Mount Bike Rack # TH911XT Fit a 2003 Honda Accord and 2005 Honda Pilot
  • The Thule Passage 3 Bike Carrier - Trunk Mount, # TH911XT, will fit your 2003 Honda Accord. However, it will not fit your 2005 Honda Pilot as there are not enough attachment points to safely secure the rack. You could install a trailer hitch on the Pilot. I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13328. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a link to an install video. With a trailer hitch installed, you can use a hitch mounted bike rack like the SportRack 3, # SR2403.
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Carrier for Electric Bikes at the Back of an RV or Trailer
  • Only certain bike racks are rated for use at the back of an RV or trailer. the issue is that the distance from the rear axle to the back of an RV or trailer is much greater than what is on a passenger vehicle. That extra distance increases the movement of anything installed in the hitch. Kind of like riding at the back of a school bus. Because there is much more force and movement bike carriers that are not rated for this type of application can get damaged and that in turn could result...
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  • Will the Front Hitch # 33328 Fit on a 2005 Honda Pilot LX
  • Yes, the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver, item # 33328, will fit on your 2005 Honda Pilot LX. This hitch is designed for all trim levels of the 2005 Honda Pilot. I have added an instructions link for you to review. There is some minor fascia trimming involved in the installation, but no drilling or other modifications are required. You may also be interested in the Curt Trailer Hitch Electric Winch Mount Plate, item # C31010, if you are installing a winch on your Pilot. To...
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  • Roof Mount Canoe Carrier for a 2005 Honda Pilot with Factory Roof Rack
  • We do not carry Inno items but there are some canoe carriers that do fit the factory Honda bars on your 2005 Pilot. First up we have the Yakima Foam Block carrier, # Y04055. This simple design is both functional and cost effective. Foam blocks fit on the cross bars and have slots on top for the canoe to rest in. There are also tie down straps to secure everything to the vehicle. For mounts that attach more permanently than the foam blocks you can use the KeelOver, # Y04069, that you...
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  • Transmission Cooler Recommendation for a 2005 Honda Pilot
  • The best way to pick out a transmission cooler for a vehicle like your 2005 Honda Pilot would be to go with the biggest one that will fit the available space the vehicle has in front of the radiator/AC condenser. I would go with the # D13503 over the # D13502 that you referenced as long as you have the room for it. This cooler measures 11W x 8-3/4T x 7/8D Inch. I attached an install video that shows this cooler being installed on a similar Honda as yours.
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