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Best 2005 Honda Pilot Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2005 Honda Pilot. The two best hitch options for your Honda Pilot are going to be the Draw-Tite class three, part number 75599, and the CURT class three, part number 13328. The biggest difference that you're going to see between the Draw-Tite and the CURT is that here on the Draw-Tite the face of the receiver tube opening and the hitch pinhole are further out. That's going to give you more clearance to the rear of the vehicle, but that's also going to make this a little bit more visible than here on the CURT. Both of these hitches are going to be great for your class three hitch-mounted accessories such as bike racks, cargo carriers, or ball mounts, but I think the biggest determining factor is going to be do you want one that's going to give you more clearance or do you want one that's going to be a little bit more hidden. We've got a CURT here on this Pilot. Although that Draw-Tite gives us more clearance you're still going to have pretty good clearance with this CURT because it isn't too far recessed in from the rear of this bumper here.



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.





2005 Honda Pilot Questions and Answers


  • 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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  • Are Lock Cylinders Included with Thule T2 TH916XT 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Will Suspension Enhancement System Work With 2005 Honda Pilot AWD
  • I called my contact at Timbren about the Rear Suspension Enhancement System, part # THROD2, and I also called my contact at Firestone about part # F4179. If you have a strut that is running down through the middle of your rear coil springs then neither of these systems will work for your Pilot. These are installed inside the coil springs on your Pilot and will not affect the ride when the vehicle is not loaded down. These systems are intended to be used on a vehicle with a good working...
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  • Parts Needed to Tow 2005 Honda Pilot Behind 2014 Thor Hurricane 34E Motorhome
  • To start, I have included an article which covers the 5 basic components required for flat towing. I will cover each of these for your 2005 Honda Pilot. 1) Tow Bar - You already mention that you plan to use the RoadMaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar, # RM-520. This tow bar has a 6,000 lb capacity and works with all Roadmaster vehicle-specific base plates, EZ, MS, MX, XL and standard. 2) Base Plate Kit - Roadmaster XL Custom Base Plate Kit for 2005 Honda Pilot, # 1544-1. 3) Safety Cables -...
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  • How to Remove Cam-Lock Type Rear-View Mirror on 2005 Honda Pilot
  • Both wedge-style and cam-lock types of rearview mirrors are illustrated in the linked photo. Both use a slide-in fitment for the mirror's base to engage the windshield mount. To remove the mirror in most applications it will need to slide up towards the vehicle's roof in order to disengage from the mount. If there is no set screw or other fastener on your mirror mount then it may indeed be a cam-lock type. If you need a mounting kit we offer the CIPA Universal Rearview Mirror Mounting...
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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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  • 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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  • Best Sway Control for a 2005 Honda Pilot that Cannot Use Weight Distribution
  • Honda is one company that does say not to use weight distribution on certain models and certain years of those models. It has more to do with the uni-body frame not being able to handle the stress related to the use of weight distribution. Sway control on the other hand should not be a problem. For sway control only I recommend Pro Series friction sway bar # 83660. It is a good, economical option when sway control is needed. The only other thing you will need is a bracket that mounts...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Air Tubing to Replace Damaged Air Line For Firestone Air Suspension Installed on 2005 Honda Pilot
  • Firestone does indeed offer replacement 1/4 inch air line. The shortest length offered is 18 feet, part # F0938. When inserting the air line into the fittings, having a perfectly squared cut is crucial to avoid leakage. We recommend using a tubing cutter like part # F9009.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2005 Honda Pilot with 2 Broken Weldnuts in the Frame
  • When using replacement hardware kit # RHK you would get the same hardware that originally came with the kit (some specialty pieces may not be included). Since you have broken weldnuts the only thing you can do is use a block and carriage bolt, drop them down through the frame using the fishwire technique and then use a nut to secure the hitch to that bolt. This is assuming you do not want to go through the trouble or expense of having new weldnuts professionally installed in the frame....
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  • Low Profile Crossbar Roof Rack Recommendation for a 2005 Honda Pilot
  • For roof clearance your best option would be a Whispbar Flush Rail kit part # WB-S46 as it will sit the lowest of all available racks. However, it will still probably come really close to touching your garage door so you would need to remove the crossbars before parking the vehicle in the garage. The overall height this rack would add to your vehicle would be right at an inch so it would be too close for comfort most likely.
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  • Replacement Equalizer Bar For 10K Axle With 2-1/2 Inch Slipper Springs
  • We do carry part # 13-140-3 equalizer bars. These are designed for 10,000 lb axles and 2-1/2 inch slipper springs, and can be used on either the left or right hand.
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  • Crossbars Needed to Mount Thule Mountaineer Cargo Box on 2005 Honda Pilot
  • In order to mount the Thule Mountaineer cargo box on your 2005 Honda Pilot, you can use Thule Square Load Bars, # THLB58, and Crossroad Roof Mounted Roof Railing Foot Pack, # TH450. I have included a short video for you. For added convenience in loading and unloading the cargo box, we also offer the HitchMate TireStep, # HE4040. This stable platform provides a step to access roof mounted accessories with ease. I always like to remind everyone to check the roof capacity of their...
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  • Transmission Cooler and Longer Hose for a 2005 Honda Pilot
  • For a longer amount of hose to use with the part # D13503 you would want the part # D13007 for a length of 25 feet of hose. The amount of hose that comes with the cooler is adequate for nearly all applications but for some vehicles longer hose is needed. I attached an install video too that shows this cooler being installed on a very similar 2006 Pilot. Identifying the correct return line to use for the cooler can be difficult but there is an easy way to know for sure. Start the vehicle...
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  • Distance From Top Of Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Opening To Ground On 2005 Honda Pilot
  • I have attached a link to our installation video for this trailer hitch on a 2006 Honda Pilot you can check out. As you can see in the video at about the 15 second mark the distance form the top of the # 13328 hitch receiver opening to the ground is 18 inches. This may vary based on the tires and wheels you have on your vehicle but this does give you a pretty good idea what that distance is. If you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900....
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