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Honda Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring (7-Way) w/ Circuit Protected ModuLite HD Module

Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring

(62 reviews)


Code:   118253

Retail:$97.54

Price:$71.95


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Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring - 118253


Features:

  • Replacement for damaged OEM wiring harness
  • Quick and easy installation
  • Upgrades vehicles from 4-flat to 7-way connector
  • Has circuit protected modulite
  • Rated for 4.2 amps for stop/turn
  • Rated for 7.5 amps for taillight
  • Mounting bracket sold separately


Notes:

  • 2009-2010 Honda Pilot: To mount the 7-way plug, drill out holes or use a mounting bracket (18156; sold separately), which clamps to hitch
  • 2011 Honda Pilot: Not recommended for this vehicle. Connector size does not match up with the factory cut-out in the rear fascia


118253 Honda Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring (7-Way) w/ Circuit Protected ModuLite HD Module



118253 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 118253 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2009 - 2010 Honda Pilot

2009 - 2014 Honda Ridgeline

2009 - 2014 Honda Ridgeline






Video of Honda Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring (7-Way) w/ Circuit Protected ModuLite HD Module


Videos are provided As a guide only. Refer To manufacturer
installation instructions And specs For complete information.




Video Transcript for Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring 118253 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Honda replacement OEM tow package wiring, this is a seven-way with a circuit protected modual light, HD modual. This product is going to fit a 2009-2010 Honda Pilot and a 2009-2014 Honda Ridge line. This is going to replace your damaged OEM wiring harness, or you could use it to upgrade vehicles from a 4-way flat to a 7-way connector. It's going to feature the circuit protected modual light, the unit's going to be rated for 4.2 amps for stop and turn, rated for 7.5 amps when it comes to your tail light. Very quick and easy installation. It does include some detailed installation instructions to help walk you though that process step by step.

The converter boxy, this piece right here, this is going to plug into the vehicles grey tow plug which is going to be located in the rear storage compartment. Once you have that located and once you have that connected you can just tuck it away int here, then you'll need to install the related relays and fuses according to the included instructions. Once you have those done, you can then plug in the towing harness which will be this piece right here into the grey tow plug located under the vehicle bumper on the driver's side of the vehicle. The other end is going to run to the back which is going to connect to the back of the seven way plug, right here. These two pieces line up, go in until they snap lock together for a nice, tight, secure fit and that's really all there is to it. It's a really easy installation, pretty simple.

You just need to make sure that you give yourself plenty of room under the vehicle to work with. Once everything's connected, you'll need to secure the seven way tow harness to the hitch. A mounting bracket's not included so if you need you can find them here at etrailer.com they are sold separately but we carry a variety that could work for your application. Then, simply secure the remainder of the harness under the bumper and you can do that using the included cable ties that are provided with the kit. It's always a good idea to apply some dialectic grease or terminal grease to the connection points like the plugs on the vehicle and the connector itself. That's going to keep those connection points safe from rust and corrosion. Here on the connector it's going to feature a spring loaded lid, really nice design.

Four pound holes right there. On the under side of the lid we got a nice rubberized gasket, that's going to help create a weather tight seal which is going to do as good of a job as it can when ti comes to keeping moisture and dirt and debret out of the connection points there for the seven way connector. That's going go do it for today's look at the Honda replacement OEM Tow package wiring.


Customer Reviews

Honda Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring (7-Way) w/ Circuit Protected ModuLite HD Module - 118253

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (62 Customer Reviews)



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by: Rob G12/04/2012


This product was fantastic! Everything went as expected when installing the wiring harness. All the plugs on the vehicle were exactly where the instructions said they would be, and everything fit good and tight just like an oem product should. The online install video was also a great help. I would highly recommend this to anyone! Make sure and pick up the mounting bracket while your at it, or you'll waste 3hrs of install time trying find one locally (like I did). Thanks for the great product!! On a side note, if you intend to use a brake controller with your setup, there is an extra fuse you must install to make the brake controller work. None of the instructions for this wiring harness, or the brake controller adapter, said anything about it. In the fuse box under the hood, there is a slot labeled "E. BRAKE 20amp" or something along those lines. The 7-pin hookup will work fine without it, but there has to be a fuse here for the brake controller to work!! 60589


Comments

Product is still working great after a year. Ive pulled a trailer several times in the past few months, and have had no problems whatsoever.

Rob G - 06/09/2014

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by: Dale10/05/2012


This was very easy to install. The hardest part is freeing the existing wiring from under the bumper. I knew that it was going to be hard from other reviews and that I was supposed to push the tab up to free it. I started poking around with a small screw driver and wasn't getting anywhere. I eventually got lucky by just using my finger/fingernail. The tab that you are trying to push up toward the sky is between the clip and the back of the bumper. I got out from under the truck and just came at it from the outside, reaching my pointer finger up under the bumper. Hope this helps. I took others recommendation and bought the additional mounting plate (PK12711U). For some reason I expected nuts and bots to come with either the wiring harness or the mounting plate but there were none. Luckily I had a box of 2.5" toggle bolts that made it really easy to secure the harness. 56358



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by: Ryan L.01/05/2014


Worked as advertised for me! Was way better than spending all the money at the dealership. Loved the installation video. I recommend buying the associated bracket, but don't forget to also buy the bracket hardware (separate part number). 111932


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Great!!!!!!!!!!

Ryan L - 01/06/2015

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by: Ken G.10/06/2011


Fantastic product; absolutely plug-and-play! Viewing the etrailer video and reading customer comments was a BIG help. Only downfall is fitting the connector in the factory cut-out in the 2009 Honda Pilot bumper. The flange needs to be about 1/4" wider on each side to avoid drilling holes on the extreme edge of the cut-out. The tolerance of the top holes was less than 1/8" and the bottom holes almost didn't need drilling as they fell on the lip of the cut-out. I "clamped" the bottom bolts by using an 1 1/4" fender washer on the backside. Highly recommend this product regardless of the bumper-fit situation. Saved me $100 compared to dealer parts and $175 in shop labor. 25197



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by: Joey B.08/17/2014


I was quoted $181 for this same equipment from several different Honda dealerships. Add in another $110 for the install they said for a total of $291. I am the farthest thing away from a "car guy" and installing stuff myself. I figured I would give this a try though on my own and am happy to say I saved myself over $200 by doing so. The video online via etrailer and the instructions were extremely helpful and I was able to install this no problem in about 20 minutes. Etrailer had this part to me quicker than I expected which was awesome as well!!! Will definitely buy from here again. 147093



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by: Ram Gov07/23/2012


I hooked this up to my 2010 Honda Pilot and worked out great!!!! I fit right in and it only took me about 10 minutes to do all the pluggin in of the fuses. The only thing that took me a bit longer (only 30 minutes) was unplugging my factory wire cover and then bolting the black wire box to the rear of my bumper. I used my own screws and bolts to bolt it to my rear bumper. Just remember to buy the plate (only costs about $4) as you do need it for bolting it to bumper. This is awesome and price is great!!! Definitely recommend it. Honda dealership wants over $160 for same set up. 49084



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by: Duane M06/10/2012


The unit was easy to install on my 2010 Honda Pilot and it worked. Would be nice if the kit included a mounting bracket specifically designed for the Pilot. The instruction brochure pictures are a little too dark for easy interpertation. There should be some discussion in the instructions on how to remove the protective cap on the factory wiring that the harness attaches to. A diagram showing that there are two tabs that need to be depressed to allow removal of the protective cap would be helpful. In fairness, the instructions do say tabs and not tab. Recommended. 43549



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by: Robert K.03/10/2011


Completed installation of the Pilot Wiring Kit 118253. I used the lower portion of the Blank to fill the open area. A mount (PK12711U) is used as a backing plate but not attached otherwise. To avoid potential interference assemble the two plug parts then slide as high as possible, then mark and drill two top holes first. Drill bottom holes after securing top bolts. 8970



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by: Troy04/15/2010


2010 Honda Pilot EX-L This product will work with 2009-2010 Honda Pilot's because they are pre-wired to accept this product. This product will cost you $180 if you buy at the dealer so great savings. The install is pretty easy until you get to the last step. You are supposed to remove the protective cap from the wiring assembly under the rear bumber. Important: the cap has a very small plastic tab on the top of the cap which is hard to see and hard to access. You need to pull the tab upward to release the cap and the assembly from the hanger. 2934



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by: Daryl05/11/2011


All this needs is a cheap bracket to make it perfect. You can just bolt it thru the plastic and a backing plate, but it has a lot of give when you plug it in, but probably ok. I spent half a day fashioning a metal plate and it is rock solid. Bottom line: the savings is great if you dont mind a loose fit. If you want it solid, weigh your time against the $120 you save over the Honda kit and make that decsion. Mine is now better than the Honda kit. 13609



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by: Wisconsin Del01/13/2014


View video...very helpful. Hardest part was getting plug off connector behind muffler. Be sure you remove the holding bracket of the connector from frame before you try to wiggle off the plug cap. There is only one 'catch' holding the plug cap on. Work a couple flat tip screwdrivers on each side to pry it out while still holding 'catch' down to allow cap to come off. 3 hands would be helpful! :-) 112691



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by: Review:02/06/2012


1st: Love paying less than 1/3 of Honda's price for this. 2nd: It works, but instructions could have been more specific with the fuse/circuit breaker installation. 3rd: They should include, even if extra price, an adapter to mount the plug into the Honda bumper panel, or alter the shape of the plug to fit into the Honda standard cutout for it. Altogether, I am satisfied with this purchase. 31138



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by: David07/25/2011


Product exactly as described. I'm not a "car guy" and the video made all the difference - showed exactly how to do it and gave me the confidence to buy the product. Also, the video pointed out what tools and additional parts were necessary to complete the installation - enabled me to get everything before starting installation. Total time to install (and I took my time): <30 min. 20198



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by: Leann04/10/2013


All electical went well.until I went to install the plug...Wrong size for 2010 pilot..didn't show on directions...plug and mounting needed some fabrication to make it work... thought OEM would have everything to install (IE mounting bolts and nuts) but it didn't and directions were lacking... 75224



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by: Happy Camper07/18/2013


This kit is awesome..!! All together took less than 30 mins. to install and that's because i couldn't get the cap off the factory plug under the bumper (big hands/ small space). Totally plug and play. Etrailer shipped it like lightning and were very helpful with other questions. 90277



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by: Mark A07/27/2012


We had a great experience with etrailer. We needed electrical tow package wiring for our SUV and decided to look at etrailer. We called for support to make sure that we had the right parts, and the support was great! Our order was on our porch right on time. 49504



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by: Terry W04/04/2012


Product was delivered quickly and was exactly what I needed. Install was easy and fairly quick. The only thing I had trouble with was getting the temporary plug out of the Pilot wiring harness. Other then that all is working great! Thanks so much. 36105



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by: John R.12/05/2011


Purchased the Honda Trailer Wiring Package 118253. Kit came right away. Had more parts than I thought were necessary, but I was wrong. The relays and fuses all plugged right in. The cable connector mated perfectly and VOILA' we were ready. Thanks 27732



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by: Nathan02/06/2011


Great product and shipped fast! Pay 1/3 the price than buying from Honda. Also, it doesn't come with a bracket but I just cut a little plastic, drilled a couple holes and it looks professionally done. Etrailer directions were also very simple. 6726



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by: Jody08/04/2011


This is a great setup. Was easy to plug everything in and get it going. The only thing that I was not sure of, was the plug part and where it goes on the bumper. It was not a exact fit for the factory hole, but I was still able to mount it. 21103



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by: Ken04/25/2014


Product was exactly as described and shipped immediately. I installed the wiring within a couple of hours of the package arriving and used it immediately for a two-week trip. The wiring worked exactly as it should. 127425



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by: Terry07/29/2013


Excellent instructions. I pulled my 16 year old son away from a video game and together we followed the instructions step by step. We were done within 30 minutes. E-trailer has made these instructions fool proof. 92068



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by: Chris V07/12/2013


Great product and easy to install with the video provided by etrailer. Once i received my order it to me 10-15 minutes to install everything. Very pleased with the whole process from ordering to receiving. 89194



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by: Jenny Y.01/06/2013


Though my original order arrived with a couple pieces missing, etrailer was great on getting me a replacement order quickly. Once I had my complete product, it was pretty easy to get the wiring installed. 62514



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by: Mike11/04/2014


The online video was fantastic, it made me feel very confident during the install process. Doing the job myself saved me over $300. Thanks Etrailer for your videos and telephone technical support. 159129



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by: Greg M.08/19/2015


Description was perfect and video that went with product information made installation simple/quick. I ordered in the early afternoon and was installing by lunch time the next day - THANK YOU 220325



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by: Ricky02/04/2011


I purchase this harness from etrailer and I'm glad I did.The price is very resonable...I will definitely purchase again from etrailer.Good costumer service.In terms of monitoring the shipment. 6641



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by: Steven03/29/2013


Requires customization of bumper. I used epoxy to glue the 7-pin receiver to the bumper cutout after drilling a 2" hole. Only took about 30 minutes to do once I had all of the materials. 73242



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by: Thomas M.05/19/2011


etrailer is awesome. Wiring kit was delivered very quickly. I was able to install in less then 30 minutes. Did have to use the mounting bracket PK12711U to correctly mount the unit. 14779



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by: SheltonGrn08/23/2010


Unbelievably Easy Great kit, 1/3 of the factory product, 15 min install. The only thing that could be better is the 7 way receiver could be matched better to he opening Honda provides 3375



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by: Duane R08/09/2010


Fantastic and easy Bought this kit for my 2011 Honda Pilot. Install was simple and it works great. MUCH cheaper than the dealer! Does need an additional connector mount though. 3336



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by: John Z07/11/2011


Outside of mounting to the bumper via self tap screws, install was quick, easy and does not require any modifications. Saved a ton of money over Honda Dealer. Highly Recommend!! 19152



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by: Domingo Castro06/11/2014


Great product. Easy to install and very helpful video. I'm looking forward to get more products from you. I had an awesome experience buying from etrailer.com... thanks Renee! 135111



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by: Bill G.04/26/2010


Mounting plate not included Installed on 2011 Pilot. Had Honda instructions which are better than kit. Wiring kit is great and went well but need mounting plate included. 2970



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by: Eric G.06/24/2014


This is a great product. Basically a plug and play. Good instructions. Side note there are two fuse boxes in the 09 pilot it goes in the second one not the main. 137386



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by: kc08/19/2011


Great quality, awesome instruction video. Also bought PK12711U, since several said it was needed/helpful, but I did not need it, even on a 2011 Pilot. 22252



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by: James04/17/2013


Easy to install following video found on website and youtube. Removing the plug cover on the vehicle was the hardest part of the whole process. 76544



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by: Jarrod K.10/14/2013


Great product. Install was super easy and instructions were great! Not to mention shipping was super fast and everything was as described! 103748



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by: joe t09/03/2013


Product was just as it said. Instructions were perfect anyone can install in about 30 minutes and at one third the price of honda part. 98061



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by: J.T.02/27/2012


I love it when products work perfectly! Install was just as depicted on the video on etrailer.com you guys are doing a great job. 32694



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by: Paul S.12/29/2014


Easy installation and great price also! Quick shipping and great order follow-up for confirmation and ordering. 167188



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by: Chris W.08/21/2012


Worked great with my Pilot EXL 4WD everything you need for lights and a quarter of the price then the dealer. 52465



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by: Mike S04/22/2014


Perfect product at half the price of Honda. Install video was great. Hard to find aftermarket product. 126617



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by: Matt07/25/2011


Extremely fast shipping and easy to install. Completed install in less than 30 minute. Works perfectly! 20266



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by: Brian Anderson05/16/2011


Works exactly as the description and video explain. Helped me find a loose connection. 14419



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by: Danny T02/12/2012


Very good product at a fair price. Thats why I continue to order for Etrailer. 31628



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by: Todd W.05/23/2013


It was easy to install and seems like a high quality product. Thanks! 81734



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by: Happy04/18/2012


Wiring instructions and kit works as advertised M easier than thought 37554



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by: Jim03/07/2013


Fast delivery. Plug and play convenience. Good instructions. 69448



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by: Angel Reyes12/19/2013


great quality, and excellent price. pleasure doing business. 110581

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  • How to Tell if a 2010 Honda Pilot has a Factory Installed Tow Package
  • 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, # 118253...
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  • Installation of Honda Pilot Factory Tow Package Wiring # 118253 on 2010 Honda Pilot With Tow Package
  • The Honda Pilot Factory Tow Package Wiring, part # 118253, you have referenced will provide a 7-Way trailer connection at the rear of the vehicle, as long as your 2010 Honda Pilot has the Factory Tow Package. That means it is wired from the factory with the plug under the rear bumper which will accept a 7-Way trailer connector. It comes with the necessary fuses, relays, and converter box to add the 7-Way. I am including a link to the installation instructions on the # 118253 kit. The...
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  • Can Honda Pilot Wiring Harness 118253 Be Used to Release Trailer Brakes when Backing Up
  • Part # 118253 is only to be used with Pilots that have the OEM Tow Package. If you do not know if your Pilot has the OEM tow package, you can contact your dealer or Honda with your VIN and they should be able to tell you. If you does, you would then use adapter part # A75TB to come down to a 5-Way. If you do not have the tow package, you could use part # 118491 and then add a 4-Pole to 5-Pole adapter like part # 20036. You would run the loose blue wire to the tail light circuit on your...
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  • Installing an Electric Trailer Brake Controller on a 2011 Honda Pilot
  • From what I can find, if the 2011 Honda Pilot did not come with a trailer connector then you cannot use the Tekonsha harness # 3070-P as it is not connected all the way like on models that came with the completed factory tow package. This could also mean that the 7-Way you installed, # 118253 is not fully functional. What you will need to do to install the brake controller is hardwire it using brake controller installation kit # 5506. You will need to cut the blue wire off several...
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  • Why Does Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring # 118491 Include 1 Relay and Honda Wiring Has 2
  • The wiring kit you selected, Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, part # 118491, would just give you a 4-way connector at the rear of your 2009 Honda Pilot, only requiring one relay. The other wiring kit that we offer, Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring # 118253, includes 2 relays as it is a replacement for the OEM tow package wiring. Part # 118253 would require 2 relays as it gives you a 7 way connector. The kit that you referenced from Honda is more than likely part # 118253. If...
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  • Options for Installing a Tow Ready Custom Wiring Harness # 118253 on a 2011 Honda Pilot
  • The reason we do not recommend that you use this product on a 2011 Honda Pilot is that factory cut-out in the rear fascia causes fit issues with the included mount. However, like you said there have been a number of people who have made this product work on their 2011 Pilots using different modifications and mounting brackets. One person was able to use a Mounting Bracket, part # PK12711U, and make it work for him. It sounds like he used it as a backing plate to attach the 7-way from...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Harness for 2010 Honda Pilot
  • According to the information we have from our hitch manufacturers, 2009-2010 Honda Pilots are built with an integrated hitch from the factory. This being the case, our hitch manufacturers do not produce any hitches for the 2009-2010 Pilot, which is why we do not have any listed on our site. You would use part # 118491 for a trailer wiring harness. It is a simple plug-n-play unit that will provide a basic 4-Way trailer connector.
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  • 7-Way and Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2009 Honda Pilot
  • To replace the 4-way of your 2009 Honda Pilot with a 7-way you will need the part # 118253. There may be a few components that you already installed on your vehicle when you did the 4-way, but this is the only tow package style route for a 7-way for your vehicle that we offer. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works and how easy it is to setup. This is a proportional...
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  • 7-Way Trailer Wiring Harness Recommendation for a 2011 Honda Pilot
  • We do not recommend 7-Way Tow Package Wiring # 118253 for the 2011 Honda Pilot models due to fit issues with the factory cut-out in the rear fascia. However, it can still be used but the 7-Way plug and housing will not fit as well as it does on a 2010 model. We also have Replacement Circuit Protected OEM Wiring Harness # 56097. This kit includes a mounting bracket for the 7-Way so it does not use the factory cut-out on the vehicle. I have included links to the installation details for...
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  • Trailer Wiring Adapter for a 2011 Honda Pilot with a 7-Way and a Boat Trailer
  • A lot of boat trailers have what is called a 5-Way flat trailer connector. It has the 4 basic lighting functions, a ground circuit, and a circuit to activate an electric reverse lockout on the trailer coupler. You would need to use an adapter like # HM47570. One end plugs into the 7-Way on your Honda Pilot, the other end can accept a 6-Way, 5-Way, or 4-Way. There are other adapters in case you have a different style connector on your trailer. I have included a link to the wiring adapter...
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  • How Does OEM Tow Package Wiring Install to a 2009 Honda Pilot and What Adapters are Need for 4-Way
  • Since your 2009 Honda Pilot has the tow package it will have a port or plug for this harness to plug into. There are 4 holes in the 7-Way connector so that you can mount it to the bumper. Some vehicles have knockouts in place that can be removed and provide a pre-drilled location for the 7-Way. Take a look at your bumper to see if a knock out is there. If there is no knock out, you can attach to the bumper using a bracket like part # 18138. There may also be a 4-Way already in place...
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  • How to Test Operation of TowReady Part # 118253 Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring
  • If it is not convenient to attach a properly functioning trailer to your vehicle to test the new wiring package, you can test each function (tail light, brake light, turn signal, etc) by using your test probe on each pin at the vehicle 7-way connector. A helper will make this process easier as you will need someone to activate the lights and brakes while you apply the test probe to the corresponding connector pins. I have attached a link to a help article concerning trailer wiring. This...
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  • Availability of a Trailer Wiring Harness for a 2010 Honda Pilot
  • The Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring (7-Way) w/ Circuit Protected ModuLite HD Module, item # 118253, will plug into the vehicles factory connection under the rear bumper. The harness comes complete with a modulite taillight converter that needs to be installed in the vehicles rear cargo area storage compartment and fuses and relays that will need to be installed in the cargo area fuse panel and the under hood fuse panel. The 7-Way connector will not install in the knockout...
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  • How to Mount Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring 118253 on a 2010 Honda Pilot with Factory Knockout
  • To secure the 7-Way connector part of the Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring, # 118253, to your 2010 Honda Pilot, you can use the factory knockout and drill 4 holes to match the four mounting holes on the 7-Way. Use the 7-Way as a template to drill the holes. If you do not want to drill into the bumper, you can attach a bracket to the trailer hitch. You can use the Mounting Box, # 18156. This is a simple no-drill, universal application that includes a clamp to attach the bracket to the...
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  • Are Fuses and Relays Needed to Use the Factory Tow Package Wiring on a 2009 Honda Pilot
  • If your 2009 Honda Pilot has the factory trailer towing receptacle at the rear bumper then all of the tow package fuses and relays should be installed. You should be able to just plug your trailer into the receptacle and have all of the functions working except for the electric trailer brake function. If you have a trailer with electric brakes you will need a brake controller and wiring adapter to attach the brake controller in the cab of the vehicle. I recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy...
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  • Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring # 118491 Recommendation for the 2011 Honda Pilot
  • For your 2011 Honda Pilot I would recommend that you get a Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, part # 118491. I attached installation instructions for this product below for you to check out also. The Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring, part # 118253, that you referenced would work, however we do not recommend it because the connector size does not match up with the factory cut-out in the rear fascia. Some people have made it work with a little modification, but if I...
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  • Comparing Trailer Wiring Harnesses For a 2010 Honda Pilot
  • Since you have a tow package on your 2010 Honda Pilot, that means it is wired from the factory to accept a 7-Way trailer connector. The correct harness then would be # 118253. It comes with the necessary fuses, relays, and converter box to add the 7-Way, which is also included. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. If the vehicle did not come with a factory tow package that means that it is not wired from the factory for a 7-Way, but you can add a 4-Way using...
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  • What Parts Are Needed To Tow a 2013 Pop-up with a 2010 Honda Pilot EX-L
  • In order to tow your 2013 Forest River Rockwood Freedom pop-up with your 2010 Honda Pilot EX-L, either the Curt Wiring Harness # 56097 you referenced or the Tow Ready # 118253 that you mentioned will work. The next piece you will need is a brake controller. I recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller # 90885, which is highly popular due to its ease of installation and how well it works. The last piece is the Tekonsha Adapter for Honda # 3070-P - to install this, the connector...
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  • Will the Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Work with the 2010 Honda Pilot
  • If your vehicle has the factory towing package installed then the Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring (7-Way) w/ Circuit Protected ModuLite HD Module, item # 118253, will work on your vehicle and then you will need to use a 7-Way to 4-Way connector adapter, # PK12716, to convert the 7-Way connector to a 4-Way connector on your trailer if applicable. 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 Upgraded...
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  • Can Factory Brake Control Port Be Used on 2011 Honda Pilot When Using Tow Ready Harness #118253
  • The Tow Ready Vehicle Wiring Harness, part # 118253, can be used as a replacement for the factory wiring harness on your 2011 Honda Pilot with the factory tow package. The # 118253 wiring harness will plug into a connector under the rear bumper of your vehicle and give you a 7-way connector on the rear of your vehicle. The factory brake controller harness port is usually installed on vehicles with a factory tow package on the vehicle. I would recommend to look under your dash for the...
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  • What Is the Part Number for a Trailer Wiring Harness for a 2010 Honda Pilot with No Trailer Wiring
  • If there was no wiring from the factory, then it is not a tow package equipped vehicle. For the 2010 model year, all Pilots are built with hitches, but the models with tow packages had a wiring harness included. The part you need is part # 118491. It is a 4-Pole connector and the kit includes the fuses, relays, and control modules needed to complete the wiring setup.
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  • Are Relays and Fuses Included with the 2009 Honda Pilot Tow Wire Harness
  • Yes, the relays and fuses and hardware needed to install the Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring, item # 118253, are included.
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  • Adding a 7-Way Trailer Connector to a 2011 Honda Pilot without Factory Tow Package
  • The easiest way to add a 7-Way to your 2011 Honda Pilot would be to use Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118253. Out of this kit, you would need to use just one of the large black relays and then replace the 4-Way you have with the 7-Way components in the kit. This is because the 4-Way kit you have installed, # 118491, already uses a lot of the same parts (see instructions). This will work fine if you are just looking for a connector that will provide the light functions, but if...
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  • Will the Honda Pilot Wiring Harness Work On a 2010 Model
  • Yes, as long as your 2010 Honda Pilot has the Towing Package the Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring, item # 118253, will provide a 7-way trailer connection at the rear of the vehicle. The relays, fuses and hardware needed to install the Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring are included.
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  • Troubleshooting 7-Way Wiring With Modulite On 2009 Honda Pilot
  • You will want to check your factory 4-way plug to make certain it is functioning properly on your 2009 Honda Pilot. Unplug the new harness and test the 4-way plug by using a circuit tester like part # 3808. Test each pin to make sure everything is working properly with the trailer disconnected. If that checks out then you need to connect the new harness, and make sure all of the relays and fuses have been installed properly. Use the circuit tester to check that all of the wires leading...
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  • Will Tow Ready 7-Way Wiring # 118253 Fit on 2011 Honda Pilot
  • We do not recommend the Tow Ready OEM 7-Way Tow Package Wiring # 118253 on the 2011 Honda Pilot due to issues with the factory cut out in the rear fascia. It can still be used, but the plug and the housing will not fit as well as it does on the 2010 Pilot. Another option is the OEM Wiring Harness # 56097. This product features a mounting bracket for the 7-way so it does not use the factory cut out on the vehicle. I have provided links to the installation instructions for both these items.
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Not Working on 2011 Honda Pilot
  • Replacement 7-Way trailer connector # 118253 is not recommended for the 2011 Honda Pilot. We have it listed for a 2009 to 2010 Honda Pilot that came with the factory tow package. Though we have had some customers use it on a 2011. Since Tow Ready, the manufacturer, does not list it for 2011 we must also follow that recommendation. The 7-Way we have listed for the 2011 Pilot is # 56097. The harness that you have now might not be working if one of the fuses or relays is bad or is not...
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  • Is the Tow Ready Replacement Trailer Wiring Harness # 118253 Compatible with 2007 Honda Pilot
  • To install a 7-way trailer connector on your 2007 Pilot, you will need to start with a 4-pole, # 118336. You would then use an adapter like part # 37185, which would plug into the 4-pole. Once the adapter is plugged in, and the white ground lead is attached to the vehicle frame, all lighting functions are taken care of. If your trailer has electric brakes, you would need to install a brake controller using our Brake Controller Install Kit, # ETBC7. The kit includes the adapter I mentioned...
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  • Adding a 7-Way Trailer Connector to a 2006 Honda Ridgeline
  • It would appear that the 2006 Ridgeline either came with a factory installed 7-Way connector at the back or it didn't. If it isn't present then your model must not have come with it. But you can add one. To add a 7-Way you will first need to install a 4-Way using wiring harness # 118400. Then you can install 4- and 7-Way kit # ETBC7 to add the 7-Way and retain use of a 4-Way as well. I have linked some videos that show and explain the ETBC7 installation for you. If you also need a...
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  • Wiring Harness Does not Stay Connected to 7-Way Trailer Wiring Connector in # 118253
  • There is a little tab on the 7-Way that is supposed to catch on the wiring harness to lock it into place. If that piece is bent or broken off then the harness will not stay on the back of the connector. When you push the harness onto the back of the connector there should be a click indicating that it is locked into place. There is also a gray tab on the wiring harness that you will need to pull out and then push it onto the back of the connector. Then you will push the gray locking tab...
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