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Video of Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring (7-Way) w/ Circuit Protected ModuLite HD Module
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Today on our 2010 Honda Pilot, we will be installing the tow ready; custom fit wiring with seven pole connector, part number 118253.For you 00:00:12 to install, weve first going to go ahead and show you the mounting options for our new seven pole connector. Our first option, take the seven pole connector, put it up to the rear bumper fascia at the knockout and then trace out the socket of the connector. Once we have it traced out with our yellow paint marker, we will then go head and take a rotary tool and cut out this section. Now with the cut out, we can the go ahead and take the seven pole connector and mount it directly to the rear bumper fascia without removing the manufacturers knockout.This can be done by simply using the self-tapping screws. Next we will go ahead and remove the seven pole connector and the self-tapping screw and show you how to remove the knockout and secure the seven pole connector in position using a seven pole bracket. Our first step will be to go ahead and cut out the manufacturers knockout.
Using a utility knife, we will go ahead and cut the tabs that secure it in place. Then we will cut the bracket and behind it.Two easily available options for mounting our seven pole connector using a seven pole bracket will be the Draw-Tite seven pole mounting bracket, part number 18138 or the Pollak seven pole universal mounting bracket with slotted attachment points, part number PK12711U in conjunction with the Pollak seven pole bracket hardware, part number PK11926.For our application we will be using the Draw-Tite mounting bracket along with self-tapping screws. Once we have it lined up, we will then go ahead and take our paint marker and mark out the attachment points where it lines up on the bracket. Then we can go ahead and remove the bracket and seven pole connector and using a couple of pliers or vise grips, secure the two together and use the self-tapping screws to mount the seven pole connector directly to the seven pole bracket.Once you have it secured, were then ready to go ahead and install the seven pole bracket and connector back into position and we will mark out the attachment points. Now that we have these attachments points, because its not a straight shot, I recommend, go ahead and make a couple of pilot holes.
Well now go ahead and remove the rear bumper fascia push-pin fasteners.To remove the fasteners, well pry out in the center and then remove the fastener completely. With both of them removed, we can then pull back on the fascia to gain a little easier access behind the fascia. Now well go ahead and make our pilot holes. Once our pilot holes are made, well go ahead and put the seven pole bracket and connector back in position and then secure it with the self-tapping screws.Now, though we have our bracket secured, were ready to go ahead and install the wiring for our seven pole connector. The wiring will route from the manufacturers tow port above the tail pipe on the drivers side over to our seven pole connector.
Before we can route the wiring, well need to first remove the weather protective cap on the manufacturers tow port connector.Then you can use a flat blade screwdriver to walk it off or a pair of pliers to pull off the cap. Note, over time these can build up with some debris and become very difficult to remove. Once removed, we can now go ahead and take the new wiring harness that was supplied with our tow ready custom install kit and plug the grey connector directly into the manufactures port. Then we will run the other end of our wiring harness to the back of the seven pole. There we can make the connection with the seven pole and lock the grey locking tab, securing our wire to our seven pole connector.Next we will go ahead and secure the wiring harness that we just routed.
We will feed it behind the fascia bracket and then secure it with the black zip tie provided with our install kit. Now with everything routed and run, we will go ahead and cut the access from our zip tie to clean up our install look and reinstall the push-pin fasteners. Next we will move inside the vehicle, then we can open up the interior access panel on the drivers side.Then we will remove the interior door to gain access to the manufacturers wiring behind the interior door. The grey plug and black electrical loom 00:04:24 with the blue tape around it is the manufacturers tow port that well connect our converter box to. Once we have the converter box connected and stored, well go ahead and reinstall the interior door and close the interior access panel on the drivers side.Next well need to locate the manufacturers auxiliary fuse port. It will be just forward of the rear cargo compartment and we can remove the fuse cover panel with a flat-bladed screwdriver. Once removed, well then need to remove the fuse panel cover. Well pry down on the lower locking tab, pull the cover up releasing the lock on the top, and then setting it aside. Next we will start installing the fuses.Our first two fuses will be the red 7.5 amp fuses. The third fuse will be a yellow 20 amp fuse. Next we will install the two relays provided with our install kit; making sure that we install the spade 00:05:22 terminals into the correct positions. Now with both relays installed, well go ahead and reinstall the fuse panel cover in the interior trim 00:05:30 panel. Next well go ahead and move to the engine compartment.Well locate the manufacturers fuse box next to the battery. To remove the fuse box cover we will press on the three locking tabs and pull directly up. Then well locate two fuse positions; one, for a 20 amp fuse and the second, for a square 30 amp fuse. Well go ahead and install our 20 amp fuse first and then our 30 amp fuse. Now with all our fuses installed, well go ahead and reinstall the cover and were ready to hit the road.That does it for the install of the tow ready, custom fit vehicle wiring harness with seven pole connector, part number 118353 on our 2010 Honda Pilot. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (62 Customer Reviews)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
by: Paul S.12/29/2014
Easy installation and great price also! Quick shipping and great order follow-up for confirmation and ordering. 167188
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
by: Mike S04/22/2014
Perfect product at half the price of Honda. Install video was great. Hard to find aftermarket product. 126617
Extremely fast shipping and easy to install. Completed install in less than 30 minute. Works perfectly! 20266
by: Brian Anderson05/16/2011
Works exactly as the description and video explain. Helped me find a loose connection. 14419
by: Danny T02/12/2012
Very good product at a fair price. Thats why I continue to order for Etrailer. 31628
by: Todd W.05/23/2013
It was easy to install and seems like a high quality product. Thanks! 81734
Wiring instructions and kit works as advertised M easier than thought 37554
Fast delivery. Plug and play convenience. Good instructions. 69448
by: Angel Reyes12/19/2013
great quality, and excellent price. pleasure doing business. 110581
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