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Notes: Wiring harness will work with 2009 - 2011 Honda Pilot, but the 7-way connector will not match the factory wiring cutout in the rear fascia.
2009 - 2011 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
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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.
Average Customer Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (71 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
by: Jim K07/25/2016
Great product. Unfortunately, I fought with the cap on the existing wiring for far too long. On the back side of the existing wire connector, you’ll find a little tab. It is thin plastic, you can lift that up and slide the connector off of the plug holding it to the undercarriage. This will let you get the cap off of the connector and plug in the new harness. 275960
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
by: Michael Dean03/10/2016
Installation was great, especially using the video for guidance. Everything fit just fine into my 2009 Honda Pilot. Like others mentioned, the hardest part was fitting fingers between the bumper and muffler to get a good grip on the factory wire cover... *Also, I used a burr grinder for my hole and self tapping screws directly into the factory fascia.The 7way is nice and snug. No wiggling. Solid. If cut and drilled properly, you won't have a need for the metal bracket like other users recommended. It's a nice clean look. Happy hauling. 240443
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
by: Eddie C02/23/2017
I order the 7 point hitch tow package which was of excellent quality and easy installation instructions. All the necessary hardware was included as stated on the website and no additional hardware required. The installation took all but half an hour to install on my Honda Pilot. Thank you E-Trailier 344796
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: Javier F07/07/2016
Found what I needed on the website, watched video and bought the kit; received package on time. My 14 year old son actually did the installation and it all worked like a charm. No complaints! 269213
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: Carrie briggs09/10/2016
Received today and with the exception o the cat being fussy (living on a dirt road so plug was stuck) it was extrmly easy to install. Haven't used it yet but happy so far! 293307
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
by: Tom W02/10/2017
The product I ordered was correctly shipped. It arrived on the ETA. The installation went without a hitch..pardon the pun. I highly recommend etrailer!! 340640
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: John S08/14/2016
Arrived quickly and came with clear instructions. There was also a video available which made it extremely simple to install 283774
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
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