Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Honda CR-V

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2008 Honda CR-V

Today we are going to be installing hitch part number 24792 from Draw-Tite on a 2008 Honda CR-V. OK, we are underneath the vehicle and we are going to go ahead and point out the mounting locations for the trailer hitch. Over here on the drivers side frame rail you can see the 1/8-inch hole. We are going to be using the 7/16 bolt-and-block assembly to go up and through this position and we will pull it back down into place. You can see the hole is a little bit small for the block, so we will need to enlarge it just a little bit so that we can get the bolt-and-block assembly up into place. We do the same thing on the passengers side as well. But, as you can see, on the passengers side the exhaust is in the way. So the first thing we are going to need to do is to go ahead and lower the exhaust off of its hangers. We have got one here on the inboard side and then one here on the outboard side. For the center attaching point, you can see we have got a tow loop here. That will be the center attaching point for the trailer hitch. So the first thing we are going to do is go ahead and lower the exhaust and get it out of the way, and then we will enlarge the holes in the frame to accommodate the bolt-and-block assemblies.

OK, to ease in the removal of the exhaust off its hangers, it is a good idea to spray them down with WD-40 or some form of spray lubricant. Spray on each side of the studs, and that will make the removal a lot easier. And pry the hanger off. To enlarge the holes, I am just going to use a basic air chisel. If you do not have that, you can just use a regular cold chisel at home, or anything that you may have to enlarge the holes. And now we can get the block into place. So go ahead and feed the block onto the bolt leader and then take the 7/16 bolt and wrap the threads of the bolt with the bolt leader. We will take and feed the carriage bolts up into place, followed by the block, and pull that back down into position. We want to repeat that procedure for the other side as well. OK, now that we have got both the bolts up inside the frame, we can go ahead and put the hitch up into position.

We are going to attach the fasteners at the bottom of the frame with the conical-tooth washer and nut. We are going to go over to the center point, where the tow hook attachment is, and we are going to use a longer, 1/2-inch carriage bolt for this one, and a smaller block. And we will take and feed those through on the passengers side toward the drivers side. We want to make sure we put the two spacer blocks in between the tow hook and the trailer hitch. And we are again going to attach that with the conical-tooth washer and nut. Now that we have got all the fasteners in place, go ahead and torque the bolts down now. Check with your directions to verify the appropriate torque rating for each individual bolt. OK, with all the bolts torqued down, our installation is complete. Make sure you put your exhaust back up on its hangers. This will conclude the installation of hitch part number 24792 on a 2008 Honda CR-V.

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