Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Honda Ridgeline

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2008 Honda Ridgeline

Today we are installing a hitch on a 2008 Honda Ridgeline hitch number 75280. We are going to start off showing you the holes where the hitch will mount up to. It is these three here and it is the same on the other side, plus being two more on the fascia. The first step to lowering the exhaust, sometimes it helps to spray some type of lubricant on the hanger itself so you can take off the rubber grommet easier. So after you do the first one, then you do the same to the back. In some cases, after you lower the exhaust, the heat shield that is around it may come down, as well, so you have more clearance and more access in getting to the bolts on the hitch install. In this case, the heat shield is flexible enough to just move it out of the way to get the hitch installed.

Before you install the hitch it would probably be best to inspect all the holes that the hitch is going to be using to install it. It probably would be best to run a bolt through just to make sure that there is no debris in the way. After you remove the exhaust brackets and the exhaust hanger we are going to take down the heat shield behind it, as well, to give us more clearance.

All right, now we are going to raise up the hitch. And keep in mind that the hardest part to this hitch is going to be on both sides. I will point that out, because it is pretty tight clearance. But it might be best to have another set of hands when you raise the hitch. Once we have the hitch raised up and we get a bolt on each side to start it, we are going to put the rest of the bolts in and then tighten those, but leave them just loose enough to make sure everything else lines up, checking the two bolts in the bumper for plenty of movement in the hitch to allow all your other bolts to go in. All right, after you get all the bolts snug and tightened, for the most part, go back over them and torque them down to the desired torque specifications in the instructions. All right, after you have got everything torqued down, and tightened up at the hitch, it is time to up put back on the heat shield and put back up the exhaust hanger. All right, so that completes the install of part number 75280 on a 2008 Honda Ridgeline.

Questions and Comments about this Video

Pete T. 09/21/2012

Thanks for the video it gave me the confidence of ordering a hitch and attempting to install it planning on trying it this weekend. I am wanting to hook up the wiring for my 2007 Honda Ridgeline and have no idea where to start or how to do it. Any information or videos you can point me to would be much appreciated!Thanks so much for your guys videos great help!!54

Reply from Patrick B 09/21/2012

Pete, Glad to hear we've done our job. If you have any questions during your install, don't hesitate to give us a ring. The wiring on your 2007 Ridgeline shouldn't be too difficult, it's part # 118400. It's a plug and play unit that will T into the factory harness behind each tail light, so no wire splicing. You'll need a screwdriver and a drill with a 3/32 inch bit to attach the ground wire. You'll start at the driver side and then feed the rest of the harness to the passenger side below the bed and behind the bumper. Below are links to the harness and the instructions for it. Again, let us know if you have questions.12

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