Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Honda CR-V

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2009 Honda CR-V

Today on this 2009 Honda CR-V we are going to be installing Draw-Tite hitch part number 24792. This installation will also apply for Hidden Hitch part number 60869. We are underneath the vehicle and before we get started pointing out the mounting holes for the trailer hitch we want to lower the exhaust off the passenger side frame rail. There are two hangers that we need to lower the exhaust off of. They are both here at the rear side of the exhaust system. To remove the exhaust off its hangers we just want to take a spray lubricant and spray down the studs. Then we can take either a set of pliers or a pry bar and pry it off the stud. We can just let the exhaust rest on the cross bar. 00:37

With the exhaust lowered we are actually taking a look at the driver side frame rail first. You can see we have got a large one inch hole at the bottom of the frame. We are going to be using that as our attaching point on both the driver and passenger sides. We are going to be using a carriage bolt and block assembly. We are actually going to do what is called a reverse pull. We are going to feed it up into this actual mounting hole and pull it back straight down. Along with the frame mounted attaching points we do have a center attaching point for the hitch and that is going to be to factory installed tow hook. 01:04

You will notice that on the driver side frame rail, the hole is just a little bit too small to get our block and also our carriage bolt into so we are going to need to enlarge it just a little bit just before we get started. You can do this a couple of different ways. You can either take a rotary tool to work out the side. The instructions illustrate exactly how much you are going to need to take. Or you can take a standard chisel and do it that way as well. We have opened it up just enough to get our block and carriage bolt in there. To now accomplish our reverse pull of our hardware into the frame. Again we are going to using the bolt leader that is provided with our installation kit. What we want to do is first take our block and slide in our bolt leader through it and then take our 7-1/ 16 inch carriage bolt and thread the bolt leader on to the carriage bolt. Then we will take the carriage bolt and feed it up through the hole followed by the block and pull it straight back down into position. Repeat that for the passenger side as well. 02:00

Then we will put the hitch up into position and hang it by the carriage bolts. With the frames bolts loosely installed you can go now to the center attaching point to the tow hook. We are going to be using the 1/ 2 by 2-1/ 2 inch bolt along with the one by two inch spacer. We are going to merge those two together. We are also going to need two of the one by two inch spacers with the round hole in them. Those are going to go in between the hitch and the tow hook. We will be attaching those together using the conical tooth washer and hex nut. With all of the hardware in place we can go through and start torquing our bolts down. You want to verify with the directions the specific torque rating for each of bolts. With all of our bolts torqued down we just want to make sure we put our exhaust back up on its hangers and our installation will be complete. Now that we have got our hitch installed we are going to give you a couple of dimensions that will help make choosing your hitch accessories a little easier. From the ground to the top of the receiver tube opening is going to measure 12-7/ 8 inches. From the center of the pin hole to clear the rear edge of the bumper is going to measure approximately 7 inches. This will conclude the installation of Draw-Tite hitch part number 24792 on a 2009 Honda CR-V.

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