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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2007 Honda Odyssey - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2007 Honda Odyssey

Today our 2007 Honda Odyssey, we are going to install the Curt inch and a quarter trailer hitch receiver number C12031. This is what the Curt trailer hitch looks like installed on your Honda Odyssey. As you can see it has a nice round tube design that connects to the side brackets and it goes from one side to another. It has a nice black powder coat finish that's going to resist rust and corrosion, and one of the best things about this hitch is you just use well nuts and one carriage bolt into the frame of your vehicle to install it. Here on the front you have your inch and a quarter opening, your half inch pinhole, so you put your pin in whatever accessory you're towing. You also have access to your chain hold downs here. This hitch is rated at 350 pounds tongue weight and 3500 pounds of towing capability.

You always want to double check your manufacturers specifications for your vehicle and go with whatever is lower, whether the hitch or the vehicle rating. Now I'll go ahead and give you some measurements and help choose some accessories for your new hitch. From the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost sides of the bumper is 2 3/4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 14 inches. That will help you in choosing accessories such as ball mounts, bike racks or cargo carriers. Now I'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. To start our install, I'll point out the mounting locations.

Here on the driver side there will be two well nuts, here on the frame and another hole right behind it and a carriage bolt and block inaudible 01:20. On the passenger side, there's two well nuts that are our mounting locations, right here and right here. Now over time the well nuts can fill up with rust, dust, dirt and debris so we need to go ahead and use some spray lubricant. Spray those out and use a tube brush part number 814092 to clean those out. Do that for both sides.

Then we'll take a bolt, thread that in there just to make sure it goes nicely into the well nuts in the frame. Go ahead and do that at all four of the well nut locations. The mounting hardware here for the passenger side will be the hex head bolt and conical toothed washer that comes with the kit. The teeth of the washer need to face the hitch, so we'll go though the hitch and into our well nuts. For two of the three mounting locations on the driver side it will be the same hardware, the hex head bolt and conical toothed washer that will inaudible 02:13 the hitch into the well nuts. For our last mounting location which we'll install the hardware once the hitch is in place, it'll be a square spacer block and a carriage bolt.

That will get fed through the frame through the access hole here, and out this hole and it will attach with a flange dot. Now we'll go ahead and get an extra set of hands to help us put our hitch into position. Now the nice thing about this hitch is if you don't have an extra set of hands you can go ahead and use the exhaust to help you hold the hitch up while you install the hardware. Just feed the passenger side up over the exhaust and that'll hold the weight of it on that side and we can install the hardware here on the driver's side. Now once you get one of the bolts and conical toothed washers here, start in the well nut, that'll hold the weight of the hitch so you can install the rest of the hardware. Go ahead and get the hardware started here on the driver side and now we'll go and install our hex head bolts and conical toothed washers on the passenger side. Now we need to go ahead and put our carriage block and bolt into the frame. We'll take the pull wire that comes with our install kit, put it into the hole that our hardware will come out of and out through the access hole of the frame right here. It does help sometime to put a little bit of a bend in it just so it helps it feed through the frame and down. Feed the block on first and then thread it on your carriage bolt. Now we'll remove the pull wire and install our flange dot. Now with all our hardware installed we'll go ahead and tighten it down and then torque it as specified in the instructions. Now with our hitch installed we're ready to hit the road. And that will do it for the install of the Curt 1 1/4 inch trailer hitch receiver, part number C12031 on our 2007 Honda Odyssey. .

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