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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Honda Ridgeline - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2008 Honda Ridgeline

Today on this 2008 Honda Ridgeline, we're going to install Part Number 13385 from Curt. All right. Now, this is what the hitch looks like once installed on the vehicle. Next, we'll go ahead and give you some measurements that will help you out in selecting some accessories such as the bicycle rack, a cargo carrier or a ball mount. From the top of receiver opening down to the ground will be 17 inches and from the center of the hitch pinhole to the edge of the bumper will be 3-3/4 inches. Now, we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed.

First thing we're going to do is go ahead and lower the exhaust. There are two rubber hangers on the muffler -- one going towards the front and one going towards the bumper. We'll spray on down some lubricant, so we can slide them off. All right. Now, we'll go ahead and show you the attachment points.

There are three threaded holes on each frame and at the center of the bumper, there are two threaded holes. Now, we'll take a moment to clean up the threads. We'll spray it down with some lubricant and use a tube brush to help clean out the threads. We'll be using Part Number 814092. Now, the newer the vehicle is, the easier to clean the threads.

The older the vehicle, this may take some more effort to clean the threads and then worst case scenario, you may have to use a thread tap. So clean up the threads, insert one of our hitch bolts in to know if we can thread it in easily. Now, we can just go ahead and start installing the hitch. You want to have an extra set of hands to help hold the hitch up. We'll slide it over the exhaust and into place.

Now, we'll install the hardware, we'll use a 12 millimeter bolt, with the conical tooth washers. Make sure the teeth and the washers are pointing up towards the hitch. We'll put our bolts in the frame first, then we'll snug the bolts up a little bit to make sure that the holes and the bumper were line up with the hitch. We'll go ahead and install the bolts back over to the bumper and once everything is installed, we can go ahead and tighten down the bolts then torque them down as specified in the instructions. Now, we can go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. Will take the rubber exhaust hanger down, we'll attach it to the post that's provided on the hitch and we'll also attach it back to the muffler. Now, the muffler hanger will actually be above the hitch. Once it's installed, we'll go ahead, and add a flat washer and then lock nut to the threaded rod that's on the hitch that'll secure the rubber hanger in place. And with that, that'll finish it for our install Part Number 13385 from Curt on our 2008 Honda Ridgeline.

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Employee Joe V
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