Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Honda Fit - Curt

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How to Install a Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2009 Honda Fit


Speaker 1: Today on our 2009 Honda Fit we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Curt class one trailer hitch receiver, part number C11064.This is what our hitch looks like when it's installed, cross tube is visible with this hitch. However, the hitch does sit nice and tucked in underneath the bumper fascia, so you're not gonna have to worry about hitting your legs or shins on it when loading and unloading the vehicle. It's gonna be a class one, it's gonna be an inch and a quarter by an inch and a quarter. Your hitch pin hole is gonna be half inch in diameter, so you're gonna see it's gonna have a reinforced collar to give you a little extra stability on your receiver tube. It's gonna have a ring style safety chain loops, give you plenty of room for different types of safety chain hooks.As you can see, it also comes with a hitch pin and clip. You're gonna have a 200-pound max tongue weight, which is the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube.

You're gonna have a 2,000 pound max trailer weight, which is the trailer plus the load included. Now, I do recommend checking your owner's manual to make sure your vehicle can withstand that amount of weight, and you're gonna want to pick the lowest number between the vehicle and the hitch. Now Curt does require the use of stabilization straps for any non-wheeled load.As far as installation goes, it is a very simple installation, comes with all the necessary hardware, there is one hole you have to drill on the driver's side. However, I do recommend getting an extra set of hands to help hold the hitch into place while you insert your hardware.Now, let's give you a few measurements to help you when deciding on any hitch mount accessories you may need, such as a bike rack or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper will be about three inches.

From the ground to the top innermost part of the receiver tube will be about 9 1/2 inches. Now, it's a good idea to get a raised shank for better ground clearance.Now let's show you how to get this installed. First thing we need to do is we need to take one of our carriage bolts and our fish wire, and we're gonna take our large spacer block. You're gonna get three different sizes. You're gonna take your larger one, and over here on our passenger side, we're gonna do a reverse pull.

We're gonna push our carriage bolt up in the hole first, and we'll push our spacer block up in the hole, and we're gonna pull that back out.Next you're gonna have two half-inch handle nuts. What you're gonna do is you're gonna bend them and you're gonna slide them in each side right inside, above the hole here. Next we'll raise our hitch into position. We're gonna remove our pull wire on our passenger side, and we'll add a flange nut. Now with an extra set of hands, we'll get one of our carriage bolts with our conical tooth washer into one of our handle nuts.

Next, we're gonna remove this plastic panel here on our driver's side. You're gonna have two push pin fasteners, and then you're gonna have two Phillips head screws. You're gonna have one here and there's gonna be one right up inside the wheel well.To remove our push pin fasteners we'll take a flat head screwdriver, and we're gonna pop the center out. Once you get the center out you can take . you can either use a flat head screwdriver or keep using it, or if you have a trim panel tool, sometimes that works a little bit better once you get the center of it out like that. You are gonna have a third push pin, it's gonna be underneath the vehicle. Then we're gonna have one more push pin right here on the inside of the wheel well, right next to the tire.Next thing we're gonna do is this hex bolt that we put in the center, we're gonna tighten that up because on our driver's side, this arm, we're gonna use our hitch as a template to drill our hole. But we need it tight up against there so we know exactly where to drill it. And so we're gonna tighten this bolt with a 3/4 inch wrench. Then we're gonna take a paint marker and mark our hole, where our hole needs to be drilled. Now we can take our hitch back down and drill our hole. Our hole is gonna be, when we're finished, 17/32. We're gonna start with a pilot hole first. Once you have your pilot hole done, you can finish out to the proper size.So per the instructions, they want you to modify this hole to fit your carriage bolt and your spacer block. However, I have found that right at the end of your bumper beam it's open, and it gives you total access to this hole. So all you will need to drill is drill your hole, and you can push all your stuff through that hole. Before I do that I want to take some spray paint and I'm gonna spray that bare metal, make sure it doesn't rust or corrode. And what I'm gonna do, I'm gonna take my other pull wire and I'm gonna go through the hole that I just drilled, and we're gonna come out this end right here. We're gonna put on our small spacer block, pull it out with our carriage bolt, just like that.Next you're gonna have two spacer blocks in your kit, they're gonna be the same. What you're gonna do is you're gonna turn your hitch over and you're gonna tape one on one side and one on the other. You want to make sure when you tape these, if you see the way I have the hitch sitting, this is the way it's gonna go up on the car. You're gonna want to tape this like this. The reason is, if you look where this is gonna be sitting, if you run it across like this, it's not gonna sit flat. You want it to sit flush inside of that. Next we're gonna put our pull wire through our holes, set our hitch up into place with an extra set of hands holding it, remove our pull wires, we'll add a flange nut on the outside.So here in the center, remove the trunk pan, you're gonna take one of your hex bolts, conical tooth washer, you want to make sure your conical tooth washer, the teeth are facing up toward the hitch. And you're gonna bolt them into your handle nuts.Next we'll take a 3/4 inch socket, go ahead and tighten all of our hardware up. Next we can torque everything down to specifications in the instructions. Next thing we need to do is we need to cut off our handle nuts. We'll just take some tin snips and we're gonna cut them off, try to get them as close as you can to the bottom of the trunk pan. Now, if you want you can take a hammer, hammer the other ends of the handle nuts up so the sharp edges aren't hanging down. Next we can reinstall our panel on our driver's side here.That'll do it for a look at and installation of the Curt class one trailer hitch receiver, part number C11064.

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