Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Honda Accord - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2011 Honda Accord


Today on our 2011 Honda Accord we're going to review and install the Draw-Tite Sport Frame class one trailer hitch, part number 24899. Now here's what our hitch is going to look like once it's installed. The majority of our hitch is hidden nicely up underneath the vehicle. The only thing we really have exposed is our receiver tube and chain hold downs, which is one on each side. Then going all the way through the receiver tube is a 1/2" pinhole. This is our class one 1-1/4" by 1-1/4" receiver tube so we've got a 200 pound tongue weight and a 2,000 pound tow capacity. Next I'll give you a couple measurements.

This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a bike rack or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4-3/4". From the top of the receiver tube opening down to the ground is 11-3/4". We'll now go ahead and show you the minimum tools required for installing the hitch. We'll use a spray lubricant and pry bar, file, 11/16 socket, ratchet and torque wrench.

Next we'll go ahead and show you just how easy it is to install the hitch. To begin our install we're going to lower the exhaust. Note, before we lower the exhaust we're going to put a safety strap underneath to help support the weight. Next we'll remove the rubber isolator from the metal hanger. We've got a total of four isolators to be removed, one at the back of each muffler and one forward of each muffler. Now to remove the rubber isolator from the metal hanger we're going to spray each one with a little spray lubricant.

We'll then use our pry bar or pliers to remove the rubber isolator from the metal hanger. Keep in mind that each process we do here on the passenger side will get repeated identically on the driver side. Now we can use our safety strap to safely lower the weight of the exhaust. Now with the exhaust down and out of the way, we're going to go ahead and remove the heat shield so we can expose the frame rail. To remove the heat shield there are a total of four fasteners that we'll have to remove. We'll hang on to our fasteners, as the heat shield we'll be reinstalled.

Now with the exhaust down and the heat shields out of the way, we can go ahead and point out the attachment points. We're going to have a total of three attachment points, one in each frame rail and the manufacturer's tow hook. The frame rail attachment points are pre-drilled holes in the frame by the manufacturer. Now the hardware for our center tow hook attachment point is going to be a u-bolt. It will go around the tow hook and then through the hitch. Then we'll install a conical tooth washer and hex nut on each leg of the u-bolt, securing our hitch in place. For our frame rail attachment points we're going to use the 7/16 carriage bolt and block. Carriage bolt and block will get fed into the frame and down through our attachment point. Then once the hitch is in place we'll secure it with a conical tooth washer and hex nut. Keep in mind, the teeth of the washer will face the hitch. Now to get our carriage bolt and block into the frame, forward of our attachment point is an access hole. The access hole is large enough for our carriage bolt to pass right through it. However, we're going to need to make at a little larger so that we can get our block into position. To open this up, you could use a chisel, file, or even a wrench. We're going to use a round file on a drill to make quick work of what little metal that needs to be removed. Now once we have it opened up, you can see our block will fit into place. Now to get our hardware into the frame and into position, we'll use the 7/16 bolt leader supplied with the install kit. We can take the bolt leader, feed it through the attachment point and out the access hole. Now once where access to the bolt leader we'll go ahead and slide on our block and thread on the carriage bolt. We'll feed the block and bolt in the frame separately, using the bolt leader to pull them into position and down through our attachment point. Now I'll go ahead and leave the bolt leader attached to the carriage bolt as it will assist with getting our hitch up into place without pushing the hardware bk into the frame. We're now ready to go ahead and put the hitch in place. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install your fasteners. As we bring the hitch into position we'll feed the pull wire through the hitch and up to the frame. Keep in mind as we tighten down each fastener we'll just tighten them down finger tight until we have them all in place. Now with all our hardware in place, we'll go ahead and tighten it down. Now that we tightened down our u-bolt, we want to make sure we tighten down both sides evenly. Once we have all our hardware tightened down, we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now using a marker I'm going to go ahead and mark out the section of the heat shield that will need to be trimmed to get it back in place. We'll just follow the ridge here and cut out this section. It will make it a lot easier to flex the heat shield back into position and tighten it back down. Now to cut it out you could use a pair of tin snips, rotary tool, or in this case we're going to use a cutoff wheel. Now once we have it trimmed out, go ahead and put the heat shield back in place using the manufacturer fasteners. It may be necessary to flex the heat shield to get all four fasteners back in place. To do that I'm just going to use the handle end of my hammer to push the heat shield in place where I need it to be. Now once we have our fasteners in place, we'll go ahead and tighten them down, and repeat the same process on the driver side. Now with the heat shield back in place, we'll go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. Now once we have the exhaust back in place, we'll go ahead and remove our safety strap. Now with the hitch installed, we're ready to hit the road. That will do it for our review and install of the Draw-Tite Sport Frame class one 1-1/4" receiver tube hitch, part number 24899, on our 2011 Honda Accord.


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