bing tracking image

Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Honda Odyssey

content loading

Products Featured in this Video

How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Honda Odyssey

Here on this 2016 Honda Odyssey, we'll be having a look at and installing the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Class III trailer hitch receiver, part number 76025. All right, here's what our hitch inaudible 00:00:11 like installed. As you can see, unlike a lot of the other Honda Odyssey hitches on the market, ours is completely hidden underneath the fascia. The only part that's exposed is the actual Class III two inch receiver itself and our safety chain loops that are welded on below the receiver. These safety chain loops are easy to use and easy to access for all sizes of safety chains. Around the side of our receiver, you'll find two pin holes here. The one closest to the front of the vehicle is your industry standard 5/8 of an inch diameter hitch pin hole.

The one here towards the back is a J-pin stabilization device hole. What J-pin stabilization devices are, this is an accessory that is used to take some of that annoying shake, play, and rattle out of what is inserted in your receiver. We have several options of those available on our website if you'd like to purchase one. This hitch features a 3,500 pound max gross trailer weight rating and a 525 pound max gross tongue weight rating. You want to consult with the owner's manual of your Odyssey and not exceed the limits of the hitch or the vehicle itself and cause damage to either one. Now, another neat feature about this hitch is not only does it sit up higher than the other Odyssey hitches, giving us more ground clearance so we don't have to worry about scraping when we're pulling into a steep driveway or going over speed bumps or something of that nature, but also our hitch pin hole here sits back a little bit further, making it easier for us to use certain ball mounts or other hitch-mounted accessories. Now, because this hitch sits up higher and is hidden behind or fascia, this gives us a better option than other Odyssey hitches on the market because we have the increased ground clearance, which some people have complained about in the past, of scraping the bottom of the receiver, and a lot of people didn't like the look of it, the main body hanging underneath the fascia of the car being visible.

This is a more factory look, it looks very nice on the back of your vehicle, it's all hidden and doesn't take away from the looks of the vehicle itself. Now for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch-mounted accessory you may need, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. We're looking about six inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rearmost part of the back bumper and about 13 inches from the ground to the top of the two inch receiver opening. Now that we've gone over some features, we'll show you how to get the hitch installed on your Honda Odyssey. Now on each side of our vehicle, we'll have a mudflap behind the back tires. We'll need to begin our installation by removing these mudflaps. We look on the other side, we'll find fasteners that hold them in place.

Okay, we'll start by removing the three Philips screws that we have on our mudflap. You'll need a right angle screwdriver bit in order to get these out. Next we've found a 10 millimeter screw that we need to remove with a ratcheting wrench. Now the only difference on the passenger side is there's one less Philips screw to remove and once you have all the screws removed, you have to pull it off the fascia a little bit because there's a tab that holds it in place. Now we need to remove our driver's side appearance panel right here. We'll find three plastic pushpin fasteners that hold it in place as well as a 10 millimeter bolt up in this recessed area right here.

The way these work, you can pop out the center section with a flathead screwdriver or trim panel tool, then you can grab the whole thing and pull it on down. Now we'll grab the panel, pull it out, and set it aside. Now we need to remove the two plastic fasteners on the bottom of our fascia. Those fasteners work the exact same way as the other fasteners that we removed earlier. Now at the top edge of our fascia, where it meets the rear body of the vehicle, we'll find a Philips screw on each side. We'll remove these. Okay, with our hatch open on each corner of our fascia, below our taillight area, we'll find two five millimeter fasteners that we need to remove. These are alan key fasteners. Okay, now we can remove our fascia with an extra set of hands. Grab the corner of it here where it meets the body and start pulling it away. Then we'll come back, pull it away from the vehicle, and we'll set it aside where it won't get damaged. In some instances, you'll have a wiring harness back here for your parking assist sensors, but our vehicle's not equipped with those, so we don't have to worry about disconnecting that. Now, on each corner of our bumper beam, we'll find two 14 millimeter bolts. We need to remove these. We can let them stay in there, we're not going to be reusing those bolts. We'll flip it upside down once we have inaudible 00:05:50 to remove them. Okay now, before we remove all of our bolts, we'll have someone hold up one side of it and we'll remove the last bolt and take this beam off. Now this metal section right here, where it's tack-welded onto our frame rail, you may need to flatten this out a little bit with a hammer so your hitch will fit up better. And repeat the same process on the other side. Okay, now we'll take our flat washers and a piece of tape where our bumper beam was. We'll use these washers as a spacer and we'll tape them to our vehicle so they don't fall off. Put two pieces of tape on them to secure them better and do the same for all four locations, there's two on each side. Okay, we're on the driver's side of our vehicle, at the rear of our frame rail. We'll find a well nut towards the rear of it. We're going to do a spacer block underneath it and we'll tape it in position like we did those washers. We'll repeat the same process on the passenger side. Now we'll get our hardware ready to secure a hitch up in position on the bottom bolt where the large spacer plate is. Take one of our large bolts and our large conical tooth washer and the teeth will face up towards the hitch. Now we'll grab a second set of hands and raise our hitch in position and secure it with the bottom bolts. Okay, now we'll inaudible 00:07:34 down our hardware. Okay, now we'll get our hardware ready that'll hold our bumper beam onto our hitch and onto the vehicle. We'll use our smaller bolts with our smaller conical tooth washers. Again, the teeth will face towards the hitch and the bumper beam. We'll have four bolts, two per side. We'll get our hitch in place and our bumper beam in place using the socket on an extension in order to get our hardware started. Okay, with all of our hardware started on both sides, we can now tighten those down. Okay, now we'll torque all of our hardware to the amount specified in the instructions. Okay, we went ahead and marked off on our fascia the area that we need to trim out according to the instructions. This is so the recess of our hitch will be able to poke through. We put some masking tape around it to protect the painted edges and we sue a cutoff wheel here to make our cut. Now that our fascia's been trimmed, we have an extra set of hands again to raise it back up into position. Now with our fascia back on, we'll reinstall our hardware to hold it in place. Now we can reinstall all of our fasteners, our appearance panel in the driver's side, and both of our mudflaps that we're removed earlier. Okay, now that we have our fascia back on and all of our mudflaps and the panels back on, there's one final thing we need to do, which is trim out this area right here around our exhaust to give our fascia a little bit more room to play and it'll sit in nicer. Let's use a rotary tool again for that, or you can also use a utility knife with a sharp blade. That completes our look at and installation of the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Class III trailer hitch receiver, part number 76025, on this 2016 Honda Odyssey.

Info for this part was:

Employee Joshua S
Video Edited:
Joshua S
Employee Jacob T
Video Edited:
Jacob T
Employee Chris R
Video Edited:
Chris R
Employee Zach D
Video Edited:
Zach D
Employee Randy B
Test Fit:
Randy B
Employee Brent H
Test Fit:
Brent H
Employee Ryan G
Test Fit:
Ryan G

At we provide the best information available about the products we sell. We take the quality of our information seriously so that you can get the right part the first time. Let us know if anything is missing or if you have any questions.