Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Honda Pilot - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Honda Pilot


Today on our 2016 Honda Pilot we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame trailer hitch receiver. This is a custom fit class three hitch with a 2" opening. Its part number is 75225. Here you can see the hitch once it's installed. Really nice, clean look. You're only going to see just this little bit of the receiver tube itself and our safety chain connection points. Then we're also going to have a small bracket here in case we want to attach any 4-pole, 7-pole wiring.

The main crosstube of the hitch is completely hidden so we don't have to worry about too much cosmetic change. Nice collar on the end there and plenty of room on each side. No interference with the lower bumper or anything like that. I really don't think you're going to have an issue no matter what kind of system you decide to use, whether you're using a hitch pin and clip, anti-rattle bolt, lock. Whatever it is, even the immobilizer, should go around there without any real issue. Now we do have a double pin setup.

We're going to have our larger 5/8 pinhole in the rear. That's the one that we're going to use for our ball mounts or anything else that we want to connect to our car. The one in the front is for use in conjunction with our main hitch pin if we're using that j-pin stabilization device. While we're here, you can see the safety chain connection points are going to have a nice large, oval, really thick, heavy duty plate steel. We should be able to get just about any safety chain connected on there we want to.

It's not that big of a gap there that we have to bridge. As far as towing goes with it, we're looking at a 6,000 pound gross trailer weight rating. That's going to be the total of the trailer and everything that we've got loaded up on it. The hitch is also going to offer a 900 pound tongue weight rating. That's the maximum downward force we can put here at the receiver tube opening. Now if we decide to go into a weight distribution setup we're going to increase that gross trailer weight up to 8,000 pounds.

The tongue weight's going to stay the same at 900. Now we do want to refer to the owners manual of the Pilot, make sure it can handle those kind of loads. If not, just go off of whichever of those numbers are the lowest. Now a couple of measurements that are going to be helpful in selecting your ball mount, bike rack, or even hitch cargo carrier will be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening we're looking at about 15". Then from the center of our hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of our bumper it's about 3. To begin our installation we're going to get into the rear hatch here and we're going to remove any of the floor coverings that might be in there. We'll just set them aside for now. We're looking to gain access to this little cap right here that says spare tire. What we want to do is just pop that cover off and below it we'll see a little grommet. Pop that up. It's going to give us access to that little square stud there. We're going to use that to lower our spare tire down. Now we'll just grab our tire tool and go ahead and lower that down. Just go ahead and move this out of the way, set it aside for now. Now you can see our attachment points here. We're going to have three weld nuts, same spot on each side. We're going to hit each one of these with a little bit of spray lubricant, and then with a nylon tube brush. This is part number 814092. If you don't already have one at home, pick it up. We're just trying to free up any debris or crud that might have built up in those weld nuts while we've been cruising down the road. Now with those cleaned out, let's go ahead and raise our hitch up into position. Now when we raise our hitch up into position we're going to get a buddy to help us out here. It's not so much heavy, just kind of awkward. Line up our oblong holes with each one of our weld nuts there. Then we just need to get one threaded in on each side to hold it in place. Don't want to get them too tight. Want to have a little bit of movement so we can get our other one started as well. Now once where those started in there really well, let's just let our hitch rest in position while we get the other four started. Now let's take a quick look to be sure we have our hitch centered on our vehicle. Now that we've confirmed we've got it centered, let's go ahead and snug down our fasteners. Now let's get our torque wrench out and we'll torque them all down to the specification we can find listed in our instructions. Now we're ready to raise that spare tire right back up into position. Now what you'll want to do as you're putting that up is tuck the backside of the tire up so the front side will come up. If we don't, sometimes it gets hung under the hitch. Make sure it's up there nice and secure, and then we can just replace our grommet and our cap. Then we put our tire tools back in place, replace any floor coverings we took out, and we're good to go. Now with everything back in place, that's going to complete today's installation of the Draw-Tite Max-Frame trailer hitch receiver, part number 75225, on our 2016 Honda Pilot.


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