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Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Honda HR-V

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How to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Honda HR-V


Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Honda HRV we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Curt Class One Custom Trailer Hitch Receiver. Part number is C11416.So, here's what our hitch is going to look like once we have it installed. The cross tube is going to sit just right below the bumper and it is going to be visible, but the main thing we're going to see is that receiver tube sticking out.All right. Just going to give us an inch and a quarter by an inch and a quarter receiver tube opening, so it's going to be great for bike racks and some smaller cargo carriers.The way we're going to mount all of our accessories to the hitch pit hole here on the side, and it is going to accept a standard half inch pinning clip, and while these aren't included in the kit, you can pick them up here at etrailer.com.Now if you do plan on doing some light duty towing, our safety chain connection points are going to be a plate style welded to the bottom of the receiver tube. And as you can see, we're not going to have too much trouble getting most side hooks on or off.As far as the weight capacity goes, our hitch is going to have a 200 pound tongue weight, which is the maximum downward pressure at the receiver tube. It's also going to have a 2,000 pound gross trailer rate rating, which is the amount it can pull including the trailer and everything we have loaded on it.

With those numbers in mind you should always double check your Honda's owner's manual, and never exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight.Now, Curt does recommend using a safety strap when carrying any non trailer loads, such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier.Like to give you a few measurements, and that's going to help you whenever you're looking at accessories for your hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper should be right about three inches. That measurement's going to come in handy when you're looking at folding accessories to make sure you have adequate clearance, and that it's not going to come in contact with the rear bumper.From the ground to the inside top hitch of the receiver tube opening is going to be right about 13 inches. At that height I would recommend a cargo carrier or a bike rack with a raised shank, that way we get a little bit more ground clearance.So now that we've seen what our hitch looks like and gone over some of the features let's show you how to get it installed.At the beginning of our installation we're going to come at the back of our HRV, and if you have a front wheel drive model and we had this under body plastic panel here, we're going to have to trim a section out on the driver's side.Already went ahead and marked out the area that we're going to need to trim, and you'll find a diagram in your instructions. Now, you can either use a utility knife or some kind of cutting tool, but you just want to make sure you take your time and make as clean of cuts as you can.

I'm going to be using a rotary tool, you just want to be careful, again, taking your time. We always come back and clean off all the excess plastic.If we look up into the hole we just cut out we can see the frame. We're going to see we're going to have a small hole towards the back of our HRV and a larger one towards the front. The small one is going to be one of our mounting locations, and we're going to need to fish wire our hardware in place. Now, we're going to have two carriage bolts, and you'll notice that one of them is going to be just a little bit longer.

You want to make sure you put the long bolt on the driver's side, and the short one on the passenger side.In order to get to the access point for our mounting locations on the passenger side we're going to need to lower the exhaust down. The end of the muffler here, we're going to have two of these rubber isolators, one on each side. And to help relieve those we're going to take a little bit of spray lubricant and we're going to spray directly on the hanger.The one towards the center you're going to want to remove the rubber isolator directly off the muffler, but leave it up top. Because once we get the hitch in we're going to have a little bit of limited space. So it will be a little bit easier to get back on if we take it off the bottom.

Just take a pry bar and we're going to pry against the rubber isolator. We'll do the same thing for the one on the outside of the muffler.Once both of the rubber isolators are off we can let our exhaust come down. Now, you'll see that same mounting location on the passenger side here in the same large access hole.Now, sometimes the hitch doesn't have enough room between the mounting location and the exhaust here, so we can either cut this, or we can just take our exhaust shield, and we're just going to bend it and fold it back over directly on itself, that way it's not going to be hitting the muffler, but it will give us a little bit of room here so that the hitch can sit directly against the frame. And if you can't do it by hand you can take a pair of pliers and bend it over.Now we can get ready to put our hardware in place. We'll start by taking our fish wire with the coiled end going in to mounting location. And I always like to put a little bend in it, it will help guide it through the frame a little bit. And we're going to be feeding this back through the frame until we can get it to come out the large hole that's towards the front. Sometimes it will help if you put your finger in, partially grab the wire, and help guide it down.Now it's important that we leave both ends outside of the frame. We can always put a bend in the other side, that way it doesn't fall in the frame and we lose the wire.Then we're going to take a square hole spacer block, slide it over the coiled end, and then since we're on the passenger side we'll grab the short carriage bolt and we'll thread it onto the end of the wire. And we're going to want to feed each piece into the frame one at a time, and we're going to pull on our wire until the bolt will drop down through. Now we're going to repeat that on the other side as well.Now with an extra set of hands we're going to lift our hitch up, we're going to take our pole wires, and we're going to drop them down from the top of our hitch going through. Make sure that they come down through the hitch. We're going to remove one of our pole wires, and we're going to grab a seven sixteenth nut, we're going to make sure to get one on each side so we don't have to worry about it falling down.Now in the center of our hitch here we're going to have these two holes that are going to be right below that tow hook. We're going to take our U bolt, we're going to go around the tow hook, and drop the bolts down so it comes down through those two holes. This is going to be a little bit of a tight fit just because everything's already in place. But you want the two sides to come down while it's still straddling that hook on top. And we'll take two more seven sixteenth flange nuts and get those in place.We're going to come back with an eleven sixteenth socket and we'll tighten up all of our hardware. You want to make sure you come back with a torque wrench, and we're going to torque all of our hardware down in a specified amount in the instructions.We're going to raise our exhaust back up, and if you're having a little bit of trouble getting them seated all the way you can always put a little bit more spray lubricate on there, it will help slide it in place a little bit easier.This hanger, because of the limited space we have, it may be easier if you take a flat blade screwdriver and pry down on the rubber isolator so we can get to hook around the exhaust.That will finish up your look at the Curt Class One Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C11416, on our 2017 Honda HRV.


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