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Old 06-27-2011, 12:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Aftermarket Hitch Question

Hey all,

Looking at an aftermarket hitch for my 07 X...I skimmed through some old posts on the topic, but cant find the complete answer.

I want to get a hitch installed from a local shop. What else would I need to make it work like the factory? Is the wiring harness already setup? What about the part the causes the trucks computer to detect a hitch is attached or that you are towing something?

Let me know thanks!
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Old 06-28-2011, 02:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I installed the hitch myself from etrailers, also got the wiring harness from them. Both were an easy install and they have videos online. I didn't know our trucks had any software that detected a trailer being towed. Are you referring to a brake controller?
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Second the etrailers route - I got the Hidden Hitch brand
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Old 03-26-2012, 04:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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can I see some pics of a Hidden or Curt hitch installed? I need one for light duty so no OEM.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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No programming is required. It will automatically recognize if something is being towed. Here is the online video, it is fairly simple if you can get someone to help you.

Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Acura MDX Video | etrailer.com

Here is the wiring harness install:

Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2007 Acura MDX Video | etrailer.com




Here is what the valley hitch looks like installed.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Aftermarket Hitch

Just some general information -

The best aftermarket hitch solutions I've found out there come from Draw-tite. The solutions have the best fit and are generally well thought out for installation. And the quality of the product (fit, finish, durability) is superior in my opinion.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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No programming is required. It will automatically recognize if something is being towed. Here is the online video, it is fairly simple if you can get someone to help you.

Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Acura MDX Video | etrailer.com

Here is the wiring harness install:

Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2007 Acura MDX Video | etrailer.com




Here is what the valley hitch looks like installed.
That looks pretty neat! What about this one? Anybody got it installed with pics?
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I plan on getting a Hidden Hitch from hitches online next week, from hitches online.
from the directions there is no drilling as it uses exixting weld nuts.
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I plan on getting a Hidden Hitch from hitches online next week, from hitches online.
from the directions there is no drilling as it uses exixting weld nuts.
This looks like the same as the Curt Hitch. I just checked on Etrailer. Are there basically one or two styles with different names on them? I want to get the Curt hitch from Amazon. I just would like to verify it by seeing some pics of it installed.
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can I see some pics of a Hidden or Curt hitch installed? I need one for light duty so no OEM.
Curt hitch installed



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FYI, the info I found about the difference between OEM and aftermarket (hidden hitch/ curt/ uhaul) is only OEM let's you have room for a full size spare. Otherwise same tow/ tongue weight usually. That's my understanding. Full size spare is important to me...
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looks good! Thanks
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:18 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I just installed my Curt Hitch

Got it from Etrailer. $163 w/wiring shipped to my door. So it took about 2 hours to install (taking my time) and I did need a little help from a neighbor when it came time to bolt it up. A tip to give yourself some more room underneath - get some 4x6 blocks under the rear wheels - these have helped me countless times on several vehicles. (I have a floor jack and stands but sometimes this is all you need if your not taking wheels off)


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Your going to need a 7/8" combo wrench to do bolt #4. If you dont have one get it ahead of time so you dont need to get it mid job like I did -


All done!

It just pushes up on the plastic bumper slightly so no need to cut. I'm very happy with it. The trick is to get one bolt on each side started then you'll probably need to wrestle it a bit to get all the other holes to line up. It fits pretty tight up in there so you need another set of strong hands and put some attachment in the receiver to get more leverage to wrestle it around while trying to start the other bolts. Also the 7/8 wrench was the only way I could see to get that last bolt tightened. Not enough room to get a socket on it. Solid as a rock now and looks good
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I have a Valley Hitch. Very easy to install...8 bolts and you are done.
Took about 1.5 hours.

Bought it from Amazon.
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hey skw, thanks for the pics. Its hard to tell, but is the hitch pushing up on the bumper?
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