Thanks, yeah I don't think I'll be towing anything but a bike rack.Yes. It's not hard when the vehicle is new and there is no corrosion of the weld nuts in the frame. Maybe half an hour with help. More without help.
Having another pair of hands is helpful when you are first getting it started, but you could probably fake it with a jack or support. It probably doesn't weigh more than 30-40 pounds or so, but it is a bit unwieldy.
Take your time and get all the bolts started by hand before you grab the wrench. You don't want to cross-thread the bolts. To get the appropriate torque, you should probably have a torque wrench or breaker bar. You don't want those bolts coming loose.
The 2016 trailer wiring harness is another matter. Unless you're willing to pull off the entire driver's side rear trim panel, it's pretty frustrating to get the various parts placed and find their attachment points. I was on a tight schedule for a trip so I did it, but I wouldn't do it again.
See the "Towing" sub-forum for more info.
Yikes, I JUST emailed the retailer (as I noticed my part number on my invoice lists the older one). I hope they can make this right, and don't simply try to offer a refund for the part... Then I'll have to try to find it elsewhere (and pay shipping at a separate retailer).The harness part# was changed from 08L91-tg7-100 to 08L91-tg7-101, so make sure you get the latter.
My wiring harness is working fine for 4-flat ( Yakima trailer for kayaks ). No blown fuses or other problems, but I'm concerned about the recall. I just dug up my invoice and it's the "retired" part number.The harness part# was changed from 08L91-tg7-100 to 08L91-tg7-101, so make sure you get the latter.
A little bit of info that might help people. The trailer hitch is the same as the Acura MDX and on amazon you could probably find a CURT for about $150.00 its the same exact part Number
My wiring harness is working fine for 4-flat ( Yakima trailer for kayaks ). No blown fuses or other problems, but I'm concerned about the recall. I just dug up my invoice and it's the "retired" part number.
Any details on the defect?
BTW, Honda suggests installing hitch and wiring harness together, because it is easier to mount the bulky 7-way receptacle before you get the hitch raised. The installation instructions even say to drop the hitch if it's already installed. But I did it the other way on a first-gen MDX years ago ( with similar wiring harness ), so it is possible.
Recalled and superseded.I've ordered the part online, and am having my buddy at the Grand Canyon Dr Service center install it. Said it'd be about $150 for both hitch and harness... And he said it was ok to install a factory part (even if Zimbrick didn't provide it). However, I can't ask them to install a recalled part...
So is this part "recalled" or "retired"? I'd like more info on this, as it'll be pertinent to my conversations with the online retailer that I'm buying it from. Can someone point to where they read about this?