It was high time I installed a receiver hitch on our Odyssey. The bike rack we own is one that requires a 1-1/4 or 2-inch receiver hitch, and my truck is the only vehicle that we can use it on. Also, it would be nice to be able to pull a trailer with the Honda every once in a while.
I ordered this Hidden Hitch from eTrailer.com with a 2″ receiver, for all my ball mounts are for such size. Because my order was over $150, shipping was free. It arrived at my door in less than a week.
The mounting holes are easily accessible without the need to jack up the vehicle. This is the driver’s side, with the back of the van to the left. Our van is 6 years old, so a bit of rust build up can be seen here. No problem, they just need to be cleaned a bit with a wire brush.
A shot of WD-40 in the hole and several seconds of spinning the wire brush did the trick.
The instructions recommend lowering the exhaust for easier installation of the hitch But I figured I’d first try to install it without going to that trouble. Turns out, I was able to fairly easily maneuver the receiver into place as-is. Saved me some time in lowering and then putting it back into place.
Working alone, I used the aid of a jack stand to aid in holding up the opposite end I was working on. This worked out better than I had anticipated.
At that point, it was as simple as placing the metal spacer bars between the hitch and frame, and inserting and tightening the bolt with a washer. I used a 3/4-inch socket with extension and in about 5 minutes had all 6 bolts tightened.
Tada! Hitch receiver installed!