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Old 12-31-2017, 06:38 AM
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2008 MDX Tow Hitch Install

I have a 2008 MDX that did not come with the tow package installed. I am considering a DIY installation of an aftermarket hitch. I have read that there may be a transmission cooler needed to be able to tow larger loads. Is that true? I have also read that the 07 and later MDXs have these installed even if you don't get the factory tow package. Does anyone know what the reality is or how I can check on my vehicle?

Also any other helpful tips on the tow installation would be appreciated. Thanks
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Yours already have the ATF Cooler installed so its 5000lb tow rated from the factory even without the hitch installed.
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The install was not bad; however, there were some fitment issues with the Curt hitch i got used. Nothing that could not be overcome... My BIGGEST recommendation is know what bolts goes where. I think we battled because we crossed threaded 2 bolts and that caused significant issues. Follow the instructions and insure each bolt catches hand threading them first!

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I have a 2008 MDX that did not come with the tow package installed. I am considering a DIY inst noallation of an aftermarket hitch. I have read that there may be a transmission cooler needed to be able to tow larger loads. Is that true? I have also read that the 07 and later MDXs have these installed even if you don't get the factory tow package. Does anyone know what the reality is or how I can check on my vehicle?

Also any other helpful tips on the tow installation would be appreciated. Thanks
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Some folks had issues with some aftermarket hidden hitches because they couldn't fit a full size spare. I went with OEM hitch because I wanted to replace the donut with a full size spare. Didn't want a donut if I'm +500 miles from home with the speed limit 75-80 mph in the southwest. You might be stuck with a donut or having to remove some of the air from a full size spare to fit if your hitch doesn't have a large enough space.
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Full size spare is a must. Only the OE hitch can fit with the full size spare.
As far as to the harness, you may go aftermarket, although I still choose the OE for cleaner plugin and play installation.
DIY installation is easy and straightforward. However, I did run into the hardware store to get longer nuts and stronger washer.
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As far as to the harness, you may go aftermarket, although I still choose the OE for cleaner plugin and play installation.
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