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sammysamsam 04-24-2013 06:19 PM

06-08 fx35 Curt hitch install. Bad info out there.
 
I feel like i need to tell people about my experience trying to install the Curt wiring harness on my 08 fx35. It is complete madness! I had this long post that i was gonna vent on and serve as a warning to try to keep others from going through the same headache that i went through, but I am just gonna summarize because im sick of even thinking about it; Just buy the oem wiring harness from the dealer. There is misinformation out there about Curt harness and after spending hrs calling curt and troubleshooting, it's just not worth it. The correct Curt part # for 06-08 fx35 is 56201 if you want to go that route but i cant verify that it actually works.

sammysamsam 04-26-2013 02:35 PM

Re: 06-08 fx35 Curt hitch install. Bad info out there.
 
Also, just take off rear bumper as that will save you a lot of time and headache trying to install the hitch itself trying to use the fish tool to pull the bolt through the support beam.

preppyr6 02-27-2018 04:42 PM

Just double checking...so the correct part is not 13558

preppyr6 02-27-2018 04:43 PM

Wait, nevermind, just saw how old this thread is.

MilesL 03-03-2018 01:11 PM

Curt Tow Reciever
 
Factory wiring is a great way to go, perfect fit, good instructions, plug and play.

I agree with removing the bumper. The fish line in theory would work, but in practice I found I was not able to get it inserted past the Styrofoam alignment tabs on the Energy Absorber that are pressed into the aluminum bumper reinforcement (the tabs block the channel). Once the Styrofoam was removed, it went well.

After the install, I wish I had just paid the extra for a factory receiver. Better fit also.

preppyr6 06-08-2018 02:08 PM

Had an opportunity to try out the Hopkins wiring harness...wrapping up the install this weekend. I have the Curt 13558 receiver and found a few sites saying the Hopkins 46365 harness was compatible. I used eTrailer's DIY videos as a guide. I'm down to the last step running the power wire from the trunk to the battery box via underbelly. This is the only step I'm not super thrilled about as I don't like running a power lead outside the car. Everything else was relatively straight forward though.

The price difference is small at the end of the day ($45 vs $100), but I wanted to test it out (and throw the extra $$$ at a plenum spacer)

preppyr6 06-19-2018 08:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by preppyr6 (Post 305748)
Had an opportunity to try out the Hopkins wiring harness...wrapping up the install this weekend. I have the Curt 13558 receiver and found a few sites saying the Hopkins 46365 harness was compatible. I used eTrailer's DIY videos as a guide. I'm down to the last step running the power wire from the trunk to the battery box via underbelly. This is the only step I'm not super thrilled about as I don't like running a power lead outside the car. Everything else was relatively straight forward though.

The price difference is small at the end of the day ($45 vs $100), but I wanted to test it out (and throw the extra $$$ at a plenum spacer)

Well just to follow up, I got it all wired up and my tow wiring tester shows everything working as it should. The biggest pain was routing the power wire underneath, but after that was done everything else worked out fine.

At the end of the day, unless you're really looking to save $50 I'd just opt for the OEM unit.


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