Yes, we would modify the Pilot much like we had to modify our Odyssey and did not go with Honda's tow package. We would do the same with this Pilot 2WD. Just wanted to get confirmation that it can be done with the Pilot 2WD too. Thanks.
Of course it CAN be done, but against the recommendations of the manufacturer, should you do so?
Your call, of course...
I'd hesitate to make such a modification, especially for the purpose of greatly exceeding the tow limit, without some kind of written understanding from Honda that it wouldn't void any portion of my warranty.
" Not every mind that wanders is lost. " With apologies toJ.R.R. Tolkien
Note that the WDH option / requirement is bit weird for the Pilot and the Odyssey. For my 2007 Odyssey, the manual states that WDH is required for weight more than 2,000 pounds or something similar. However, for similar year Pilots, the owners manual specifically states that WDH is NOT to be used for the Pilot. You need to check.
You need to do a bit more research on the two capacity but it should be 3,500 pounds if you have a trans cooler and proper hitch. Check on the WDH for that year. Also make sure to get a good brake controller and a trailer with electric brakes.
Both the Pilot and Odyssey are both Unibody, as is all current other minivans and most other modern smaller and midsize SUVS. Just because a vehicle is a unibody that does not mean you should or should not use WDH.
My current tow vehicle is a Honda Odyssey Van all set up with a WD Hitch, transmission/power steering cooler, Prodigy electric brakes, etc. If we purchase the Honda Pilot, to make it a tow vehicle for our Rockwood pop-up, would we have another WD hitch installed on the Pilot and bypass Honda's hitch/tow package?
You can use the same WDH as you're using with your Ody. You would not bypass anything.
Honda says only they do not want you to use a WHD because improper set up can lead to poor handling, nothing more. I currently use a WDH on my Pilot and 4100 travel trailer, and would not opt to pull without it.
But why are you thinking of switching? Ironic I ask this, because we just went from an 09 Ody to a 12 Pilot. Unless you're over 3500lbs, or may be over 3000 + a fully loaded van, stick with the Ody.
And just to be clear, the 2WD Pilot, with added coolers, has the same 3500 tow rating at the Ody. Its not until you go to the 4WD, you have a 4500 rating. However note, all Pilots get the same hitch.