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Video of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
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Today on our 2012 Cadillac SRX we're going to install Hidden Hitch, part number 87573. This is what our hitch will look like once it's installed. We'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you with selecting accessories. From the center of the hitch pin hole to outer most edge of the bumper is 3 inches, from the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 19 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a draw bar, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier. Now let's go ahead with the installation.
Our first step is to remove the rear fascia door. There are two fasteners securing it in position. With the fascia door removed, we'll now have access to the two weld nuts in the bumper Next we need to remove the spacer blocks, one on each side and secure the rear fascia. There'll be two fasteners and one nut that will need to be removed in order to remove one of the spacers. We'll pry the center out of the pushpin fastener and then remove it.
Alright, with the passenger's side removed we'll go ahead and repeat the same process on the driver's side. Next, we'll go ahead and point out our attachment points for the inside of each frame rail. We'll have two on the driver's side and two on the passenger's side. These are weld nuts that we'll be using our new 12-mm bolts to secure our hitch in place. We'll be using the new 12-mm bolts along with the 1/2 inch conical tooth washer.
Now that we've put our hitch in place we'll be working behind the fascia and securing it to the weld nut. Keep in mind on the driver's side, you need to be careful not to harm or damage the wiring harness. Now is a good time to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch in place while you install your fasteners. Quick tech tip, we're working on a brand new vehicle so the weld nuts are clean. However, in some cases you'll need to clean out the weld nuts before you can install your hardware.
I recommend using some spray lubricant and a half inch Nylon Tube Brush, part number 814092 to thoroughly clean those weld nuts out before you attempt to install your new hardware. We'll install each of our fasteners finger tight until we get them all in place. Now with all our fasteners installed we'll go ahead and tighten them down. Now with all our fasteners tightened down we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with our hitch installed and torqued to specifications we'll go ahead and reinstall the plastic support pieces for the rear fascia. The fascia door cover is now taken up by the hitch so we will not be reinstalling it. However, we'll go ahead and reinstall the fastening screws should the customer ever choose to remove the hitch. They can reinstall the fascia door. And that will do it for our install of the Hidden Hitch, part number 87573 on our 2012 Cadillac SRX.
Average Customer Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (56 Customer Reviews)This durable, fully welded vehicle trailer hitch receiver features a powder coat finish over an e-coat base to ensure superior corrosion resistance.
by: Jerry K.05/10/2013
Got the hitch, installed within 30 min and I used a multimaster saw to cut out rear plate to finish installation. I included two photos 79775
Excellent receiver hitch! Installation was a breeze. I watched the instructional video and was able install this without any problems whatsoever. I opted to go with the Hidden Hitch over the Curt for a few reasons. First and most importantly, I'd read two customer reviews on different websites stating that the Curt hitch had misaligned holes and was a tight fit. I didn't want to have 5 of the 6 screws installed and be struggling to fit the last one. That kind of poor quality control infuriates me. Secondly, I thought the Curt was an unnecessarily heavy 34 lbs. (shipping weight) compared to HH's weight of only 18 lbs. A tighter fit and heavier weight would certainly make installation more difficult. Thus the increased installation time of 40:00 compared to the HH's 30:00. If I was towing a speed boat I might want the extra heft, but for the bike rack I'm using it would be overkill. Third, I love the tubular design. To me it just looks more modern. For those wondering, the Hidden Hitch, Draw-Tite and Reese versions of this hitch are exactly the same. The same company (Cequent) makes all three. Thanks etrailer.com for making this whole experience a pleasant one. Now it's time to do some cycling. 18484
Thanks for a perfect fitting product. Works great and installed in 10 minutes. 76351
Great hitch for my 2010 Cadillac SRX - it is a perfect fit and installation was very easy. I ordered on a Thursday and received my hitch the following Monday - email notifications kept me posted from the time of order to a follow up after delivery. 81481
by: Charles Z.08/07/2011
My etrailer purchase experiance has been a very pleasurable one. The vehicle selection match up process,pre-sale instructional video and follow up customer service was excellent. The hitch and wiring harness was delivered ahead of schedule even though I received a customer service call that my choice of hitches would be delayed a few days. I was given the option at that time to substutite but I elected to stay with my first choice. All hardware installed exaclty as the online instructional video and the enclosed instructions directed . I installed this hitch in about 1.5 hours without a lift. My wife was also very pleased to see things went well without my usual DYI kit frustrations that result in screaming and throwing of tools :) Thank You 21274
by: Don H.08/18/2012
I decided to be able to transport my mountain bikes on the back of my new car. So I went on your website and without any difficulty I was able to find the hitch and the bike rack I needed. I ordered both items on a Sunday evening. I immediately received a confirmation response. To my surprise, my shipping was free and upgraded at no additional charge. I received both items within 4 days. The video instructions included were excellent and easy to follow. I had the entire trailer mount and bike rack installed in less than an hour. Both products are of exceptional quality and fit my vehicle perfectly. This entire purchase from start to finish was handled in the utmost professional manner and painless on my part. I highly recommend etrailer.com 52213
by: Chris W05/07/2012
Excellent product!! Fit perfectly!! 20 min install including the wiring harness!! Watch the install video first though. Its less than 4 mins long and will save you much more time than that. It points out some things to do involving removal/loosening of some bumper trim plastic first that I wouldn't have thought to do first. Install the wiring harness before the hitch or else its kind of hard to get to. Good idea to have a torque wrench also. Torque specs are 68 Lb-Ft for all 6 bolts. Over tightened bolts loose strength so a torque wrench is a good idea. If your enough of a handy man to own a socket set and a torque wrench, you can install this hitch yourself no problem. You don't even need to jack the car up!! 39695
Despite my wife's concerns, This 59 year old insurance man with my wife helping me line it up (she helped for about 10 minutes), decided to try installing it myself. I had installed it in my driveway in less than 30 minutes, The video was a huge help, but trying to pull those 4 pins out of the bumper seemed challenging on the first one. I decided to try with those brackets left on the bumper. I had no problem slipping the hitch receiver in with those brackets on, only removing the small nut holding the brackets themselves to the car. The receiver slipped in for me easily as the lower part of the bumper is very flexible. Thank you again for the great service and instructions! 65621
by: Bob F11/13/2012
The hitch was installed today. The process was easy since the instructions were clear and the video was a great help. The shipping was done quickly and easy to follow. The quality of the material appears excellent. I will peobably be purchasing more items in the future. Bob 59371
by: Ruben S.11/09/2012
The hidden hitch and wiring was a perfect fit for my 2011 cadillac srx . After watching the how to install video provided by etrailer it only took me like 15 minutes and i was ready to go. I will only be pulling a 6x9 trailer loaded with my riding mower at the moment. I dont own a truck so it wasnt easy for me to move my things around now it wont be a problem. Thanks etrailer you have really dedicated employees who really care about helping your customers every question i emailed was responded promptly. 59139
by: George B06/07/2012
Great hitch,simple to install. Had problems getting the controller and all the wiring behind the tail light. I think this controller is larger than the one in the video. It only takes a pair of tin snips and a few minutes of cutting to make the center facia look and fit great. 43187
by: Gerald B07/20/2012
Prompt ( three days from order) delivery. Product appears to be as advertised. I believe I can install myself.. in the morning. Wish I had a hoist or some blocking. This hitch, to carry bikes, goes on my wife's pride and joy Cad SRX and she only agreed to this invasion of her car's purity because it promises not to protrude. My challenge is to fulfill that promise. Great product; excellent written and video install instructions, and unbelievably speedy delivery. 48750
by: Justin W.03/10/2011
Excellent Service. This is one of the best overall internet based businesses that I have dealt with. The product information was very clear and I was able to order the correct items confidently. The delivery was on time and correct, and the customer service was exceptional by informing me about each step of the delivery process. Overall 10 out of 10 and to top it all off, the price was the best ! 8988
by: Tom Mettner09/04/2012
I watched the video of installing on a SRX and it made the job so easy. It took me only 30 minutes to install the hitch. The Rolla carrier fit great and is very sturdy. 53880
by: Rob J.03/01/2012
Shipping Dept.: Be careful when using packaging tape to wrap all the ordered products together. This can damage some of the more sensitive items in the shipment and also makes it a hassle to get all the unwanted adhesive off. I had to use alcohol to remove all the sticky tape residue. Other than that products arrived OK. Thank you! 32815
Product exactly as described! Within the last two months I ordered several thousands of dollars of parts for a collector car that I am re-building and also the trailor hitch and wiring package from etrailor. Etrailor was the last item ordered and the first to arrive, so that should tell you something about their service. 69738
by: Brad P07/01/2013
Received today and it is already installed. Great instructions and easy to install. Thanks so much for the follow up. 86896
by: Hidden Hitch02/23/2012
Product looks in great shape. Was easy to put on with the help from the video. etrailer has the business figured out when it comes to customer service. They make a job that could make people apprehensive about starting, easy to accomplish. The video on the website is second to none. Great Job eTrailer.com!!! 32328
by: Tom O09/04/2012
Received the trailer hitch before schedule.Install was easy to follow and no problem,took under an hour. Harness wiring kit was as easy to install. Outstanding products, will use your services again in the future. My SRX and I thank you. Tom O 53892
by: Ernest C.02/28/2013
the hitch was just as described and the installation was very easy, just as shown in the video. The wiring harness was equally as good and installed in seconds. I received the hitch and accessories within a couple days of ordering. They were shipped free through UPS. Great product and service! 68210
by: Jeff L04/02/2014
Great Price. I really liked that they have videos for you to view. I highly suggest watching them as they are very straight forward. Watched it twice and then installed in less than 30 minutes. Saved $350.00 over what Uhaul wanted for the hitch and installation. Thank you etrailer..... 123426
by: Larry T10/06/2012
This was simple to install. It bolted right in place and the on-line video shows exactly how to install it. Great product and problem free installation. When I bought my SRX, my hitch-mounted bike rack had no place to go. This was a quick, easy and inexpensive solution. 56575
by: Mike M.10/07/2013
Delivery to Illinois in two days, wow! Great service and the videos will be a big help, 2012 SRX. I won't be installing it for a couple of months, I am sure it will be easy. The hitch appears to be good quality and it came with a good paint job and complete hardware. 102845
by: Al S.04/14/2014
It was very easy ordering online. Receipt of this product was timely and could be track once it got shipped. Installation videos and instructions made my job easy. I got the hitch installed within the time prescribed. I will order products from etrailer.com again. 124925
by: David B07/05/2013
Hitch went on in minutes, extremly fast delivery! Thank you!!! 87784
by: Bob S.06/30/2011
The hitch arrived in a very timely manner. The video instruction made the installation a snap. I was able to put this in by myself in less than an hour including the wiring which was a simple snap in. I would highly recommend etrailer and this product. 18244
My experience with etrailer couldn't have been any better. Ordering was easy and I received my hitch a few days later. Installation was a breeze and had it on in less than 1/2 hour. The installation video was definitely a plus. Great job etrailer. 144157
by: Michael H05/28/2014
Everything went great. Product delivered as promised. I watched the online video and read reader comments and my experience was similar to other people who said fast and easy install. Took me 20 Minutes and was able to install myself. Thanks 132965
by: Richard S05/23/2014
Product installed very easily. I installed myself and would recommend another person to help balance and hold the Hitch in place while installing. Also ordered the trailer wiring Which installed in less than a minute. 132031
by: David H.07/06/2011
Price was very competitive, order was processed same day and I was given free upgraded shipping. Hitch arrived within a few days, with no issues. Will definetly be doing business with them again. Well done. 18547
by: Paul S.05/31/2013
Very easy installation on a 2012 SRX. Instructions and video were very helpful. The holes in the hitch fit perfectly and the bolt on project was fully completed in 30 minutes. 82702
by: Rex Y.03/25/2011
Very easy to install and does not stick out like a lot of trailer hitches. We installed it on our Cadillac SRX so we could attach a bike rack when we travel. Works great!! 10340
by: Sean H07/08/2014
Very easy to install. Watch the video a few times, have the right tools and you are good to go. I believe you need a 3/4" ratchet size for the bolts they send you. 139927
by: Ryan K10/15/2012
Great customer service. Best prices and quick delivery, received products before scheduled delivery date. I will shop etrailer again before anyone else. 57258
by: jim mcdonnell08/20/2012
Product arrived as ordered, ahead of schedule. Perfect fit, simple instructions. Everything (hitch and wiring) went on easily. Very satisfied. 52365
by: John Howell05/15/2014
Fast shipment. Items arrived as ordered. Hitch was very easy to install thanks to installation video. Looks great and works great. 130738
Great product. My boys and I installed it ourselves in under 30 minutes. Thanks for quick delivery and a very well made product. 138061
by: Reading, PA07/12/2012
Excellent product. Clear , simple instructions. Took less than an hour. No problems. Looks great. Would highly recommend . 47593
by: Johnny Z12/05/2012
Excellent service, informative staff... will let you know how the installation goes! You've got my business in the future!! 60773
by: steve w.10/23/2012
shipment arrived today. very well boxed,no damage in shipping. will install this weekend. thanks again for speedy service. 57982
by: Roger S10/29/2014
Hitch arrived via UPS in good condition. Quality of product is excellent. Web site video made installation a breeze. 158324
Everything went smooth and the product was easy to install just like in the video 58833
by: David S.06/01/2012
Everything aligned perfectly. Had it installed in a matter of minutes. 42312
Great product fit lyk a glove , very impressed, would recommend 155765
Perfect fit. Looks great. Easy install. Really great price. 48348
by: Max M.04/10/2012
Quick shipment, easy application. Done in about 30 minutes. 36750
Easy to install, perfect alignment. Easy job for anyone 108720
Easy installation, which allowed me to save $ :) 151478
by: Dave M05/23/2012
Easy to install. Complete package very well done 41410
by: Rex Y04/02/2011
Very easy to install. Would recommend to friends 10935
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