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Today on this 2001 Dodge Dakota pick up truck, we are going to install part number 87554 from Hidden Hitch. This also applies to part number 75073 from Draw-Tite. Okay we will go ahead and first show you where the hitch mounts up onto the vehicle. It is going to mount up onto the frame itself in two different places. It is going to mount on the bottom of the frame using this bolt hole here and the hole where this existing bolt is. And the existing bolt is going to be removed and replaced by the hitch hardware. Also it is going to mount up onto the inside of the frame where another existing factory bolt is going to be replaced by the hitch hardware also. All right, we will go ahead and take this bottom bolt out here.
It is also a good idea on these bolts here to spray them down with a lubricant before you try to take them off. We did this earlier today and sprayed them down so it would soak in. It really helps loosen the bolt up. And do the bolt on the side. Now go ahead and repeat the same process on the driver side. Okay, we can go ahead and place the blocks for the hardware inside the frame. There is two different blocks. There is one with an offset hole and one with the hole in the center. The offset is going to go on the end of the frame. And then this one with the center hole is going to go right there. We can go ahead and our bolts in. Then go ahead and repeat the same steps back over on the driver side. At this point we can go ahead and lift the hitch into position.
And remember that the tabs, the vertical tabs that are on the hitch, are going to go up on the inside of the frame. We are going to get the tabs in there first and then work the bolts into the hitch. We will go ahead, when you get one side started, just put a nut on there to hold it up so you can work the other side in also, while it is held up if your are doing it by yourself. Once we get all of the bolts started, we will go ahead and put our hardware on. We are just going to use a hard washer, the block one, and then the lock washer, and then the nut. All right, next we will go ahead and install our hardware for our vertical tabs that go inside the frame. It is going to use the 7/ 16 bolt and then a small flat washer. That is going to go from the outside in. This is why you leave your hitch loose so you can work it around to get to the bolts on the inside. And then we put on our conical tooth washer and nut. Again we are going to repeat the same process on the driver side. We can go ahead and make the nuts finger tight and then go ahead and torque them down as specified in the instructions. Okay, with the bolts torqued down, that finishes our install part number 87554 from Hidden Hitch.
Average Customer Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (21 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: Shawn M.05/09/2013
Installation was easy, bolted right up. Shipping was fast, however, packaging could be better, package was all torn up, paint was chipped, and scratched up, had to touch it up to prevent rust. The loop where the safety chain connects was welded off center. Other than that seems pretty good. I haven't towed any thing yet. 79643
Installation could not have been easier for my 97 Dakota. I did see in the instructions that other year models would require more time. One of the reasons I went with this hitch is that it was advertised as being powder coated. I hope this hitch will not flake paint and rust as some other hitches I have owned. I did have to "touch up" a few spots from shipping. It had torn through the box, but was packaged so all the mounting hardware was still fasened securely to the hitch. I admit I'm a little "OCD", so the "splatter" on the welds, and the decals on "crooked" does bugg me somewhat. Shipping was fast, and price was very good, as always. Thanks etrailer. 23195
by: Justin R04/22/2012
Shipped very fast, packaged very well.. watched video on a 2000 dakota to see installation and when i looked under my truck it was slightly different watched video on a 2001 dakota and that was what mine looked like, 2000 was a split year. this site has been very helpful and this hitch bolted on in minutes very easy. also got wiring kit and same thing very simple to install. overall very satisfied.. 38034
by: Young B.03/23/2011
Really like this hitch. Fit perfactly. Installed in less than 30 min. No drilling or welding on my 2004 Dakota. Excellent company to work with. Arrived much sooner than expected with no additional shipping cost. I will buy from them again. 10181
by: Justin D.06/04/2010
Very nice hitch The hitch arrived quickly and was easy to install. It's a custom fit that bolts right up to the truck with no fabrication needed. It also compliments the modern look of my truck. It's not a bulky looking hitch. 3095
by: Dave T09/11/2008
very easy to install this is a very well designed product easy to install,fits like a glove.believe me if I can install this hitch anyone can.I wish everything I ordered and installed went as easy as this,trust me. 1281
by: Greg J05/05/2011
This was easy to install. I love it. The hardest part was getting the old bolts out. Once that was done it only took 10 minutes to install. It was a perfect fit for my 2000 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab. 12974
by: Rene P.03/28/2013
Very happy with this trailer hitch. Shipped very quickly to my door and the installation was pretty easy. I will definitely be ordering from this company if I need anything else in the future. 73102
by: Rene P.03/28/2013
Very happy with this trailer hitch. Shipped very quickly to my door and the installation was pretty easy. I will definitely be ordering from this company if I need anything else in the future. 73101
by: Woody S.06/08/2011
I have a 2004 Dodge Dakota and this hitch was a direct bolt-on with no modifications! Fits and looks nice! Also got a great deal on this hitch (free shipping day)!!! Thanks again, etrailer!!! 16467
by: MIke B.05/26/2012
Product was exactly as described and fit was perfect on my 2004 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab. Having the installation video online was a great. Price was fantastic, so overall I'm very pleased! 41768
by: R. K.08/19/2012
Hitch is well made with a good finish. The mounting plate for the wiring connector made for secure mounting. Installation was easy and fast. 52268
by: Bob L.09/17/2012
Couldn't have been easier. Did the job all by myself in less than 1 hour. Looks great and now I"m ready to haul it away! 54974
by: John D05/13/2011
Easy and quick intall. e trailer had my order to me quickly, faster than I thought it would arrive. 13762
by: Brian S.11/18/2007
Fit like a glove Installed this in less than 20 minutes. Perfect fit and looks great. Thanks! 486
by: Clint k11/01/2008
Great product Super easy to install, took maybe 30 minutes from start to finish 1401
by: Zach H.06/01/2011
This install was a piece of cake. 6 bolts and you're done, and it looks good. 15904
Excellent hitch Fit perfectly. Installation was a breeze. 579
by: Charles R05/11/2012
Trailer hitch delivered in good condition on time. 40124
by: Lee M06/05/2012
Easily installed this by myself, great product 42833
by: Lee M.06/11/2012
Had this hitch installed in 30 minutes 43605
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