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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an e-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection.
Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.
Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.
In addition, Draw-Tite performs static testing on a simulated automobile, as opposed to the rigid fixture used for SAE testing, resulting in a more true-to-life scenario.
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2005 - 2013 Toyota Tacoma All except X-Runner
2014 - 2015 Toyota Tacoma All Models
Video of Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
installation instructions And specs For complete information.
Today on this 2015 Toyota Tacoma we're going to show you part number 75236. This is the Draw-Tite Max-Frame 2" receiver hitch. Now this is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on our Tacoma. Starting on the outside here you can see you have a nice rounded reinforcement for your end of the hitch here. Take a look at the side on the receiver part. You have two holes.
One hole's for a 5/8 hitch pin and the secondary hole here is for use with the Draw-Tite J-Pin. The J-Pin is designed to work with a variety of accessories that fit inside your hitch to keep it from rattling around. By itself, as is, the hitch can pull 5,000 pounds, or 500 pounds tongue weight. Now if you add a weight distribution assembly this is a device that takes the tongue weight of a trailer and distributes it over a trailer and truck. In this case the tongue capacity goes up to 550 pounds.
Then our weight capacity for the hitch goes up to 5,500 pounds. Next we'll go ahead and give you some measurements to help you out with selecting some accessories, such as a ball mount, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier. Our measurement for the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 13-3/4". However, this truck is available in a variety of different tire sizes, so that measurement, it will vary. Our next measurement will be from the hitch pinhole to the outside edge of the bumper, and that's going to be 3-1/2". Now we'll go ahead and show you how to hitch is installed. To start off our install we need to go ahead and loosen up the bumper.
We need to go behind the bumper and there's a variety of bolts we have to loosen up. We're on the driver side behind the bumper and we need to loosen up these two bolts and then these two here and this one as well. Now we're going to loosen these up as far as they can go but not take them out, and it will still be safe to hold the structure together. We're going to use a 17mm socket to loosen up these bolts. Our driver side is done.
Let's do the same thing over on the passenger side. Once we have all our bolts loosened up, we'll go ahead and remove these two bolts. Want to verify and make sure this bolt's in place and these two are as well. With these two bolts loose you can see how the bumper gets loose as well. If you can, try to pull this bracket out. Our hitch will fit in between the frame and the frame bracket. We're still on our passenger side. We'll do the same thing over on our driver side. At this point we're almost ready to put the hitch into place. We'll go ahead and show you the hardware that will fit in the bottom of the frame and through the hitch. We have our metric bolt. Also, a conical tooth washer. Make sure the teeth on the washer always face towards the hitch. We'll go ahead and show you the location where this goes into the bottom of the frame, and we'll double check to make sure our threads are clear. This is our driver side. Even on a new truck there's probably some paint or some other debris inside there so you'll probably need to clean them out. We'll use part number 814092, a tube brush and a spray lubricant to go ahead and clean out the threads. Much better. We'll do this on both sides of the vehicle. Then we can go ahead and put our hitch up. Let's go ahead and take your hitch and put it in place. You definitely want a extra set of hands to help hold it up. Run it between the slot between the frame and the frame bracket. Then we'll take one of the bolts and start it on the bottom. Then when you slide the hitch in position you'll notice there's a slot in there. That slot has to line up with this bolt that's preexisting in here so you got to line it straight up from the bottom and then go up. That's the easiest way to do it. We'll go ahead and install our second bolt on the bottom of the frame. We'll snug these bolts down to bring your hitch up for us. Now to tighten up this hardware we're using a 3/4" socket. Now at this point we can go ahead and loosely install our two original bolts here and here. Push the bumper up a little bit and get the bolts started. This is the passenger side. Let's go ahead and do it one more time over on the driver side. Now after our hitch is loosely installed you'll notice there's a space between the bumper bracket here and the bumper itself. You'll see this is the space right here. This is the block they give you to fill it up with. We'll go ahead and take one bolt out a time and install our block and put the bolt back in. We'll do this for this bolt and the one going towards the inside of the bumper. You can see how we have it in place. We've got this bolt started. Let's go back up one more and do it again. This may take some flexibility to get to. You definitely have to bounce the bumper around a little bit to make sure you get the bolt started. That will do it for our driver side. Do the same thing over on the passenger side. At this point we have all our hardware loosely reinstalled, so let's go ahead and tighten them down and then torque them down as specified in the instructions. We'll start with the bolts on the bottom here. Then we'll work on the three bolts that go to the frame. Let's do the same thing over on the driver side. Now we've got these three bolts tightened up. Now the last two going to the bumper you'll have to watch how your bumper sits as you tighten them down to make sure it's sitting the way you want it. One final inspection of the bumper. Make sure it tilts okay. Then we'll go ahead and torque the bolts down as specified in the instructions. Definitely have to have a torque bar with a swivel on it in this case. With all our bolts tightened down, that will finish it for our install. That will finish it for part number 75236, the Draw-Tite Max-Frame class three 2" receiver hitch, on our 2015 Toyota Tacoma. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (92 Customer Reviews)Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an e-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection.
by: Curtis V11/01/2016
I like this hitch and it was received as described and explained in product description online. Received earlier than expected. Timely shipping. I ordered it on a Monday and received it on a Thursday. This hitch will be used primarily for now to mount a platform for an electric scooter, and later for towing. Will install a wiring harness for that when the time comes. My truck didn't come with a receiver hitch from factory as an option nor installed at dealer but didn't have the need for it until now. My only complaint is that the product I ordered should have been insulated better, or had padding in the box to prevent it from being slightly bent on the driver side mounting area, which took a while to straighten out for installation. I'm not sure if it came like that from the factory, or if it occurred during shipping, but the sharp edges had cut through the box some from being handled. The latter being most likely. Anyhow, once we straightened it we were able to get it on after a while. 312778
by: Greg W.06/20/2016
I waited till the last minute to get my truck setup for trailer towing (moving my recent graduate to her new job/home). Used the express shipping. Everything arrived on time. I installed this myself so it took a while (2 hours). A second set of hands would have helped. First tip: Use some tie down straps (flat nylon) and loop around your closed tailgate and the bumper. This will keep the bumper in place when you loosen the bolts. Second tip: I used a car jack from my wifes car to help lift the hitch in place. Balance the hitch on the jack and use some wire to hold it to the jack. I also used a Curt no-splice wiring harness. This was simple to install. Hardest part was getting the darn connectors unsnapped. Watch the vids on etrailer and anyone can do this themselves. 262641
by: Chris H.08/20/2016
Got my hitch in just about in the time frame I was suppose to. Pretty easy in theory to install but there is some advice to offer. Make sure you get some PB Blaster on those rusty bolts on the Tacoma. Those fine threads make it hard enough to ratchet off but when they got rust on them...oh boy does it take some time and effort. But it was an easy install outside of that and the wiring kit went really smooth. Very happy with this purchase. 285802
by: Frank H.10/16/2016
My experience started with an easy to use web sight. Then the shipping was great, the hitch arrived before I expected! It fit good with no problems. I would recommend that the spacers for the bumper support be installed before the hitch for easier access to them. I also bought a Kurt trailer wiring harness, which is the way to go. The only problem I had with it was the instructions sent with kit were for a 55313 kit and I had a 55513 kit. etrailer had no control over this because the package was sealed, however they did supply a great video on how to install the harness on my vehicle. Thanks for a great experience!q 307606
by: Paul D.08/17/2016
The hitch was delivered in a reasonable amount of time, and it was helpful to be able to track it. The quality of the hitch looks good, and the fit to the truck was fine. I haven't actually used it to tow anything yet, but I can't imagine there would be any problem. The only downside I'd mention is that installation took much longer than I anticipated. Much of this had to do with rusty parts on my truck, but it was also difficult to juggle and support both the hitch and the rear bumper into place to get the bolts in. Once in place, it fits fine and looks great. 284545
by: Don P.04/12/2013
The turn around time from submitting a phone order to receiving was FAST! (4 working days!!) Same day I ordered this hitch I placed 2 orders for other things with different companies and they are still at least a week away from arriving! Instructions both on paper and the video on the website were very accurate and simple to follow. The time line given would have been accurate if not for my truck was older and a little rusty but the time was still within reason. I've done a lot of DYI's but this has to be the simplest & fastest I have ever done! 75521
by: Tom T.07/23/2016
Bottle jack, 2x4 and a paint can. I'm not particularly handy but decided to install it myself. I had no set of extra hands, but with the jack, paint can and 2x4 I was able to do it in 3.5 hours. The hardest part was installing the spacers that were closest to the bumper. I ended up tying a string through the spacer hole and dangling it while I placed the screw through all parts. The trailer hitch was solid and fit the truck flawlessly. Very nice product. I would recommend this hitch to everyone. 275433
Hitch arrived quickly with the free upgraded delivery. I installed it by myself in under 2 hours. I went by the included instructions and did not remove the bumper and just loosened and removed the required bolts. It made the bumper very loose and got in my way most of the time. If I was to do over i would remove the bumper completly like the video. I would also recommend another person to help, like the video. Overall its a great hitch, very sturdy, looks good, installion was fairly easy. Thanks. 8649
Took me 2 hrs to install myself. I had to use a jack, couple 4x4 to hold up the ends. ;) video guide on website was very helpful. This saved me $500 from dealer. I think it would help if bolt torque spec was included in instructions diagram. I just hand tightened them. Oh and at first the fillers were loose after I thought i had tightened the bolts. That was weird to me but after tighten the bolts more they are snugged now. Looks good and satisfied. 285495
by: Bertram D.05/23/2016
Easy install even though we worked on the ground. We did not remove the bumper just supported it. We removed the two top bolts that hold the hitch and installed the hitch with the four bolts, loosened the other three and installed the shims separately. Once all the bolts were started we tightened everything down. Great product and also easy install on the wiring harness. Took us around 90 minutes for everything. Thanks great products...Bert D. 251192
by: Phil R08/18/2012
Quality product, fast shipping. Installation would be easier with two people, I installed alone using jack stands and a floor jack. Looks good on the truck, barely noticable... this is my third hitch purchase from etrailer.com. 52222
by: Jenn T.01/14/2014
Very easy to assemble, according to my mechanic. He was impressed with the product and only charged me $50 to bolt it in and hook up the electrical harness (it may seem like a lot to some, but another bloke said it would take 1 1/2 hours and wanted to charge me $150 and I knew it wasn't that difficult). I haven't really used it much yet aside from moving a boat trailer around. So far, I'm very happy with the purchase. 112826
Very well made and solid. Fitting it on a 6 year old truck is more difficult than the video makes it seem (rust, etc). Though it took some hammering, and loosening and tightening of bolts, to get it on, the fit is good. The written instructions are a bit weak, so definitely watch the video a few times. Otherwise, great product, with fairly quick delivery given the size. 65749
by: Tom H.04/18/2012
I had to take it to the garage where I have my truck serviced to put it on . I 'm getting beyond the stage of crawling under trucks anymore. It was a snap to install and the wireing harness was really simple and easy to hook up. The mechanic that did the work was really impressed with the quality of the product. He was more impressed with the price of everything. 37559
by: John H07/31/2011
The hitch is a perfect fit! The instructions were clear enough for this computer programmer to do without a helper. One good hint, however, is to use a floor jack to support the hitch on its way up into position. This lets you maneuver the brackets into place without needing to support the weight. Great product and excellent service from etrailer! Thanks! 20627
by: Jeffrey Z11/01/2012
The products speak for themselves. This is the third purchase I have made through etrailer and they are by far the best company I have dealt with. They always have what I am looking for and the turn around is fast. This last purchase showed up in less than 36 hours after I placed the order and I did not put a rush on it. Outstanding service and support! 58602
by: Brandon B.06/29/2012
This is a very good quality hitch. It fits my Tacoma and does what it's supposed to do. Very sturdy. Also it is hardly noticeable on the truck, but easily accessed. I will probably rarely tow a trailer, but I plan on using my hitch mounted bike rack quite a bit. This was my second hitch from etrailer.com and they have been great to deal with. 46098
by: Kent E.11/03/2011
Shipped same day and received in 3 days. Receiver took me about 45 minutes to install. I was very impressed with the quality, fit and finish. Everything lined up perfectly and I would give the good folks @ etrailer.com the highest rating as they kept me up to speed from the moment my order was received, to shipping, to delivery. Great company! 26491
by: Dave C10/14/2016
The hitch arrived in just three days. It took me 90 minutes to install - Just follow the video and directions. I don't have a lift, but used my floor jack to raise the hitch into place. It was simple and direct to install. Add one half inch to the bumper spacers for ease of installation, and it would have been an 11 our of ten! 306795
Arrived quickly with ground shipping. Watched online video..huge help. Realized hitch was "warped" from shipping(about half inch too narrow to fit easily). One call to etrailer and was sent email on how to easily stretch it. 2nd pair of hands must to hold in place while it's bolted to frame rail. Would definitley recommend etrailer. 292748
by: Dan T.06/15/2016
The exact trailer hitch receiver I ordered wasn't in stock however I was helped in finding an equivalent which met the same requirements I was looking for and I wasn't up sold different trailer hitch receiver. My order shipped quickly and I received exactly what I needed and the items in the order were of excellent quality. 261456
by: Joe O.05/13/2014
The hitch went on great. Two of us took about an houur. Lots of toyota bolts on this little truck! Thanks, great hitch! Joe 130514
by: Nate B02/22/2011
This is a great hitch, easy to put on. This is the second one I've bought and etrailer is excellent to buy from. I just wish they would ship/pack their hitches better, both times I've purchased them the hitches are always busting thru the boxes and are scratched up, but the paint doesn't affect the quality of the hitch. 7641
by: Matthew B06/09/2016
The hitch for my Toyota Tacoma went on without a hitch. Pun intended. I would always recommend it for the ease of installation and the slick, hidden, factory look when installed. This was my first order with e-trailer and I found their service and quickness in processing my order to be second to none. I will be back. 259489
by: Kris P.07/06/2016
This is my 4th hitch from etrailer, always happy with service and fast turn around. Took me 11/2 hours alone in the garage with hand tools. I used an atv/motorcycle lift to hold the hitch in place. Without that it would be very difficult to do alone. The plug kit could not have been easier. Thanks again etrailer! 268586
by: John M07/02/2016
Hitch came in about a week and fit the truck perfectly. I put the hitch on with no help but it would've gone much faster and easier with a friend. The wiring harness was super easy to put on. Watching the video made it a 30 min job including putting the tools away. Very happy with the fit and the look. 267393
by: Ben D07/22/2016
The hitch was super easy to install and I did it by myself in an evening after work. The hardest part was slipping the spacers in and getting the the bumper positioned right to thread the bolts through the hole on the other side. The hitch looks great and by far the best price I've found for a trailer hitch. 274827
by: Archie L.07/14/2016
Trailer hitch for 2005 Tacoma. The hitch arrived in two days after I ordered which was faster than I was expecting. Installation went just as the instructions listed. The instructions were clear and time estimates were very accurate. Very pleased with the etrailer.com order and the product. 271909
by: Rich G05/17/2012
The hitch is well made and fit perfectly on the truck. Did everything myself and took less than an hour. I do have access to a vehicle lift which made it easier than working under the truck from the floor or a creeper. Ordered the wiring harness along with it and that installed easily also. 40870
by: Dennis S.06/10/2016
I received the hitch today and bolted it on this afternoon. Then I tackled the wiring and all of it was super easy thanks to the videos e-trailer has on their website. I cannot thank you guys enough for making a difficult job for a novice so easy. I am you customer for life? Dennis 260055
Arrived quite quickly and everything was quite intact. They even put the box with my wiring harness inside the box with the hitch to save on shipping cost. Although the smaller box got slightly smashed because of that, it doesn't matter because nothing in the smaller box was damaged. 271515
by: Easy install and nicely built12/01/2016
Me and my 9 year old put this on my truck. It is solid and seems to be well built. 321122
by: John L.04/24/2012
I decided to order Draw-Tite hitch for my new Tacoma from etrialer.com because of the price (and I did price three other web sites). etrailer.com email me the progress on this order when it was ship and with it was delivered. I highly recommend etrailer.com for all your truck needs. 38172
Product arrived in excellent condition, even though the flanges had poked through the cardboard box. Installation instructions were very detailed and accurate. Helped make the installation very easy. The hitch seems very well made, and fitted to my Tacoma perfectly. 291982
by: Troy L03/10/2016
Quick delivery, well packaged! Watched video before installation...piece of cake! Mainly did it by myself. Easy installation, everything was exactly as instructed! Curt electrical harness was a perfect fit! Don't pay for installation if you can do it yourself. Thanks!!! 240536
by: peter b05/04/2012
good product, good service, good people. didn't find it all that easy to install, but hey, what would you expect!? it's not a cheap piece of sheet metal. it's a substantial structure (receiver hitch) and is meant to be well and properly secured! thanks, folks! 39430
Well designed and well built product. Installation was pretty easy except for the spacers between the bumper bracket and bumper. Wound up having to remove the brackets and using weather strip cement to hold the spacers in place while te-installing the bolts. 283380
by: Jacky D.04/10/2012
Items were packed very well and arrived undamaged. Installation took about an hour to complete. Very nice fit and finish and I am completely satisfied with my purchase. Overall a very pleasant experience with etrailer.com and I would recommend them highly. 36737
by: Fred B.07/31/2016
Installation was easy. For someone like me who doesn't work on cars a lot, the videos were very helpful and made the job easier. The wiring kit was also easy to install. Both the hitch receiver and wiring harness are well made/v. good quality. 277837
by: Craig S.11/10/2013
Great Service... Fast Delivery... Excellent Product... Easy Installation with Excellent Instructional Online Video Tutorial! Very good trailer hitch design... Much better than the universal one I installed a few years ago that did not last. 106920
Hitch for 2007 Tacoma D-cab Strong and well made, installation took several hours but well worth the time. This was due to re-aligning the bumber after loosening the bolts as required. Well designed and barely seen from behind truck. 1642
by: Bill M.06/24/2016
Good sturdy product. Perfect fit. One hour install time might be true when you have the truck on a lift and have pnumatic tools for the job but if not, you will be spending a while longer under there but in the end, well worth it 264594
by: Steve. J06/01/2015
Mounting flanges were bent and would not fit until the brackets were bent into a position that it could be lined up and bolted in place. Find a different brand. It worked, but took over two hours to install due to this poor QC. 199472
Great product. A little tricky to install since you have to loosen the bumper brackets. Needed two people to tighten things up since you need to align the bumper. Wiring harness was easy to install. Great instructions. 43553
by: Billy L.07/27/2016
Great product at a great price. Install was about 2 for the hitch and the wiring, but I was not in a hurry to get it done. The video was better then the instructions that were included. Great job on the install video. 276650
Great product great price everything fit perfect on line video great help u guys know ur equipment very satisfied price was very helpful in making decision shipping was fast just 2 days a big thanks 271991
On top of the excellent customer service, this hitch installs without any hiccups, and all of the holes line up perfectly. Great simple product, and again, great customer service and fast shipping. 20928
by: Brian O.02/24/2008
Happy with Draw-Tite hitch! This hitch installed perfectly on my Tacoma. The directions were easy to follow. I'm very happy with the Draw-Tite hitch. It's well hidden behind the bumper. Thanks! 640
Grandson and I installed the hitch and lighting wires in a little over an hour. Directions are easy to follow but worth watching on You-Tube. Strongly recommend because of price and value. 243767
by: Danny B07/11/2011
Recieved product in a timely fashion; easy to install; installation of reciever hitch and wiring took about an hour. Product was everything it was described being. Fit was perfect! Thanks! 19136
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