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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch for the 2005 Explorer Sport Trac by Ford

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

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Code:   87008



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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 2005 Explorer Sport Trac by Ford

This durable, fully welded Ford Explorer Sport Trac trailer hitch receiver features a powder coat finish over an e-coat base to ensure superior corrosion resistance.


  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Stylish, round-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately


  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 5,000 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 6,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 500 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 600 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty Technical Support

At we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.

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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac - Hidden Hitch

Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac - Hidden Hitch

Today, we're working on a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac and we'll show you how to install hidden hitch part number 87008. To begin our install, we'll first need to locate the manufacturer's wiring that runs underneath the frame on the driver's side. This wiring will need to be relocated as it would get smashed down between the hitch in the frame. To relocate it, we'll go ahead and remove it from the frame and then press on the locking tab that secures it to the protective cap here in the side of the frame. We'll press on the locking tab and remove the connector. We'll do this for both connectors. With the wires loose, we'll go ahead and reroute them outside of the frame and over and back to the inside where we can re-secure it. Once we have both wires reconnected, we'll go ahead and secure them with a zip tie and cut off the excess to clean up our install. Next, we are ready to install the hardware into the bottom frame rail attachment point.

This attachment point is a pre-drilled hole in the frame by the manufacturer. Here, we will be using a half inch carriage bolt and block and we'll be securing that with a half inch conical tooth washer and nut. Keep in mind that each press as we do here on one side will be repeated identically on the opposite side of the vehicle. With the lower hardware in place, we'll go ahead and put our hitch up into position and secure it with the conical tooth washer and nut. We'll install these fasteners fingers tight until we have them both into place. Next, we're ready to put the side frame rail attachment hardware into position. Here, we will be using a half inch bolt, a thin round-holed spacer block and a thick round-holed spacer block that will get sandwiched between the hitch and the frame and we'll secure it all with a half inch split lock washer and nut. Our bolt and block will go from inside the frame towards the outside. We'll feed the bolt through the block then through the frame, then through the larger spacer block and finally through the hitch.

Once in place, again we'll install the split lock washer and nut and tighten them down just finger tight. Now, with all the hardware in place, we'll come back and tighten it all down. After all the hardware is tighten, we'll go over it again with a torque wrench and tighten the bolts to the exact specifications as outlined in the instructions. That will do it for our install of hidden hitch part number 87008 on our 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. .

Customer Reviews

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 87008

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.8 out of 5 stars   (13 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.

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Charles04/13/2013

This would of been an excellent rating but the mount I recieved had one problem.. the L-shaped bracket that bolts to the bottom of the drivers side frame was welded on crooked, so the hole did not line up with the hole in the frame. But luckily for me, I have access to a well stocked garage and was able to work around that. If I hadn't I would of had to return this for a replacement. This wasn't any fault of E-trailers it was in the manufacture of the mount from Hidden hitch and just something that must of slipped through their QC department. Aside from that one defect the mount appears to be very sturdy and well made.. Overall I am pleased with my purchased. E-Trailers was very fast with shipping. 75822

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: David04/13/2012

Ordered Saturday for my 1994 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. It was at my front door on Wednesday! I took it out of the box, and with my wife's help, had it installed in about 30 minutes using a crescent wrench, socket wrench & torque wrench. Perfect fit, couldn't be happier! 37080

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: LJ06/29/2014

This resolved an issue I had with my bumper hitch-it wasn't designed to pull a trailer. A trailer rental company told me they could not install a hitch on the Ford Explorer Sport Trac. Not only was the hitch I purchased a good price, but I installed it myself and saved even more. It arrived sooner than I expected and I installed it the same day. I will definitely make your company the go-to company from now on. 138263

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike B.03/11/2012

This was not my first Hidden hitch, nor will it be my last. The hitch is very well engineered and manufactured. The packaging ensured that my hitch arrived to my door undamaged with all hardware secure. I installed the hitch myself in about 20 minutes in my garage and it aligned perfectly. The shipping was fast! Another satisfied customer, thank you etrailer! 33543

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steven P.04/15/2012

Very good product. I have not hauled anything with it yet, but it bolted up nice and seems very sturdy. Only downfall is that you really do need another person to help you put it on. It's nearly impossible to hold it up and put the bolts through it. Still a great product and easy to mount with some help. 37299

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: gary r christopher10/15/2012

The hitch that I ordered was delivered within 3 days and very well made. installation was completed within 1/2 hour as stated on your web page. Thanks again for a well made product with a good price. 57294

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chad W.04/25/2014

I installed this hitch on a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. I installed it by myself in about twenty minutes. It went on easy and looks great. Would highly recommend etrailer to anyone. Thanks Chad 127437

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Sidney robinson07/31/2012

This is a nice hitch came to my house real fast on the shipping . Also came with all the proper hardware and was real easy to instoll . I would purchase probucts from this sight again 49956

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: zack D.03/19/2014

Recieved on third day, took half an hour to install. need someone to help hold. love it !!! 121248

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: James Van Patten06/16/2011

Fast Shipping, Great product just as described and pictured. Thanks etrailer. 17101

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Casey01/29/2013

good price, fast effecient shipping. Excellent Service! Love etratiler. 64450

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Douglas02/03/2013

Fast delivery. Simple installation. Looks great. 64880

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Paul03/07/2013

great product 69479


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  • To flat tow your 2001 Ford Sport Trac Automatic behind your Winnebago Adventurer with the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar, # BX7365, you will need a base plate kit, light kit and supplemental braking system. Typically you would also need a set of safety cables, but they are included with the Alpha tow bar. Please note that if your vehicle is a 4wd automatic, then it is not towable. If your vehicle is a 2wd automatic, then you can use the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, # BX2166. This base plate kit...
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  • Mounting Bracket for a 4-Way Trailer Connector on a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • The trailer wiring for the 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac, # 118344, can be secured to the trailer hitch using a bracket and mount for the 4-Way. I recommend the mounting bracket # 18144 with short arm # 18140 or long arm # 18136. The arms just clamp around the hitch and the mount attaches to the end of the arm. You do not want to drill into the hitch because it voids the warranty and can compromise the structural integrity of the hitch.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 1997 Ford E-150 Van and 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
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Expert Answers about Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 87008Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?

Ford Explorer Sport Trac Accessories

Complete Towing Package

2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

Retail: $335.17

Package Price:$267.41

Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
5,000 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
500 lbs.

Weight Distribution Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
6,000 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):

Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 87008 Installation instructions 87008 Installation Instructions

Tech Tip
No drilling required for installation,Will fit with full size spare tire stowed under vehicle,,

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Recommended Wiring:
Hidden Hitch 18252

Most Popular Ball Mount:
Hidden Hitch 2923

1-7/8" hitch ball - 19260

2" hitch ball - 63845

2-5/16" hitch ball - 63847

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Test Fit:
Joe V

Photos by:
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Video by:
Andrew K

Written by:
Lindsey S

Expert Research:
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Video by:
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