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Custom Fit Trailer Hitch

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

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Code:   90173



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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch - 90173

Specially designed for light-duty applications, this fully welded vehicle trailer hitch receiver features a powder coat finish over an e-coat base to ensure superior corrosion resistance. Drawbar, pin and clip included.


  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your vehicle
  • 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
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Drawbar, pin and clip included


  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class II
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 300 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.

90173 Hidden Hitch Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver

Video of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"

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Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 1999 Ford Taurus Wagon

Today we are going to be filming hitch part number 36252 on a 1999 Ford Taurus wagon. Looking under the vehicle here we are going to point out the attaching points for this hitch. We are going to remove this bolt on both sides of the frame. It will become the upright fastener for the hitch. We are going to be using the existing hole that is just a little bit forward from this slot here on the side of the frame. So the first thing you will do is remove the bolt from both sides of the frame. You can see on this model they have tow hooks which not very many models have but this particular one does have them, so they need to come off as well. With the bolts now out of the energy absorbers, we want to go ahead and lower the exhaust. There are 2 hangers that are holding it on. There is one here to the rear side near the bumper and then there is one more towards the forward side, towards the front of the exhaust here.

Rubber hangers are sometimes are hard to release so it helps to use some type of lubricant like WD40. It makes the removal a lot easier. The exhaust should just sit on the cross member here. With the exhaust now lowered we can go ahead and put the hitch up. We can hold the hitch up into place using the weld nuts that we removed the bolts out of before previously. The hitch does need to go up on the bumper side of the flange here. It is very tight, that is why it is very handy to have ratchet and wrenches like this. It saves a lot of time. We kind of just want to get those hand tightened, we do not want to fully tighten them at this time. With the bumper bolts hand tightened, we can go ahead and look up under the frame here. We can see there are 3 the holes in the hitch. Only one of them will align with the existing hole in the bottom of the frame.

We will show you which one we are going to use just by looking under here. We want to fasten to the bottom of the frame here. We are going to use the block and handle nut combination that are actually going to go inside the frame and the bolt which will go in through the bottom of the frame. A little trick to keeping the block and the handle nut together while in the frame is to to go ahead and tape them together. Use the bolt that is going into the handle nut to hold the 2 in place. And then you can just take the bolt back out. From there, you just want to feed your handle nut and block assembly in through the hole in the frame. You will need to manipulate the handle nut itself into position so that the bottom plate sites tight against the bottom of the frame. I am going to go ahead and do so now, as opposed to just trying to do so inside the frame. Something like this will probably work out for you. You have to get in there very close and then you can just take a screwdriver and pull it into position. We will want to leave that hand tightened for the time being. We want to just do that on the other side as well.

Now that we have all the bolts back up into place we can go ahead and torque the hitch assembly down. I am going to start with the bolts in the energy absorbing unit up here in the vertical side of the hitch which get torqued to 40 foot pounds. With the exhaust back up into position, our install is complete. This will conclude the installation of part number 36252 on a 1999 Ford Taurus Wagon.

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

1988 - 2002 Lincoln Continental

1986 - 1988 Ford Taurus All Models

1989 - 1991 Ford Taurus All Models, including SHO

1986 - 1999 Mercury Sable Sedan

1996 - 1999 Ford Taurus Sedan - except SHO

1992 - 1995 Ford Taurus Sedan - including SHO

1996 - 1999 Ford Taurus Sedan - SHO

1986 - 1999 Mercury Sable Wagon

1992 - 1999 Ford Taurus Wagon

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Customer Reviews

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - 90173

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

Specially designed for light-duty applications, this fully welded vehicle trailer hitch receiver features a powder coat finish over an e-coat base to ensure superior corrosion resistance. Drawbar, pin and clip included.

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bob J11/18/2012

Installation was as described, Phone purchase/supp on making sure it was the correct hitch was excellent. Since the exact model of my car wasn't listed they even call the hitch manufacturer to confirm the model of hitch was correct. 59640

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Anthony R.01/06/2013

Worked really good and easy install once i was able to free up all my bolts underneath the car. Definitely leave yourself enough time to deal with rusted and/or stripped bolts. 62535

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: David M.12/07/2013

Endured 13 hours of towing my stuff to college. Great product, great staff who helped with the order. 109515

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: jon s10/17/2012

better quality than i exspected low price fast shipping thank you 57419

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jason B.10/24/2012

Hitch is great it was super easy too install. Very good deal. 58081


Ask the Experts about this Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch
Expert Answers about Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - 90173Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?

  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 1999 Ford Taurus Wagon
  • The Draw-Tite trailer hitch, # 24699, does fit a 1999 Ford Taurus wagon. This is a Class I trailer hitch so it will be very limited in terms of capacity (200 pounds tongue weight/2,000 pounds gross trailer weight) and in the accessories you can use. There is a Class II trailer hitch available for your vehicle. If you are planning on doing some towing, I recommend the Hidden Hitch trailer hitch, # 90173, because it comes with a ball mount, pin, and clip. It has a tongue weight capacity...
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  • Availability of a Complete Towing Package for a 1994 Ford Taurus Wagon
  • We do have a hitch package, item # 90173, for the Taurus Wagon, that includes the hitch drawbar pin and clip. Along with the package you will need to select a properly sized hitch ball and the wiring for your trailer and vehicle. The drawbar included with the hitch accepts a 3/4 inch diameter shank hitch ball so either the Hitch Ball with 2 inch Diameter and Short Shank, 3,500 lbs GTW - Chrome, item # 19258, or the Hitch Ball with 1-7/8 inch Diameter and Medium Shank, 2,000 lbs GTW...
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  • Availability of a Replacement Hardware Kit for a Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 90173
  • Yes, we do offer a replacement hardware kit for just about any trailer hitch we sell. You will need the replacement hardware kit # RHK. On the page there is a box to enter the hitch number, 90173 in this case, and a drop down menu where you will select the hitch manufacturer, Hidden Hitch in this case. After inputting the information click the Add to Cart button to finish. I have also included a link to the installation details and a link to a video showign a typical installation for you.
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  • Can a Trailer Hitch Be Installed on a 1997 Mercury Sable by a Mechanic
  • I would recommend the Hidden Hitch Class II 1-1/4 Inch Hitch, part # 90173, for your 1997 Mercury Sable. This hitch will include the ball mount and pin and clip and has a maximum gross trailer weight capacity of 3,500 lbs and a tongue weight capacity of 300 lbs. You will also need a hitch ball like the Tow Ready 2 Inch Hitch Ball, part # 19258, and the Tow Ready T-One Wiring Harness, part # 118333. I am including a link to the installation instructions on the wiring harness. Anybody...
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  • How to Carry a Mobility Scooter or Wheel Chair on a 2001 Lincoln Continental
  • There are Class I and Class II hitches available for the 2001 Lincoln Continental but no Class III hitches with a 2 inch receiver. What I recommend is to go with a Class II trailer hitch like # 90173 and either use a different carrier or tow a small trailer, similar to # UWT1 to carry your mobility device. The trailer route is more expensive but much safer and puts much less stress on the hitch and vehicle. If you do go with a trailer then you will need to add a ball like # 19256...
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  • Trailer Hitch For 2003 Mercury Sable LS Sedan
  • I have attached a video that shows the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 36313 being installed. The baffle you described on the right side of the hitch is designed to allow you to run the hose for the carbon canister through the right side bracket. Not all vehicles this hitch fits have the carbon canister installed. Since the brackets for attaching to the frame on your Sable are designed differently, I think the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 24699 may have a less visible look. Both...
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  • Is Drilling Required to Install Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch 36252 on a 1993 Ford Taurus GL Sedan
  • There is no drilling required to install Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 36252 on your 1993 Ford Taurus sedan. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you so you can see how it installs. I have also linked a video showing installation on a 1998 Taurus wagon (it does fit both the wagon and sedan) that should also be helpful. That Curt hitch you mentioned, # C12232, does require drilling like you said. That is why the holes didn't line up. You are correct about the capacity....
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