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Today on our 2003 Kia Sorento we're going to be installing the Hidden Hitch trailer hitch receiver, part number 87425. Now here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is even. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 16-1/2". Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. Now we're going to go ahead and and begin our installation by first lowering down and removing the spare tire temporarily.
This will make things a little bit easier as well as allow you to see things a little bit better. We'll raise the rear hatch of the vehicle up and lower down the spare tire. Next let's go ahead and point our out mounting locations. There's two on each side so there's a total of four mounting locations. We'll be using existing weld nuts for all four of the mounting locations as well.
Now we'll begin over here on the passenger side. There's one right here, as well as right here. Now over here on the driver side the mounting locations are right here and right here. Next we're going to need to go ahead and clean out our existing weld nuts to make sure that the bolts thread in easily. To do that we're going to use a little spray lubricant and a nylon tube brush. The nylon tube brush we're using is part number 814092.
Now it's a good idea once you have the threads cleaned out to take one of the bolts and make sure that it threads in easily. If it does not, you'll need to continue cleaning. Now as the vehicle ages these existing weld nuts will get more dirt and debris built up in them and you may even have to run a thread tap down into them to clean them out properly. Next let's go ahead and go over the hardware that we're going to be using. It's the same hardware used at all four mounting locations: the 12mm hex bolt and a conical tooth washer, making sure that the teeth face towards the hitch when installed. Now it's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you raise the hitch up into position.
Now one quick note, as you're putting the hitch up into position you'll need to raise it up and over the exhaust on the driver side. Once you have the hitch up into position we'll go ahead and loosely install the hardware at all four mounting locations. Once all the hardware is installed we can go ahead and tighten it down and then torque it to the manufacturer's specification. Now that we have all the hardware torqued down we can go ahead and reinstall our spare tire. Now we got our spare tire back up into position and you can see here that it clears the hitch just fine. That will do it for the installation of the Hidden Hitch trailer hitch receiver, part number 87425, as installed on our 2003 Kia Sorento. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (34 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: Rich B.04/11/2014
I think the product is an excellent choice for anyone to use as a trailer hitch. It was not as easy as I thought to put on but I got it on o.k. . I can honestly say it does take two people to do the job if you don't have a lift as shown in your video. The package was delivered in bad shape, rips. crushed areas, and the whole top of the box was completely open which someone had to tape up with packaging tape. Fortunately there was no damage but I do recommened that you should package this item in a stronger box and wrap the item with some sort of protection such as bubble wrap. I was surprised that it was not protected it any way shape or form, it was just put in a box to flop around. I can understand how the box got ripped and opened. The corners of the end plates were protruding out of the box. Poor packing I think you could do better than that. Other than that I am satisfied. 124728
by: Randall D.05/03/2012
The package was waiting on my doorstep when I came home today. A leisurely 45 minutes later the hitch is mounted… without a hitch (pun intended). Installation is extremely simple and straightforward. Just drop the spare tire (for a little extra working room) and mount the hitch. I do recommend a wire brush and lubricant to clean the threaded holes in the vehicle frame. Also, try running the bolts into the holes before mounting to be sure they are clean. And you might want an extra hand to lift the hitch into position. I should have, but I couldn’t wait. Now I’m off to pick up the fishing boat! 39311
by: Dennis S04/12/2013
I got this hitch to go on my 2008 Kia Sorrento and it went on very easily. The bolt holes were perfectly aligned and a little W D40 in the holes and start the bolts before putting hitch in place like the install video suggests and took me about 20 minutes. I am 68 years old and the job was a piece of cake. I like the looks of the hitch on the car, and if there were a complaint it could have been about 1 inch shorter so you could not bump it when the hitch insert was out of it. Very good product!!! 75524
by: Nick D.07/16/2012
The item from etrailer shipped out the same day. I ordered on Monday and received Wednesday. Amazing turnaround time. The hitch itself was a little more difficult to install than I anticipated. It took a few attempts to get the bolts over the KIA's muffler properly aligned. I suggest having someone around to help with the install... even if it is just to help balance the hitch until the bolts are in position. Overall I am very satisfied with the product and etrailer. 48072
Shipment was fast ! I put it on in about 30 minutes.it fits perfect. 126455
by: Don L.07/24/2012
I had the hitch installed onto my 2007 Kia Sorento in less than 30 minutes, the design of the hitch made everything work as if it had come from the Kia factory. Bolt holes in the hitch and my Kia were a perfect match, couldn't have asked for anything better, good looking, good quality. Thanks for your how to video and quick shipping, will be doing the wiring next and then pull my new Chrysler Gem car to a demo day to show it off. Thanks: Don L. 49121
by: Jeff Conduff12/17/2011
Product installed just as the video described (Easy) I did not loosen the exhaust mount but used the exhaust to hold up the one end as I bolted the other end (I did it by myself) very easy. Just need a long extension for your socket wrench. Web site is very easy and friendly. Did have one problem when ordering the wiring kit it does not come with the mounting bracket shown in the video that is separate so don't forget it... 28232
by: Alan J01/28/2011
I have been an auto repair tech for over 30 years,and I always expect to have to modify any aftermarket part to get it to fit.I can say that for the first time in a long time I bought a product that fit just like the directions said.The fit and quality are both as good as you would ever want.The trailer wiring harness was of equal quality.I can not thank you enough for selling a product that is as good as advertised. 6336
by: Jon W04/18/2010
One Great Hitch Delivery of my hitch was fast. Installation took less than the required time and for the most part was a breeze. 1 bolt in particular was a little tricky to get torqued, but with the right adapter was a breeze. Looks great and has a very sturdy feel. Loved that I could do this myself and save the $600 dealer quote for a hitch. 2942
Very easy to install took only me twenty minutes to bolt down. Great product. Shipping was on time but one end of hitch was sticking out of box. A few scraps but hard to see for they were up by the bolts. Wish everything was so easy to install. Thanks have done a few cars for others and almost as easy. Bill 75466
by: Steve S.07/06/2012
This Trailer Hitch Receiver, was just what I had expected from reading the reviews like this one. The Trailer Hitch Receiver fit perfectly and bolted up with ease. The bolts fit the Frame Inserts and the holes watched the Frame Inserts. I am really happy with this product. Thank you eTrailer.com. 47026
by: Dobby M.06/20/2011
The product was better built than I expected and installation was a breeze! Shipping was as fast as lightening and the free shipping was a bonus. I would recommend if anyone was in the market for a hitch, etrailer is the only place to go! Thanks etrailer for a great product and awesome service!! 17425
by: Brent W.06/14/2012
Hitch on my Kia Sorento 44152
hitch is perfect for my 2008 kis sorento looks great mounted. took me more than 20 minutes because i mounted it my self. if i were you I get help . well built product and fast and friendly service. love it. 29525
by: David S.04/25/2012
Hitch was very easy to install, but would definately recommend a second person to help hold it up while installing. All I had to do was drop the spare and was able to torque everything no problem. 38266
Fantastic Hitch I searched the interent for the perfect hitch to fit my 08 Kia Sorento, I love this hitch. very Easy to instal, quality made, and well worth the money, highly recommend!!! 1786
by: Les Bricker03/19/2012
The product was perfect. The on-line video explained the installation process for the receptacle and wiring perfectly. The order was delivered when promised, in perfect condition. 34314
by: Rick S06/28/2013
received this item within a week of ordering. excellent quality, heavy duty and a perfect fit. I would highly recommend and I will look to etrailer for any future needs 86599
by: Tom E.04/26/2013
Received trailer hitch and wire harness the other day.Everything was correct and looked great. Order was on time and in great shape.Thanks again etrailer. 78035
by: David S.07/16/2012
The hitch was very easy to install. I did need help to hold the hitch up while I put the bolts in, but other than that I was able to do it all by myself! 48063
by: Dan B.08/16/2012
This trailer hitch receiver for my 2004 Kia Sorento went in with no problems. I used a jack to lift and hole in place while I got the bolts started. 51993
Hitch bolted right up, and works great. Easy install, solid unit, great price. On top of that the service from trailers was outstanding! Thanks! 140226
by: Bill G.02/07/2011
Excellent service. Order arrived in 2 days. Installation was easy, just as described on video site. Would recommend this company to everyone !! 6740
by: Jon Neal08/13/2012
This trailer hitch was exactly as said on the site. No surprises at all. Got it in 3 days. Great service. Loved the instructional video. 51596
by: Christopher B11/20/2012
Great quality all around. Perfect fit. Great instructions online. Saved hundreds buying here and installing myself. 59807
Quick and easy. Only took me 20 minutes to install. Etrailer.com had it shipped the same day it was ordered. 42518
by: Cecil Smith07/22/2011
Product was delivered on time and is the correct product. etrailer.com will have my return business. 19861
Great product Delivery was fast and it installed in 15 min. The wire package was just at easy. 651
great product easy to install, much cheaper than one from the dealer. seemed very solid. 2419
Hitch is great. But received wrong bolts. Good think i keep a bunch of extras around. 44447
Delivered to door and installed easily using instructions and minimal tools required. 35421
by: David Rahall05/27/2014
Hitch was made very well, very sturdy, even better than I expected. 132720
by: Kat S04/22/2014
Great product and Excellent Service! etrailer is the best. 126419
by: Gabe oneal08/08/2012
Looks good I just haven't put it on. 51031
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