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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch for the 2003 Kia Sorento

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

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Code:   87425



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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 2003 Kia Sorento

This durable, fully welded Kia Sorento 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 Kia Sorento
  • 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: 5,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 500 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 500 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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Video of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

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Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Kia Sorento - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2008 Kia Sorento we'll be installing Hidden Hitch, part number 87425. This is what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist your selecting accessories for your new hitch such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier. The center of the hitch pin hole is even with the outermost edge of the bumper. The top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 14 inches. Now we'll go ahead with installation.

To begin our install we'll first point out the attachment points. We'll have a total of four attachment points, two in each frame rail. These attachment points will be weld nuts built into the frame by the manufacturer.To make it easier to access the driver's side weld nuts we're going to go ahead and remove the rubber isolator from the muffler metal hanger. To remove the rubber isolator we'll spray it down with some spray lubricant and then use our pry bar to remove the rubber isolator from the metal hanger.With that out of the way we'll need to go ahead and prepare the weld nuts.Using some spray lubricant and a half inch nylon tool brush, part number 814092 we're going to go ahead and thoroughly clean out those threads. Note in extreme cases it may be necessary to use a thread tip to clean out the excess rust and dirt built up.With the hole cleaned out we'll go ahead and take one of the new fasteners and thread it into the weld nut to make sure it'll go nice and easily.With that done we're now ready to go ahead and install the hitch.

We'll be securing the hitch with the new 12mm bolt and half inch conical tooth washer-the teeth of the washer will face the hitch. We'll bring the driver's side up over the exhaust and then on the passenger side up to the frame rail. We'll install the passenger side fasteners finger tight and then move over to the driver's side and repeat the same process.With all four bolts in place we can go ahead and tighten them down. Next we'll torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with our hitch secured and torqued to specifications we can go ahead and reinstall the exhaust and this will complete the install of our Hidden Hitch, part number 87425 on our 2008 Kia Sorento..

Customer Reviews

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 87425

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.9 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.

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: leon04/22/2014

Shipment was fast ! I put it on in about 30 fits perfect. 126455

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bill04/12/2013

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

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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 47026

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Brent W.06/14/2012

Hitch on my Kia Sorento 44152

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: DB01/11/2012

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

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dave04/26/2009

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

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jim07/09/2014

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

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Christopher B11/20/2012

Great quality all around. Perfect fit. Great instructions online. Saved hundreds buying here and installing myself. 59807

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: PaveTaber06/03/2012

Quick and easy. Only took me 20 minutes to install. had it shipped the same day it was ordered. 42518

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Cecil Smith07/22/2011

Product was delivered on time and is the correct product. will have my return business. 19861

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Brian03/03/2008

Great product Delivery was fast and it installed in 15 min. The wire package was just at easy. 651

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: n/a09/20/2009

great product easy to install, much cheaper than one from the dealer. seemed very solid. 2419

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jeff06/16/2012

Hitch is great. But received wrong bolts. Good think i keep a bunch of extras around. 44447

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Liz03/28/2012

Delivered to door and installed easily using instructions and minimal tools required. 35421

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: David Rahall05/27/2014

Hitch was made very well, very sturdy, even better than I expected. 132720

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kat S04/22/2014

Great product and Excellent Service! etrailer is the best. 126419

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gabe oneal08/08/2012

Looks good I just haven't put it on. 51031


Ask the Experts about this Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch
Expert Answers about Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 87425Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?

  • Trailer Hitch Receivers for a 2007 Kia Sorento
  • The three custom hitches we offer for the 2007 Sorento are all very similar since designed for this specific vehicle. All are very comparable quality wise as well. The photos we show are actual photos of the hitch and what you see is what you will receive.
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2005 Kia Sorento with a Larger 265/70-16 Spare Tire
  • The trailer hitches for the 2005 Kia Sorento have only been tested on the stock tire sizes. The 265/70-16 is larger than the stock size so it is not likely to fit with the hitch installed. But the only way to tell for sure is to test it. I show that the stock size on a 2005 Sorento is a 245/70-16. The larger 265/70-16 is 0.79 inches wider and 1.1 inches larger in diameter. Given the width and overall diameter is larger it could be a factor. You may find that you will need to either...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2008 Kia Sorento
  • For your 2008 Kia Sorento the correct hitch for your vehicle would be the Hidden Hitch part # 87425. The # 87574 that you referenced is for newer Sorentos so it would not work for you. For trailer wiring you would want the Curt Wiring Harness part # 56146KIT. For ball mounts I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag.
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Expert Answers about Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 87425Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?

Kia Sorento Accessories

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

Tongue Weight (TW):
500 lbs.

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

Tongue Weight (TW):

Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 87425 Installation instructions 87425 Installation Instructions

Tech Tip
No drilling required for installation,,,

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Recommended Wiring:
Hidden Hitch 118307

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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