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This fully welded, corrosion-resistant Toyota Matrix trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.
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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Center fascia will need to be removed on XR and XRS models. No drilling required for installation
Video of Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"
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Today we are going to be installing Hidden Hitch part number 60898 on a 2009 Toyota Matrix. This installation will also apply for Draw-Tite part number 24812. Okay we are underneath the vehicle and we are looking at the driver-side frame rail here. As you can see at the bottom we have got three existing weld nuts. Those are going to provide our three attaching points for the trailer hitch. That is going to be the same over on the passenger side. It may be necessary to clean the weld nuts out prior to putting the hitch up into position on some models that have seen a winter or two where there might have been some road grime or corrosion built up.
On this particular vehicle our weld nuts are in good shape so I am not going to clean them out before starting the hitch installation. You are going to be attaching each one of the weld nuts using the 12 mm bolt along with the conical tooth washer. Over here on the passenger side you can see we have got the exhaust coming out. We do not need to lower the exhaust but we do need to put the arm of the hitch up and over the exhaust tube here when we go to put the hitch into position. Okay now that we have got the hitch up into position, we can go ahead and torque it down. You will want to check with your directions to verify the appropriate torque rating for each individual bolt. And now that we have got all of our bolts torqued down our installation is complete. This will complete the installation of Hidden Hitch part number 60898 on a 2009 Toyota Matrix.
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (99 Customer Reviews)This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.
by: Joseph W.07/12/2011
Here are the pictures of the hitch just installed this morning on our 2009 Pontiac Vibe. The hitch was very easy to install and we're very satisfied with the quality. Even at 80 years of age, I was able to do the majority of the wiring myself, but did have my step-son do the last wire that had to go underneath and up to the battery. He also bolted on the hitch. He is a mechanic by trade and was impressed with the ease with which the hitch fit and bolted up. All in all, I am very pleased with this purchase and will recommend your company to others. 19255
by: Michael P.03/31/2014
I recently decided to buy a trailer hitch for my 2003 Toyota Matrix XR. After searching everywhere, and a million phone calls, I finally found exactly what I was looking for on etrailer.com. I found the customer service to be some of the best I have ever dealt with. I was even contacted personally by Cathy T to help answer some questions I had about my purchase. I received my order in about a week. The installation required very little mechanical knowledge. had to tap the rusty bolt holes in the frame of my car, but after that it was very simple to install. Along with the plug and play wiring harness I ordered, the total installation time took well under an hour, and I was literally towing my trailer home an hour later. Id highly recommend etrailer for the quality of product for the price, and the excellent customer service. 122918
by: Bob E.07/29/2016
Very easy installation on my 2003 Vibe GT. Actual installation was less than 30 min, I spend more time collecting my tools and getting the car up onto the ramps than I did installing the hitch. My southern vehicle did not have any corrosion issues with the bolt holes, 30 sec on each with a wire brush in my drill cleaned them out just fine. The receiver sticks out a bit farther under the bumper than I would have liked, but it does not cause any problems for me. 277534
Again, never question the internet, I have a 2005 Matrix RS, so the age of the car should of told me to buy a tap to tap the frame rails, I didn't buy one and had to wait a week to install because you cant get that M12 x 1.25 tap locally. Other than that it all went very well. The 24812 does make you trim the fascia a bit and the other places too. But I prefer that because the hitch is off the ground more. From the install instructions (Note: Toyota Matrix XRS & XR Sport models have added center fascia that must be removed for hitch installation) Heather at etrailer is the best, I ordered 3 of these by mistake and she cleared it up and got me a discount to boot. Thanks Heather. I will be coming back to etrailer for my X3 hitch, little bit bigger job. I included a picture and that scratch on my bumper was already there. Thanks to my Daughter!!! 280700
by: Harry P05/06/2015
This is the second e-trailer hitch that I have purchase and installed. Hitch came with all required parts and was installed in about two hours. Expanded time on install was caused by the piece that had to be removed prior to install. Hitch itself took about 1/2 hour to install. Complete instruction were included as to how to install. Love these products. With minor modification put the center back on. 190894
Great price for a good product This was purchased for a 2005 pontiac vibe. Unfortunately, it has had 5 solid years of rust build up on the threads where the 6 bolts go into. I highly recommend using some sort of tap kit to freshen up the threads. I tried wd-40, rust dissolver, and pure muscle to try and get these bolts into place. Each of the six bolts took me about 30 minutes a piece because I was basically cutting new threads with shear force. A cylindrical wire brush may have also been helpful. Once I got the holes rethreaded, installation was a snap. Makes for a good work out, and I'm feeling it days later! I can't comment on the other features of the hitch because I haven't used it yet. 2742
by: Phil O07/21/2014
I've had the Draw-Tite hitch for a few months now and have nothing but good comments to say regarding the product. I have a 2010 Toyota Matrix and will primarily use the hitch for a bike rack, and have already made a 1000+ mile trip from Milwaukee to Niagara Falls with 2 bikes mounted without issue. The only issue I had with installation had nothing to do with the product itself, but the amount of rust that had developed from not using the pilot holes where the hitch's bolts were to be mounted. What should have been a 20-30 minute installation ended up taking 2+ hours because I had to tap the holes to make the threads usable again. After tapping the holes, installation was a breeze and the hitch is solid as can be. I'd definitely recommend this product! 142452
I am really happy with this hitch. It does not stick out. My car was a little rusty, so I had my mechanic install it. 224495
by: James B01/14/2013
My whole experience was great with one exception. My car has 5 years of New England winters on it already and the factory welded-in nuts had a surprising amount of corrosion and dirt that made it very hard to crank in the bolts. I needed a 2 foot pipe extension on the socket wrench in order to have enough leverage to get those bolts home. If your car has some years on it, seriously consider asking for help from a friend with pneumatic tools. The website, products, and online videos are all excellent. The etrailer shipping department went out of their way to get me a fast delivery. Superior customer service. I will recommend them to friends. 62980
by: Charles D.02/28/2012
I purchased a hitch and wire harness for my 2010 Pontiac Vibe from your company and couldn't be more delighted with the product and easy installation. I'm 64 years old and had no problems at all.( I did view the installation video ) I believe I spend more time running the power from the battery than the hitch or harness. Everything works great and because of the harness plugs ( not crimp on connectors ) I expect no future problems. In this world, It's not to often the advertising matches the product. Your company is the exception!!! Keep up the good work. Great products and honest representation. Thank you!!!! 32731
by: Scott O08/17/2013
etrailer is my new hero! Waited until the last minute to get our car set up to pull a trailer on our trip. The materials arrived the day I was told it would! The directions and insights on the website guided me through the process. Two major problems: first my 2006 vibe's mounting holes were very rusted. A hint from eTrailer's website about making a tapping screw worked like a miracle. The second problem happened when my wiring directions got lost during my rushing around. The video help found on the website saved the day. The video helps were very easy to use! We are now off on a great trip thanks to eTrailer! 95608
by: Matt M.08/14/2016
The product arrived as expected and in good condition. The kit takes 15 minutes to put on once you have the weld nuts cleaned out. WD-40 and a wire brush were not sufficient to clean out the weld nuts. I bought a M12 x 1.25 tap. I ran this through each nut once and it allowed for easy threading of the bolts. It would be nice if the tap was included with the hardware or offered as an option to buy. Unless the car is brand new, the tap is what is needed to make this a quick and stress free install. Despite having metric and English tap sets I had to special order this not so common tap to do the job. 283805
Great product and price. It took awile to install as the car was nine years old and the welded in nuts were a little corroded and filled with road dirt. Once cleaned out the hitch installed in just a few minutes. I could not be happier with the finished product unless the receiver could have been a 2" model to fit my bike rack. A 1 1/4 to 2" receiver was purchased after market. 248746
Great folks and fast shipping prevail! I almost got caught up in trying to piece the parts together from other sources to save a few bucks, but after reading so many stories of other people who tried that route and encountered problems like missing pieces, wrong size bolts, and little to no customer service, I decided go to the safe route and use etrailer. I'm glad I did, because the costumer service is outstanding, just like their do it yourself videos. Their prices were actually very reasonable, especially considering it gets done right the first time. 189745
Great folks and fast shipping prevail! I almost got caught up in trying to piece the parts together from other sources to save a few bucks, but after reading so many stories of other people who tried that route and encountered problems like missing pieces, wrong size bolts, and little to no customer service, I decided go to the safe route and use etrailer. I'm glad I did, because the costumer service is outstanding, just like their do it yourself videos. Their prices were actually very reasonable, especially considering it gets done right the first time. 189744
by: Steve H.05/07/2012
2003 Matrix XR The hitch was delivered quickly and it installed easily as described. I had to tap the weld nuts on the frame prior to installation. The edges of the hitch push slightly on the molded plastic fascia of the bumper but no trimming of the bumper was required. Looking forward to getting a hitch-mounted bike rack! 39644
by: Mike Muczynski03/24/2016
fit perfectly. also had ball hitch and trailer light hook-up for my vehicle. Shipped quickly, no damage. I did have a local shop install this, but would not have been necessary if it had been a new vehicle. The slight re-positioning of the older exhaust broke a part of the exhaust. The local shop that did the installation thought these were better and a better deal than what THEY had initially considered. This hitch and receiver has hauled my 12' Jon boat dozens of times for great fishing fun. THANKS for a good, quality product. 241551
by: Larry K05/06/2014
I put penetrating oil on the car's threads right after I ordered the hitch. I recommend wearing safety goggles when installing to prevent grit from underneath your car from falling into your eyes. Installation was simple. I used the muffler to hold up the right side while I threaded bolts on the left side. After the left side was loosely bolted in place I pushed the hitch up on the right side and hand treaded the right bolts. After that it was a matter of drawing up the 6 bolts. It was installed in less than 30 minutes. 129218
I appreciated the videos and other users' input. I definitely needed a tap to clean out the rust in the nuts that were welded into the body at the factory. Once they were cleaned out, installation was a breeze. The fit and finish on the hitch are very good. The holes in the hitch lined up perfectly with the factory holes for a hitch. I pulled a small closed rental trailer with no difficulties. The lighting harness worked right away. The hitch was delivered in less time than I had anticipated. Overall, an excellent experience. 133846
by: Brien G.03/23/2012
The package arrived yesterday and I was very pleased with the shipping time. The instructions are very easy to understand and the illustrations are very helpful. I have watched your videos on line and feel that installation should take less than 20 minutes. The hitch is very sturdy and should have no trouble handling our trailer. Thank you for a great product. I will recommend you to my and friends and for any future items I need. 34861
I purchased this for a 2006 Toyota Matrix. I thought I could do the install myself, but I need a tap and eventually asked my mechanic to do the install. The first trip was a few weeks ago, and all went well. The car originally had a cosmetic molded plastic fascia that was ripped off in a parking lot, so I can't tell if any trimming would have been required...seems like it would have been necessary. Very easy transaction. 279830
If your car isn't brand new I highly suggest getting an M12 1.25" tap, without it I would never have been able to put the bolts in. They were far too rusted and filled with gunk. Otherwise the product itself works as it should and is a pretty good deal. For etrailer.com I would just include an M12 1.25 tap as most people have brought this same issue up. Up the price a couple bucks and you can break even on it. 258879
by: Jessica H12/27/2016
The trailer hitch was well made and a perfect fit with the bolts provided. The delivery was fast which great packaging. The ordering process was easy. Thank you folks for being a great company! If I or a friend ever need any trailer hitches or supplies,.. I know I will be ordering from you! Again, Thank YOU! ps,.. Thanks for the installation video,.. as a handy woman,.. it made it that much easier to install. 328276
by: Dave H01/10/2017
I was very pleased with the overall service and efficiency of your service. Ordering was easy, and delivery was quick. Although I haven't had the opportunity to install the trailer hitch, the quality looks to be superior and the packaging was incredible. The overall value of your product and service was excellent. I'm very pleased and it would be a pleasure to do business with you again. Thank you 331434
by: Tim S.09/12/2011
Hitch was easy to install. Holes in frame were quit rusty and had a hard time getting them in. Maybe etrailer could include a tap with their kits? If you take one of the bolts and cut a groove on one side about 1/2 inch up from the end, it will act as a tap to clean the threads out. (Thanks Ryan for this idea!) Wiring was easy too. This is my second hitch from etrailer and will be back, should I need another. 23846
by: Jim B03/08/2011
I was amazed how quickly the hitch was shipped out and how quickly it got to me. The instructions were clear and it went on quite easily with the exception of the nuts on the vehicle being rusty. It took a bit to get the bolts screwing into them. It would be a good idea to use a tap on them first. The wiring harness connected easily too. The whole job was done in a very short amount of time. 8768
by: Greg H.05/14/2012
Was able to receive courteous service over the phone in receiving and right product for my car. The shipping was free and quick....received hitch in two days of order. Very easy to install. I was very impressed with the quick and courteous service that I received and will return to this company for future orders and would recommend using this company to anyone. Very impressed!!!!! 40378
by: Kevin n08/05/2016
The product is very sturdy and installs neatly around the muffler. I didn't have rusted holes so the six bolts went in easily with just cleaning beforehand. I didn't make sure the spacing was even before I tightened but would recommend others do. Overall, amazingly easy compared to spending a half day with a welder, as I have had to do for a hitch with a different car. 280272
by: John I03/01/2011
I was totally shocked on the free up grade in my shipping. i got the product just 2 days after placing my order. it came really fast i did not plan on getting it for a week i have not had time to install it yet but im sure it will fit my needs. thank you for your fast processing i love it and if i need anything else i will be ordering from you again. 8137
by: Pat B.06/10/2013
The product was great, fit perfectly, and bolted up just fine. The only problem I ran into was very rusted mounting holes on my car. It is 8 years old and located in northern Minnesota before I installed the hitch so they saw many salty winters. Instal took about an hour and a half, but if the holes were clear it would have been less than 15 mintues. 83932
by: Allen D11/09/2014
It was just as advertised, and phone support was good. The on-line tracking was accurate. I did have a false confirmation on the first hitch I ordered, then I missed the backorder notice until close to my due date, so that was a scare, leading to tension on moving day because one threaded hole on my frame needed re-tapping. 159995
by: Michael W.07/20/2015
I ordered a hitch for an Pontiac Vibe. Prices were the lowest I could find. The hitch was shipped the same day it was ordered. I paid for 2 day shipping which was very inexpensive. Hitch arrived on time as promised. I will definitely use etrailer.com for future purchases and I have already recommended the to other people. 213056
by: Patrick M08/27/2015
Installation took less than 10 minutes thanks to the 2007 Vibe having pre-drilled and threaded holes for the hitch. 222066
by: Tim B.08/16/2013
Great hitch ...everything provided . Only problem was cleaning the rust out of the 6 holes in my car ! What worked best for rust removal ... 1/2 " wire brush used in copper plumbing .... cut off the handle , attached to drill motor and good bye rusty threads ! Would do it again , great support , great product ! 95368
by: Ken H.08/15/2015
Great hitch! It is "hidden" in that it doesn't stick out to injure your legs as you walk past forgetting that its there.....unless of course the ball/tongue is installed. It worked well to carry the trailer loaded with my ATV this week. It's install (easy) on my Pontiac Vibe is solid and strong. 219492
by: Michael A.05/05/2015
Install was pretty easy. I was able to get all the bolts on but I needed to drive up to the car shop to have them tighten them (cost $15). Although, it's in the right bolts, it appears slightly off center in relation to the bumper but I don't think this will cause any structural problems. 190395
by: Chuck J09/08/2016
I ordered my trailer hitch on Sunday and it was delivered on Thursday. After cleaning the rust out of the mounting holes on the frame rails I installed the hitch. Installation took only fifteen minutes. My first time dealing with etrailer.com. It will not be my last. Very satisfied. 292576
by: Paul D07/08/2013
The hitch was everything as expected. The videos were a great tool for knowing what I was getting into. The New York State salt had done a number on my hitch mounting points however so I had to retap the mounts with a M12X1.25 tap before I could get started with the installation. 88079
by: Rob N.06/25/2011
Communications from etrailer were excellent. Items packed to insure safe arrival. Installation was as described. As was told, the most time consuming part of the project was cleaning out the threads of the weld nuts on a two year old vehicle. I would highly recommend etrailer. 17898
by: Glenn J.09/14/2009
Great product - easy install Great product. Easy to install. Did it by myself in less than 30 minutes. Be sure to spray WD40 in the threaded holes in the vehicle frame and make sure the threads are clean. You'll be able to screw the bolts almost all of the way by hand. 2399
by: Tyler S.01/08/2015
Fit perfectly on 2009 matrix s and did not require any trimming of the plastics. Save yourself the effort and get a M12 tap to clear out rust from pre drilled holes in car frame. Installation took only 10 minutes after rust was cleared from frame holes. 168173
by: Joey F.05/07/2012
This hitch fits Perfectly on my 2005 Toyota Matrix (Base model). I did have to make a small trim on the rear bumper. Other than that, installation was easy. The box arrived quick, with great packaging. I would highly recommend it. 39672
by: Paul B.07/18/2013
The product was great, but I could not screw to my chassis because of rust. The buildup was to the point I needed a tap to attach the receiver. If I were to make a suggestion, have a metric tap be a suggested item. 90179
by: Mike E.05/08/2013
The traier hitch for my '09 Matrix could not have been easier to install. It took longer to round up my ratchet and socket, and set my torque wrench to the proper value, than to do the actual installation. 79454
by: Fred E.04/04/2015
I don't have a truck so I bought this hitch and bike rack together for my wife and I. It was easy to install just like the video says. We plan on riding our bikes around different parks in St. Louis Area. 183181
by: Terrance P.04/27/2011
Worked great. It was exactly as was promised and just what I expected. The hitch and wiring harness attached to my 2010 Matrix just as the video demonstrated. I'LLL BE BOCK! Terrance Prewitt 12496
I couldn't be happier. All of the auto parts stores locally had to special or this hitch and U Haul hung up on me. Besides a great product it was great to have how-to videos to follow for the wiring. 88284
by: Jeremy H03/31/2010
Easy Installation It took me longer to get it out of the box than it did to actually mount it. The holes matched up perfectly and I was done in no time. I would also recommend the wiring kit as well. 2888
by: Terrence M.M.07/18/2011
A warning that the muffler may have to be removed for installation would have been helpful. Once I figured out how to clean out the threads, the rest of the installation was amazingly easy. 19650
by: Michael Muczynksi04/04/2016
I did have this installed by a local shop, but they were impressed by the lower price here that what they could find...by a big margin. Other products with this were just as good. 242901
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