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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.
At etrailer.com 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.
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 (57 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
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: 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: 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: Steve M.09/19/2013
Hitch for our 2007 Vibe fit perfectly!!! 100690
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: 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
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: 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 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
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
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
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
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
Thank you so much! I received my hitch earlier than expected and put it on myself without problems : ) I am excited to be able to carry around my bike using this great hitch. Thank you! 55468
The Hitch receiver was just fine. My car is a 2004 and never had a hitch before so we had some rust issues to get resolved. Once resolved the Hitch went on easily and looks nice too. 85235
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
I needed the hitch for bike rack. Hitch fits vehicle perfectly. Install took 15 mins. Would definitely recommend this site and this hitch to anyone. Very happy. 241654
by: Eric R.03/18/2012
Fast Delivery, Easy Install (except for cleaning out the frame bolt hole on the car. This is mainly for bike racks and a kayak loader don't really plan on towing. 34268
by: JOHN PORTER01/11/2011
QUICK DELIVERY The hitch came in 3 days! it looks great, and the wiring harness also looks perfect. I have not installed either yet, but it will be a snap. 5315
by: Les S.12/11/2013
Product was all I expected but not happy with UPS as my package was latter than expected but the box had been taped up and some paint damage to product. 109853
Heavy duty and simple to install. Getting the grunge out of the bolt holes was the worst part but the hitch went in without a ... hitch. 192597
by: Susan Adcock09/08/2013
Product was perfect. Expedition was faster than expected being it was ordered around a holiday weekend. Thanks for the speedy expedition! 98914
Everything was in great condition upon arrival. For a novice I was unable to follow the directions that came with the wiring assembly. 8552
by: Jay M.04/18/2015
I bought a Draw-Tite hitch from e-trailer.com. The price was good, the service was fast and they had great on-line instructions. 186175
by: Martin M.04/28/2011
The installation video was what convinced me to buy the hitch. The actual installation went almost as smoothly as the video. 12537
Awesome..it was too easy. Installed on my wife's matrix, took 30minutes. Should have bought this a long time ago. Thanks 17685
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: Len Flier07/02/2011
Solid hitch. Easy installation. Be sure to check out the video on this site for removing corrosion from weld nuts. 18432
by: Joseph W.04/16/2016
The hitch mounted perfectly to my vibe and is doing everything I want it to do. Thanks for your quick response. 245611
by: Dan P.06/02/2011
The hitch went on very easy just wish the nuts on the frame were not rusted. It was a pain cleaning them out. 15987
by: Teri R05/31/2014
GM technician installed it for me in 30 minutes. I will use it for my new Thule bike rack. 133554
by: Joe Stoddard06/20/2011
Easy to install. Haven't pulled anything yet. Customer service is VERY GOOD. Thank you! 17487
product shipped and arrived quickly. Install was quick and easy. Very satisfied. 262176
by: Wojciech Piwnk05/10/2012
Thanx very much I just received my trailer set as I want Your company is A++++ 39958
by: Scott S.07/20/2013
Well designed and made. I had no problems with mounting the unit on my car. 90679
by: Steve H05/05/2012
The trailer hitch fitted nicely under the car and it was easy to install. 39492
by: rufus d12/19/2011
I am pleased. Very fast shipping and the product is a described.. 28274
by: Cal. D10/22/2012
I haven't installed it yet, but it appears to be a made product. 57841
by: mike johnston07/11/2011
got it today , looks great will install tonight. thanks 19157
by: Bob GM04/06/2011
Arrived quickly and installed easily. No problems. 11210
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