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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch for the 2003 Toyota Tacoma

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

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Code:   87579

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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 2003 Toyota Tacoma

This durable, fully welded Toyota Tacoma trailer hitch receiver features a powder coat finish over an e-coat base to ensure superior corrosion resistance.

Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your Toyota Tacoma
  • 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 etrailer.com
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately


Specs:

  • 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


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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2001 Toyota Tacoma - Hidden Hitch
Video hitch install 2000 toyota tacoma
Trailer Hitch Installation - 2000 Toyota Tacoma

Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2001 Toyota Tacoma - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2001 Toyota Tacoma were going to install part number 87579 from Hidden Hitch. This is what the hitch looks like when its installed on the truck. Next well give you some measurements thatll help you in selecting some accessories such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 15 and inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper is going to be around five inches. Now Ill go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed.

First thing we want to do is to go ahead and remove the two 10 millimeter bolts along the bottom of the frame. Theres going to be one on each side. Theyre about 16 inches back from the end of the frame. Now were going to spray them down really good with some lubricant before we remove them. Now you want to use a breaker bar.

You definitely want to do this by hand rather than using impact to remove there. Now were going to remove the two rear flange nuts and bolts that fasten the bumper to the frame. At this point we can go ahead and install the reinforcing brackets. With them loosely installed well go ahead and install the hitch hardware. Itll be the carriage bolt that will go through the square slot that matches up with the hole in the frame.

Well go ahead and repeat on the drivers side. When installing hitches its definitely a good idea to get an extra set of hands to hold it up and in position and then install the hardware on the half inch carriage bolts. Thatll be the conical tooth washer and nut. Then well go to the forward fasteners and install the 10 millimeter bolt with the lock washer and flat washer. Well go ahead and repeat on the drivers side.

With all our hardware and hitch loosely installed we can go ahead and tighten down the bolts. Then well go ahead and torque them down as specified in the instructions. Thatll finish it for our install of part number 87579 from Hidden Hitch, on our 2001 Toyota Tacoma.




Customer Reviews

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 87579

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.8 out of 5 stars   (60 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: Jeff McC04/30/2013


Install was a pretty straight forward. Without pneumatics you'll want a 2' break-over bar for this job and I'd PB Blaster the existing hardware the night before for easier removal. There are bolts in the holes for the forward-most mounts. The instructions show an empty hole. I wouldn't recommend even attempting to remove these with a standard 14mm socket & ratchet. Having tried and nearly rounding the heads I bought an Irwin Bolt Grip set ($33 at NAPA, be sure to get the one with the 14mm size) and they came out with considerable effort on the end of my 2' bar. Be sure to keep the socket square on the head and be patient. Once the unnecessary hardware was removed and the flanges installed at the back I put the hitch in place with all hardware loose to ensure clean threading of the forward bolts into the captured nut in the frame. Square things up to the bumper and tighten all the hardware (2 each: bumper mount nuts/bolts holding the flange, forward bolts into captured nut in frame, rear machine bolts/nuts mounting hitch to frame through the flanges). Three hours including the trip to NAPA, should have taken about half that time. Good luck! 78486





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My hitch is working just like the day I installed it. I use it once a month for work and am glad to have it when I need it. It was a good deal, a good product and relatively easy install. Would absolutely recommend.

Jeff M - 05/09/2014

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: ROBERT S02/15/2013


The hitch was here very fast, and it went on the truck perfectly, all the holes were right on . I thought it was very easy to install but I think you need to drop the spare tire. On a 2001 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner you need a key that hooks on to the jack handel and than the tire drops very easy. I would tell everyone to buy your products, the hitch I bought for my 2001 Toyota Solar was just as good and I put it on with ease, so thanks again BW 66510





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It is working as good as the day I put it on my truck and will last a long time because of the thought and workmanship that went into it, thanks so much ROBERT

ROBERT S - 08/16/2014

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rico10/17/2012


This service has been fantastic. Updates on shipping, upgrades for quicker shipping, checking in to make sure I got it once delivered. I haven't even opened the box yet but felt compelled to comment. Thanks so far! 57478





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18 months after getting my hitch I must say I still appreciate it. I recall the install was smooth and uncomplicated even for me alone. My truck frame rusted out and was replaced by Toyota what a great warranty! and the hitch went with it. No problems with the transfer and it still works great. Thanks so much!

Rico - 04/17/2014

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: PJ07/02/2011


Install was fairly easy. I made my mistake by following the video instead of the printed instructions. My install was on a 2004 Tacoma. Instead of the removing the bolts 16" from the back of the frame I removed the ones closest to the bumper (WRONG). I had to drop the hitch back out and remove the ones specified in the printed instructions as said earlier 16". The only other problem I ran into was positioning the hitch. I was doing it alone and after trying to man handle it into place, I decided it to drop the spare. After droping the spare it went right in. If you're working by yourself I'd advise droping the spare the extra room makes for a easier install. All holes lined up perfectly. I'm very happy with this product. Install, even with my minor problems, still only took 45 minutes. 18427






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Silverfoot06/27/2010


Nice Hitch The hitch was shipped in a rather flimsy box with no padding, so a little paint was worn off on a couple edges. A little touch-up spray paint and it was fine. The hitch itself seems to be built well. The welds look good. I mostly installed this myself and it took a bit over an hour. It was a bit of a pain. The rear bolt holes did not exactly line up with the truck. I had to use a neighbor and a ratchet strap to pull the ends of the hitch legs together to align the holes. Once it was aligned, it screwed together easy enough. As others have mentioned, drop the spare tire and push it out of the way (takes 2 min), else the hitch won't go in. 3178






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Thomas H.01/16/2013


Hi, I recently installed the Hidden Hitch for my 1999 Tacoma. The installation went pretty smoothly even though it was 38 degrees and the wind was blowing and I have a dirt and gravel driveway to work in. It did take a breaker bar to losen the two small bolts (very tight). The hitch is a lot stronger than I really need. I'll be using it to haul a small utility trailer and possibly a small camping trailer. I told a friend about how easy the installation went, now he wants one for his new Honda CRV. I said I could install it for him. He's handicapped and needs a trailer hitch to hold his wheelchair carrier. 63215






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tim J.03/23/2012


This is a great hitch, and arrived in time, and in good shape. The box was still intact as were all the pieces. It's really more hitch than I actually need, but will do me well for the future. I bought here instead of someplace else because the actual hitch looked to be built better, and it was. The other place also had complaints of people receiving it wrapped in bubble wrap, and/or damaged in transit. I'm also glad to have the video as reference as to how to install. One other thing: this one had only two of the really difficult bolts to undo, and I think the other one had four. Thanks, folks! 34944






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Karin K.07/31/2013


Ordering was extremely easy and shipping was super fast. We had our Hidden Hitch at our door long before we were actually able to dedicate time to installing it. Turns out we didn't need to wait until a weekend because it was so easy it could have been installed after work any day! Two women were able to install it with no trouble and the directions were easy to follow. The hitch looks AWESOME and the fact that it won't take out a knee or shin is just an added bonus. We can't wait to hook up the electrical so we can start hauling! Great company and (what seems to be) an excellent product! 92545






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike I. NH08/08/2011


Perfect fit for my 2002 Tacoma. Took about 45 minutes to install by myself. (I'm not an auto mechanic) The directions are easy to read. I did watch the video first. What I liked most about this hitch is I only had to remove 2 bolts that hold on the bumper. The bumper does not have to be removed. Just install the angle brackets and put the original hardware back (if in good condition). I am very happy with this hitch and my purchase from etrailer.com was flawless. Thank you Hidden Hitch and thank you etrailer. From North of the Notch in beautiful New Hampshire. 21367






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Eric08/23/2009


Perfect! Really as advertised. I have a 2004 Tacoma 4x4 extended cab. This hitch did fit perfectly. No drilling. The video were really informative. I installed this hitch with no help, may be for that reason I had to drop the spare tire. It made the installation with no help a lot easier. I recommend the product if your looking for an installation with no bad surprise. The job was done in 2 hours including opening the box, getting and putting tools away. I also installed the recommended harness.Thanks etrailer. 2295






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: KramerGWT01/22/2011


Order came on time. Unlike others have reported, the box arrived completely intact and nothing was damaged or scuffed. Watch their video. It is THAT easy. Absolutely no need to remove the spare. Just jiggle the hitch around and you will be able to fish it into position in a few minutes. Everything lined up perfectly. Most of the the time was spent looking for misplaced tools. Otherwise, took about 30 or 40 minutes of actual installing. Nice beefy construction and barely visible from the back. 5927






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Martin Z05/02/2013


Received this hitch only a couple of days after placing my order. Fast shipping and received in great condition. VERY easy to install...installed it the same day I received it. Took me a little longer than I thought since I did it by myself. A second person would make it much easier. I had to lower the spare so I could get a good position using the breaker bar on the two bolts that are 16" from the rear. Breaker bar required for sure. The instructions and video were a great help. Thanks!! 78663






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kyle J08/11/2014


From searching the trailer site to receiving the items ordered, my experience was great. The Hidden Hitch receiver is solid, includes all hardware, and is easy to install. Ideally, it requires two people however a good hydraulic jack also aids in the process. Instructions are a bit weak but the videos on the site do a great job explaining the install steps. The hitch receiver looks great, and hence the name, you mainly see the receiver without the cross bar or mounts. Highly recommended. 146094






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dan S.05/09/2012


The HIdden Hitch trailer hitch arrived in about a week by UPS. The hitch and other items I ordered were packaged well, and were in good shape when I opened the box. It took about an hour to install the hitch,and I removed the spare tire out of the way to facilitate the installation. It would have been handy to have another person to help me,but I managed the job alone. The hitch looks sturdy,and well made. I will be interested in testing it with a utility trailer soon. 39789






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jim the Fool07/19/2008


Do Not Install this Alone! Hitch itself is great. Actually for a 4 banger like mine it's too good. I installed it on an 03 Tacoma regular cab. Getting this into position by yourself is a KILLER. Drop the spare and ply your buddies with a few beers, (after it's in!!) Once you get it into position it's a breeze. I only wish it went as fast as the video. HA! Light kit was a breeze... If you need a hitch, this is the one. 1081






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gordon D.05/09/2013


This was easy to install (on my 2003 Tacoma TRD), and seems like a very heavy duty product for the price. The hardest part was figuring out how to get the spare tire off and out of the way (read the owner's manual). I also bought the custom wiring harness which just plugged right in--a lot better than trying to splice wires. It only took me about an hour to do the whole thing--after watching the installation videos. 79607






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: todd c01/03/2012


great shipping, i placed my order on a wednesday and it showed up on friday. i was really surprised when i was backing out of the driveway and saw a big box sitting at the front door, i was expecting at least a week to get it. the hitch went on just like the video, it fit and looked great. it took me a couple hours to get it installed, i really wasnt in a big hurry. taking off the spare right at first is the way to go. 29055






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Eric08/28/2009


Great hitch This hitch worked as advertised. I installed it on a 2004 Tacoma, extended cab. It fit perfectly and really no drilling required. I installed it alone and managed just fine. The only thing I had to do differently was dropping the spare tire to have full access. Gathering tools, installing hitch and wiring harness, packing up tools, took me a total of 2 hours. Watch the videos. Thanks etrailer. 2315






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: PJ L05/20/2013


I purchased a hidden hitch trailer hitch from etrailer.com & the instructions were very easy (self explanitory) It took my brother-in-law about 25 minutes to install it for me on my 2002 Toyota Tacoma. He did have to lower the spare tire to do it. I ordered 3 things from here and was pleasantly surprised when they arrived when promised in 2 shipments on the same day!! 81104






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dan S.06/09/2012


Hitch is easy to install. Recommend dropping spare tire and using a floor jack to suuport weight of hitch. Extra pair of hands helps a bunch, too. Hardest part is figuring out right size wrenches/sockets and the best arrangement to get in there (clearance is an issue on the bolts above the leaf springs -- wrench fits no problem, but ratchet or impact are different story...). 43487






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jim E.05/22/2012


Installed on my 2001 Tacoma with a little difficulty. The problem was 2 nuts that were hard to get off after 11 years. Liquid Wrench didn't work, but using a mini butane torch to heat and expand the nut worked well. After that the hitch installed easily. I did drop the spare tire to make access easier. I recommend this hitch. It really does seem hidden under the bumper. 41383






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Darrell G08/03/2012


excellent ,I have 2001 toyota tacoma, this hitch was so easy to put on it took me no more than 30, to45 min to install good heavy structure good welds love it, and it dose apper hiden. I would highly recamend this hitch out of all the ones I shopped for on line I will be useing this product for future vechicals.Take the spair tire off before installing. 50395






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: George S09/19/2012


Great products for the money!!I Got the two Ball mounts,Hitch and wiring kit for my truck and everything went'without a hitch' from ordering, to shipping and assembly!!(No pun intended!) Keep up the great work and products EZ Trailer!!! I will tell my friends and certainly do business with your company in the future!! A happy,satisfied customer!!! 55147






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve A.01/12/2011


Great. I haven't put it on the Truck yet but it does not look too dificult. I think I will have to drop the tire down to take off the 14 mm bolt that you video describes. The other bolts are pretty easy to get to. The hitch looks great and I am looking forward to installing soon. Thanks again. Good price and free shipping. 5407






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: S.Rodgers12/16/2010


Product fine - shipping awful Product is as promised, but arrived in a flimsy box torn almost to shreds. I imagine the product is difficult to ship as it is awkward and heavy, but there should be a way to deliver the product so it arrives without (minor) scratches and dents. 4259






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike08/10/2011


The hitch fit great and went on without a problem. One note, the bolts on the Toyota are crap. Had problems with a couple of them getting rounded off. Once I got past that, the installation was painless. Shipping from eTrailer was quick and free...what more can you ask for? 21551






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bill k08/24/2012


Ordered the hitch on Tuesday am and received it Wednesday pm. Installation instructions were understandable and installation went well. Hitch was installed without any modifications or broken knuckles. Hitch works as advertised, no problems. All in all a good experience. 52900






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Donald T06/21/2013


Hitch was easy to mount and wiring harness was easy to install. Following the helpful videos my daughter and I had it all installed under an hour. Thank you again for great service and quick delivery. Etrailer.com once again rates 5 out of 5 stars! 85520






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mark H.12/23/2009


wow what great service (GREAT SERVICE) you will never find service this fast anywhere else 23 hours after placing my order I had the hitch sitting in my garage floor from MO.to IN. very easy to install. what else can you say it's a hitchand it works 2605






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Yotaman04/01/2008


Perfect for my application I got this for my 99 Toyota Tacoma. I installed it with a friend and it took us approx 30-45 minutes. No problems. The hitch hides very well under the vehicle and is very strong. I would recommend this hitch to anyone. 719






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rich M03/15/2011


Excellent, Fits perfectly!! Love it!! 9401






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John S.05/24/2013


Packaging was a little rough when it arrived. A small amount of paint had chipped off two areas of the hitch and the instructions were pretty mulched destroyed. Other than it was shipped very fast and looks like a very heavy duty hitch! 81814






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rob M04/18/2010


Excellent Hitch Took 1 hour to install by myself. Very easy just need wrenches. Needed to drop spare down and out of the way. I used 5 gallon buckets and some 2x4s to hold it up in place. Two people would take only 20 minutes to install. 2944






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Alan C.10/26/2012


The product fit well and will do the job. Finish is industry average at best. It is NOT "E-coated AND Powder Coated" as advertised and will rust just like every other hitch out there and i expect to be refinishing it in a year or two. 58159






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rob06/01/2013


Easy ordering process, and great product. Bolted on as promised in less than an hour. I would recommend this to hitch anyone with a Tacoma that needs one. Very sturdy and well made. 4 bolts and done! Thanks etrailer! 82874






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John P.08/22/2011


Easy to install. Though not in instruction sheet, I found it much easier to lower the spare tire when placing the hitch against the truck frame. Having a helper was nice and made the job much easier. 22476






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John P.08/22/2011


Easy to install. Though not in instruction sheet, I found it much easier to lower the spare tire when placing the hitch against the truck frame. Having a helper was nice and made the job much easier. 22475






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Daniel F03/17/2011


Arrived quickly. LIke new. Would have been easy to install except I could not get a bolt out of my frame before it stripped. So I had to take it to an autobody place to have them finish the job. 9578






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jerry - Running Springs,Ca11/16/2012


Great hitch! Bolted up fine, no need to drop spare (it was more in the way when tidying up the wiring). I love how the hitch is tucked under the truck, and free shipping was very cool. 59481






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jason P08/03/2011


This hitch bolted on my 2004 tacoma in no time and it Was as easy as they showed in the video online. Also my order Came super fast within three days (awesome) 21055






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ron Y.10/15/2010


Nice hitch! Hitch installed easily in my 1995.5 4WD Tacoma, but for sure get an extra pair of hands to help. It clears my stock 31x10.5x15 spare tire perfectly!! 3518






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: george s.06/12/2013


Great product. Fit perfect. No problem putting it on. Heavy duty hitch. I thought it would arrive sooner then it did. But you can't have everything. 84329






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Phil R08/04/2012


Fast. on time delivery. Excellent fit and finish, all necessary parts and hardware included, easy install. Satisfied etrailer.com customer. 50533






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Greg S.04/23/2014


This hitch bolted up perfect. Ordering from e-trailer was easy and shipping was fast. I had my hitch in 2 days of placing my order, 126790






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ronald Hancock09/26/2011


Excellent online video and printed instructions before purchase, solid well made product that looks good on the truck. 24607






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Noah02/17/2013


Arrived on time and was a cinch to install, as described. Two of us installed it on the driveway with no problems. 66652






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Vaughn04/29/2014


we had a bit of trouble getting a bolt out of the truck frame but the installation went great with no problems. 127930






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ralph Brubaker12/06/2012


Some paint chipped off but touched up with can. Fit perfect and shipped faster than expected. No fus no mus! 60853






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: James W.03/15/2013


Received the Hitch on time, installed it the same day, easy instructions! Thank you Etrailer. 71030






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Audie lail12/28/2010


reese hitch The hitch was perfect looks great and did not take but about 30 minutes to install. 4725




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  • Reasons for 1 Hour 10 Minute Install Time for the CURT Hitch # 13013 on a 2002 Toyota Tacoma
  • There are actually 6 bolts connecting the CURT trailer hitch # 13013, to the frame on the 2002 Toyota Tacoma, and the factory bumper will need to be removed and reinstalled to complete the installation. This will require disconnection and reconnection of the license plate light wiring, and correctly repositioning the rear bumper to complete the installation. Although the installation requires 1hr 10min to complete this is not a difficult installation to undertake. One tip I can offer...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2003 Toyota Tacoma
  • The Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame Trailer Hitch, item # 75091, is designed to fit the 1996 - 2002 Toyota 4Runner All Models, and is not the correct hitch for the 2003 Toyota Tacoma. There are several models available for the 2003 Toyota Tacoma (see link). I would recommend the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, item # 87579, for your vehicle because of the easy, no drill, installation. Some items you may need with the Class III hitch are listed below. Wiring # 118379 Ball Mount...
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  • Will Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87579, Fit On 2001 Toyota Tacoma 2WD PreRunner
  • The Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87579, fits your 2001 Toyota Tacoma 2WD PreRunner. The # 87579 hitch fits 1995-1/2 to 1997 Toyota Tacoma 4WD only and 1998 to 2004 Toyota Tacoma All 2WD and 4WD including PreRunner. Also needed for the hitch will be the Draw-Tite Ball Mount, # 2923, Pin and Clip, # PC3, and the hitch ball. The hitch ball size will depend on the coupler size of the trailer you will be towing. You will need either the 2 inch ball, # 19247, or the 1-7/8 inch ball, #...
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  • Trailer Hitch-Ball Mount-Ball and Safety Chain for Towing a Camper Trailer with a 2001 Tacoma
  • The replacement safety chain you will need depends on the weight of your camper trailer. The 48 inch long safety chain, # 2114-553-04, would be a good choice as long as the loaded gross weight of your trailer does not exceed 6,000 lbs. and you use the safety chain as 2 chains. If the clevis style hooks will not work on your vehicle, that S-hooks on the safety chains mentioned should work well. If you are worried about the chains coming loose, you could use a quick link, # 6590-044-04,...
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  • Replacement Hardware Kit for Hidden Hitch Class III 2 Inch Hitch # 87579 on a 2004 Toyota Tacoma
  • The Hidden Hitch Class III 2 Inch Hitch, part # 87579, that you have referenced will fit a 1998 to 2004 Toyota Tacoma. To order the correct hardware kit for the # 87579 hitch you will order the Replacement Hardware Kit, part # RHK. This part number will include all the necessary hardware for your model hitch. All you need to do is enter the part number (87579) and manufacturer (Hidden Hitch) of the hitch on the product page. The price is listed on the product page and the replacement...
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  • Toyota Tacoma Trailer Hitch Comes with Necessary Mounting Hardware
  • Yes, the Toyota Tacoma Trailer Hitch, part # 87579, does come with all the necessary mounting hardware.
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  • Installation Details For Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87579 on 2002 Toyota Tacoma
  • The bumper on your 2002 Toyota Tacoma does not need to be removed to install the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 87579. You will only need to loosen the flange nuts that attach to the bumper and then install reinforcement brackets and use the new hardware as shown in the instructions. To complete your towing setup, you may be interested in the following items: Draw-Tite Ball Mount, part # 2923 T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, part # 118379 1-7/8 Inch Hitch Ball, part # 19260 2 Inch...
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  • Hidden Hitch Recommendation for a 2002 Toyota Tacoma
  • I think that your best bet would be to install a hitch that installs onto the frame of your 2002 Toyota Tacoma, like a Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver # 87579. Not only will you have a much higher towing capacity, you will not have to make any permanent modifications to your vehicle bumper that might void the warranty of the vehicle. I attached installation instructions and a review video for this product for you to check out also. To complete your towing setup you may be interested...
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  • Which Trailer Hitches Will Fit a 2002 Toyota Tacoma
  • If you have trailer hitch # 87579 it will fit the following vehicles: 1995 - 1997 Toyota Tacoma 4-Wheel Drive models 1998 - 2004 Toyota Tacoma All Models This particular hitch does not go back to the 1989 model year. The 2 hitches that do fit the 1989 Toyota pickup will not fit a 2002 Tacoma. I have included a link to the trailer hitches that do fit the 2002 Toyota Tacoma. I have also included a video and instruction links for trailer hitch # 87579. If you plan on doing some...
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  • Shape of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 87579 for a 2003 Toyota Tacoma
  • The pictures we have on the product page for the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 87579, are ones that we took of the actual part. It does have straight side brackets but parts of it are angled as well. If you look through all of the pictures on the product page and watch the video I have linked for reference, it will give you a good idea of the shape of the hitch. The ends of the cross tubing are open but you would not want to put anything inside of them. Making modifications...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for a 2002 Toyota Tacoma
  • First off, you will need to make sure that your hitch is rated for use with weight distribution. Some of the hitches for your 2002 Toyota Tacoma cannot be used with a WD system. IF you need a hitch that can be used with a WD system, I recommend the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87579. I have included a link to the installation instructions below. For a weight distribution system, I recommend the Reese Round Bar Strait-Line Hitch with Shank, # 66086. This system has a tongue weight capacity...
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  • Will 31 Inch Spare Tire Fit with Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Installed on 1999 Toyota Tacoma TRD
  • The steel thickness on the side brackets for trailer hitch # 87579 is approximately 1/4 inch so it would lessen the overall width space between attachment points by 1/2 inch. If you do all the math, there should be space for the 31 inch diameter spare tire. If you still think it will not fit then take a look at Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75078. If you look at the instructions for the Draw-Tite hitch you will see that because of its design and where it mounts to the frame, the larger spare...
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  • Availability of Reinforcement Brackets Included with Hardware for Hidden Hitch # 87579
  • The reinforcement brackets you referenced for the Hidden Hitch # 87579 are available as a part of the replacement hardware kit, which includes all the carriage bolts and nuts, as well as lock, flat and conical washers, but they are not available individually. To order the replacement hardware kit, type RHK into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the home page on our website. On the page you are taken to, type in Hidden Hitch and the # 87579 into the required fields (see...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2000 Toyota Tacoma
  • The hitch from your 1998 4Runner would not fit your 2000 Toyota Tacoma 2 wheel drive. For the Tacoma you would want Hidden Hitch part # 87579 that you referenced. I attached an install video and installation instructions for this hitch for you to check out also.
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  • Required Tools to Install Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch on a 1999 Toyota Tacoma
  • According to the installation instructions, linked, for trailer hitch # 87579, you will need the following tools: TOOLS REQUIRED: 3/4",14 mm, 17mm, 18mm, 19mm, socket a 3/4 inch wrench; ratchet or impact gun to suit; 100 FT/LB torque wrench. It doesn't say it but having a buddy help with installation will also make it go a lot smoother. I have linked a video showing an installation of this hitch for you. If you plan on doing some towing I also recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900....
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  • Is Drilling Required When Installing Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87579 on 2000 Toyota Tacoma
  • No, there is no drilling required when installing the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87579, on your 2000 Toyota Tacoma. I have attached a link to the installation instructions for you.
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  • Would a Hitch from a 1995 Toyota 4Runner fit a 1999 Toyota 4Runner
  • It wouldn't appear so, the only hitch we carry for the 1995 Toyota 4Runner is the Draw Tite Hitch part # 75145 and it only fits 1992-1995 4Runners. For your 1999 Toyota 4Runner you would want the Draw Tite Hitch part # 75091.
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  • Bumper Mount Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2002 Toyota Tacoma
  • The CURT Bumper Hitch, # E-3S, would be a good choice. Make sure to check the dimensions of the hitch against the space on the bumper to ensure fit. The dimensions are shown on the last two pictures on the product page. If you do not have the holes present on the bumper you will need to drill. I have included a link to the installation details for you. The other option is to install a frame mount trailer hitch. The most popular frame mount hitch for a 2002 Toyota Tacoma is Hidden Hitch...
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Toyota Tacoma 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):
500lbs.


Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 87579 Installation instructions 87579 Installation Instructions

Tech Tip
No drilling required for installation,,,

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time



Recommended Wiring:
Hidden Hitch 118379
118379

Most Popular Ball Mount:
Hidden Hitch 2923
2923


1-7/8" hitch ball - 19260


2" hitch ball - 63845


2-5/16" hitch ball - 63847


If you have any questions you can contact our customer service department.

Info for this part was:


Test Fit:
Joe V

Expert Research:
Michael L

Video by:
Andrew K

Written by:
Lindsey S

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Expert Research:
Michael H

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Jeff D

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Reno H

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Jameson C

Video Edited:
Andrew L

Photos by:
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