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This durable, fully welded Toyota Tacoma trailer hitch receiver features a powder coat finish over an e-coat base to ensure superior corrosion resistance.
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Video of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
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Today on this 2015 Toyota Tacoma we're going to show you part number 87581 from Hidden Hitch. This is the Hidden Hitch class three 2" receiver tube hitch. Now this is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on our Tacoma. Starting on the outside here you can see you have a nice rounded reinforcement for your end of the hitch here. Take a look at the side on the receiver part. You have two holes.
One hole's for a 5/8 hitch pin and the secondary hole here is for use with the Draw-Tite J-Pin. The J-Pin is designed to work with a variety of accessories that fit inside your hitch to keep it from rattling around. By itself, as is, the hitch can pull 5,000 pounds, or 500 pounds tongue weight. Now if you add a weight distribution assembly this is a device that takes the tongue weight of a trailer and distributes it over a trailer and truck. In this case the tongue capacity goes up to 550 pounds.
Then our weight capacity for the hitch goes up to 5,500 pounds. Next we'll go ahead and give you some measurements to help you out with selecting some accessories, such as a ball mount, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier. Our measurement for the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 13-3/4". However, this truck is available in a variety of different tire sizes, so that measurement, it will vary. Our next measurement will be from the hitch pinhole to the outside edge of the bumper, and that's going to be 3-1/2". Now we'll go ahead and show you how to hitch is installed. To start off our install we need to go ahead and loosen up the bumper.
We need to go behind the bumper and there's a variety of bolts we have to loosen up. We're on the driver side behind the bumper and we need to loosen up these two bolts and then these two here and this one as well. Now we're going to loosen these up as far as they can go but not take them out, and it will still be safe to hold the structure together. We're going to use a 17mm socket to loosen up these bolts. Our driver side is done.
Let's do the same thing over on the passenger side. Once we have all our bolts loosened up, we'll go ahead and remove these two bolts. Want to verify and make sure this bolt's in place and these two are as well. With these two bolts loose you can see how the bumper gets loose as well. If you can, try to pull this bracket out. Our hitch will fit in between the frame and the frame bracket. We're still on our passenger side. We'll do the same thing over on our driver side. At this point we're almost ready to put the hitch into place. We'll go ahead and show you the hardware that will fit in the bottom of the frame and through the hitch. We have our metric bolt. Also, a conical tooth washer. Make sure the teeth on the washer always face towards the hitch. We'll go ahead and show you the location where this goes into the bottom of the frame, and we'll double check to make sure our threads are clear. This is our driver side. Even on a new truck there's probably some paint or some other debris inside there so you'll probably need to clean them out. We'll use part number 814092, a tube brush and a spray lubricant to go ahead and clean out the threads. Much better. We'll do this on both sides of the vehicle. Then we can go ahead and put our hitch up. Let's go ahead and take your hitch and put it in place. You definitely want a extra set of hands to help hold it up. Run it between the slot between the frame and the frame bracket. Then we'll take one of the bolts and start it on the bottom. Then when you slide the hitch in position you'll notice there's a slot in there. That slot has to line up with this bolt that's preexisting in here so you got to line it straight up from the bottom and then go up. That's the easiest way to do it. We'll go ahead and install our second bolt on the bottom of the frame. We'll snug these bolts down to bring your hitch up for us. Now to tighten up this hardware we're using a 3/4" socket. Now at this point we can go ahead and loosely install our two original bolts here and here. Push the bumper up a little bit and get the bolts started. This is the passenger side. Let's go ahead and do it one more time over on the driver side. Now after our hitch is loosely installed you'll notice there's a space between the bumper bracket here and the bumper itself. You'll see this is the space right here. This is the block they give you to fill it up with. We'll go ahead and take one bolt out a time and install our block and put the bolt back in. We'll do this for this bolt and the one going towards the inside of the bumper. You can see how we have it in place. We've got this bolt started. Let's go back up one more and do it again. This may take some flexibility to get to. You definitely have to bounce the bumper around a little bit to make sure you get the bolt started. That will do it for our driver side. Do the same thing over on the passenger side. At this point we have all our hardware loosely reinstalled, so let's go ahead and tighten them down and then torque them down as specified in the instructions. We'll start with the bolts on the bottom here. Then we'll work on the three bolts that go to the frame. Let's do the same thing over on the driver side. Now we've got these three bolts tightened up. Now the last two going to the bumper you'll have to watch how your bumper sits as you tighten them down to make sure it's sitting the way you want it. One final inspection of the bumper. Make sure it tilts okay. Then we'll go ahead and torque the bolts down as specified in the instructions. Definitely have to have a torque bar with a swivel on it in this case. With all our bolts tightened down, that will finish it for our install. That will finish it for part number 87581 from Hidden Hitch, their class three 2" receiver hitch, on our 2015 Toyota Tacoma. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (44 Customer Reviews)This durable, fully welded vehicle trailer hitch receiver features a powder coat finish over an e-coat base to ensure superior corrosion resistance.
by: Luke P01/10/2012
Installed on a 2009 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab, SR5, V6, 4WD. I received my Hidden Hitch 5 business days after I ordered. Very fast in my book. The directions were very clear and the hitch was very easy to install. I did the install by myself, so it took be about 15-20 minutes longer than the 40ish the directions said. The hardest part was sliding the hitch up between the loosened bumper bracket and the frame. I had to hold it up in one arm and position and tighten the bolts with the other. No drilling required. The hitch itself is amazing looking. I actually had U-Haul install a hitch for me, then I had them un-install it and refund my money. They told me it was going to be hidden but it wasn't at all. The entire lower cross bar was visible under the bumper. With this hitch I have to bend down and only then can I see the very bottom edge of the cross bar. It arrived in pretty good shape. One corner of the hitch had punctured the cardboard box and scraped some of the paint off on one of the edges. I'm not worried about it but some foam in the box might prevent this from happening again. I'm very happy with the quality and with e-trailer. They upgraded my shipping for free and have had excellent email communication from the get go. Good job!! I will definitely use e-trailer again!! 29426
Hitch arrived quickly with the free upgraded delivery. I installed it by myself in under 2 hours. I went by the included instructions and did not remove the bumper and just loosened and removed the required bolts. It made the bumper very loose and got in my way most of the time. If I was to do over i would remove the bumper completly like the video. I would also recommend another person to help, like the video. Overall its a great hitch, very sturdy, looks good, installion was fairly easy. Thanks. 8649
by: Kerry J.05/28/2011
I was able to install this with the help of my 12 year old son with ease. The fit and finish are perfect, and the video made the included written instructions unnecessary. The only thing I forgot to order was the: Mounting Bracket for 4 Way Flat Connectors, (http://www.etrailer.com/p-18144.html) to complete the overall installation of the wiring harness and make the entire job complete. I would not hesitate to recommend the Hidden Hitch and etrailer to a friend. 15630
by: Phil R08/18/2012
Quality product, fast shipping. Installation would be easier with two people, I installed alone using jack stands and a floor jack. Looks good on the truck, barely noticable... this is my third hitch purchase from etrailer.com. 52222
Very well made and solid. Fitting it on a 6 year old truck is more difficult than the video makes it seem (rust, etc). Though it took some hammering, and loosening and tightening of bolts, to get it on, the fit is good. The written instructions are a bit weak, so definitely watch the video a few times. Otherwise, great product, with fairly quick delivery given the size. 65749
by: Tom H.04/18/2012
I had to take it to the garage where I have my truck serviced to put it on . I 'm getting beyond the stage of crawling under trucks anymore. It was a snap to install and the wireing harness was really simple and easy to hook up. The mechanic that did the work was really impressed with the quality of the product. He was more impressed with the price of everything. 37559
by: John H07/31/2011
The hitch is a perfect fit! The instructions were clear enough for this computer programmer to do without a helper. One good hint, however, is to use a floor jack to support the hitch on its way up into position. This lets you maneuver the brackets into place without needing to support the weight. Great product and excellent service from etrailer! Thanks! 20627
by: Jeffrey Z11/01/2012
The products speak for themselves. This is the third purchase I have made through etrailer and they are by far the best company I have dealt with. They always have what I am looking for and the turn around is fast. This last purchase showed up in less than 36 hours after I placed the order and I did not put a rush on it. Outstanding service and support! 58602
by: Brandon B.06/29/2012
This is a very good quality hitch. It fits my Tacoma and does what it's supposed to do. Very sturdy. Also it is hardly noticeable on the truck, but easily accessed. I will probably rarely tow a trailer, but I plan on using my hitch mounted bike rack quite a bit. This was my second hitch from etrailer.com and they have been great to deal with. 46098
by: Kent E.11/03/2011
Shipped same day and received in 3 days. Receiver took me about 45 minutes to install. I was very impressed with the quality, fit and finish. Everything lined up perfectly and I would give the good folks @ etrailer.com the highest rating as they kept me up to speed from the moment my order was received, to shipping, to delivery. Great company! 26491
by: Rick C11/28/2011
I bought Hidden Hitch for a clean looking installation and I am not disappointed. I only wanted the receiver to show, Not the cross bar or advertising. I did the installation by myself... Would have been easier with help but not necessary. If a hairdresser can do it, anyone can!.. Only half true, I use to be an aircraft mechanic. 27460
by: John P04/07/2012
Hidden Hitch arrived in excellent condition. It took longer than 1/2 hour to install, but my buddy and I decided not to take the bumper off my 2005 Toyota Tacoma, but to just rather loosen those bolts holding the bumper to the frame. Harder to install the Hidden Hitch this way, but easier for us in the long run. 36461
by: Rich G05/17/2012
The hitch is well made and fit perfectly on the truck. Did everything myself and took less than an hour. I do have access to a vehicle lift which made it easier than working under the truck from the floor or a creeper. Ordered the wiring harness along with it and that installed easily also. 40870
by: Craig S.11/10/2013
Great Service... Fast Delivery... Excellent Product... Easy Installation with Excellent Instructional Online Video Tutorial! Very good trailer hitch design... Much better than the universal one I installed a few years ago that did not last. 106920
Hitch for 2007 Tacoma D-cab Strong and well made, installation took several hours but well worth the time. This was due to re-aligning the bumber after loosening the bolts as required. Well designed and barely seen from behind truck. 1642
by: Steve. J06/01/2015
Mounting flanges were bent and would not fit until the brackets were bent into a position that it could be lined up and bolted in place. Find a different brand. It worked, but took over two hours to install due to this poor QC. 199472
Great product. A little tricky to install since you have to loosen the bumper brackets. Needed two people to tighten things up since you need to align the bumper. Wiring harness was easy to install. Great instructions. 43553
by: san diego06/02/2013
hidden hitch, toyota wiring harness and flat four bracket. Products got here quickly and after watching the videos and reading instructions we were able to install all the products with ease on my 2012 Toyota Tacoma. 82919
by: michael c.08/04/2011
hidden hitch 87581 hitch is a nice hitch that hidden behind the bumber on a 08 toyota tacoma only thing you from the back is the receiver box . it toke about 45 min to install the hitch. it was well built hitch. 21079
On top of the excellent customer service, this hitch installs without any hiccups, and all of the holes line up perfectly. Great simple product, and again, great customer service and fast shipping. 20928
Grandson and I installed the hitch and lighting wires in a little over an hour. Directions are easy to follow but worth watching on You-Tube. Strongly recommend because of price and value. 243767
by: Carl R.07/13/2015
Product arrived on time and as described. Installation was easy and the hitch fit my truck perfectly. I would recommend this company to anyone looking for towing and trailer accessories. 211296
by: Jesse T03/07/2011
I can't say much for the hitch itself, as I haven't used it to tow anything just yet. But the installation was easy enough, and the video from etrailer.com was very helpful! 8675
by: Rowly W.11/14/2011
Perfect, The hitch fitted our 2012 Tacoma like a dream. The wiring harness could not have been made to fit any easier. Very happy and would recommend everything I ordered. 26926
Super-fast shipping and delivery. I installed the hitch myself in about 30 minutes thanks to the clear instructions that were included. Great product and great service! 22741
Fast shipping, great product. The installation is very easy for both Wiring Harness and Hitch Receiver with the instruction video online. Etrailer you are rock......... 10084
by: Ed E05/13/2013
Not happy with the fit. The socket is about 2 inches below the bumper. The Toyota ones fit better. Not that easy to put on.I would not call it a hidden hitch. 80007
by: Roger G08/31/2012
Excellent quality, good service, arrived in just two days. Perfect fit, we are extremely pleased with the quality of this hidden hitch. 53710
So simple to install, the video on this site made it look so easy. I put it in myself and wired in less than two hours. Very pleased! 84524
by: John B.06/11/2011
Excellent web site with accurate info..Fast shipping and easy install with everything fitting perfect..Would highly recommend.. 16719
by: Lisa P.11/25/2013
Fast delivery...product as promised...installation 1 hr (me & my son)...easy...easy...never disappointed in etrailer.com 108495
This product was delivered promptly and I was pleased with the quality and instructions for installation. Great product! 35239
by: Patrick H01/22/2011
Easy to install, but you really need 2 people. Took about 30 minutes. The hitch is truly hidden. Very satisfied. 5925
Speed of delivery exceeded my expectations. Product fit perfect. My son will tow a boat this weekend. 53641
Well made...good looking Installation was straight forward. I am well pleased with the quality. 923
I own an automotive repair shop and can't get them for less great quality and easy install. 75669
by: Gary F.01/13/2015
Went on with no problems. Wiring harness was also spot on. Nice to buy made in USA. 168776
by: Johnny C05/21/2012
Received the Hitch in four days, was easy to install and took about 90 minutes. 41160
by: Mel I.03/05/2011
Great product for our brand new 2011 Toyota Tacoma. Worked perfectly. 8525
by: Dennis S.04/14/2011
Was easy to install and a perfect fit. Looks very good on my truck. 11775
Easy to install less then an hr to Install overall happy thanks 237009
Hitch arrived on time, installation was easy. I'm vrey pleased. 27902
by: Carlos Ocasio07/19/2012
The hitch was installed with out any problems. 48462
by: Scott Kinder03/15/2012
East to install.Looks good. 34006
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