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01Today in 2013 Toyota Tacoma double cab, we're going to install part number 87581 from Hidden Hitch. First thing we need to do is get our vehicle ready. To do that, we're going to go ahead and loosen up the bumper. Now this is an option. You either A, support it while you install the hitch, or B, take it out of the way. Personally, I find it easier to take it off out the way. All right.
First thing you need to do is go ahead and disconnect the electrical to the bumper. You can see it's easy to take and just twist the whole socket out of the way. This one on each side of the bumper. To loosen our bumper up, we remove tube bolts here and here and let's do the same thing on the passenger side. Now on this point, we're checking the last bolts removed. It's a good idea if you can extend a hand to help hold the bumper up.
Now we can go ahead and get easier access to our brackets right here. When you go ahead, you need to temporarily remove these. We'll go ahead and repeat the same process over at driver's side. We're almost ready to install our hitch. The hitch also use these threaded weld nuts in the frame. Since this haven't been used, we'll go ahead and spray them down with some penetreat and use tube brush to help clean up the thread before we install the bolts.
Now, the newer vehicle is easier to be. The older the vehicle, the more time it will take to clean up the threads. Possibly, you need to use a thread tap to help clean it out. It's a good idea to take one of the bolts and test it first to make sure that threads are clean. The tube brush we use is part number 814092. We'll then extend our hands and we can go ahead and install the hitch.
We'll go ahead and use the metric bolt and a conflute 02:19 washer. You just want to make sure than the teeth on the conflute 02:22 washer always stays towards the hitch. Two bolts holding it up. We'll go ahead and install the rest of the bolts. For bolts loose and installed, we'll go ahead and draw them up until it make contact with the frame. Now, we can go ahead and reinstall frame brackets. This pin in the bracket will fit right in here. Again, we'll go ahead and run together but not tighten down fully. Since the hitch puts in the gap between the bracket and frame, it also do the same thing for the bumper. We'll install these phasers in between it to take up the gap. Pull and place, we'll go ahead and use some tape. At this point, we can go ahead and bring in and install our bumper. We'll go ahead and slide it in place then reinstall the factory bolts. Once again, we'll install them just enough to hold our thing together then we'll go ahead and tighten them down. We're using a wobble extension here, making it easier to go after this bolt right here. For our bolts installed, we'll go ahead and reinstall electrical. With that, that will finish for our install for part number 87581 from Hidden Hitch on our 2013 Toyota Tacoma double cab. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (39 Customer Reviews)
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
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
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: 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
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
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
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
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: Lisa P.11/25/2013
Fast delivery...product as promised...installation 1 hr (me & my son)...easy...easy...never disappointed in etrailer.com108495
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: 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
I own an automotive repair shop and can't get them for less great quality and easy install. 75669
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
Speed of delivery exceeded my expectations. Product fit perfect. My son will tow a boat this weekend.53641
by: Carlos Ocasio07/19/2012
The hitch was installed with out any problems. 48462
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: Johnny C05/21/2012
Received the Hitch in four days, was easy to install and took about 90 minutes.41160
This product was delivered promptly and I was pleased with the quality and instructions for installation. Great product!35239
by: Scott Kinder03/15/2012
East to install.Looks good. 34006
Hitch arrived on time, installation was easy. I'm vrey pleased.27902
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
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
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: Dennis S.04/14/2011
Was easy to install and a perfect fit. Looks very good on my truck.11775
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: 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: Mel I.03/05/2011
Great product for our brand new 2011 Toyota Tacoma. Worked perfectly.8525
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
Well made...good looking Installation was straight forward. I am well pleased with the quality.923
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