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Video of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
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Today on this 2008 Ford Ranger, we are going to install part number 87161 from Hidden Hitch. This will also apply to part number 75082 from Draw-Tite. OK, we will show you how the hitch mounts up to the frame of the vehicle. You are going to use the existing hole right here and you are going to use this existing spot right here, with the bolt in here. This bolt will be removed and replaced with new hardware. The J-nut behind it will be replaced also. We will start off by removing the hardware right here. And one little thing that you might want to do is go ahead and loosen this bolt up a little bit. That way, it makes it a little easier to move this J-nut here. We are done with the driver side. Let us go ahead and do the same thing again on at the passenger side. 0:44
Now, we loosened both sides up. Now you can see that we can move the bumper pretty easily. And that gives us more working room now to remove this J-nut. Sometimes you can just pull down on the back side of it, on the other side of the frame. Pull down the tab. Maybe it will just slide out. If not, pry it out with a screw driver. Go ahead and repeat that same process back over on the passenger side. OK, let us go ahead and install some hardware now. We are going to install a block and a bolt. And it is just going to right on through, just like that. At this point we can go ahead and tighten up the bumper bolts back here. OK, at this point we can go ahead and install the hitch on the vehicle with the two bolts we installed. Now we are going to have to take the hitch and push it a little bit passed the bolt and then back over the horizontal bolts that are in the bumper bracket. Then we can the bolts in. We will just go ahead and run our lock washer and a nut onto it. We are just going to leave it loose and repeat the same thing on both sides. 1:44
Alright, now we will work on the attachment going towards the front of the vehicle. Now there is going to be a space between the frame and the hitch. The kit comes with a block to fill that up. It is the same as before. We will our hardware in. We have our hardware installed but before we can tighten down the hitch, you want to make sure that this cutout on the hitch goes around this bolt right here. You may have to tap it with a rubber mallet to put it in position so everything sits flat on the frame. OK, with our bolts tightened down, you can go ahead and torque them down as specified in the instructions. We have our vehicle off of the lift. Now we will give you a couple of measurements that will help you in ing the ball mount, bicycle rack or cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground is going to be 15 inches. And from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer edge of the bumper we are looking at 5 inches. Alright, in a few easy steps our hitch is already installed. And there you have it for part number 87161 from Hidden Hitch.
Average Customer Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (24 Customer Reviews)
Very happy with purchase.Installation was fast and easy.72055
by: Mazda B3000 Girl07/05/2013
At 1st I thought this hitch had the wrng hole patter, but I discovered the big openeingh allowed for the bumper to stay bolted on while I put this over it's mounta and the opening allowed enough room to then remove the original bolt once the hutches other bolts was attached and then lock them both down with the large rectangular metal flange that was provided to cover the large hole. Worked out very nice. The hitch also tucked nicely under the bumper and doesn't stick oput much at all, along with maintaining perfect access to the spare tire. Great - Thanks etrailer!87844
by: Jack H.11/09/2013
The trailer hitch receiver is great. I ordered on a Sunday and it arrived the following Friday. Easy installation as I had watched a video on the etrailer site and knew what to expect. I had tried with another brand of one size fits all type of hitch and had to return it because it didn't . This hitch receptacle fit perfectly. 106828
by: Rick S.08/11/2013
The hitch for my 2002 Ranger was delivered quickly and I put it on the same night, in the dark, by myself. Super easy and fit perfectly...couldn't have been easier. It is designed very well and works great, just like advertised. Used it today with a truck crane/hoist that fits into the receiver to lift heavy supplies into the bed. 94460
Great Delivery, I order a couple of items from a large seller on the Internet a couple of days before ordering this hitch and the hitch showed up a day before the other products from "A". As far as the hitch goes it installed very easy, holes lined up. The only issue I had is I had to take the spare tire down (which is remarkable easy to do on a Ranger), then put the hitch in place. Once the hitch was in place and bolted tight the spare tire fit back up with no problems. Seems like a really good, well made solid hitch.91548
by: JOHN CALLIHAN II07/05/2013
Finished in stalling #87161 hidden hitch on my 2001 ford ranger xlt and I have to say it fit perfectly. The one thing that made it easier to install is lowering the spare tire, it lets you fit it better. Great product87866
by: James S08/19/2012
I received the hitch in record time. No problems until I find that I had to drill the second on each side. It seems to me that the manufacturer could punch this hole while punching the others. Everybody doesn`t have bits for this job. Sorry, but I don`t bend and climb very well so no pictures. BUT THE HITCH SEEMS TO BE A VERY GOOD CHOICE.52256
by: Uncle Mel06/16/2012
This was one of the best transactionsI've ever had on an internet order.The communication was prompt & very well done .My hitch arrived on time & in perfect condition. Installation took less than an hour since no drilling was necessary. All in all I'm very happy and glad I choose etrailer for this purchase 44429
Just received my package, I purchased an entire package with everything needed to pull a trailer. It will be a few weeks before my stepson and I install this unit as he will be moving to Houston in the next month or so. Prices for this package was competitive if not lower than other sites and more so that local prices. I have examined all of the pieces very carefully, the hitch itself looks to be of high quality and extremely sturdy. The delivery was within the time promised and arrived in excellent shape. To this point I am pleased with my purchase. 43357
by: Mario C03/08/2012
I researched this product before I ordered and I was not sure of what I really vibut after going on youtube and saw a video on how to install a tow hitch on my Ford Ranger I saw how simple of a job it was. I just received my hitch after 4 days and it looks like what I saw in the video. I cant wait to install it. Etrailer.com really came through on their promise and they upgraded my shipping to express and did not take long to get the product. It looks like a good heavy duty hitch and I look forward to instlling it and start using it. 33355
by: Keith S.12/04/2011
This product fit perfectly and mounted easily. The price was untouchable compared to other online or local sources. The videos that were available to watch on etrailer's web site were very explicit and were a great tool. I make 30-40 online purchases a month as part of my job and the level of service that I received from etrailer can be matched by only a few and surpassed by none. I highly reccommend the product and etrailer.27669
by: Sean R.10/10/2011
Great hitch! Shipped fast and I installed it in 20 minutes thanks to the very helpful video. I knew what I was doing the second I opened the box! Very steady and I hope to get lots of use out of it and I will be purchasing a hitch for my ford sport trac also. Great doing business with you guys!25398
by: Mark Craft09/01/2011
I received my Hidden Hitch trailer hitch promptly in 3 business days . Express shipping at no extra cost. The product was easily installed and instructions were as easy as 1,2,3. It was very well made and was quite stout. I would recommend this product very well and will enjoy shopping at e-trailer.com again.23407
by: Wissam S08/30/2011
The hitch seemed to be stront, but the coating had some chips in it, so I bought a can of bedliner and sprayed it before installing to prevent future rust. One of the bolts stripped when I went to torque it to the 75LB spec, but it seems alright. The only thing the instructions don't mention is that IF you have a FULL size spare, you will need to lower the spare on the cable before installing the hitch, then raise it back into place when you're done. Overall an easy install and great for the price23230
by: George Ward06/27/2011
Received hitch last week and installed over the weekend. Installed easy, as indicated on your web site. The vidio on your site was extremlly helpful in the installation. Have recommended your company to my brother, as of today. Hitch looks good and is what I had hoped for. By the way, free shipping was a big factor in my purchase.18030
The hitch looks stronger than I thought. Installation ,easy. I do it alone in my garage with my laptop in a side viewing your movie. The most I like is the appearance, almost invisible giving a look like if it came with it, looks like fabric. I have a home made trailer for multiple uses. Carry out mower, furniture and cutten trees. So is better carrying the trailer from the hitch than from the pick up bumper. 13618
by: larry r03/09/2011
thanks , it been a pleasure from the time i placed my order to the time i read my email. i was on lunch at work when i read my massage that my trailer hitch had been placed in my garage. it arrived on the forth day and i mounted it on the sixth day. no drilling was required and it is almost unnoticeable on my ford ranger. greeting from south carolina.8950
Very easy to install and was put one in 30 min. I recommend 2 people 68167
installed quickly and easily. very hap py.19492
by: Allen P.07/11/2011
Delivered as expected and installation was simple19166
After I was able to remove one of the side bracket bolt with my hot wrench the installation went very smoothly. It looks good and I hope to get many years of service out of it. My dealings with this company was a 5 star experience 12099
Took no time at all to install, just wished my 94 ranger had pre-drilled holes. It took almost a hour overall, mostly from loosening rusted on bolts. Great product no issues.9312
by: Brandon N.02/25/2011
Very nice hitch. Free shipping was nice and it even came earlier than I expected. Site has large selection and the best support I have found. I will buy from them again.7848
Perfect. Went right on as advertised. Quickly shipped too. Thanks!83906
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