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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Toyota Matrix

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.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2009 Toyota Matrix

Today we are going to be installing wiring harness part number 118460 on a 2009 Toyota Matrix. We are inside the rear cargo area of the matrix here and we are going to go ahead and point out the mounting location for our wiring harness. The ports that we will be plugging into are located directly behind the tail light assemblies here on the interior of the vehicle. You can see when I remove the cover here on the passenger side our plug is located right there. It is a little bit harder to get to on the drivers side, we actually will have to remove a couple components to gain access to it. So to start I am going to remove the rear cargo area here so that we can run our wire from one side to the other. And then we are going to pull back the access panel here on the driver side. Now with the interior panel pulled back a little bit you can see through the opening the plug that we are going to be plugging into.





Toyota Matrix Questions

  • The 8 inch diameter wheel on your Coleman Fleetwood pop-up camper is not large enough to accept an electric brake hub and drum assembly. Seven inch brake assemblies like # 23-48 that you selected work with the Trailer Hub & Drum Assembly, item # 8-257-5UC3, which will fit in wheels starting at 10 inches in diameter. You would need to upgrade your wheels and tires to either a 5.30-12 load range c wheel and tire combination, or a 205/65-10 load range c wheel and tire to meet...
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  • Once the rack is locked into the receiver, the end of the cable with the loop is passed around the shank of the rack near the receiver. Then the end of the cable with the locking tip is passed through the loop, and the cable is pulled snug. The remainder of the cable passes through the bike frames and the end of the cable with the metal tip comes around to connect to the lock threaded onto the cable. The process is very easy in practice, but difficult to describe in words....
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  • Yes the Yakima BigStack kayak carrier # Y04041 will fit the Rhino-Rack roof rack # RRRS482. This rack is easy to put on and take off. The first time installing it will take the longest, but still not very long, and each subsequent time will be exponentially easier until you plateau at the pinnacle of ease. One of the benefits of this type of rack is that it can be installed and removed as needed. Short trips or long it will work well for you. I have also included a link to...
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  • If you look at the instructions for Curt hitch # 12228 which I have linked for you, the bolt size used is M12-1.25 x 30mm. This is a 12mm bolt. This is the size that fits the factory weld nuts on the 2010 Toyota Matrix. Sometimes the weld nuts can get packed with grime or corrosion and it will seem like the bolts are too large to fit. We have a video and an FAQ article which I have linked for you that shows how to clean out the weld nuts to get the hardware to fit properly. If...
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  • All of the hitches available to fit your vehicle are Class I hitches. The most common hitch, 24812, was one which fits with or without the rear fascia. The bolts for that hitch are M12 x 1.25 x 40mm. We offer replacement hardware kits part number RHK. I have included a link to the most popular hitch for you 2006 Matrix and to our hardware kits.
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  • First, where the car was built is not as important as what market the car was built for. If it was built for the U.S. market, it does not matter if it was made in Canada, Mexico, or Japan. You have probably noticed that many cars for any given year come out about a year early, so it is not unusual to see a model year 2009 car with a build date of 2008. A Class II hitch is going to be the better option and out of the 2 Class II hitches, I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch # 12228...
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  • The thing about hitch adapters/extenders like the part # MT70355 that you referenced is that they reduce the capacity of the hitch they are used on by 50 percent. The hitch you referenced part # 60965 has a tongue weight capacity of 200 lbs so it would only have a 100 lb capacity with that extension. The T2 part # TH9044 that you referenced weighs 60 lbs so you would only have 40 lbs of capacity for bikes with the setup you referenced. Your best solution would be to convert...
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  • I contacted our representative at Yakima, and she informed me that she was not certain if the Yakima Rocket Box, part # Y07192, was compatible with Thule Rapid Aero Load Bars, part # THRB43, since they have not test fitted the Thule Aero bars yet. I then walked out to our warehouse to test fit the part # Y07192, with the Thule Rapid Aero Load Bars, part # THRB43. I found that the Thule Aero Bars work great with the Yakima RocketBox, part # Y07147. Yes, the Yakima RocketBox,...
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  • The Curt Class-II hitch # C12221 has a higher weight rating and would work with your 2009 Toyota Matrix XRS. Hidden Hitch # 60898 and Draw-Tite # 24812 are Class-I hitches where as the Curt # 12221 is a Class-II. The Class-II hitch will have a higher rating than Class-I. But keep in mind the maximum towing weight capacity of your 2009 Toyota Matrix is 1,500 pounds per the Toyota Matrix owners manual. Per Curt instructions, the fascia might have to be trimmed on models with...
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  • I checked with Thule and they do list the Passage trunk mount bike rack # TH910XT as a fit for your 2003 Toyota Matrix. We have not had the chance to install a trunk mount bike rack on a Matrix so we do not have any pictures or videos, and you have checked the reviews section already; but I can tell you how it will fit. Installation Notes: Place top clips in the gap at the front edge of the top of the hatch. Place lower clips in the bottom edge of hatch. Caution: Rear...
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  • All of the Class I receiver hitches available for your 2010 Toyota Matrix, including the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 60898, will be visible from the rear. The receiver tube as well as the cross bar are below the level of the rear fascia. I have provided a photo showing part # 60898 installed on a 2010 Matrix and a link to instructions for part # 60898 that you may find as a good reference.
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  • The Curt trailer hitch # C12013 will have the receiver just below the rear fascia on your 2006 Toyota Matrix. Take a look at the review with pictures on the product page to get an idea of where it will be. Curt does say that you need to use a stabilization strap, # 18050, for any non-trailer loads such as a bike rack. It will be close to the ground and steep inclines like driveways could cause the hitch to scrape on the ground. The Softride Element, # SR26248, will only...
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  • I attached a picture that I took from the installation instructions for the Rola Roof Rack part # 59721 that shows what the attachment point on your 2006 Toyota Matrix will look like.
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  • When changing from incandescent or halogen type bulbs to LEDs, load resistors are required. For the blinker circuits you can use load-resistors like the Putco LED Light Bulb Load-Resistors # P230004A-2 to prevent hyperflashing of the blinkers. This kit includes two resistors and connectors for installing a pair of bulbs as turn signal lamps. Check out the installation instructions I have attached for part # P230004A-2. I have also included a link to our exterior LED automobile...
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  • There are no 2 inch hitches available for a 2009 Toyota Matrix, however we do have a solution for you. We have 1-1/4 inch hitches for your Matrix and a nice adapter for making your 2 inch bike rack work with 1-1/4 inch receivers. First you will need a hitch. The Hidden Hitch, part # 60898, has a high customer rating and would work just fine for a bike rack and includes a pin and clip. We even have a video of one of these hitches being installed on a 2009 Matrix, I have added...
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  • That overhang we call a spoiler. A lot of hatchbacks and SUVs have them and it can affect fit of items like a trunk mount bike rack. The Thule Passage # TH910XT is listed as a fit for the 2005 Matrix. But with the rear spoiler I do not recommend this rack. The spoiler piece was not meant to support weight and could get damaged by the rack. There is a solution though, a special trunk mount rack from Hollywood racks, the Over-the-Top rack # HRF2. This rack has an extra arm...
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  • Curt trailer hitch # C12221 would be a good option as long as your 2005 Toyota Matrix is not an XR or XRS model. If it is an XR or XRS model then # C12013 would be the best option for a Curt hitch. These are both Class II hitches which means you have to use the ball mount recommended by the hitch manufacture so as not to void the hitch warranty. This will limit the amount of rise you can get to be able to tow the trailer level. Based on the picture you have sent you will need...
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  • I can provide a link to the image. The image is small, but you can make out the hitch opening below the fascia. I have also included a link to the installation details for the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 60965, for your 2004 Toyota Matrix.
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  • The correct replacement pad for the Yakima Q83 Q-Clips included in the roof rack for your 2006 Toyota Matrix is the A-style pad, part # Y8810084. This is sold as a single piece so you will need to order two. These same pads are also used for the Q116 style Q-Clips which are also used on your Yakima rack. I have linked a review video illustrating how these snap on to the bottom of your Q Tower.
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  • On the Draw-Tite Class I Trailer Hitch, # 24812, it will fit on your 2009 Toyota Matrix XRS with the lower rear fascia. The rear fascia has a center section that will have to be removed when you install the hitch. It is not hard to remove that section because it is made to be removed for a trailer hitch installation. Also needed for towing would be the Draw-Tite Ball Mount, # 3593, and either the Tow Ready 1-7/8 Inch Hitch Ball, # 19256, or the Tow Ready 2 Inch Hitch Ball,...
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