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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Currently, there are 4 trailer hitches that will fit your 2005 Toyota Matrix XR. Three Class-I # 24812 (Draw-Tite), # 60965 (Hidden-Hitch), # 60898 (Hidden-Hitch), and one Class-II # C12013 (Curt). With that said, they are all good products but I would most certainly go with the Class-II Curt hitch # C12013 because it will provide a higher tongue weight capacity of 250 pounds and Class-II will work with Class-1 and Class-2 accessories. As a result, giving you more options...
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  • The two Curt Class II Receivers offered for your vehicle, parts # 12221 and # 12228 have the same weight capacities and install in the same manner. Part # 12221 is constructed of round tubular steel that many find more attractive than the square tubing from which part # 12228 is constructed. If your Matrix is the XR or XRS model, minor trimming of the lower bumper fascia might be required. If you are planning on using the hitch for towing purposes, you will also need the...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • You can see an image of hitch 60965 installed on a Toyota Matrix. Click on the link below the image of the item labeled Vehicle.
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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 # TH916XTR 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 60965, does fit a 2005 and a 2006 Toyota Matrix, so provided the hardware is correct it should fit. The bolts should be 12mm x 40mm hex bolts according to the instructions I have linked for you to view. If cleaning out the bolt holes with a spray lubricant and wire brush (it can take a long time and a lot of elbow grease) just does not work, you can make a tap. But, you have to be very careful to thread the tap in straight. I have...
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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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  • The Rola Sport Series Roof Rack, # 59721, does not include any hardware for mounting a kayak carrier other than the crossbars for mounting a kayak carrier on. It does include all hardware necessary to install the roof rack on your 2009 Toyota Matrix. If you were interested in carrying two kayaks on this roof rack, then I would recommend taking a look at The Stacker by Thule, # TH830. This kayak carrier has the ability to carry up to 4 kayaks and mounts directly to the crossbars...
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  • In the picture attached you can see that Hidden Hitch # 60965 does not extend out past the rear bumper. The receiver opening of the hitch sits right below the bumper/fascia on the Toyota Matrix. If you are looking to carry bikes, I have attached a link to Class I bike racks that are compatible with your hitch. If you are planning some light towing, for a 1-7/8 in ball I recommend the Tow Ready # 19256 and for a 2 inch ball, I recommend the Tow Ready # 19258. If you will need...
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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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  • I went out to the warehouse and examined the Curt Hitch # 12221 and # C12013. While they are similar, there is a key difference in the designs. From the top of the mounting brackets on each side of the hitch down to the bottom of the receiver, hitch # C12013, hangs lower. This makes sense because it is designed to fit all models including XR and XRS of the 2003 to 2008 Toyota Matrix. Some models have a rear fascia that hangs lower so a hitch that hangs lower is needed. Since...
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