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etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2"

etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2"

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This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look. Great Prices for the best trailer hitch from etrailer. etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" part number e98851 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e98851

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • etrailer
  • 350 lbs TW
  • 5000 lbs WD GTW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • 500 lbs WD TW

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look.


  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your vehicle
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer
  • Matte black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately
  • Made in the USA
    • Mounting hardware may be imported


  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 5,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 500 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Rugged, Matte Black Finish

The sturdy steel construction is protected with a matte black finish for added durability. This unique powder coating gives etrailer hitches a carbide-like appearance and a rugged look that sets them apart from traditional glossy hitches. In addition to being rust and corrosion resistant, the tough matte coating hides dirt, scuffs, and dings better than a glossy finish.

Matte Carbide Finish vs Glossy Finish

Matte Carbide Finish vs Glossy Finish

etrailer Technical Support

At etrailer we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.

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etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" - e98851

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (523 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look.


I needed a hitch receiver for the used 2003 Honda Pilot I just picked up so that I could use one of my old bike racks (saving a few hundred dollars).

The mount fit perfectly, but there's a HUGE caveat - if you are attaching a receiver on an older car, you MUST MUST MUST MUST clean out the weld nut threads first. There is ample warning about this throughout the comments - and I felt that I did a good job.

Well, I didn't. I chased the threads on the unused weld mounts, after some light cleaning with 3M industrial cleaner, using one of the old bolts from the tow hook I needed to remove. I coated the bolt with WD40 and slowly threaded it in to the first weld nut. When I couldn't hand-tighten anymore, I used a ratchet. After applying a very light amount of torque, the weld broke on the nut. With the bolt now stuck in one of the holes I needed to use, I spent the next 2 hours with a drill and a hack saw to cut the bolt.

Since I was only going to mount bikes on the hitch, I was willing to go with only 2 bolts on one side, but I obviously couldn't afford to break any more weld nuts. I spent the next couple of weeks meticulously cleaning out the threads with a bettery terminal cleaner and industrial cleaner (about 15 minutes each night). Finally I was able to get full travel on all the nuts with the old bolts, and that's when I was easily able to install the hitch.

Bottom line - don't mess around with the weld nuts. Clean them obsessively before trying to apply the smallest amount of torque.

Very happy with the end result.


I am pleased I found and bought my hitch from Selecting the correct hitch was made easy using the tools on their website and it arrived earlier and well was packaged. I’m not a do-it-yourselfer so it took me about 3 ½ to install the hitch and it fit like a glove once I realized what underparts had to be removed before it could be secured to the frame. Lastly, I don’t understand why anyone would pay more for their hitch; hit a standing home run!

Honda Pilot

Fabulous hitch! I just needdd one to put a bike rack on my Honda pilot. It has worked perfectly. Install was a breeze. I brought it to my cousin who is a mechanic and he had it done in no time. One year later still perfectly strong.


The hitch fit properly, but installing it on a 16-yr-old car was not that easy, as the bolts were rusted on the car and the spot welds didn't hold when they were removed and then reinserted. Fixable, but not by me, I ended up having to hire somebody to install the hitch. That's not an issue for the hitch -- just a warning for anybody trying to install the hitch on an old car -- be verrrryyyy careful with those rusty old bolts and welds.

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Jenny N.


It is going to take some elbow grease to clean out the bolt holes on older vehicles due to all the road grime and debris that builds up. We have a FAQ that can help.


Simple bolt on! Easy fit. We had a lot of dirt In the existing bolt holes. Make sure to use a wire brush to clean them up before installing the new bolts.

2007 Honda Pilot

Amazing tow hitch. Quality, heavy duty and easy install. The process from ordering online with your convenient website, to the install videos, and then receiving the product was great! Installed right on to the undercarriage, with no issues! The install was also very easy with a helping hand, some WD-40 (because of the rust on my wife’s 2007 Honda Pilot) , and pneumatic tools. Thanks!! Shout out to George and Carol for your emails!



Great addition to the family truck. This product has paid for itself 10 times over with its use in the past 12 months. These guys at etrailer are pros and their website is awesome. Continue the great work!!


Works great. Important the way it locks onto the receiver on the car.


I was a bit nervous installing this hitch since the shops charge $500-600 just for installation. However, I found it easy to figure out how was supposed to install. The only problem I had was one of the bolt holes in my car was badly rusted. The thread size was an odd one soit took a while to find the right tap. Once I found one it was smooth sailing.


Great communication, 3rd hitch and pardon the pun, yet each went onto very different cars without issue! Honda, VW and Audi all worked out great and met our needs!



Hitch works without a hitch easy to use and solid installation that does what we need and exceeds expectations!

2006 Honda Pilot

I didn't want to have to put a trailer hitch on my car, but after my wife suffered a stroke and now has a mobility scooter, I simply couldn't keep manhandling that heavy scooter in and out of the car, so we decided to get a scooter platform.

I was also hoping this would be an easy-install because I'm not a mechanic by any definition.

I was amazed at how fast this trailer hitch arrived at my home and was really pleased that it bolted up into place exactly as the online video demonstrated, despite the fact that I have a full-sized spare tire! I was really concerned that I'd have to go back to the factory-installed "doughnut" tire, but while things are a bit snug, it worked out just as I had hoped it would. This hitch was a PERFECT fit.

**Important Note** MAKE SURE that you clean the bolt-holes out with a wire brush like they show you in the video and shoot some WD-40 or some other kind of lubricant into the holes and onto the bolts before installation. You also might want to try a mounting bolt in each hole before mounting. If you don't, you'll wish you did.

FYI, once you remove the tow-hook from the drivers side, there won't be any room to replace it, so just put that thought out of your mind.

Ford Five Hundred

Mechanic who installed said it went easy. Had I had more time . a warmer spot, and known how easy I would have considered doing it myself. Took it on a 500 mile ride this weekend and performed well.



have only used it about 5-7 times but continues to perform just great.


Fit well. Towed everything we needed. Now we can use it to hold a rack for extra storage on day trips


instruction can be improved. Hitch fit and worked as designed.



The issue with this hitch was during the installation. Had to loosen all the bolts to align the exhaust pipes, other than that it was OK. After one year, no issue.


Finally got this installed! Only took 2-3 hours :( should have only taken 15 mins. Thought the wrong bolts were sent because they would not screw in. Then took off the tow hook and all the screws went in there fine because there was bolts in those holes. The exhaust side was so gunked up and rusted I had to put a wire brush up there and twist it around a bunch of times and run the bolts in and out several times to get it to go in more. Also had to use a cheater bar for leverage it was so hard to screw-in. Finally was able to get it and it was very secure. I was unable to screw the 2 Bots to the bumper area because it was too rusted there but it is definitely sturdy enough to hold bikes. I plan on taking off my bumper to replace the bumper support later so I can screw those in. Overall it seems to be to very good quality and I am glad I got the less expensive etrailer version.

2007 Honda Pilot

Bought this hitch for my son's 2007 Honda Pilot as a christmas present. It arrived here in what I would call record time, ordered Saturday and here Tuesday or Wednesday. My son absolutely loved it and was able to have it installed in about an hour. The video was really not needed since it aligned and fit perfectly. Wish I had asked him to take photos. Would definitely recommend the product and etrailer!


Perfect bolt-in, easy to do and now lets me haul more boat than this vehicle should.


Easy install perfect fit. Love it. Would definitely recommend


Just as advertised, easy to install and lightning-fast delivery!

2008 Honda Pilot

The trailer hitch and electric plug was delivered on time. The parts bolted up without any issues. I haven’t gotten a 2inch ball starter to insert into the hitch. So far I’m well please.


perfect fit.... ok shipping

2006 Acura MDX

Love it all fit and work

2017 Acura MDX

Excellent product! I had purchased a class I hitch from you seven years ago, used it a couple times, but not in the past 5 years. When I recently bought a utility trailer I found that the bumper on my 2002 MDX had rusted to the point where I was not comfortable hauling anything with the class I. That's when I order the class III. installed the new hitch myself - it took about 4 hours, because I had to cut the lower bolts on the old hitch to get it off, and then had to tap the three frame bolt holes on the passengers side - they were full of 17 years worth of rust/dirt/debris. Now that it's all buttoned up, I couldn't be happier. This sucker is one sturdy hitch!



Hitch is still solid as a rock!


Looks great delivered as promised.


Cheapest trailer I could fine, the bolts didn't fit that they sent but the actual product is perfect. Solid, well made and again, significantly less expensive. Huge fan of etrailer and will use them in the future definitely!



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Etrailer Expert

Brooke M.


Would you be able to share more on what issues you are having with this product? I would love to try and see if I can help.


East to install, great product

Jared J.


Great, easy to put on and couldn’t ask for a better product

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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver Compatible with 2006 Honda Pilot 4WD
    The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" # e98851 is a fit for your 2006 Honda Pilot and the plate above the exhaust will not be removed or altered. It is an easy installation you can do yourself in around 60 minutes. I've attached the installation instructions to assist.
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  • Does Trailer Hitch Install for 2005 Honda Pilot EXL Require Lowering Exhaust
    Yes, the exhaust hangers of your 2005 Honda Pilot do need to get removed to install the hitch part # e98851 that you referenced (and all other hitches that would fit your vehicle). The entire exhaust does not need get removed though as it's just the rubber hangers that hold the exhaust at the rear of the vehicle. This is a very common step for installing hitches and is not overly difficult at all.
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  • What Trailer Hitch Will Fit My 2005 Honda Pilot
    When it comes to installing a trailer hitch on your 2005 Honda Pilot The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2 inch # e98851 will fit your vehicle. We do have installers near you that will install it. The hitch has a bolt-on design that has a concealed cross tube so after installed it will have a sleeker look then other hitches because it is closer to the frame of the vehicle. The hitch can tow up to 3,500 pounds and has a tongue weight up to...
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  • What Vehicles Does etrailer Hitch # E98851 Fit
    The etrailer hitch # e98851 that you referenced fits the following vehicles: 2001 - 2006 Acura MDX 2003 - 2008 Honda Pilot
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  • Missing Bolt Holes For Hitch Install on 2006 Honda Pilot
    Thank you for the photos of your 2006 Honda Pilot, but the center bolts are still needed to install the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98851. What you will need to do - if you can - is drill the holes in the bumper beam, though I can't quite tell from the photo if you have the needed space available there at the bumper. Failing that, the best option for you is going to be to mount a different hitch that does not require you to use the bumper beam or center bolt holes, just the holes...
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  • etrailer Hitch Rattling Against Exhaust on 2003 Honda Pilot
    Thank you for your purchase of the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98851. The issue with an exhaust/muffler coming into contact with a hitch isn't a wholly unusual one, but you'll need to examine the underside where the hitch is mounted to locate the exact issue. The # e98851 hitch does fit right next to the exhaust and my guess is it may be the exhaust heat shield that is coming into contact with the hitch. That happens sometimes, and what you can do is trim the part that is interfering...
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  • Trailer Hitch for 2018 Toyota Highlander
    We do have an etrailer hitch for your 2018 Toyota Highlander, part # e98844, which fits both the Hybrid and gas models. This installs without drilling and it fits with a full-size spare tire so long as it is on a steel rim. The linked installation video, instructions and help article will show you the mounting process. As you'll see in the linked photo this hitch has a very clean appearance once installed. The etrailer hitch # e98851 which fits the 2003 thru 2008 Honda Pilot does also...
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  • Difference Between the Curt and Etrailer Hitches for a 2004 Honda Pilot
    The Curt hitch for the 2004 Honda Pilot, part # 13328, and the etrailer one, part # e98851, are almost the same. As you mentioned, the finish is the only difference between them. The matte finish of the etrailer one helps to prevent scratches and corrosion, which is why it's the one I recommend. I've linked to a video installation of the Curt since they install the same and we have the video for your 2004 Pilot.
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  • What is the Ground Clearance for the etrailer Trailer Hitch for 2005 Honda Pilot
    It's going to vary a bit depending on whether or not your rear suspension is worn or not, but in most cases a 2005 Honda Pilot with the etrailer Trailer Hitch # e98851 will sit 16-3/8" from the bottom of the hitch to the ground. Because this hitch has a concealed cross tube design it will provide good ground clearance compared to a cross tube that is visible. This hitch has a durable, matte black powder coating that will stand up to corrosion extremely well and provides you with a 2" receiver...
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  • Hitch and Wiring Recommendation for my 2008 Honda Pilot
    For your 2008 Honda Pilot the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver part # e98851 and the Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector part # 118336 are custom fit and will work perfectly on your Pilot. They are both easy to install. Check out the video I attached on the wiring installation.
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  • Does etrailer Trailer Hitch For 2005 Acura MDX With Dual Exhaust
    Yep, your 2005 Acura MDX with dual exhaust is 100 percent compatible with the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98851. I also wanted to add, if you were going to do some towing and needed a 4-way, the correct fit is harness # C55336.
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  • Will etrailer Trailer Hitch e98851 Work With Full Sized Spare Tire On 2004 Acura MDX?
    It sure will! The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98851 you were looking at for your 2004 Acura MDX is designed to be compatible with a full sized spare tire. If you are planning on towing with your MDX you will also need a vehicle wiring harness # 118336, and a ball mount, hitch ball, and hitch pin and clip which can all be found in the etrailer Ball Mount Kit # 989900. I included a link to the written instructions of the # e98851 and videos for the other products mentioned for you...
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  • Fitment of etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver to 2006 Honda Pilot With Full-Size Spare
    Yes, the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98851 is designed to be compatible with a full sized spare tire on a 2006 Honda Pilot. If you will be towing a trailer with your Honda Pilot you will also need a vehicle wiring harness. I suggest part number # 118336 for a flat 4-way. For a ball mount, hitch ball, and hitch pin and clip, all can be found in the etrailer Ball Mount Kit # 989900.
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  • What Trailer Hitch Is Confirmed For A 2005 Honda Pilot
    When it comes to installing a trailer hitch on your 2005 Honda Pilot I recommend The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2 inch # e98851. It has a gross tongue weight up to 3,500 pounds and has a tongue weight up to 350 pounds. Per your vehicle's manual it shows you can go up to 350 pounds tongue weight. It would not do any damage to max out the tongue weight but I would not go over it. Going over the weight will cause damage to the car and lead...
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  • Is There a 2 inch Hitch that Fits 2003 Acura MDX
    Yes we have 2 inch hitches that fit your 2003 Acura MDX like with the etrailer hitch part # e98851 which I recommend highly as it is mostly hidden and has a very durable powdercoat finish. If you need trailer wiring as well the part # 118336 is a confirmed fit and very easy to install.
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  • Vehicle/Hitch Towing Capacity of 2010 Acura MDX
    According to the owner's manual, your 2010 Acura MDX has a 5000 lb towing capacity with two occupants. The towing capacity decreases approximately 250 lbs for each additional occupant after two. As long as the as-towed weight of the trailer doesn't exceed the capacity of the vehicle or the hitch (whichever is less), you'll be fine. I'd also recommend looking at the capacity sticker on your current hitch, it's fairly common for a hitch to list two different capacities, one for towing,...
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  • 2008 Honda Pilot Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendation
    For your 2008 Honda Pilot I recommend the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98851 because of its simple installation and superior finish. What sets this hitch apart is the tough matte coating hides dirt, scuffs, and dings better than a traditional glossy finish. One thing you'll be glad you picked up is a nylon tube brush # 814092. There's plenty of gunk and road debris that can build up inside your weld nuts over the years, so you'll want to make sure you spray a good amount of lubricant...
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  • Different Ways To Carry An E-Bike On a 2004 Honda Pilot
    The only way to carry an e-bike on a vehicle is with a hitch mounted bike rack because none of the trunk mounted or roof mounted bike carriers can handle the weight of this type of bike even if only one bike is carried. That said, the installation of a trailer hitch is very easy for most vehicles and they rarely require any permanent modifications. The other major advantage that the trailer hitch option has over a trunk mount or roof mount bike rack is that you can use the trailer hitch...
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  • Recommended Hitch for a 2003 Honda Pilot
    To add a hitch to your 2003 Honda Pilot EX, I recommend the etrailer Hitch item # e98851. This hitch is custom fit and bolts to your Honda with included hardware. It is compatible with a full size spare tire. This is a class III hitch with a 2" receiver so it will have plenty of capacity to handle 250 lbs of bikes and rack. For a compatible wiring harness you will want the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector item # C55336. This custom-fit T-connector...
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  • Trailer Hitch, Wiring and Ball Mount for 2002 Acura MDX Towing Small Trailer
    For your 2002 Acura MDX the highest capacity trailer hitch we offer is the etrailer # e98851 which can tow a trailer up to 3,500 lbs unless you are using a weight distribution system. Then it could tow a trailer up to 5,000 lbs. This hitch does not require any drilling or welding to install as well as it basically just bolts right up. The hitch you referenced does not fit your vehicle as it was designed for a different one. This hitch only has the opening that hangs below the rear bumper...
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  • Can Weight Distribution be Used With a 2006 Honda Pilot
    As long as the trailer hitch on your 2006 Honda Pilot is rated for weight distribution (WD), like the # e98851, then you can use it. We just have to make sure that you choose one that is best rated for your towing application. When looking into purchasing a WD system you want to find one with a Tongue Weight (TW) range that the Total Tongue Weight (TTW) of your towing setup falls in the middle of. To find the TTW of your towing setup you will need to add the TW of your fully...
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    For your 2010 Toyota Tacoma, I highly recommend the Redarc Tow-Pro Liberty Brake Controller item # RED24FR. This is a proportional brake controller that activates your trailer's brakes when your Tacoma decelerates. It has a unique installation method where the only visible portion is the control knob that's about the size of a nickel. The main unit is hidden away inside your dash to be completely out of the way and out of sight. You will need two adapters to connect this controller to...
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  • 2008 Honda Pilot Recommended Parts to Tow a Trailer With Brakes
    I'd be more than happy to help you get the correct parts needed to tow a trailer with your 2008 Honda Pilot! Here's what I recommend: - etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98851 - Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness # C55336 - Universal Installation Kit # ETBC7 - No-Drill Mount # 18140 - Redarc Tow-Pro Liberty Brake Controller # RED24FR - Wiring Pigtail # RED69FR I've attached some installation videos for the wiring as well as a link to our helpful article on ball mounts so we...
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