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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. Lowest 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 etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e98851

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • etrailer
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • 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.


Features:

  • 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


Specs:

  • 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   (414 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.

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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.



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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 etrailer.com!! Shout out to George and Carol for your emails!


Comments
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!!
Emmanuel - 03/22/2021


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2005 Acura MDX

Received in a very timely fashion. Product was well packaged. Install instructions and all necessary hardware were included and easy to use. Installed by myself (73yrs old) without raising the car (2005 Acura MDX) was a challenge but not impossible. Once all unnecessary stock items were removed from the vehicle, the hitch easily lifted in and fit like a glove. very happy with the product.



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2005 Acura MDX

The receiver was ordered Wednesday evening and arrived Friday afternoon! Box wasn't damaged and the hitch was in perfect condition. All parts were included. Now the down side is I was installing on a 16 year old Acura MDX. Needless to say the rust was a problem thus the 4 hour install, including wiring (buy the plug and play!). Follow the instructions especially lowering the exhaust. WD-40 on the rubber mounts worked like a charm. I got away not lowering the spare but in hindsight I should have. Now for a test tow...



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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.



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fast to arrive. Easy to install. Great value. Now looking for my bike rack.THX!



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You really nailed it with this tow hitch! I looked at it and thought that it would not fit because the tight space between the rear bumper,spare tire and exhaust but once I installed it I was amazed at how well this part contours the bumper so as to conceal it. The only visible thing is the 2" receiver. Also loved the tubing it is made from. Looks cool! Great job guys!! Definitely will recommend you to my off road people!! Keep it up and God bless!!!



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Works perfectly with our new folding bike rack. Thank you.



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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!


Comments
Hitch is still solid as a rock!
Robert - 05/18/2020


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Very happy with this. Contrary to instructions, I did not need to drop the muffler for installation. I did remove the spare to make it easy to fasten the two center bolts. Bolts on the passenger side didn't go in at first because my Northern vehicle is 13 years old and had some oxidation on the threads. Since I didn't have a thread chaser, I made one using a bolt removed from the tow hook on the driver side, by cutting channels into it with a grinder. After chasing the threads with WD40 a few times, I was able to tighten up the passenger side bolts.



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The install wasn't bad. it was a tight fit and took a little moving around to get in the right spot. If I had someone to help me, it would have been fairly simple. After first bolt installed the rest was easier.



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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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Made of very good quality material, it was a good decision not to buy from [online retailer]. It was easy to install and saved bunch of money



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Came quickly and was easy to install. The online video was easy to follow and made the whole process very quick.



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Items were packed pretty well, nothing seemed to have moved or been damaged during shipping. Part fit as good as OEM, all hardware was correct and the harness fit perfectly.



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A little heavy to install by one person but thankfully I had no issues getting the bolts screwed in the existing holes. It is a perfect fit for my 2006 Honda Pilot EXL.



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High quality well built! Direct bolt on. Simple!



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Installed this after being rear-ended, great product and looks better than the one one I had. Shipped and showed up quickly!



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As advertised. Quick Shipping. Otherwise its a trailer hitch hard to get excited about:)


Comments
Works great, easy to install.
Glen - 06/13/2020


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So far so good! It was pretty simple to put in. I do suggest having a second person to help hold it up as you getting the bolts set. My father-in-law and I were able to do it within 30-69 minutes or so with chasing my 2-year-old around at the same time.


Comments
One year later and it is as secure as when we started. Thanks for the sturdy trailer hitch!
Ryan - 05/31/2020


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Everything bolted right up as advertised. Very durable n great delivery. Would I buy other products from them yes absolutely.


Comments
Excellent easy install outstanding
Robert L - 02/27/2021


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2005 Acura MDX

Doit your self'er had an easy time with this hitch from etrailer. Instructions were great. The product fit well. 5 - Stars. Wiring harness from Curt was great too. Thanks etrailer



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The box was tore up and had been retaped but everything was fine



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Toyota Tacoma

This product is working great on my Tacoma, it took a little bit of work to install, but after a little bit of sweating it's working great.


Comments
still holding strong, i use it for a bike rack and hasnt failed me
Twon S - 02/13/2021


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Fast fast fast delivery. Super easy install. Hitch fit like a glove. This is my 2nd purchase from etrailer. Completely satisfied.


Comments
Excellent
Jim - 01/19/2020


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Ask the Experts about this etrailer Trailer Hitch

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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...
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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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  • 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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  • 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 etrailer.com 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Recommended Hitch Receiver for 2007 Honda Pilot
    While that tab does provide a third anchor point, the maximum tow weight is 3500lbs and the maximum tongue weight is 350lbs. These ratings are the same for each of the three hitch options. My pick of the three would be the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2", part # 75599. It is a 2" Class III hitch like the other options but it's hitch pin center to bumper measurement, is 3 1/4" with a hitch height of 17 3/4".. The shorter distance of the center of...
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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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  • 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...
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  • Compatibility Of etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98851 On a 2005 Acura MDX With Dual Exhaust
    Yes, the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver is confirmed to fit on your 2005 Acura MDX. I believe that all the 2005 MDX's have the dual exhaust from the factory. This receiver is also a correct fit for the same year Honda Pilot which only has the single side exhaust. Those are the pictures that were sent in of the hitch on a vehicle that you see on our page. The Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118336 will give you a 4-way flat connector if you will towing a small trailer with the...
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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 etrailer.com # 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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  • 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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  • What are the Best Roof Racks for a 2009 Honda CRV and a 2007 Honda Pilot?
    If you are contemplating whether to transport 2 50-pound fishing kayaks on your 2009 Honda CR-V or your 2007 Honda Pilot, there are crossbar systems that are compatible with both vehicles. For your 2009 Honda CR-V with flush rails, I recommend the following parts: - Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars - Aluminum - Black - 49" Long - Qty 2 # RRVA126B-2 - RCH Legs for Rhino-Rack Crossbars and Pioneer Platforms - Fixed Mounting Points - Qty 4 # RRRCH4 - Custom RCP Fit Kit for 4 Rhino-Rack...
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