Great Hitch - 2 Hour Installation on 1998 Toyota 4-Runner
Reviewed By Scott P (Sitka, AK) Reviewed for a
—5/9/2008 9:51 PM
The most difficult part of the installation was removing the rusty bolts on the tie down brackets on my 1998 Toyota 4-Runner! After I got through that torture (broke two bolts in the process), and cleaning off the loose rust from my truck's undercarriage, the Hidden Hitch went on smoothly. The directions state that you should use the nuts that are welded inside the frame, but two of those nuts broke their welds in the process of removing the bolts (metal to metal corrosion and fatigue). I just purchased new nuts at the hardware store to match the included bolts (and washers), and installed them with then bolts inside the frame (opposite of the included directions). I had to drill two 1/2 inch holes in my frame for the fourth and final bolt installation on each side, but that was simple and painless (just start with a new or freshly sharpened bit). The final result is a clean, professional-looking hitch that works great!
The only MINOR issue was the lack of padding in the shipping container (as other people have noted). It arrived in a smashed cardboard box (it weighs about 40 lbs), and sustained a minor paint scratch on the receiver, which I promptly touched up before it rusted.
Overall, this is a great hitch, that was relatively simple to install (not the fault of the hitch, but my 10 year old SUV's rust). I will definitely purchase from Auto Anything again...great customer service!