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Unread 04-09-2013, 11:38 AM   #1
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Typhoon Trailer Hitch ***Hidden***

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I wanted to show some picture and review the method that I developed for installing a hidden Trailer Hitch on my Typhoon. Now I know I will get some flack from some members about not following the "Do Not Tow" rule with the Ty. But I have a jet ski and a small utility trailer that I use from time to time and the two miles I need to go to drop the jet ski in the water (600lb jet ski and 200lb trailer) should not create a problem for a 400 plus hp AWD Ty. So with that being said I set out to find the best hitch I could find that wasn't ugly. Now this is where the problem begins, since our bumper cover is over the frame rails were most hitches are installed (I actually purchased a few and tried test fitting them - all either hung to low (my Ty is lowered 2 inch) or required to modify and cut the bumper. So in the end this is what I came up with and it worked great!

Process Steps:

1) Remove the stock bumper (there are four bolts that connect the bumper to the frame they are behind the rear wheels).

2) Remove the gas tank cover (nine 10 mm bolts)

3) Remove the rear two bolts that hold the gas tank up (no need to drop the tank, you just need a little room so you can get two bolts behind it)

4) In the middle of the frame cross member line up the Reese Towpower "Step Bumper Deceiver Hitch" Part # 81378 ($35 bucks at Pep Boys)

5) Flip the hitch upside down and place it in the cross member you are going to drill four 1/2 holes (2 in the back of the cross member and 2 in the bottom of the cross member)

6) With the gas tank lose run the bolt supplied with the kit facing the rear of the truck, use a 3/4 box wrench and a 19 mm impact to tighten it up

7) The rear remaining 2 holes you will install 2 I-hooks facing down so you can attach the safety chains.

8) Next install the rear trailer lights by opening the tail gate, remove the plastic door sill, under the carpet there is a plastic channel that has the wires you are looking for, go to the drivers side corner to locate the harness from the front of the truck (this is inside the truck not on the frame rails).

9) You can then run the trailer wires down the channel and behind the license plate

10) Remove the rivets from the bumper cover (there are 12 of them) and separate the support (metal piece) from the plastic cover. Then install the metal piece and line it up over the hitch (it will touch) now mark the metal cover where it is touching the hitch and cut it with an angle grinder, and then paint with some spray paint to prevent rust

11) Now attach the metal bumper and the bumper cover with a rivet gun (I had to use silver rivet which I painted black $3 per pack of five at Pep Boys), mark the rear of the bumper cover and cut to gain access to the hitch.

12) Finally use some door molding protestant around where you cut to($5 Pep Boys) to finish the look.







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Unread 04-09-2013, 12:09 PM   #2
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Re: Typhoon Trailer Hitch ***HIdden***

ARE U EFFING CRAZY!!! WTF are you doing man!! LOL. jk. Nice work. Would very handy for my mountain bike rack too.
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Unread 04-09-2013, 12:19 PM   #3
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Re: Typhoon Trailer Hitch ***HIdden***

Nice! I will be adding this to my typhoon, thanks for the info.
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Unread 04-09-2013, 12:22 PM   #4
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Bad ass! Nice work, now just paint the jet ski black. 1 vote for vault!
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Unread 04-09-2013, 07:16 PM   #5
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Re: Typhoon Trailer Hitch ***HIdden***

Looks goo wished the person that installed a hitch on mine would have done it this way instead of butchering the roll pan
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Unread 04-09-2013, 07:35 PM   #6
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Re: Typhoon Trailer Hitch ***HIdden***

this IS my next mod. question being, i think i already know the answer, do you have to take bumper off to get at the lock bolt to remove the receiver? i too would be using for my bikes... want to remove and put plate back when not in use...
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Unread 04-09-2013, 08:40 PM   #7
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Nice job. I'm also wondering about the ease of removal.


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Unread 04-09-2013, 08:46 PM   #8
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Re: Typhoon Trailer Hitch ***HIdden***

Wasnt this done like 20 years ago?
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Unread 04-10-2013, 11:21 PM   #9
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Re: Typhoon Trailer Hitch ***HIdden***

Getting to the receiver is no problem you just reach up underneath the bumper along with the safety chains
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Unread 04-11-2013, 08:41 AM   #10
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Re: Typhoon Trailer Hitch ***HIdden***

Great thanks for info
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Re: Typhoon Trailer Hitch ***Hidden***

Connor,
Thank you very much for the walkthrough, I did this today, and I am very happy with the results. Ill put up some pics when I get some clips to re-attach bumper cover.

this took me about 6 hours FWIW. would have been less if i didnt have to cut tank bolts off
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Re: Typhoon Trailer Hitch ***Hidden***


i usually just put my bike rack on the back, but this worked for a road trip too
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Re: Typhoon Trailer Hitch ***Hidden***

neat way to tow with a ty but would be concerned with the distance between the rear looking bolt heads and the gas tank. does anyone have measurements? thank you
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If you face them to the rear like you say, the heads are about 5/8 from the tank

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Re: Typhoon Trailer Hitch ***Hidden***

Now you can carry even more tools for when your SyTy breaks!
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