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Curt Front Hitch for the 2005 Ram Pickup by Dodge

Curt Front Hitch

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Code:   C31017



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Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" - 2005 Ram Pickup by Dodge


  • Front-mount hitch provides attachment point for hitch-mounted accessories
    • Winch, spare tire carrier, snowplow, cargo carrier and more
    • No more blindly backing trailer in - just hook it up and drive it forward
  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your Dodge Ram Pickup
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Made in the USA


  • Line pull: 9,000 lbs
  • Vertical load: 350 lbs
  • Gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Pin hole diameter: 5/8"
  • Limited lifetime warranty Technical Support

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31017 Curt Front-Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver

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Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" - C31017

Average Customer Rating:  4.0 out of 5 stars   (1 Customer Reviews)

- C31017

by: Dan A.02/15/2012

the hitch looked great but i ordered the wrong one and had to send it back 31868


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  • Is there Any Drilling Required When Installing a Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500
  • Yes. There is some drilling involved when installing the Curt Front Mount Receiver Hitch, # C31017. You will need to drill two holes on the underside of the frame. I have included a link to the installation instructions for this hitch below. The other available front mount hitch for your vehicle is the Draw-Tite Front Hitch, # 65046. It also requires drilling into the underside of the frame. I have included the instructions and an installation video for this hitch below.
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  • Front Mounted Receiver Location When Installed on 2004 Dodge Ram 3500
  • The Draw-Tite # 65046 front mounted receiver will fit the 2004 Dodge Ram 3500. When the hitch is installed, the receiver tube will butt up against the underside of the front bumper fascia, a few inches below the license plate, as you'll see in the photo I provided. The Curt # C31017 would sit about 2 inches higher, meaning you'd need to notch the bumper fascia, but you'd still be well under the license plate. I've linked you to installation instructions for both hitches, as well...
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver for a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab
  • We do have a couple of possible options for front mount hitches for your 2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab. You can use # 65046. There is some minor drilling required, see instructions, but you will likely not have to do any trimming. I have included a link to the instructions to the right. I have also linked a video showing installation. The other option is # C31017. It will NOT fit Laramie models though. The same drilling and possible trimming applies to this hitch as well since it installs...
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  • Will CURT Front Mount Hitch # C31017 Fit a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4x4
  • The CURT Front Mount Hitch, part # C31017, will fit the 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4x4. You may have to trim the front air dam or the plastic fascia that is attached beneath the front bumper on your vehicle for installation of the CURT hitch. How much trimming will depend on which model and trim package is on your vehicle. The trimmed area will be hidden once the hitch is installed. Nothing different with the installation on a 4x4 or a 4x2 vehicle. I attached installation instructions...
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  • Is Trimming Required for Installation of the Curt Front Mount Hitch # C31017 on a Dodge Ram
  • Yes, you may have to trim the plastic fascia that is attached beneath the front bumper on your Dodge Ram pickup for installation of the Curt Front Mount Hitch, # C31017. It will depend on which model and trim package your pickup is. The trimmed area will be hidden once the hitch is installed. I attached installation instructions for you to review. You may also want to consider the Bestop HighRock 4x4 Hitch Mounted Tow Strap Loop, # B4292201, for use in the front mount hitch and a...
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  • Comparing Curt and Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitches for a 2006 Dodge Ram and Winch
  • The Draw-Tite front hitch # 65046 is slightly less invasive than the Curt hitch # C31017 and thus will provide slightly less ground clearance but ultimately they are very close. The vertical pull capacity is basically like tongue weight on a rear mounted hitch. If you are not going to apply downward force to the hitch then the lower capacity of the Curt hitch should not be an issue. You mentioned using the hitch for a winch so there are some cases where vertical pull is a factor. For...
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  • Front Mount Hitch Recommendation for a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
  • There are front hitches available for your 2008 Dodge Ram 1500, but the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # 65063 that you referenced is designed for newer Rams and would not work for you. You would want either the Curt Front Hitch # C31017 if your 1500 Ram has a Mega Cab or a Curt Front Hitch # 31320 if you do not have a Mega Cab.
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch for a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie Mega Cab Diesel
  • We have 2 front mount receivers for the 2007 Dodge Ram 2500, # C31017 and # 65046. Both will have the receiver under the bottom of the front bumper. At this time there are no front mounts that will place the receiver in the same opening as the tow hooks. I have linked installation instructions for both hitches and a link to a video showing a typical installation of # 65046.
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  • Will Rage PowerSport Motorcycle Carrier Carry a 275 lb Bike on a Curt Front Hitch 2007 Dodge 2500
  • You certainly would have enough capacity to carry a Rage PowerSport Motorcycle Carrier # AMC400 and a 275 lb motorcycle with the Curt Hitch # C31017 since the weight of those two items weigh 315 lbs and the hitch has the capacity of 350 lbs. You will still need to determine what your front axle capacity is and be sure not to exceed this figure also. The biggest problem you might have would be that the headlights would be blocked, as well as your turn signals. But you also have to consider...
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  • How Far Down Does a Front Trailer Hitch Hang for Ground Clearance on a 2006 Dodge Ram
  • Once installed the Draw-Tite front hitch # 65046 will have the receiver just about directly under the front bumper. Measure down from the front bumper 2-1/2 inches on your 2006 Dodge Ram and that will be the approximate location of the lowest part of the hitch (which is the bottom of the receiver). The Curt front mount hitch # C31017 will have the receiver slightly higher but still under the front bumper so it would be roughly the same. I have linked the isntallation instructions for...
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  • Where is Curt Front Mount Hitch # C31017 Manufactured
  • The Curt Front Mount Hitch, part # C31017, for your 2007 Dodge Ram is made in the USA.
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch Options for a 2003 Dodge Ram
  • We have several front mount trailer hitch options for the 2003 Dodge Ram. If you have a 1500 series then you can use # 31320 or # 65033. For a 2500 or 3500 series you can use # C31017 or # 65046. I have included links to installation instructions and a couple of videos showing typical installations for you. All of the hitches, except # C31017, have a vertical capacity of 500 pounds and line pull capacity of 9,000 pounds. Hitch # C31017 has a vertical capacity of 350 pounds and line pull...
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  • Front Mount Receiver for a 2015 Ram 2500 Diesel
  • No, the front mount receivers for the 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 such as # C31017 will not fit a 2015 Ram 2500. But we do have a front mount receiver that will fit. As long as your 2015 Ram 2500 is a 4x4 you can use front mount receiver # C31015. I have linked a video that shows how it installs.
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  • Front Mount Hitch Receiver for a 2003 Dodge Ram 3500 4x4 Laramie
  • I checked with Draw-Tite and front mount hitch # 65046 does not exclude Laramie models of the 2003 Dodge Ram 3500. Curt hitch # C31017 excludes Laramie models on the 3500 series. However, for the Draw-Tite hitch one customer said that the tow hook brackets required some modification to provide clearance for the hitch (3mm grinding).
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  • Front Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
  • The recommended front hitch for your 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 is the Curt Hitch # C31017. It has never been tested with the Banks Super Scoop so it would be hard for me to say for certain. The best option I could recommend for you would be to check out the installation instructions I attached to the right and compare them to how the Super Scoop installs to see if they would be compatible.
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  • Why Does Curt Exclude the Front Mount Hitch # C31017 For a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie
  • I spoke with my technical contact at Curt referencing the front hitch # C31017 and he gave me the following reasons why Curt states that this hitch will not fit your 2005 Dodge 3500 Laramie. The manufacturing of the 3500 Laramie is physically slightly different than the other Dodge Ram trucks with reference to how aftermarket products can mount. With this difference the Laramie does not have a standard fit for some aftermarket products. Because the Laramie has a completely different...
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  • What Limits Upward Travel Of Rampage Snowplow # K2RASP8219
  • On the Detail K2 Rampage Snowplow, part # K2RASP8219, the plow is equipped with an electric winch that has a heavy-duty strap which controls the distance the plow would travel up and down. There is also a wired and wireless remote control included that gives you the control of the plow from inside your truck cab. It is designed to be used with 2 inch receivers, and has an adjustable, 3-position blade that will allow you to be able to manually change the plowing angle, either 45 degrees...
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch Options for a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500
  • There are a couple of options for a front mount receiver for the 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 depending on the cab size. If the truck does not have a Mega Cab, use CURT Front Mount Receiver, # 31320. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. Please note, if you have a Sport model, non-Mega Cab, you will also need a spacer kit, # 31320-SK. If the truck does have a Mega Cab you will need CURT Front Mount Receiver, # C31017. I have included a link to the installation instructions...
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  • Front-Mount Hitch Receiver for Use on 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup
  • The Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # 31320 that you referenced is a fit for the Ram 1500 but not the 2500 series. We do offer two options in a front-mount 2-inch hitch for your 2500 that can be seen on the link provided. Both the Draw-Tite # 65046 and the Curt # C31017 will require some trimming of the front air dam as well as some drilling. There is not currently a no-drill/no-trim hitch option for your truck. You might care to refer to the two linked articles and the install...
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  • Total Drop of Curt Front Mounted Receiver # C31017
  • I contacted my Curt Manufacturing rep, who tells me the total drop of their # C31017 is 4-1/4 inches. The drop is the distance from the top surface of the mounting flange that would sit flat against the underside of the frame members to the lowest point of the receiver tube. So, if you'd measure downward from the underside of your frame member by 4-1/4 inches, you'll have a very good idea of where the lowest point of the hitch would sit. I've edited a photo that shows this distance. Hitch...
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Dodge Ram Pickup Accessories

Front Mount Capacity
Line Pull:
9,000 lbs.
Vertical Load:

Front Hitch Installation Instructions C31017 Installation instructions C31017 Installation Instructions

Tech Tip
Hitch will not fit on Laramie version of 3500 models.Drilling required for installation,Trimming of front air dam and/or fascia may be required for installation,License plate relocation may be necessary. If so, you may use Curt hitch license plate mount (C31002), sold separately,

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Most Popular Balls:

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2" hitch ball - 63845

2-5/16" hitch ball - 63847

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