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

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

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  • 9000 lbs Line Pull
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Easily attach a variety of accessories to the front of your vehicle with this fully welded, corrosion-resistant trailer hitch receiver. Perfect for winches, spare tire carriers and more. Call 800-298-8924 to order Curt front hitch part number 31114 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Curt products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2". Front Hitch reviews from real customers.


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Curt Front Hitch - 31114

Easily attach a variety of accessories to the front of your vehicle with this fully welded, corrosion-resistant trailer hitch receiver. Perfect for winches, spare tire carriers and more.


Features:

  • 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 vehicle
  • 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 etrailer.com
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over steel resists corrosion
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Made in USA


Specs:

  • Line pull: 9,000 lbs
  • Vertical load: 500 lbs
  • Gross trailer weight: 5,000 lbs
  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Pin hole diameter: 5/8"
  • OEM fog lights will have to be permanently removed for this hitch to install on vehicle
  • Limited lifetime warranty


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31114 Curt Front-Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver

31114 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 31114 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2000 - 2005 Ford Excursion

1999 - 2007 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

1999 - 2007 Ford F-350, 450, and 550 Cab and Chassis




Video of Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2"


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Front Mount Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Ford F-350

Today on our 2006 Ford F-350 we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Curt Custom Front Mount Receiver Hitch, part number 31114. Now here's what our hitch is going to look like installed. As you can see it's a pretty nice looking hitch. It sits right here in the center of our already existing opening in our truck, so we don't have to worry about cutting or trimming anything there. This is going to be a 2" by 2" receiver tube opening, so there's going to be a great deal of accessories available for it, including your snow plows, some people will put front-mount cargo carries on it, winch mounts. It shares the same 5/8" diameter pin hole here, so any of your Class III accessories will work out fine.

You'll see we're going to have plenty of room there even if you wanted to use an anti-rattle device, or something like that. Now getting the hitch installed takes a little bit of work. It's not just a simple bolt-on installation. You do have to pull the front bumper, drill a couple of holes, but overall it's going to come on and off pretty easily for you. Now the hitch itself has a 500 pound tongue weight rating. That's the maximum downward force you want to put here at the receiver tube opening.

It gives us a 5,000 pound gross trailer wight rating. That would be the total weight of our trailer and anything that we we're to load up on it. As far as straight line pull, that would be most often for a recovery situation, where you've got a winch mounted here in the front, it's going to give us a 9,000 pound rating with that. Your winch, you'll have up here. You'll want to use a pull, direct pull maximum of 9,000 pounds. Now you can drastically reduce that of course by running some snatch block and things.

You got your tow hooks, which are left in place here. You don't have to get rid of those for the hitch to work. That's going to make it nice so you can double back and have a good strong connection point there. Now as a solution for your license plate mounting situation here, you can re-use the factory bracket. You would just want to bring that up, hook it back on that front side, and then just use a couple of small screws to replace those rivets. That would allow you to take it on and off.

Typically, with the snow plow it's going to be seasonal, but for other accessories you might just want to leave it off, and come up with a different mounting solution. That's completely up to you where you want that plate to go. Just make sure you stay in compliance with your local laws. Now a few measurements that are helpful when selecting accessories from your front mount hitch will be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, we're going to have about 24". Then from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of our bumper it's about 2 1/2. To begin our hitch installation we need to get the front bumper removed. Our hitch is going to mount between the bumper and the front of the frame of the vehicle. Now on each side, right here underneath the corner, there's going to be a bracket. It's going to run from this cross member plate, over to the bottom of the bumper here, so we want to take out this bolt so it won't hang up. Now, typically your '06 should have this bracket. If you're on a different year, you might not have this. Let's do the same thing on our passenger side as well. Now just outside of our tow hooks, we've got the two bolts that are going through our bumper and holding this in place. We'll need a 19 millimeter socket, or a 3/4" socket, and we're going to remove the bottom one completely. I'm going to take the top one almost all the way out. We want to have that for support though while we take care of the other side. Then we can get an extra set of hands and pull the bumper off. Now on the back side of that bolt there is a nut. It also requires a 3/4" or 19 millimeter socket. You just want to hold on to that as you remove it. You'll see that's what you'll be taking out. You just got a bolt, a couple of flat washers, and our nut. Now before we take the bumper off, if your truck is equipped with the fog lights on each side here, you want to take the plug out that's on the back side. You can just pull the bulb like that, or you can lift up on these two tabs and slide it off, whatever you prefer. Now with the help of an extra set of hands, we'll finish taking out our hardware here on both sides. Then we can get that bumper set aside somewhere safe. Now the front-mount hitch is going to require that we do away with these plugs. We're not going to be able to have the lights and the hitch at the same time, so what we're going to do is just take this harness, bundle it up, and we'll secure it up here to the frame rail so it'll be up and out of the way. Now, so you don't have power coming to these plugs, which could potentially cause a short, you will want to cover these. Also, I recommend pulling the fuse that'll control the circuit. That should keep it up and out of the way so if they ever remove the hitch and want to put their fog lights back on, it won't be a problem. Next we're going to remove this lower cross-member. We got a couple of bolts right up that we'll take out, one on each side. You're going to have four push fasteners across this top edge. You need to get those taken out so they don't do any damage to this rubber cover here. You can use a screwdriver for this, or we'll just use a little trim panel tool. Those four should be all we have to take to get that free. We'll take those bolts out and we can set that aside. Now once we have that out, what I want to do is just start it back in there, just with a couple of threads. This one, just like our bumper bolts, uses a 3/4 or 19 millimeter. Now we've got the three bolts here that hold both our cross member up but our tow hook down into position, so we need to take those three out. For these we'll use a 15 millimeter. Take our tow hook out, and then that rear bolt we left in is supporting our cross member for us. We'll take those bolts the rest of the way out, and set our cross member aside. Now there's going to be a few modifications we need to make here on the back side of the bumper. If equipped with fog lights we need to get these taken out. For the bolts here on the top, you want an 8 millimeter. Those are going to be a couple of long bolts. Then the one here on the bottom side, that needs a 10. Those are going to come off, and we just return these to our customer. Now if your license plate is mounted on the front bumper, you're also going to have to remove that and then relocate that somewhere. You want it to remain visible of course. That's going to vary state by state, but some states do require the use of a front plate, so keep that in mind. To remove it we just want to cut these rivets that come up through the bottom side here. Use a small screwdriver and just push those out. That's going to come off just as one assembly. Now we're going to place our hitch onto the rear side of the bumper here. The original bumper bolts, we'll be reusing those later. What we want those to be able to pass through our original mounting locations and the hitch. Then if we come right underneath this lip here there's going to be the original steel. We just want to make sure that we're equal distant on both sides from that. We'll have our hitch right in the middle. Then we need to mark the middle of these holes. This is going to allow us to drill out our 5/8" holes so our bolts will pass through. Now we're going to drill our holes out. We're going to start with a smaller bit and gradually work up. Now we're just about ready to get our hitch set up on our frame rails here. You can see there's a little fastener right here. If your truck's equipped with a block heater you're going to have this. What we want to do is pry that back. That way our hitch will have a place to sit nice and flush. Now this one was hidden back in here non-accessible, so that's the way we're going to leave it. If yours was ran out to the front, then run it back that same way. Now we can place our hitch right over the end of the frame rails, just like that. Get our holes lined up. Now that will rest there while we get that lower cross member in place. Slide our tow hooks back in where they came out of. Now when we pulled our bumper off we had a bolt that just had a flat washer and a nut on the back side of it. That wasn't the factory equipment that came with the bumper. This hardware came with an additional bull bar, or brush guard that was on the front. What we're going to do, because the factory did have a flange, or a plate behind it, once we have this trough the frame rail, it's going to go through our bumper, through our hitch and through our frame rail. We've got these spacer plates that we've got here. We're going to put those on, and we're going to be putting on flange nuts. You will want to re-use your factory spacer plate that goes on that backside if at all possible to help spread out the energy that we're going to generate with our bolt. Now with the help of an extra set of hands, we're going to get our bumper set back into position here. Then we'll want to be sure that we have that supported until we get on, at least one of our nuts back here to help keep it secure. We'll just leave that hand tight for now. Get our other one started, and then we can move on to our new hole locations. Now for our new hole locations we're going to take our provided bolt, want to place that conical tooth washer on there. The teeth of that washer need to face in towards the hitch. You won't really be able to see what we do behind, but we're going to slide that spacer up, right on the back side of the frame. Our bolt's going to be through that, so we'll have our bumper, our hitch, and our frame all stacked up here. We've got handle nuts. We just want to stick those up in from the back side, and then we'll thread our bolt right into that. With that through, we'll put on a spacer block. Now once we've got our first one started there, you'll want to pull that handle over towards the middle of the truck. That's going to give us enough room to get our next one in. Then we can go through and get all of our fasteners snugged up here. Once we've got this done, we'll torque them down to the specifications listed in our instructions. We'll also re-attach the bolts if applicable for our side brackets here. Once we get this done, our hitch is going to be ready for use. That's going to complete our installation of the Curt Custom Fit Front Mount Receiver Hitch, part number 31114 on our 2006 Ford F-350.


Customer Reviews

Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" - 31114

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (2 Customer Reviews)

Easily attach a variety of accessories to the front of your vehicle with this fully welded, corrosion-resistant trailer hitch receiver. Perfect for winches, spare tire carriers and more.

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Just as expected. Makes your bumper stick out about a 14 inch further but you cant really tell without carefull inspection. 478650



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Hitch fit as advertised. Was very easy to install. Very good shipping and a very good product. 55828


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  • Blocker Bar Front Mount Hitch Install 2001 Ford F-250
  • If your 2001 Ford F-250 has coil springs installed on the front of the vehicle then you do not have the "blocker bar" but if you have leaf springs on the front of your truck then you do have the blocker bar. Another easy way to tell whether or not you have the blocker bar is by determining if your truck is 2 or 4 wheel drive. If you truck is 2 wheel drive then chances are you have coil springs in the front and if your truck is 4 wheel drive then chances are you have leaf springs in the...
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  • Front Mounted Receiver for Motorcycle Carrier on 2001 Ford F350
  • Two designs of front mounted hitch are available for the 2001 Ford F350. One mounts to the front of the frame members, and the receiver tube would extend through the bumper like the Draw-Tite # 65022 or the Curt # 31114. These hitches only fit vehicles without a secondary bumper or blocker beam. The other hitch, the Curt # C31014 mounts under the bumper. The Curt hitch will only fit certain vehicles, those that have the blocker beam located behind the air dam. I'll link you to the install...
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  • How to Pick out a Front Mount Hitch for a 1999 Ford F350
  • The difference between the Curt Hitch # C31014 and Curt Hitch # 31114 is that the # C31014 is designed for vehicles with blocker beams and the # 31114 is designed for vehicles without the blocker beam. You will want to look under the front end of your 1999 Ford F350 to see if you have a blocker beam and order the correct front hitch for your vehicle. If you get under the front of your vehicle and see an L-shaped bracket attached to a beam that runs from one frame rail to the other you...
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch and Winch Mount for a 2005 Ford Excursion
  • There are front mount hitches available for your 2005 Ford Excursion but TorkLift hitch # TLF1006 will not fit. The available front hitches that do fit are Draw-Tite hitch # 65022 and Curt hitch # 31114. Both are rated for 9,000 pounds line pull and 500 pounds vertical load. For a winch mount that fits in a 2 inch receiver we have: # C31010 # 6495 # BDW20011 # SW2050 # C31009 # SW2055 # BDW20155 # CU881084
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  • Why is Curt Front HItch 31114 Difficult to Install on 1999 Ford F350 Super Duty 4x4
  • Our contact at Curt Manufacturing said that it sounds like you have a blocker beam on your 99 F350 Super Duty 4x4. A blocker beam is a 3 inch by 1 inch steel bar that mounts underneath the frame on the front of the vehicle and could be the reason your hitch will not mount correctly. In that case you would need a Curt Front Hitch for the 1999 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty part # C31014. However, if your truck is a cab and chassis model this hitch will not work either.
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  • Comparison Between Draw-Tite # 65022 and Curt # 31114 Front Mount Receivers for 1999 Ford F250
  • The primary difference between the Draw-Tite # 65022 and the Curt # 31114 is that they're manufactured by two different companies. The hitches are nearly identical in appearance, have the same weight ratings and would install in the same manner. Because of this, you can choose the less expensive Draw-Tite model, and not feel that you sacrificed anything. If you click the provided link, you can see an install video for the Draw-Tite model.
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  • Will the Curt Front Mount Hitch # C31014 Interfere with Fog Lights on a 2001 Ford F-350 Super Duty
  • We have not had a chance to install the Curt Front Mount Hitch, # C31014, on a 2001 Ford F-350 yet, but I did confirm with my contact at Curt that this hitch will not interfere with the fog lights. You will not have to remove or replace your fog lights with this hitch. Please note, this hitch will only fit models that have a blocker beam. The blocker beam is a small sub-bumper located behind the air dam. This hitch will install between the blocker beam and the blocker beam brackets....
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch and Light Bar Recommendation for a 1999 Ford F-250
  • The Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch, # 31114, that you referenced will fit your 1999 Ford F-250. If you have OEM fog lights, they must be removed because they will interfere with the front mount hitch. All of the light bars we offer for your 1999 F-250 are roof mounted light bars like part # CARR210701. The Gutterless Mount Kit, # CARR220052, is also required to mount a light bar to your truck. I have attached a link to all of the light bars we offer for your truck as well as a link...
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  • Front-Mount Hitch For Winch On 2001 Ford F-250 Truck With Blocker Beam
  • I spoke with my contact at Curt and asked about your 2001 Ford F-250 truck. They told me that the reason for the difference in fit is due to the blocker beam that is installed on the truck. You actually purchased the correct front mounted hitch, part # C31014, if your truck has the front bumper bar. They told me that due to the bar, the hitch will be mounted in a different manner and the receiver will be below the bumper, not through the middle of the bumper like part # 31114.
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  • Comparing the Curt Front Hitch 31114 and the Draw-Tite Front Hitch 65022 for a 2000 Ford F-250
  • There are virtually no structural differences between the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 31114 and the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 65022 for your 2000 Ford F-250. They both install in the exact same location and allot for a 500/5,000 Lb vertical load and line pull rating. The main reason for the price difference is that the Curt hitch is made in the USA and has a more resistant powder coating. I have attached a sample install video for you as well.
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  • Front Receiver for 2000 Ford F250 4x4
  • If you do not have the blocker bar or sub-bumper behind the air dam, the Draw-Tite # 65022 would a good choice for your 2000 F250. According to the installation instructions, the tow hooks are temporarily removed but are re-installed later in the process. The Curt front mount receiver, part # 31114 will also work. It is nearly identical and would install in the same manner. I have provided a photo showing what the receiver would look like once installed.
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  • Do Fog Lights on 2002 Ford F-350 have to be Removed to Install a Front Mount Trailer Hitch
  • To install the Curt front mount trailer hitch # 31114 the fog lights on your 2002 Ford F-350 will have to be either removed permanently or relocated. But you can install Curt front mount hitch # C31014 and keep the OEM fog lights. I have linked instructions for both hitches for you.
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  • Do Fog Lights Have to Be Removed to Install Front Hitch # 31114
  • It isn't ideal to have to remove the factory fog lights to install the front hitch part # 31114 that you referenced, but since their location is the best place for mounting this hitch there unfortunately isn't a better solution. I attached an install video for this for you to check out as well.
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  • Will Curt Spare Tire Carrier Hold a 19.5 inch Spare on a Ford F-450 With Front Mount Hitch
  • We have two front mount receivers available for a 2004 F-450 cab and chassis. They are Draw-Tite part # 65022 and Curt part # 31114. I have added links to these parts and their install instructions below. I did some geometry with your 8 on 9 inch lug pattern and the bolt holes should line up so that you can at least 2 bolts of the wheel attached to the carrier. Whether or not you will clear the grille or bumper of the truck will take some measurements once a front hitch is installed,...
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  • Front Hitch Installation For 2002 Ford Excursion Diesel With Blocker Beam
  • The front hitch designed for your 2002 Ford Excursion is the Curt Hitch, part # 31114. This is a custom fit hitch and has a 2 inch receiver opening. I called my contact at Curt and they told me they were not aware of a blocker beam being installed on an Excursion. They did tell me that the front mount hitch # 31114 would bolt to the brackets for the springs and the blocker beam would attach to the underside of the front mount hitch. They told me it would bolt into place like the 31014...
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  • Front Mounted Trailer Hitch for 2006 Ford Super Duty Truck
  • A rear bumper trailer hitch cannot be mounted to the front of your 2006 Ford Super Duty. We do have a couple options for your front mounted hitch. We have the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # 65022 and the Curt # 31114. Both these options will sit through the opening in the bumper. OEM Fog lights need to be removed or relocated for these hitches. I've attached instructions to help as well as videos.
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  • Front Hitch for 2003 Ford Excursion With Blocker Beam
  • The instructions for both of the front-mounted hitches that are a fit for your 2003 Ford Excursion, the Draw-Tite # 65022 and Curt # 31114 reference the blocker beam, saying you'll need to remove and then reinstall it when putting on either hitch. This means, of course, that these hitches are not direct replacements for the blocker beam but either could still be installed.
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  • Front Mount Hitch Fit for a 2005 Ford F-350 Super Duty
  • The front mount trailer hitch I recommend for your 2005 Ford F-350 is the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 31114 because it is made in the USA and currently our most cost effective option for a front mount hitch. I called Curt and they were not sure of where you were measuring to get a 37" frame but if you measure the distance between the two innermost mounting points (see photo) on the front end plate of your frame rail, you should get 31" and if you do the above will work...
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  • Front Hitch Recommendation for a 2001 Ford F350
  • Both the Draw Tite Hitch part # 65022 and the Curt Front Hitch part # 31114 are confirmed to fit your 2001 Ford F350, both will install the same and will have the same capacities. The Draw Tite has more reviews and they were all positive, so based on that and the fact that it costs a little less that's the route I would go. I attached an install video for you to check out.
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  • Recommended Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver for a 2004 Ford F-250
  • I do have a front mount trailer hitch receiver for your 2004 Ford F-250 but the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C31071 is only confirmed to fit GM vehicles. For a front mount trailer hitch receiver that will fit your truck, I recommend using the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 31114. As long as you do not have the front blocker bar then this trailer hitch will work well for you. I have attached an installation video of this hitch installed on a similar...
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch Options for a 2005 Ford Excursion
  • We currently offer two front mount receiver options for a 2005 Ford Excursion; # 31114 and # 65022. Please note that with either, if the vehicle has the optional OEM fog lights they must be removed or relocated for receiver installation. I have linked instructions for both receivers for you. As far as where to buy one of these receivers the best place would be right here at etrailer! Current pricing is available on the product pages for each item.
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  • Will Curt Front-Mount Hitch 31114 Fit 2003 Ford 550 Four Wheel Drive
  • Curt front-mount trailer hitch # 31114 will fit the 2003 Ford F-550 cab-and-chassis but it will NOT fit the F-550 Super-Duty pickup. No front hitches are offered for the F-550 pickup. Curt hitch # 31114 does require some drilling for installation and it will also require you to remove/relocate the OEM fog lights. We also offer a similar front hitch from Draw-Tite, part # 65022, whose installation is shown in the linked video.
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