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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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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 31198 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 - 31198

  • Curt
  • Front Mount Hitch
  • 500 lbs Vert Load
  • 9000 lbs Line Pull
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • Square Tube

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
    • Utilizes existing factory hardware
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over steel resists corrosion
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Installation instructions included
  • Assembled 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"
  • Limited lifetime warranty


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31198 Curt Front-Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver

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

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Video Transcript for Front Mount Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Toyota Sequoia - Curt

Speaker 1: Today, on our 2014 Toyota Sequoia, we're gonna take a look at, and show you how to install the Curt Custom Fit Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver, with the two inch, by two inch receiver tube opening. It's part number is 31198.Here is what our hitch is gonna look like installed on our vehicle. You can see where our side plate is gonna come down here on each side. We've got our square cross bar, and of course, our receiver tube opening, here in the middle. This is the two inch, by two inch receiver tube opening, so it's gonna work with a lot of your class three style accessories.It also has the flush style reinforcement collar around there, which can give it a nice appearance. Now, with third mount hitches, your typical applications are gonna be sometimes, people like to use them for snowplows, maybe a front mount winch, if recovery is what you're after.

People also will also put cargo carriers, or bike racks up here, and use them to haul stuff around back, and forth, and something that I really like for them, you put a ball mount in here, and if you have a trailer that you have to get in a tighter spot, or something, this can make it a little bit more maneuverable, and make that a little bit easier job to do.Now, as far as weight ratings on our hitch go, we've got a 500 pound tongue weight rating, that'd be the maximum downward force that we wanna put here at the receiver tube opening. It gives us a 5,000 pound gross trailer weight rating. That would be the total weight of our trailer, anything that we we're to load up on it. Now, our hitch also gives us a 9,000 pound straight line pull rating, so that would be the total force that we could pull forward, away from the vehicle, on our hitch.Now, you'll see our hitch installs, right in between the frame, and the factory tow hooks. I'm just gonna remove these two bolts, sandwich in between, and tighten it back up, so it's a really nice easy installation to do.

Just so you have a little point of reference, from the bottom of our toe hook, here, to the bottom of our hitch, it's about an inch, and a half. So, overall, with the ground clearance, you're gonna lose about an inch, and a half, so you'll wanna keep that in mind.Now, a few measurements that may be helpful when you go to select your accessories for your front mount hitch, will be from the ground to the inside top edge of your receiver tube opening, we've got about 12 inches. Then, from the center of our hitch pin hold, to the outer most edge of our bumper, it's about eight.Now, to begin our installation, if your vehicle has this skid plate, it's kind of a steel skid plate here, on the bottom. If it is equipped with this, we're gonna take it down, and we need to enlarge this hole, that's where your oil filter is located, inside of there, and if you don't enlarge it, once the hitch is in place, you can't really change your oil properly.Here across the front, we've got three screw heads. One, two, and three.

With the 10 millimeter socket we're gonna back that out. Then, in the three larger holes that go across the back here, so this one, this one, and this one, there's a 12 millimeter bolt in there, we need to remove. You'll need a short extension to be able to get on to it. Then, in the larger holes across the front edge here, we've got one right here, and one right here, we've got the same tight bolts. We get those removed, and take down our skid plate.Now, we're gonna be enlarging this hole right here, to the four inch.

To give you the frame of reference, this would be the rear of the skid plate, you'll see there's a wider area that comes, and narrows down, we wanna be just in front of that, on the driver's side. We're gonna be using a hole saw to enlarge it. This area has a double layer of steel, so I would go a little more off to one side, our hole saw has to have little bit of steel, to make contact with, so we're gonna go off to the side of it there.Like I said, I'm using a hole saw, but you could also use a hack saw for this, you could use a cut off wheel, whatever you have handy. Now, we're gonna clean up this edge, 'cause you are gonna be sticking your hand in, and out of there, and you don't wanna get cut. Now, we're gonna use just a little bit of black spray paint, or undercoating, whatever you wanna use. Just gonna touch up that edge, that way we won't have to worry about rusting.Now, we'll get our skid plate put back up into position. Getting a bolt started here in the back, is good way to kind of, hold it in place. Now with all of our fasteners started, we'll get them snug down. Now, we're gonna use a 17 millimeter socket, we're gonna pull out the two bolts holding the tow hooks on, on each side. This is gonna become the attachment point for our hitch. Now, we'll repeat the same thing, to the drivers side.Now, with the help of an extra set of hands, we're gonna get our hitch lifted up into position. We're gonna be sandwiching the side plate, between the tow hook, and the frame, as we put it up. Just get our holes aligned, we're gonna use our existing hardware. Just get four, or five good turns on one side, and then we can get our other side started.Now, our hitch does have a little bit of adjustment side, to side here. So, it's a good idea just to take a look at your skid plate, just make sure it's centered with the bottom of the receiver tube there. Once we've got that where we want it, we'll snug down our hardware, and torque it to the specifications in the instructions.With our bolts torqued down to specification, that completes our installation of the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 31198, on our 2014 Toyota Sequoia.


Customer Reviews

Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" - 31198

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (76 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.

- 31198
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good quality. easy install. no issues. 15 minutes. 581830



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2008 Toyota Tundra

Due to various reasons, not etrailers' fault, you will find that you must get down on your hands and knee's -in my case I have a 8 year old to put the lynch pin in the stinger. The reciever is designed way back under the front bumper 6 inches plus 2 more inches for the lynch pin hole. Then, if you mount, as in my case, a generator on a cargo rack in the front of your pickup, you WILL HAVE TO CRAWL ON YOUR BELLY LIKE A SNAKE to remove the pin to get around whatever you are carrying in your cargo rack. Getting that extra 6 inches coming forward would solve crawling in the dirt and then sitting in my driver's seat a filty mess. etrailer customer service is top of the line for effort resolution. 5 STARS, GREAT COMPANY, NO HASSELL'S. But they should add this in description for those who don't have an 8 year old handy. 294398



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2012 Toyota Tundra

Fast shipping great price fit was perfe ct 285764



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2008 Toyota Tundra

Untested, thus 4 stars for the product. Fitment was perfect, although 20-45 min install goal is a bit lofty for an older truck that has been off-road and has some rust. New rig-easily achievable time windows. etrailer gets 5 though. I liked that the shipping cost that is associated with the free shipping was applied to my expedited shipping. Shipped very quickly. 489952



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2019 Toyota Tundra

A front hitch has got me out of a couple of trailer-backing jams so I wanted one on my new truck. I ordered the Curt which was a well-made product as was expected. I do have some installation comments: 1) The worst part of the process was drilling the hole in the skid plate. I didn't have a 4-in metal hole saw so I used a cut-saw with a metal-cutting blade. This required more work with a Dremel tool to clean the edges but it worked fine. 2) After I cut the skid plate I began looking at what else would require skid-plate removal. Besides some high-mileage maintenance it looked like wheel alignment and some steering system lubrication would require skid-plate removal. I thus chose to leave the skid plate off; I think the hitch would catch any low-clearance problem though a loose rock could still play havoc. 3) Three screws attach the tabs on the lower part of the plastic bumper assembly directly to inserts in the skid plate. Without the skid plate there is nothing to attach these tabs to. One hole will accept a 1-1/2" (about) bolt through the cross bar beneath the radiator but the other two will not. For now I zip-tied the tabs to the cross bar until I figure out a better solution. I could drill and tap the holes to accept a metric bolt but that will require removing the hitch again. I think the bottom line here is that the oil-filter hole fixes one access problem but there is a lot of other stuff under there that will require skid plate/hitch removal. I wonder if cutting the front end of the skid plate off would allow it to be replaced without removing the hitch? 667465



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This front hitch has worked great. I have used both a bike rack, and DIY vertical mount to run a safety line when carrying a kayak on top. After one oil change where they pulled the receiver off and re-mounted it, I followed the instructions and cut out the access hole for the oil filter change. No I'm good to go. 276952



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2009 Toyota Tundra

I purchased this so I could use my bike rack because I towed our travel trailer and had no way of lugging the bikes. I got many positive comments from total strangers saying how cool it was. It was easy to install and shipping was super fast. I always go to etrailer for all my RV supplies. 376516



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Delivery was fast, but the hitch came in a box that appeared to have been opened before. There were lots of staples, but quite a few staple holes without staples. The hitch itself looks very strong and well made. But the box did not contain the 4 longer bolts required for mounting the hitch under the towing rings ? So I had to spend an extra $12 for longer high quality metric bolts. 434615


Comments
The 31198 Curt front mount hitch does require using the existing 12mm fasteners from the tow hooks to install the hitch.
-- Heather A - 09/21/2017

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2010 Toyota Tundra

I got this receiver for the front of my 2010 Toyota Tundra pickup truck so that I could mount a Fishin Mate beach cart on the front of the truck when my travel trailer is hooked up to the rear receiver. The Curt front receiver is all I hoped it would be. I have used it for a year now, having made one trip from my home in Virginia to Cape Cod, and another trip to Florida. For a two months stay in Florida, I used the cart on the front or rear receiver several times a week. The Curt front receiver is of the highest quality. It was simple to install. You take two bolts each out of each of the two front tow hooks mounted on the front of the frame, hold up the receiver to line up with the holes in the frame, hold up the tow hooks back to their position one at a time, and reinsert the original bolts. (Simply put, the receiver is inserted between the tow hooks and frame.). The first time I installed it, it did only take the twenty minutes or so that people say it does. I have chosen to not cut a hole in my skid plate under the engine, so when I change the crankcase oil and filter I have to remove the Curt receiver and skid plate every time. It takes some time, but I'm okay with that. It's that easy. I am 72 years old, and don't have the strength I used to have, so I can't manhandle the receiver and skid plate, but instead balance them on the cradle of a floor jack and finesse them into place. I've got the knack of it, and it goes well. I did not get a riser bar to elevate the cargo from the height of the receiver, so my cart carrier goes straight out the front. It is close to the road, but not so close as to have ever scraped going in and out of gas stations. I remain aware of it and am careful. The Curt receiver has traveled thousands of miles over a year now, has been off and back on twice for oil changes, has remained new looking, and has met all my expectations. E-Trailer, as always, remains the best internet shopping business I have ever dealt with. 288519



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2015 Toyota Sequoia

Item fit perfectly on my 2008 Sequoia. Easy install. Did not require jacking up the vehicle. Be sure to consider the detailed instructions about the skid plate under the engine. Oil filter changes will require hitch removal every time unless you cut an access hole for the filter. Instructions come with the item. This extra step took me about 15 minutes to do with a side-grinder equipped with a metal cutting blade, 281365


Comments
Thx Laura...everything about the product is still perfect.
Goofy K - 12/13/2017

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2014 Toyota Tundra

Awesome product. No problems. Easy install. Would definitely recommend. 368962



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2014 Toyota Tundra

I bought and installed the front hitch to my 2014 Toyota Tundra because I did not want to use my travel trailer's rear bumper. The 2014 Toyota Tundra has a skid plate that has to be removed for oil changes and this front hitch installed would also have to be removed each time the oil is changed. I decided to cut a square hole in the skid plate allowing access to the oil filter so that the skid plate along with the front hitch would not have to be removed to get to the oil filter. The skid plate has 5 bolts and 3 screws and drops down for oil changes. To completely remove the skid plate after removing the bolts and screws you have to hold the skid plate and move it to the drivers side to unhook two hooks which are "L" shape facing the same way towards the passengers side. Do not leave the skid plate off because too many hoses and lines will be exposed and can be damaged while driving. It took me less than 20 minutes to install the front hitch and I also bought a Hitch Extender for a 2" Trailer Hitch 7" which made the hitch come even with the front bumper on my 2014 Toyota Tundra. I bought several other accessories to go with the front hitch which I can use when needed. I did buy this hitch mainly to use to carry my 2 beach cruiser bikes and it works perfect. Now all I have to do is insert the bike carrier into the receiver hitch and load the bikes and I am off with no worries about the bikes being in the rear of my travel trailer or trying to keep them steady in the bed of my Tundra. The bikes look really good in front of my Tundra and my driving view is not blocked at all with the bikes on. With the 7 inch extender the bikes are nowhere near the truck and with the Anti-rattle with lock on the 7" trailer hitch receiver there is no swaying while on the road or on the freeway at any speed. Thanks etrailer. 119976


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Do you use any type of strap from the body of the bike rack back to the hood for stabilizing the bikes while on the road? I do not know where such a strap would be secured but I have seen some tuck them under the hood and close the hood on the end of the strap thereby securing the strap that runs from the rack under the hood lid. Does this question makes sense? Maybe such a support straps would not be required with this setup.My Tundra is a 2012 and I am assuming the skid plate is similar to yours. My bike rack looks to be much the same style as in your pics.Thanks.
-- comment by: Mike F - 08/13/2015

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Mike F.I dont think a strap for this type of bike rack would be needed. Even though I did use a rachet strap and made the connection from the tow hooks to the bike rack to keep it from bouncing at one time. Except for that one time I have never had to use a strap at all. Also use an Anti-Rattle Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock to keep the connection secure and tight. I make sure the bolts to the hitch and the hitch extender adapter are tighten to the fullest and the velcro straps that go around the bike tire rims are tight and secured. The hooks that go down on the bike frame are pushed down and then tighten. I have traveled throughout California with these bikes and never had a problem. Of course I always check the connections. I bought several bolts and washers for the hooks to tighten in case the bolts strips which has happened twice.Alex
-- comment by: Alex 8 - 08/17/2015

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Thanks for the follow up Alex. Please also keep in mind that using a hitch extender will reduce the capacity of the hitch by 50 percent.

-- Rachael H - 8/18/2015

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Alex- can you tell me what other parts extension, lock, etc you purchased from e-trailer for your application. I just received this unit from them. Also, how did you cut the hole for oil filter removal? Would a Dremel tool work for this? Thank you for any assistance you can provide..Thank you, Terry .
-- comment by: Terry K - 01/29/2016

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Terry K. I also bought a Hitch Extender for a 2 Trailer Hitch 7 which made the hitch come even with the front bumper on my 2014 Toyota Tundra. I bought several other accessories to go with the front hitch which was the Anti-rattle with lock on the 7 trailer hitch receiver there is no swaying while on the road.For your question onhow did you cut the hole for oil filter removal? Would a Dremel tool work for this?I guess a dremel would work but what I used was a metal snip cutter. I bought one at home depot for about $9.00 and to start the cut I drilled a large hole at the corner of the square to be cut and then I just snipped along the square like a pair of scissors. I then filed the opening and on the square metal piece I also bought drilled several holes as I attached it to the skid plate.
-- comment by: Alex1838 - 02/05/2016

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I use this hitch to tow my motorcycle carrier and motorcycle. I've gone over ten thousand miles with the bike on the hitch without a problem. It's a great easy to install product. 452637



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2011 Toyota Tundra

bought this for my 2011 tundra, I launch my boat (5500 lbs) at a private ramp where a front mount hitch is pretty much required due to the tight access. Anyway this mounts to the front frame between the factory tow hooks on the 07-12 tundras. Does not take any time at all to install it. It weighs 29 lbs according to my scale. . It does not hang down any lower than the TRD Package steel skid plate, so I liked that. It looks plenty strong for just about any towing/launching activity I can think of with my truck. You may need a 6-8 inch hitch extension to mound your receiver. But I would rather have to use an extension then have the hitch. itself stick out any farther forward. You may have to remove it to do an oil change, not sure yet, either way, no big deal. 45726


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David or anyone!Nice writeup and photo to help us in this purchase. Can you tell me if you had to remove the hitch to complete an oil change sir? It looks like you need to remove the hitch to get the skid plate off, but wasnt sure. Thanks,Pete
-- comment by: pete - 10/20/2013

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This front reciever will need to be removed to do an oil change. The 2 toyota dealers that have worked on my tundra did not have a problem removing it. They did not charge me any more for an oil change.
-- comment by: David E - 10/23/2013

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Remember that the hardware included with hitches is usually torque-to-yield, TTY. This means that the hardware is only meant to be torqued once. If removed, the hardware should be discarded and replaced. The instructions do specify a 4 inch hole to be cut that allows easy access for oil changes. Its at the top of the pages in an in-set diagram. Its an easier solution than removing each time and it doesnt significantly reduce the protection the shield provides.
-- Patrick B - 07/28/2014

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2015 Toyota Tundra

Installation was easy, even for one person (and the help of a lift). The hardest part was removing the skid plate from the Tundra. Couldn't be happier. 503842


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It’s been perfect. Modifying the skid plate so it doesn’t have to be removed for oil changes was the best idea. The hitch makes hauling an extra cooler and fishing rods so much more convenient.
Matt L - 05/04/2019

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2017 Toyota Tundra

I was really glad to find this product for my 2017 Tundra. Seeing that I have a shell on my truck (& when towing a trailer) I didn't have many options to bring my dirt bike but this front hitch was the ideal solution.......& it works like it should. 748850



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2016 Toyota Tundra

Easy on line purchase, quick delivery, great product. 739422



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2008 Toyota Tundra

Easy quickly installed No issues! 737667



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2011 Toyota Tundra

Installing was a breeze. I used a floor jack to hold out up while screw the bolts in. Done in 15mins. Looking at other pictures I see, it looks like it was fairly low to the ground but in reality, it's not as low as the pictures make it look. I have no use for it now but future plan is front tray and maybe a plow. The finish is very nice. I cut a removable filter access in my skid plate instead of leaving a big gapping hole. It's a very nice hitch to have. 735306



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fast free shipping. easy to install 734408



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2016 Toyota Tundra

Bought this front hitch for my 2016 Toyota Tundra. While I'll use it primarily for supporting a bike rack and a rod holder, the towing capacity will allow me to maneuver my boat with ease as well. The build quality is exceptional, it fit perfectly and installed in less than 10 minutes. Very happy with it! 730034



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2019 Toyota Tundra

This is my 2nd eTrailer.com front hitch - when my 06 Tundra was totaled, I replaced with 2018 Tundra, and immediately ordered a new front hitch. Tough call between Draw-Tite and Curt, but a quick call to Olivia at eTrailer.com solved that - she knowledgeably discussed 1) the tongue length of each, relevant to my needs for my surf rack, and 2) the construction of each. I chose the Curt as it fit right, and it's super heavy duty powder-coated (and made in the USA). I had Draw Tite on my first TUndra, and it worked flawlessly. I figured why not compare the two with the second one, so I did. The product arrived perfectly, quickly, and packaged properly. No dings on the box at all. The hitch itself IS super well made - you can feel how heavy the powdercoating is. I'm VERY happy I called, and happier still that I got Olivia, who helped me make the right choice. Install on my 2019 Toyota Tundra crewcab was SUPER easy - but you MUST remember to "measure twice and cut once" when you cut out the hole in the metal shield that protects the engine. I do recommend taking the time to unbolt that, measure it, inspect it, measure again, and compare THOUGHTFULLY to the diagram that eTrailer provides (super that they provide this - thanks, guys!). I got in a rush, so I have two nice holes in my skid plate - but no matter, the oil-change guy can now get to it without taking the plate off again. TRUST ME - whichever manufacturer you choose, buying it from eTrailer means no muss, no fuss, and RIGHT as rain every time. I'm a huge fan! 726460



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2017 Toyota Tundra

Product shipped on time, arrived on time in good condition. Install a piece of cake. On my Tundra I went with a RCI skid plate for better protection, and did not have to cut a hole in OEM skidplate as the RCI plate has a removeable door for oil filter access. 715071



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This process was quick and easy. Installing took only 15 minutes on my 2012 Toyota Tundra. The fit was exactly what I wanted. 706919



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2008 Toyota Tundra

Excellent product 662711


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  • Comparing Curt and Draw Tite Front Hitches for 2018 Toyota Tundra
    For your 2018 Toyota Tundra we have the Curt front hitch part # 31198 and the Draw Tite part # 65080 both as a confirmed fit and both really good options. Both install the exact same and have same capacities, but I like the Curt better as it's made in the USA and the Draw Tite is not. I attached a picture that shows the hitch installed for you to check out as well.
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  • Comparison of Curt and Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receviers for 2008 Toyota Tundra
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