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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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  • Curt
  • Front Mount Hitch
  • 9000 lbs Line Pull
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 500 lbs Vert Load
  • 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. 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

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"
  • Limited lifetime warranty


etrailer.com Technical Support

At etrailer.com we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.



31198 Curt Front-Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver

31198 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 31198 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2008 - 2019 Toyota Sequoia

2007 - 2019 Toyota Tundra




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 - 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   (64 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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good quality. easy install. no issues. 15 minutes. 581830



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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


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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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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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2012 Toyota Tundra

Fast shipping great price fit was perfe ct 285764



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2014 Toyota Tundra

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



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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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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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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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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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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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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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Simply the best way to maneuver your trailer into tight places you can see everything. Because it’s on the front end of your truck excellent product excellent quality thank you E trailer. 628849



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I fitted this front hitch primarily to carry my portable winch when I am towing something. It has worked like it should, and despite taking a pounding on a few occasions going through ditches on forestry roads, it has stayed strong and accommodating with the abuse. I definitely endorse this product. 625645



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2007 Toyota Tundra

All installed no issues.... 581420



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2007 Toyota Tundra

One of the best organized, easy to navigate and informative website I have visited in quite some time. "How To" installation video and pictures of other vehicles installed with this front hitch by other customers are all very helpful. This made the buying decision a "no brainer". Thank you! 564339



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I've bought others hitches from etrailer in the past and never had any problems great product at great prices. Materials are made of quality metals and strong welds that will keep the hitch working for years to come. 557293



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2010 Toyota Tundra

This front hitch is just what I was looking for and the installation took 10 min. Great well made product. 544494



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2018 Toyota Tundra

Fast and just as expected. 540726



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2015 Toyota Tundra

Hitch was an easy install. Exactly as advertised. I really like this product.. 522638



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2012 Toyota Tundra

I was going to build my own hitch for the front of my Tundra until I thought of etrailer and wonder if they had what I needed. BINGO, there it was and affordable. Well built and fit just perfectly. Install was easy also. etrailer could explain the maximum rating was 9000 lb straight pull which would let a buyer know not to put a 12,000 lb winch on the hitch. Glad I waited to buy a winch until after I put the hitch on. 499212


Comments

We do indeed list the vertical load and line pull capacities of the front mounted receiver on the product page.

-- Mike L - 04/23/2018

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My hitch saved hours of fabrication and fit perfectly. I look to etrailer first now for my needs, thanks etrailer.

Randall - 04/21/2019

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The item arrived quickly after ordering. It was wrapped nicely and the product was well painted. It fit great and will make your front towing much easier. 478337



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2015 Toyota Tundra

Great price, great customer service, fast order fulfillment and delivery, and great followup. Just received it and haven't installed it yet, but the hitch seems to very well constructed. Why can't subcontractors in South Florida have this good of customer service?!? 470118



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This receiver will mount a 9500 Lb. winch so this matches the capability for straight line pull rating. I appreciate the directions to cut the oil filter service access but with only four bolts to remove for servicing I'll just remove the receiver at service time. This thing is stout and well made. 454455



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2016 Toyota Tundra

Front hitch works great. You do get some weird looks. Only problem is I have to take it off for a dealer oil change. 441527



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2014 Toyota Tundra

The front hitch for my 2014 Toyota tundra was easy to install, I use it to haul our bikes when I am pulling our camper. It works great, I have a lot of people ask me about where I got it, many don't know that they are available. I tell them online at etrailer 432625



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Toyota Land Cruiser

This receiver is awesome! Though Curt Manufacturing does not specifically state that #31198 will fit a Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series, I found a review online from a gentleman stating he had installed one on his Lexus LX 570 and it mounted fine for him. I went ahead and purchased it and sure enough, it fit perfectly. It mounted under the stock front tow loops with no issues, just needed to trim a little piece of the plastic surround. I installed it in order to haul around my power scooter external lift on the front thereby freeing up my rear tow receiver for whatever else. Looks great and functions exactly as I had hoped! 431577



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2017 Toyota Tundra

Couldn't ask for better service, pricing and quality! Could track my order every step of the way and my front receiver hitch installed in 20 minutes that's to the instructions from the etrailer team. I will be ordering again from etrailer!!!!! 429388



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2008 Toyota Tundra

Easy to install... Does the job. 421407



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2016 Toyota Tundra

Very poorly packaged, items had a lot of paint damage due to the poot packaging. Uncharateristic of etrailer.....I'm hugely disappointed.. 423789



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2015 Toyota Tundra

The front hitch for my 2015 Toyota Tundra fit my truck perfectly. The quality of the hitch is outstandihg. Having the front hitch allows me to easily maneuver my trailers into their parking spaces. 406659



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I use the Front mounted hotch for a bike rack. Works wonderfully. 406007



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2016 Toyota Tundra

Purchased and installed a Curt front hitch in 2016 for my 2011 Tundra. The installation was very easy. I tow a travel trailer and use the front hitch for a bike rack. 388897



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2014 Toyota Tundra

I have ordered a number of things from etrailer and remember being surprised how quickly they arrived. The prices were reasonable and so far all the products have been high quality. Thanks 380612


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Been a year now and still working great! Thanks

Brad B - 05/15/2018

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2013 Toyota Tundra

Fast and easy installation. If Curt or etrailer would provide a template to mark the location of the cut out for the oil filter it would be even better. 374625



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2013 Toyota Tundra

This front end receiver is perfect for my portable Warn winch and cradle. Built strudy to handle the job of getting out of a fix or pulling logs out of the forest. A big thumbs up! 350848



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The product was delivered quickly and was correct as ordered. The woman i spoke to was cortices and helpful 348641



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2015 Toyota Tundra

It came on time. It bolted right on with no problems, works great. 336099



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2015 Toyota Tundra

Really nice front hitch. It went on in 15 minutes. No drilling required on my 2012 Tundra. It fits nice and snug under the bumper but is easy to access. I will have to modify my skid plate so I can change the oil without removing the hitch every time. 313038



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2011 Toyota Tundra

Mounted it onto my 2011 Toyota Tundra in under 20 minutes. Looks great, tucks up tight, just touches the air dam under the bumper. VERY simple installation using the four existing tow hook bolts. Fit and finish of the hitch is real nice. I had already cut the access hole into the engine shield as they instruct, as i change my own oil, and that shield is a pain in the ***, so my installation time does not reflect that. Can't say much more, Etrailer - great supplier, great products, good prices! 300946



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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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GREAT PRODUCT. I USE IT TO CARRY MY YETI 105 ON HUNTING TRIPS TO WYOMING AND BACK. 268898



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The hitch is good quality and very easy to install. The prices on etrailer are great! I have shopped here a few times before and have never been disappointed. The shipping is fast and easy. The front mount hitch is for my upcoming fishing trip. I plan to mount my cooler and rod rack to the front of my truck. Thanks etrailer 264113



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2011 Toyota Tundra

I just put it on my 2011 Toyota Tundra with no problem. This rack is perfect for what I was looking for. Very solid good quality hitch. Thank you! 258898



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2013 Toyota Tundra

Product was fairly easy to install once your get past the difficulty of removing the tow hook bolts. My only concern is how much the two bikes on the front of my truck will adversely affect engine cooling. 236086


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Very good took truck to Cal desert in 90 heat it had no adverse effect on my Tundra cooling

Terry K - 01/23/2017

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Ordered Sat night and arrived Wed afternoon 3 days all the way to Ontario Canada ! Product arrived in a well packed box no holes no rips no tears ! Installed it today took about 1/2hr very easy ! Excellent costumer service ! Thanks Etrailer ! 200477



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2015 Toyota Tundra

The advertising said the hitch had an installation time of approximately 20 minutes; I had mine on in 22. The attention to customer satisfaction by Etrailer is outstanding, from follow-up emails to quick delivery. This was not my first purchase from Etrailer, and all have been very satisfying experiences. Thanks again. 172690



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Honda Pilot

The hitch arrived within six days of my order despite not requesting quicker shipping - a delightful surprise. Installation was quick and easy; just four 12mm bolts. It helps to either have an assistant or a jack handy to place the hitch while installing the bolts / tow hooks. Overall, though, be ready for a little more work. A hole needs to be cut into the skid plate in order to allow oil filter changes without removing the hitch each time. I've read that the bolts that hold the hitch to the frame shouldn't be removed and re-torqued frequently. You could, I guess leave the skid plate off, but I wouldn't risk it. Be sure you have a means to cut the skid plate. They recommend a round hole and I assume use a 4-inch hole saw. I used a pneumatic reciprocating saw with 3/8-inch driller corner pilot holes to make a 4-1/2 inch by 4-1/2 inch hole directly under the filter. Be sure to file down the sharp edges of the new hole too. The service guys' knuckles will appreciate that. The hitch itself is a quality part, arrived in pristine shape and looks great on the truck. You will need a hitch extension since it is recessed behind the front of the truck a bit. 161770



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  • Comparing Front Mounted Hitch Receiver for 2008 Toyota Tundra
  • The Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" # 65080 is my recommendation for you based on cost and features. The installation of this hitch is nearly identical to the Curt # 31198. The Draw-Tite has a measurement of 7-1/2 inches from the crossbar to the end of the receiver tube. The Curt receiver has a measurement of 4-5/8 inches from the crossbar to the end of the receiver tube. The weight ratings of the hitches are identical, so the 2-7/8 inch difference in...
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  • Will Front Mounted Receiver Hitch on 2013 Toyota Tundra Need to Be Removed to Change Oil
  • Neither the Draw-Tite # 65080 nor the Curt # 31198 would in themselves prevent you from changing the oil in your truck. What they will do is prevent you from removing the skid shield, which will block access to the oil filter. You can remove the skid shield entirely and leave it off permanently, or you can cut a 4-5 inch diameter access hole through the skid shield in the area directly under the oil filter. Because the hitch attachment hardware is meant as a one-time use item, we don't...
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  • Does Skid Shield have to be Removed for a Front Hitch on a 2018 Toyota Tundra
  • On the Curt front mount receiver # 31198 there is a note stating that the skid shield will either have to be removed or you can trim it and reinstall in on your 2018 Toyota Tundra. For the Draw-Tite receiver # 65080 we have a note stating that the skid shield must be removed but nothing about being able to reinstall it. Some customers have noted that they had to make or enlarge a hole on a bottom panel in order to be able to change the oil. You may also consider using the Bike Bunk,...
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  • Front-Mounted Hitch Receiver for 2017 Toyota Tundra 4X4
  • We can offer you a choice of two 2-inch front-mounted hitches for your 2017 Toyota Tundra. You can see both the Curt and Draw-Tite options by clicking on the link provided. Both Curt hitch # 31198 and Draw-Tite hitch # 65080 share 500-lb vertical load and 9000-lb line pull ratings. Both are no-drill installations using included hardware. The Curt has the advantage on price so I suggest this one over the Draw-Tite. Installation instructions are linked for you. If you plan to use a...
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  • Comparison of Curt and Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receviers for 2008 Toyota Tundra
  • We have two front mount hitches that are confirmed to fit your 2008 Toyota Tundra. The Curt 31198 and the Draw-Tite # 65080. They do have identical specs since they both have a 9,000 pound line pull and 500 pound vertical load. Both have a 2 inch recevier opening. Both bolt to your Tundra's frame and do not require any drilling. The largest difference is going to be the appearance once either is installed. The receiver tube of the Draw-Tite protrudes further forward than the Curt...
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  • Can Bike Rack be Used on Front Mount Hitch of 2019 Toyota Tundra
  • You can use a bike rack in the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch # 65080 although this is a 2" hitch so you would not be able to use a bike rack with 1-1/4" shank; you would need a bike rack for a 2" hitch like the Thule T2 Classic # TH9044 or Yakima HoldUp # Y02443. It is possible that using any bike rack will interfere with sensors that are located on the front grille of your '19 Tundra. We have not tested this specifically but it would make sense this would be the case.
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  • Front Hitch Recommendation for a 2013 Toyota Tundra for Bike Rack
  • Front hitches like the Curt part # 31198 which has been confirmed as a fit for your 2013 Toyota Tundra can be used for carrying bike racks but they really aren't an ideal solution as this can block headlights, air flow to radiator, and license plate visibility. But if this is your only option it can be made to work. That being said, the Curt hitch # 31198 when installed on a similar 2014 Toyota Tundra had more than enough clearance for installing a bike rack without needing a hitch...
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch for a 2018 Toyota Tundra with Technology Package
  • According to Curt, the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 31198 is a confirmed fit for all models of the 2018 Toyota Tundra even ones with the technology package like yours. The hitch is very easy to install and will give you a 2" receiver tube opening. It will however require a slight modification to the factory skid shield as you can see in the attached photo. If you can tell me what you will be using the hitch for I would be glad to provide some additional recommendations...
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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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  • Does Front Skid Plate have to be Removed to Install Front Mount Trailer Hitch on 2006 Toyota Tundra
  • The Draw-Tite front mount hitch # 65031 requires removing the front skid plate for installation. See instructions and video links I have linked for this hitch. On front mount hitch # 31180 you should not have to remove the skid plate. The 2001 model we installed it on did not require removing the skid plate and the installation instructions make no reference to removing it. I have linked the instructions and a video showing a typical installation of this hitch as well.
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  • Dimensions for the Curt Hitch part # 31198
  • It doesn't look like the Curt front hitch part # 31198 would fit your 2001 LX470. The measurements of this hitch are 38-7/8 inches from side to side, 2 inches from front to back 1-7/8 inches from the mounting flange to the cross tube.
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  • Mounting a Winch Plate and Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2007 Toyota Tundra 2WD
  • I spoke with my contact at Curt and he stated that the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch, # 31198, will not sit flush with the bumper on your 2007 Toyota Tundra 2WD, but about 2-3 inches back. We offer the Curt Electric Winch Mount Plate, # C31010, that has three pin holes that will allow you to adjust the distance of the winch plate from the vehicle. The measurement from the furthest pin hole to the mounting plate is 8-1/4 inches. I have attached a picture showing these measurements. This...
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  • Size Of Front Hitch Receiver Opening For 2011 Toyota Tundra
  • The front hitch that is confirmed as a fit for your 2011 Toyota Tundra is the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver, part # 65080. This hitch does have a 2 inch receiver opening and is not available in a 3 inch version. This hitch has an easy bolt-on installation and requires no welding or drilling. If you have the front skid plate on your Tundra, it may have to be removed to install this hitch. Typically, the shanks of any bike carriers we offer fit either 1-1/4 inch or 2 inch....
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  • Recommended 7 to 8 Inch Hitch Extender that Fits Best on Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch # 31198
  • The Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # 31198 referenced in your question has a length of right at 2-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer edge of the receiver. I went out to our warehouse to take a look at the 7 to 8 inch hitch extenders we have available. I found that the closest extender we have available to fitting flush against the 2 inch receiver on your vehicle is the Brophy Hitch Extender # HE06. From the center of the hitch pin hole to where the...
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  • Recommended Front Hitch for 2018 Toyota Tundra
  • The Curt Front Mount Hitch # 31198 and the Draw-Tite # 65080 for your 2018 Toyota Tundra are indeed just about identical in terms of their capacities and where they will mount on the truck. One thing that does differentiate the two models, and the reason I recommend the Curt, is the fact that the Curt # 31198 is made right here in the USA while the Draw-Tite hitch is made overseas. The Curt hitches are also known for their unique powder coat application which ensures a rust free hitch...
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  • What Bolts are Used to Install the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # 31198
  • The Curt hitch part # 31198 that you referenced, which is a confirmed fit for your 2011 Toyota Tundra, installs with the factory tow-hook 12 mm bolts that the truck already has. Basically you remove the factory tow hooks, place the hitch between the frame and the tow hooks and then reinstall the hardware.
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  • Does Curt Front Hitch # 31198 Have to be Removed to Change Oil in 2007 Toyota Tundra
  • With the Curt front hitch part # 31198 installed on your 2007 Toyota Tundra you will have to remove it every time you need to change the oil.
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  • Skid Plate Removal and Ground Clearance w/Front Mount Trailer Hitch Installed on 2007 Toyota Tundra
  • You do not have to remove the skid plate on your 2007 Toyota Tundra to install Curt front mount receiver # 31198 but you can if you wanted to. You should be able to loosen the skid plate enough to move the skid plate out of the way enough without having to remove the entire hitch. I have linked the installation instructions for you to view. The receiver will be just below the lowest trim piece on the front bottom of the vehicle to give you an idea of ground clearance. I included a picture...
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