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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 corrosion-resistant trailer hitch receiver. Perfect for winches, spare tire carriers and more. Call 800-298-8924 to order Curt front hitch part number C31078 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

  • 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 corrosion-resistant trailer hitch receiver. Perfect for winches, spare tire carriers and more.


  • 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
  • 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
  • Assembled in the USA


  • Line pull: 9,000 lbs
  • Vertical load: 500 lbs
  • Gross trailer weight: 5,000 lbs
  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Limited lifetime warranty

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31078 Curt Front-Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver

Item # C31078

Installation Details C31078 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

Customer Reviews

Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" - C31078

Average Customer Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars   (15 Customer Reviews)

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

- C31078
2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Great product. 483882

Product is as designed and functions perfectly for what we need. If there was one are I could recommend improvements - offer a cap for the receiver to protect it from the elements. It does rust...
Chris - 03/12/2019


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2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty

The hitch mounted to the truck fine. But the receiver is not long enough to mount my Warn winch in.Its hitting the bumper without the pin hole lining up. Also the receiver is lower than I'd like. It could be 2 inches higher with no interference problems. 562568

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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Installed this on a ‘17 f-250 and it works perfectly. Installation was straight forward with all the hardware (and more) included though it took some time and force as the tolerance is very small. I used a portable scissor jack and a rubber mallet to line up the bolts...once threaded the hitch drew into place. When you cut your hole in the front plastic air dam thing err on the low side. Great constructed product, well designed and the service from etrailer is awesome with quick delivery and notifications along the way. 510602

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2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty

Ford front receiver was delivered promptly . Installation is very easy . Definitely a novice job . It took me longer then normal due to working without lift and I do take many breaks . Much easier to take off air dam . Easier to measure and cut out square hole for receiver . When marking hole to cut , you may leave the bottom flange on for rigidity . Thats for a 2018 F 350 . 541763

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2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty

This front hitch was put on new 2018 ford F350 dsl 4x4, shortbed, as I am getting set for a road trip & wanted more storage space by adding the front hitch. It went on as it was supposed to go. It was delivered w/in a couple of days of ordering it... 524669

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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Installed this on my 2017 F 250 Superduty. Took a lot longer than I expected but I tend to be quite picky about things that I will have to look at for a long time. The additional time was spent on trying to get the cut-out of the fascia on the front of the truck . Works best if you find center and leave about 3/4 inch from the bottom of the fascia intact. The install of the hitch went well after this and it is quite a solid install. Everything you need is included. A great addition that I will be using to mount my bike rack on the front when I pull a 5th wheel. 401481

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Definitely a quality item, very satisfied with it. My truck is a 2X4 so has a smaller air foil below the bumper and it did not require cutting, there's a 1/32 to 1/16 inch gap between the two. I used some wood blocking to support it for the install and checked the paperwork and my measurements a few times thinking that I might have the wrong part because when the hitch was supported by the hardware there was about a 5/16 gap on both sides, had to draw that in by tightening each side alternately. All in all good. The hitch has the mounting holes needed for existing items that you will move to fit it in. Took me 4 hours to install including sizing the wood blocking that I used to support it. Also because I had to tighten each side a little at a time to close the gaps, tough work on the thick plate that is used to make the hitch. Extremely happy with the hitch including the access to the pin. Definitely glad I got it, definitely glad I got it here as well, on my porch in three days :) 664909

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2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty

Kudos to E-Trailer for fast delivery. Due to the weight the box was beat up pretty bad, but no damage to the hitch. Quality hardware included as well as fish wires to get the hidden bolts into place. The measurements for cutting the slot in the air dam were wrong as far as I was concerned. The instructions said to cut 4 inches up and 3 1/2 inches wide. As you can see by the pictures, 4 inches up is too much. The top should be cut right where the curve at the top of the air dam cross feature is. I did install this by myself. A helper would have been a good idea. If you choose to install this solo, get the supplied bolts that hang down vertical started loosely first to carry the weight of the hitch. Then you can maneuver the hitch to line up the holes for the side bolts. Once everything is tight the hitch is very solid and except for my boo-boo with cutting the air dam, is almost invisible. 729997

- C31078

etrailer is the best. Not so for the Curt on this front mount hitch. This was installed on a 2019 F250 Crew Cab. The width of the hitch needs to be at least 1/8 inch shorter maybe a little more. It was such a tight fit the the fish wire would get crimped between the hitch and the vehicle plate. Because of the tightness we had to use a hammer to move the hitch into position. Not good. Also the instruction sheet diagram of how to cut out for the front of hitch to go through the air dam is totally wrong. Cut it per the instructions now I'm going to have to purchase a new air dam. I have purchased Curt products before and never has any issues. This job took almost 8 hours to complete. Not happy. 680252

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Ford F-250 Super Duty

Once you get the bolts fished thru, it installs pretty easy. I put an F-250 2wd shorter valence on my truck as I lined it better than the stock one that came with it. No need to cut, as the hitch fits just under it. 672690

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2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty

easy ordering, fast shipping, installed today can't wait to use it. 607621

- C31078

Easy to install as advertised. Great pr oduct. 565412

- C31078

Fits precisely between frame rails. Bottom of unit sits just above the bottom of 4X4 front air dam. Curt is proudly made in America. etrailer provides great customer service and super quick shipment! 560796

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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Bought this for my 2017 f250 . The fit is great and it fairly simple to install . I have ordered several things from etrailer and have to give them credit ! They always do great and stand behind the product they sell! 332143

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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Great products and fast shipping! 311801


Ask the Experts about this Curt Front Hitch

  • Effect on Engine & Transmission Temperature from Using Front Hitch and Hitch Cargo Carrier
    Using a front hitch like Curt # C31078 along with a hitch carrier like # C18153 is a great way to add cargo capacity when your truck bed and rear hitch are already spoken for. The cargo items you describe wanting to load in a front-hitch-mounted cargo carrier - a tool box, generator and gas cans - all could present a lot of flat surface area that could block air flow. Some generators like # 333-0005 have an open-frame design while others such as # 333-0002 have enclosures that would...
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  • Front Hitch Comparison and Recommendation for 2018 Ford F-250
    There are two front hitch options we have for your 2018 Ford F-250 which are very similar. We have the Draw Tite part # 65076 and the Curt # C31078 which are both really great options. The big differences are that the Draw Tite will stick out past the air dam a bit more than the Curt. Also the Curt is made in the USA. I attached a picture that shows where the Curt installs relative to the air dam. I would go with the Curt for those reasons.
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  • Comparing Snow Plows for 2017 Ford F-250 4x4
    For all of the plows you mentioned you'd need the Curt hitch part # C31078 installed on your 2017 Ford F-250 to use them. The winch style is the most common seen and is generally considered to be the most reliable and best option. If for nothing else the visibility is much better with them like on the part # SB324-080 over the # SB324-140 due to the actuating arm. The K2 plow part # K2AVAL8422 is a great plow, the Snowbears are a bit more popular and well-known, but this plow is solid...
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  • Dimensions of Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver for 2017 Ford F-450
    I went out to the warehouse to take some measurements for you and made a diagram for you to check out with those measurements of the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # C31078 for your 2017 Ford F-450. From outside to outside at the widest point the hitch measures 39-9/16" and from outside to outside of its brackets measures 29-15/16". It is also approximately 12-1/2" deep overall and the receiver juts out approximately 7" from the bar.
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  • Does Curt Front Mount Hitch # C31078 Affect Ground Clearance On 2018 Ford F-250
    The Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # C31078, which is confirmed to fit your 2018 Ford F-250, will actually sit about level with the air dam on the truck meaning it won't change the ground clearance at all. When installing the hitch you will need to do some fascia trimming so that the receiver protrudes through the panel. I have attached an image of this hitch installed on the F-250 to clarify. I have also included the complete installation instructions that you can look through.
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  • Front Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Ford F-250
    For your 2018 Ford F-250 the front hitch I recommend is the Curt # C31078 because it's made in the USA and because it mounts high enough that it won't reduce ground clearance.
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  • Which Front Hitch for 2020 Ford F-250 Sticks Out the Least
    Of the two hitches that fit your 2020 Ford F-250 the Curt hitch part # C31078 sticks out less than the Draw Tite part # 65078. I attached two pictures to show you the difference. The Curt is the first picture and the Draw Tite is the second.
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  • Comparing Draw Tite and Curt Front Hitch for 2020 Ford F-250
    We have two really great front hitches that fit your 2020 Ford F-250 with the Draw Tite part # 65076 and the Curt # C31078. The big differences are that the Draw Tite will stick out past the air dam a bit more than the Curt. Also the Curt is made in the USA. I attached a picture that shows where the Curt installs relative to the air dam. I would go with the Curt for the reasons mentioned unless the accessory you plan to install in the front hitch has a shorter shank.
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  • Which Front Hitch Installs Higher for 2020 Ford F-250 Curt or Draw Tite
    I attached pictures that show how the Curt front hitch # C31078 and the Draw Tite # 65076 looks when installed and you can tell that the Draw Tite sits up a bit higher since it comes through relative to the curve in the air dam.
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  • What is Advantage to Going with Taller Snow Plow
    In general the taller the plow the better the angle it can be set at which allows for easier scraping. The wider the plow the more snow it moves in a single pass. For a front hitch for a 2007 Ford E-350 like you have we then have the part # 65001 which will fit and work great as a base mount for a hitch mounted plow. For an 84 by 22 inch plow then the Detail K2 Avalance Part # K2AVAL8422 would be a really great option that is easy to use and very effective. I attached a review video...
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  • Will Curt Front Mount Hitch Reduce Ground Clearance on 2019 Ford F-250
    The 2" receiver on the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # C31078 is going to sit right under the front bumper of your 2019 Ford F-250, so while there will be a slight reduction in ground clearance, it's only going to be by a portion of the receiver height. I have attached a couple images of this installed just so you can see how tight it is against the bottom of the bumper. One of the benefit of Curt front hitches in particular is that Curt actually works with snow plow manufacturers...
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  • Front Hitch and Winch Plate for 2017 Ford F-250 for Mounting Winch at Front of Truck
    Your biggest issue is going to be that the grille guards and the front hitches occupy the same area and use the same install points on the frame of the vehicle so there's no easy way (if at all) to install both at the same time. If you aren't super attached to the grille guard idea I'd go with just a front hitch so you could use a removable winch plate like the # BDW20155 at both the front and the rear of the vehicle. The Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch # C31078 that you referenced is...
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  • Will Front Mounted Hitch Fit 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Four-Wheel Drive
    Yes, we have a couple of options for front mounted hitches and snow plows as well. Both the Curt # C31078 and # 65076 are great options for mounting various accessories and look great as you can see from the attached Curt example. The Detail K2 Avalanche Snowplow for 2" Hitches # K2AVAL8219 is an excellent choice of snow plow too if you are still evaluationg your options. A confirmed fit for your 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty, this snow plow has a 3-position adjustable blade with...
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  • Why Does the Front Mount EcoHitch Require Removal of Front Bumper During Install on 2019 Ford F-250
    Great question! The EcoHitch Hidden Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7904 that you referenced actually installs right behind where the license plate sits (see attached photos). This differs from the Draw-Tite # 65076 and the Curt # C31078 because they sit closer to the bottom of the bumper and require that the air deflector/fascia either be modified or removed. So the EcoHitch does require more of an intricate installation but it also leaves your 2019 Ford F-250 with a great...
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  • Will EcoHitch Front Mount Hitch Receiver Fit a Diesel 2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty
    I do have a way that you can still have a front mount hitch receiver on your 2018 Ford F-350 but when I spoke with my contact at EcoHitch he said that the diesel models have extra cooler lines that would get in the way of the EcoHitch Hidden Front Mount # 306-X7904. For a trailer hitch that fits your 2018 F-350 diesel I recommend the Curt Front Mount # C31078 over the Draw-Tite # 65076 because they have easier instructions when it comes to cutting the front fascia. This will then allow...
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  • Will Front Mounted Hitch fit 2017 Ford F-250 Four-Wheel Drive?
    Both of the front mounted hitches you referenced, Draw-Tite # 65076 and Curt # C31078 are confirmed fits for all models of the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty. They will not interfere with your axles; you can check out how each looks in the photos I've attached for you. The Draw-Tite is shown on the front-facing picture, and the Curt is shown on the side-facing picture.
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  • Can EcoHitch be Installed with Draw-Tite or Curt Front Receiver on 2019 Ford F-250
    That's a really good idea, but unfortunately the tab on the mounting brackets for the Draw-Tite # 65076 and Curt # C31078 actually use the same mounting location as the tab on the EcoHitch # 306-X7904 so you will only be able to install one of these front mount hitches on your 2019 Ford F-250. With that being said, I recommend using the EcoHitch because it has a hidden design which gives you an OEM look when you aren't utilizing the receiver, plus you can then use a Gen-Y Adjustable...
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  • Highest Weight Capacity for Front-Mounted Hitch on 2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty
    There are a pair of front-mounted hitches that fit your 2018 Ford F-350 and both, the Draw-Tite # 65076 and Curt # C31078, have a weight capacity of 9,000 lbs and though I cannot tell you with absolute certainty a 12,000 lb front-mounted hitch does not exist, 9,000 lbs is generally what you are going to see. There are winch mounts that fit in a receiver such as the Bulldog Winch Receiver Mount Kit # BDW20155 which are for 12,000 lb winches but you would be limited to the 9,000 lb capacity...
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  • Recommended Front Mount Trailer Hitch for a 2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    I personally really like the EcoHitch Hidden Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7904 because it is hidden behind the license plate on your 2019 Ford F-250 when not in use but this does have a bit more of an intricate installation and it is only designed to fit gasoline engines. Aside from that you have the Curt # C31078 and Draw-Tite # 65076 which are basically identical and so it just comes down to brand loyalty. Attached is a picture of the EcoHitch installed on a Ford Super...
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch for a 2018 Ford F-350 that is Made in the USA
    Draw-Tite currently manufacturers their trailer hitches, including # 65076, in Mexico. Curt manufacturers their hitches in the US. For a 2018 Ford F-350 the Curt front hitch is # C31078.
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  • Front Mounted Receiver Hitch for 2018 Ford F250 Diesel
    The EcoHitch # 306-X7904 you referred to does indeed have a 1000 lb vertical load capacity, however I'm sorry to say that it's not compatible with Diesel models due to interference from the transmission cooler and its supply and return lines. My EcoHitch rep tells me that their engineering folks are working on a fit, but they couldn't provide an expected release date. Curt offers the # C31078 and Draw-Tite has the # 65076, but the vertical load capacity on both of those is 500 lbs.
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  • Comparing Height of Front Mount Hitches for a 2018 Ford F-250
    The Curt hitch # C31078 may be a little higher on your 2018 Ford F-250 but ultimately it and the Draw-Tite front hitch # 65076 will be in about the same place. I have linked the instructions for these hitches for you.
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  • Is The EcoHitch Hidden Front Mount Trailer Hitch A Fit For 2019 Ford F-350 Diesel
    I contacted EcoHitch about the EcoHitch Hidden Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 306-X7904 and it is being tested for the 2019 Ford F-350 Diesel but is not available as of yet. (November 2019). I recommend to use the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C31078 on the diesel truck because it is a confirmed fit. The Curt installation is also a bit easier compared to the other options.
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  • Front Mount Hitch Options for 2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty with Diesel Engine
    I do have a front mount hitch option for your 2020 diesel Ford F-350 Super Duty, but the EcoHitch Hidden Front Mount Hitch # 306-X7904 is not confirmed to fit. Both the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # C31078 and the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # 65076 are compatible with all models of the 2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty, including diesel models, like yours. The Curt # C31078 is made in the, USA, offers a more concealed look than the Draw-Tite # 65076 along with...
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  • Front Hitch for 2017 Ford F350 6.7L Diesel
    I reached out to my contact at EcoHitch and they informed me that the cooler lines do interfere with the front hitch # 306-X7904 being installed on the diesel models. They did also let me know that they are doing testing and working on a model that will fit the diesels, but not with a specific date of when the release is. However we do have other options so you can still mount a front hitch on your 2017 Ford F350. The Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C31078 is confirmed...
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