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Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2"
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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. 1-833-496-1390 to order CURT front receiver hitch part number 31042 or order online at Free expert support on all CURT products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2". Front Receiver Hitch reviews from real customers.
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CURT Front Receiver Hitch - 31042

  • Front Mount Hitch
  • CURT
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • 500 lbs Vert Load
  • 9000 lbs Line Pull
  • 2 Inch 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.


  • 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
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over steel resists corrosion
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Assembled in USA


  • 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 Technical Support

At 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.

31042 Curt Front-Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver

Installation Details 31042 Installation instructions

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Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" - 31042

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (59 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.

1996 Chevrolet Suburban

I have had the front receiver hitch installed on my 1996 Suburban for about a year now. I have a 12000 lb winch installed using that receiver hitch. I have gotten stuck twice and had to use the winch to extract the truck. Very glad that I have the front receiver hitch as it made putting on the winch very easy. Also useful for mounting a receiver mount bicycle rack to the front as well.

Great! Still there and still very useful.
Douglas B - 01/04/2018


Mounted easily and proved to be very useful. Used A receiver type mounted snow plow all of last season to plow my driveway.


The hitch is well built but simply too low (when mounted) to be of much practical use. Ideally the receiver needs to be at the same level as the bumper.

We do have an alternate hitch where the receiver is higher for your 1995 Chevy CK pickup. It is part # 65005
Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2"
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 02/22/2022

1999 Chevrolet Suburban

Product was shipped promptly and arrived a few days later. Packing was good for a heavy item with pointy edges, no issues breaking out of the box. Installation on a lift took about 30 minutes on my 1999 K2500 Suburban. The bolts were long enough to allow for my tow hooks that were already in place. A bolt stringer to pull the rear bolts from the top (inside the frame) is provided along with nuts, the other four just replaced the stock bolts that I had that mount from the bottom into tapped frame metal through the tow hooks. Curt makes great quality stuff. Clearance was reduced a little but I'm not concerned about it.


It was too low to be installed on the front of my truck kept scraping the ground. It's been sitting in my storage for over a year.

We do have an alternate hitch that will sit at an estimated two inches higher when installed then the Curt hitch. It is part # 65005
Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2"
on our site and will fit with a 1989 GMC CK Pickup 1500 2 or 4 WD. It does require drilling, the fascia will need to be trimmed, and the license plate would need to be relocated.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 05/03/2022

1997 GMC Suburban

The front mount hitch looks and feels very solid. I haven't installed it yet, but it looks as though it will be trouble free. I'll be using it for my 9,000lb Westin winch, and a cargo carrier on my 1997 K2500 Suburban


Following the instructions I had the hitch mounted in 30 minutes. The picture shows what I wanted it for. Great for when I am towing the pop-up camper.

1999 Chevrolet Suburban

Great product, timely S/H & easy install.
service was great as always.
Install went smooth. you can't go wrong; Curt is a 5-Star product too.
OE tow hooks fit with no cutting.
1999 K1500 Suburban (old body)

Still doing the job with a 10k winch on the front of the unit.
Bradley - 05/31/2021

Chevrolet Suburban

Fit my Suburban perfectly. I use it to mount my foldable cargo basket (also from etrailer), so I can still open the rear doors easily. Very handy!


Easy in-easy out…quality product at a great price. Delivered quickly!


Took about 20 minutes to install!!! Needed it for my winch. Michelle S. Took my order I think on a Tuesday and said I'd get it sometime the following week. I got it yesterday!!! Took a whole 2 days!!! If you need to order anything call Michelle. I think her ext. Is 79327. SHE'S AWESOME. THANK YOU MICHELLE!!!

Toyota FJ Cruiser

I've purchased two (2) Hitch receivers from One - for Toyota FJ Cruser and one - for Chevy pickup truck. Both fit my vehicles perfectly. I am very satisfied and happy with the site service and product.


Perfect fit, no adjustments needed. Very easy to follow instructions. Would not hesitate to buy again from etrailer


I purchased this front receiver hitch to be able to park my travel trailer in a tight space. It is everything that was advertised. Installation was easy and straight forward. It took me a bit longer to install due to my 99 GMC Truck's tow hook nuts not being welded to the inside of the frame. There was a threaded metal strip instead which moved around when the bolts were removed. It was difficult to line up the tow hook and hitch holes to get the bolt started in the strip. I finally used a magnet to support the tow hook and a pair of needle nose vise grips to hold the strip while I started the bolts. Hind site is 20 - 20, It would have been easier to use the bolt and nut combinations provided with the hitch for all 6 of the holes. Out side of this, assembly was easy. The wire tool provided to install the bolts thru the inside of the frame was a great time saver and a wonderful invention. I am well satisfied with this hitch.

1999 Chevrolet Suburban

Excellent hitch, easy install with minimal tools. Installed on front of my 1999 K2500 Suburban. I can now use my bicycle rack on the front of my Suburban leaving the rear doors fully functional.

Product works great.
Billy B - 05/26/2016


Easy to install and is holding up great. I recommend a hitch cap to prevent oncoming road debris from prematurely wearing away at the receiver. Thank you Curt and thank you etrailer!

1996 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup

Order arrived fast and in GREAT condition and fit my truck perfectly!!! So you can trust that their part / vehicle matching software is accurate which is so nice. Thank you!!

1993 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup

Quality and fast shipping

1998 Chevrolet Suburban

I ordered your product on Monday and at 6 p.m. Friday it was delivered in Anchorage, Alaska!!!!! Most companies say 3 to 5 days to Alaska. It never happens. We have dogs teams that can deliver the mail faster. You people are great. I ordered a hitch for my 3/4 ton about 4 years ago and it was 3 weeks before we saw it. The box had rip and the nuts and bolts were missing. Your shipping box came through with all the components and without a mark.

Thank you so much.

Ralph Farias

1998 GMC C/K Series Pickup

I bought this to make parking in my garage safer and easier. It's a very steep driveway and very tricky access street. This hitch makes the job much easier. I can use it for long boat ramps if and when I need to. It was quite easily installed. Glad I purchased it.

1998 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup

Shipping was fast and on time.
I really
liked that you showed who filled the order and the person to contact. Nice personal touch.


This front hitch mounted up very nice. However the clearance could have been closer to the bumper. That made it nessary to order a lift adapter for adiquate ground clearance for my use

1994 Chevrolet Blazer

Good looking finish just what you would expect. I may have saved a couple of bucks buying something made in china but this is top craftsmanship. The fasteners were top end also, didn't have to go to the hardware store and buy new bolts this came with top end stuff. Bolted up with about 1/8th inch clearance very nice. Took longer to read the directions than it did to install, shipping was fast also. will use these folks again.


Worked great and let me keep my tow hooks. 2 of the bolts stripped but etrailer very quickly replaced them with a new set. Go E!

1999 Chevrolet Tahoe

Product was delivered within
one week
to my home in a heavy duty box .
including hardware and direction .
Installation was easy no holes to drill perfect
Alignment done in thirty minutes .
I would recommend E-trailer .

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See what our Experts say about this CURT Front Receiver Hitch

  • How Does the Curt Hitch # 31042 Install on a 1995 Chevy Tahoe
    Regarding your first question, the carriage bolts will point up and thread from through the tow hooks (if present), and up into the factory weld nuts if they are present as well. If your vehicle doesn't have the weld nuts then the carriage bolts will instead fish wire through the frame and point down instead. The square spacers will end up in the vehicle frame with the bolts. Basically the bolts will go through the square spacer, through the frame, through the hitch mounting flange, through...
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  • Will the Curt Front Mounted Hitch Fit a 1995 Chevy Tahoe with 36 inch Wide Frame
    As long as your 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe is a 4 wheel drive model the Curt Front Hitch for the 1995 Tahoe, item # 31042, will fit. The tech tip states that the Hitch will not fit vehicles with 34 inch frames. If you have a 2 wheel drive model then the front mount hitch will not fit.
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  • How to Measure to Determine if the # 31042 Front Mount Hitch will Fit a 1997 Chevy K3500 4WD
    The Curt Front Mount Trailer Receiver, item # 31042, is designed to fit the 1997 Chevy K3500 4wd model vehicle that is not a factory cab and chassis design. The 34 inch measurement is taken from the outside of the frame to the outside of the frame. The easiest way to determine if the Curt Front Hitch for the 1997 Chevrolet C/K Series 4wd Pickup, item # 31042, is to measure the bolt mounting holes across the frame, center to center. This measurement is 30-1/2 inches for this front mount...
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  • Will the Curt Front Mount Hitch # 31042 fit on a 1996 Chevy Tahoe 4x4 w/o Cutting or Drilling
    You will not need to cut or drill anything to install this Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch, part # 31042, onto your 1996 Chevy 4x4 Tahoe LS. I attached installation instructions for this product for you to check out also.
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch for Using Plow on 1998 Chevy Silverado 4x4
    Adding a front mount hitch like the Curt # 31042 to your 1998 Chevy Silverado 4x4 is a very common way to utilize a plow. As long as your Meyers plow is designed to be used with a front mount hitch this is a great solution, but since it sounds like you're wanting to fabricate your plow I can't really say that it will be safe. The front mount hitch will fit your pickup and hold up just fine but I'd be concerned about the plow holding up since you'll be changing how it was designed to be...
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  • Would Curt Front Hitch part # 31042 Fit a 1996 Chevy 3500HD Dump Bed
    Cab and chassis trucks will have a frame that measures 34 inches apart measured from outside to outside. If you don't have a cab and chassis truck the Curt hitch part # 31042 is going to work. It will not fit cab and chassis models though.
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  • Why Would 1993 Chevy Cheyenne 2500 have 34 inch Frame for Fitting Front Hitch 31042 to it
    Cab and chassis trucks will have frames that measure 34 inches from outside to outside. This is a few inches narrower than most truck frame dimensions and why the Curt Hitch part # 31042 wouldn't be a fit for them. You can measure your truck frame to be certain but if your truck has a normal truck bed on it this hitch would fit just fine.
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  • Will Curt Front Hitch 31042 fit 1999 GMC K2500 3/4 Ton with 30.5 inches Between Holes
    Since you measured the bolt hole dimensions on your 1999 GMC K2500 and they came out to the correct dimension of 30-1/2 inches for the front hitch part # 31042 this hitch would fit and work great.
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  • Does Curt Front-Mount Trailer Hitch Fit 4WD 1999 Chevy Suburban
    I checked with the manufacturer for you and am happy to confirm that yes, the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # 31042 is a fit for your 1999 Chevy Suburban with 4-wheel drive. This is a complete bolt-on installation so no drilling into your Suburban's frame is required to mount this hitch. I have added a link to the instructions for you to check out as well of the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # 31042.
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  • Curt Front Hitch with Iron Cross Bumper & Suspension Upgrades.
    There are too many variables to determine if this Curt # 31042 hitch might work with your Iron 22-515-88 base bumper with bull bar, and your suspension upgrades. This hitch is designed to work with the stock bumper and come out just below the bumper. I have attached a picture of the mounting instructions which shows the connection points. From that you may be able to determine how this hitch might work for you.
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  • How To Determine If The Curt Front Mount Hitch Item # 31042 Is compatible With The 1994 C/K 3500 4wd
    The Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" Item # 31042 is designed for the 1994 Chevrolet C/K 3500 Series trucks. The easiest way to determine if Curt Front Mount Receiver is compatible is to measure center of the mounting holes on one frame rail across to the center of the opposite side. The measurement for the mounting holes on this receiver are 30-1/2 inches
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  • Front Mount Hitch Recommendation for a 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe
    We carry two front mount hitches for your 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe. The Curt Front Hitch, # 31042 is a bolt-on hitch that does not require any welding or drilling to install, however, it will only fit 4WD models. If you have a 2WD model, then you will need to get the Draw-Tite Front Mount Hitch, # 65005. This is also a bolt-on application, however, some vehicles may not have a third enlarged hole drilled through the frame and if this is the case you will need to drill a 1/2 inch hole in the...
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  • Front Hitch Recommendation for a 1997 Chevy 4x4 1500 Truck
    The most economically priced front mount hitch for your 1997 Chevy 1500 4x4 that we carry is the Draw-Tite Hitch # 65005. You will be able to retain your factory tow hooks with this hitch also. I attached a link to all of the winch plates we offer also.
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  • Will Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch 31042 Fit a 1994 Chevy Silverado 1500
    The Silverado designation describes a trim class on the C/K series Chevy pickups in the 1994 model year. Front hitch # 31042 is a fit for all C/K models in this year as long as they have four wheel drive and do not have a 34 inch wide frame. If your vehicle is a 2 wheel drive model, or your outside frame width is at 34 inches, you would instead use Draw-Tite front hitch # 65005, which fits all the 1500 models. I have included links to the installation instructions for both hitches, if needed.
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  • CURT Front Mount Receiver for 1999 Chevy 2500 Series Suburban
    The Curt Front Mount Receiver, part # 31042 that you looked at will fit your 2500 Series Suburban if it is a 4WD model. For a 2WD model, use part # 31043. To view install details for both receivers, click on the provided links.
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  • Comparing the Curt and Draw-Tite Front Hitch for a 1996 Chevrolet K1500
    We currently have two front mount trailer hitch receivers for your 1996 Chevrolet K1500, the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 65005 and the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 31042. They both have a 9,000 lb line pull and 500 lb vertical load weight capacity. They also both install using three holes on each side. The main difference between them is that the Curt hitch hangs down more. This means it will be more visible but it also means that if you have...
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  • Front Mount Hitch with 32 Inches Between Mounting Holes
    Because all of our front mount hitches are custom fit to a specific year, make and model of vehicle, the mounting hole distance is not a spec that's listed or typically needed on them. If you're not using the hitch for a specific vehicle but rather for special fabrication project, you may be able to use one of our universal RV hitches like # 5350 which is adjustable to fit frames 24 to 46 inches wide. The Multi-Fit Motorhome Trailer Hitch has the highest capacity (500lb TW and 5,000lb...
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  • Curt Front Hitch Options for a 2000 Chevy 3500 Truck
    The Curt hitch part # 31043 is designed to fit the 2 wheel drive models of the 2000 Chevy 3500. If you have a 4WD model you instead would want the part # 31042 for a front hitch.
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  • Which Front Mount Trailer Hitch for a 1999 Chevy Suburban has the Best Ground Clearance
    I have included a picture. In the picture the top drawing is the Draw-Tite hitch # 65005. You can see how the receiver sits just below the bumper (and will stick through the optional lower fascia piece, if present). The bottom installed picture is from a customer who installed the Curt hitch # 31042. It is also below the bumper but appears to hang down lower than the Draw-Tite hitch. based on this the Draw-Tite hitch is going to provide better ground clearance.
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver 1995 Chevy K2500
    I have two front mount trailer hitch receivers for your 1995 Chevy K2500. You can choose from either the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 31042 or the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 65005. Both trailer hitch receivers are a custom fit, have identical weight limitations, and have a 2" hitch receiver tube opening. The only difference between the two hitch receivers besides brand is that Draw-Tite is made in Mexico and Curt is made in the U.S.A.
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  • Front Hitch Recommendation for 1989 Chevy C2500 for Snow Plow
    I would go with the Curt front hitch part # 31042 over the Draw Tite part # 65005 as the Curt hitch has a lower hitch tube which we have found works better with snow plows. A lower hitch means the plow doesn't have to drop as far from the hitch which means less leverage on the plow assembly and hitch.
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  • Drilling Required for Front Mount Hitch on 1997 GMC Yukon
    There's only a single 1/2 inch hole that may need to be drilled in order to install the Draw-Tite front mount hitch, part # 65005. According to Curt, their hitch for your 1997 GMC Yukon, part # 31042, does not require any drilling.
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver for a 1990 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup
    I went to Curt's website to confirm. The Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver item # 31042 will fit the 1990 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickups. This part fits a wide range of GM vehicles spanning over 10 years. The tech tip you saw was put on our website because of something one of our installers ran into using this product on a vehicle with a frame 34". Given that the bolts on your frame measure 30 1/2" on center, I recommend the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver item # 65005....
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  • Front Hitch Recommendation for a 2011 GMC Yukon SLT
    The recommended front mount hitch for your 2011 GMC Yukon is the Curt Front Hitch # C31012. I attached installation instructions for this hitch for you to check out also. The # 31042 front hitch you referenced is designed to fit an older model Yukon and would not work for you.
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