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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. 1-800-940-8924 to order CURT front receiver hitch part number 31180 or order online at Free expert support on all CURT products. Great prices 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 - 31180

  • 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.

31180 Curt Front-Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver

Installation Details 31180 Installation instructions

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Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" - 31180

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (50 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.


High quality receiver, both structure and finish. Routine install with a reasonable amount of effort. Still looks new after a year. Get's little use as a front end "Pusher" hitch but I really like having that capability when things get tight. Delivery was very prompt as well. Overall excellent buying experience.

No change. Still looks and works like new.
Robert - 10/30/2022

2005 Toyota Sequoia

Picked this up from etrailer for a great price, so i can put a hitch-mounted winch on the front of our race tow vehicle (and perhaps use it to get the trailer into tight spots). As always with etrailer, it was delivered quick (and free!). One of the arms was just slightly bent (perhaps from shipment) so I had to whack it a couple times with a heavy hammer to get the holes to line up, but after that it fit perfectly. The little "fishing" tool included is extremely handy for installing the two bolts that need to come from inside the frame of the truck.

All in all, quality is great and this particular one fits with my factory skidplate/splashguard with a small amount of trimming with some metal shears.

PS - we also have stuff from etrailer on the rear end. Highly recommend anything you buy from etrailer!

Working out fine. Ive used it a few times for various things, and it still looks brand-new no rust or visible wear. Overall still very pleased with the price and quality.
Joshua H - 09/30/2020


I ordered a Curt front mount trailer hitch for my Toyota Tundra. The product was shipped as advertised, but when I received it I tried to mount it on my pickup. The holes were far from lining up. I discovered that one of the mounting arms was badly bent (probably warpage from welding) and should have never left the Curt factory. I documented the issue with pictures and sent them to etrailer then spent significant time straightening the warped arm because I had immediate need for the hitch. etrailer refused to go back to Curt about their poor quality and refused to provide the requested discount after I saved them the cost of shipping 2 ways and the hassle of dealing with a defective part. Poor customer service…


My hitch arrived quickly and my mechanic installed it in 1.5 hours for me a few days later. The factory skid plate fits nicely with 2 holes cut as a modification. His only concern is he will now have to use hand tools instead of his air tools on some bolts holding the skid plate at oil change time. But no big deal at all.

I keep a 16 foot boat in my warehouse and maneuvering room is very tight. The door is narrow and there is a building across from my door that leaves very little room to maneuver my truck in. With my new front hitch I put the boat in the warehouse in less than a minute the first try.

The front hitch makes it easier in 2 ways:

1) visibility-you can see what you are doing. You are closer to your work and you are looking straight at it.

2) with the trailer closer to the front wheels you can do things in tight quarters that just can't happen working with the rear hitch. Using the rear hitch the front of your truck would hit the wall of the opposite building.

My only regret is not getting this ten years ago. I recommend a front hitch to anyone who needs to maneuver a trailer in tight spaces.

2005 Toyota Tundra

Easy Installation on my 05 Tundra, can be used with the stock splash guard/skid plate. Bolts up nice and solid. All hardware is included. Uses 4 stock (pre-existing) holes in the frame and then you have two drill two more. You have to fish two bolts through the frame tube, but the wire fishing tool is included and it was much easier than I thought it would be. I had to do some minor trimming off the edge of the stock skid plate. This was easy I just cut a tab about 6-8 inched long with tin-snips and folded/rolled the tab in about 1/2 inch deep. This allows full clearance for the hitch and plate. You can install easily in about an hour. The tow loops are a nice addition. Overall very happy with it and worth the money.

2000 Toyota Tundra

It's rad...

Tiny more $than expected
(was hoping for hundo vs 140$ in the end)

Fits with my bull bar I use for road protection and has proved itself - just had to cut a hole for the hitch...

2004 Toyota Tundra

I installed this unit on a 2004 Toyota Tundra 2WD SR5 4 door with no issues. I dropped the front skid plate thinking it would be in the way but ended up putting it back on when I realized it was not an issue. The install took about 1.5 hours and would have been quicker had I just left the front skid plate alone. Make sure you have some good 1/2 bits for drilling out those front holes. The 2 rear holes on each side are already there. Make sure you understand how to use the fish wire tool for installing the front bolts on each side. Love the product.

It is working great. We mainly use it for securing a scooter on camping trips.
Nick - 05/29/2021


All good. Really like on the phone serv ice


This is the second hitch I have ordered from etrailer and both hitches went on "without a hitch" (I couldn't resist). Instructions were direct and easy to follow.
Congratulations etrailer on delivering as promised---very much appreciated in this day and age. Great crew and good team work. Thank you!

Hi Patrick,After one year of extensive use through a very harsh winter, the hitch is working beautifully. It is holding a diamond plate tool box with apps. 200ponds of camping gear. I still get a lot of comments and questions about it as it is mounted on the front. A lot of getting down to look under. One of the best additions I have made to my rig. Keep up the great work at having us improve our rigs!
Peter M - 05/06/2014

2003 Toyota Tundra

Very good construction. Easy to install after I bought a large break over bar to remove the bolts on existing tow hooks. Had to trim the skid plate a little to clear and now requires a box wrench instead of a socket to remove skid plate when doing an oil change. But overall not a bad installation job and I like having this on the truck for the occasional winch operation, front mount spare tire when I have the trailer, or using a cargo carrier on the front.

2001 Toyota Tundra

Fast delivery. Well made hitch. Front mounted to my Tundra so I can place my boat trailer precisely. I also intend to use it for a cargo carrier when towing my camper. Video was helpful when installing it. Overall happy with the product and service.

2003 Toyota Tundra

Very nice hitch. Fits my 2003 Toyota Tundra perfectly. I had someone else install it but could have done so myself very easily. It was not necessary to remove the mud shield under the engine. I bought this in order to be able to move boat trailers, RV's etc. around without having to try to crane my neck around! It takes a lot of the work out of launching a boat and/or getting the RV in that tight spot!

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It still functions as expected. Ive moved several small trailers and even a 19 RV with it. I havent needed any other accessories for my truck but if/when I do, I know where to get em!
Mark - 03/23/2019

Ford Transit Connect

The hitch is pretty much as advertised and as expected. Delivery was fast as usual.

One minor issue was that when I tried to install it, the holes in the hitch didn't line up with the ones on the truck chassis, so I called etrailer to find out what was going on.

The representative I spoke with knew exactly what had happened, and as it turned out the hitch "wings" were bent inwards a little, perhaps from the unit having been dropped at some time or another, quite probably in transit.

Rather than return it and wait for a replacement I was able, at the representative's suggestion, to squeeze them apart enough with a bottle jack and a piece of 2 x 4 so they lined up, and all was good after that.

This is the third hitch of one kind or another we've purchased from etrailer. All have been exactly as advertised.

Good products, good prices, efficient shipping and good friendly service. What's not to like?

2005 Toyota Tundra

After some thinking and studying I found etrailer by accident. I was needing a front receiver hitch to carry my jack and bicycles on my truck when I have my camper on. I used the etrailer web page to find the exact part my truck needed, I mean exact. Then they had a video to show me how to do it. After watching the video I was confident I could do. I also had all the tools I needed to install it. From start to finish It took about an hour. I had to trim my skid plate with a angle grinder and a dremel but that was super easy to do. I was amazed that it was so easy, stunned actually. Fishing the bolt through the frame was so easy I laughed as I was doing it! The info help with the videos was the key to my purchase. The fast delivery was the seal on the deal. I am a loyal etrailer customer and I plan to tell my friends. Face book here I come.

2005 Toyota Tundra

I Love love etrailer products and install info!! Got this for my tundra and install went perfectly! I did trim the metal skid plate on both side near the hitch mount so it would be easy to remove with the hitch still in place. watched the video and install went as shown. Complete written instructions and all hardware are included in well packaged box. Thanks again E trailer !!


The Curt front hitch arrived yesterday, less than a week after ordering. Installing the hitch was easy. Removing and trimming the skid plate was the hardest part but not bad, my skid plate is steel. I installed hitch by myself, being it’s quite heavy I used a floor jack to lift hitch into position, very easy, just go slow, be very careful until the first bolts are fastened. Also when drilling holes for the third bolt make sure holes are a full half inch to make fishing bolts through them easier. Very satisfied with hitch, makes moving my camper , utility trailer and boat very easy. Should have installed a front hitch years ago, Thanks for another etrailer product.

Honda Pilot

I could not be more pleased with this front mount hitch. I use this hitch to mount signs and height clearance poles on the front of my Pilot Truck (oversize load escorting). Hitch was easy and straight forward to install.

2004 Toyota Sequoia

experienced excellent service and the front mount hitch bolted in as promisesd. All bolt holes matched those on my Toyoto Sequoia's frame.

After one year of utilizing my Reece front mount hitch I am yet very well pleased with the equipment. Utilizing it for backing boat and other trailers , especially over longer distances , curving paths and tight places is much safer and easer. And I have routinely used the mount for securing a 12,000 pound winch when on hunting trips. Would highly recommend this mount to anyone for such purposes.
Ira R - 08/31/2014


This is the second hitch I have ordered from etrailer and both hitches went on "without a hitch" (I couldn't resist). Instructions were direct and easy to follow.
Congratulations etrailer on delivering as promised---very much appreciated in this day and age. Great crew and good team work. Thank you!


Love my new Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver. The instructions were very clear and with the help of a friend I installed it in less than 30 minutes. It fit perfectly and the fit and finish are excellent. The front hitch will make it so much easier to park my boat at home since I must make a 90 deg turn and back it into a narrow driveway with culverts and other obstacles on each side. I will also now be able to EASILY maneuver it into the back yard if needed for longer term storage. Something I could never have done by backing in with my long wheelbase pickup. It was well worth the investment for me and you can't beat for the excellent price and fast shipping!!

2000 Toyota Tundra

I am pleased with the hitch. It mounted perfect, although I did need to do some extensive modification to the skid plate. After thinking about it, this turned out to be good, I was able to come up with some ideas on a better skid plate.
I am pleased with Etrailer, their service, and delivery.


This hitch is very well built and finished. If you're like me and you want to keep the factory skid plate, this kits design allows for that. I initially installed the hitch right over the skid plate, however it's a better ides to remove some of the flange (about 6"X3/4" along each side of the plate) to allow for removal of the skid plate without removing the hitch.

Easy installation. Even the maneuvering of the added bolts was a piece of cake.

2006 Toyota Tundra

I was able to install this in about twenty minutes, it fits perfect, and seems to be very quality.


Seems solid and wasn't too hard to install. Wish I could've kept the skid plate on but can't have everything.

2000 Toyota Land Cruiser

I bought this knowing it doesn't fit my Landcruiser so I'm retrofitting to my rig. Closest fit I can find anywhere. Shouldn't be too much of a project. I'll send pics when it's done. Product is exceptionally well made. Wish I had a Curt for my rear hitch.

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See what our Experts say about this CURT Front Receiver Hitch

  • Can Skid Plate of 2002 Toyota Tundra be Left On With Curt Hitch 31180 Installed
    We have had a few customers come back with similar Toyota Tundras as yours who said that with some minor trimming they were able to reuse the stock skid plate and have the Curt hitch # 31180 installed. I attached a picture that shows the hitch installed with the skid plate installed as well.
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  • What is the Width of Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch 31180 for a 2006 Toyota Tundra
    I spoke with my contact at Curt and I have some measurements on hitch # 31180 for you. For the mounting holes, they are 34-3/8 inches apart on center, side to side. The width between the mounting brackets is about 31-3/8 inches. I have included a picture showing the measurements. I have also included links to the installation details and a video showing a typical installation for you.
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  • Do the Front Holes Have to Be Drilled to Install Trailer Hitch in a 2006 Toyota Tundra
    To install the Curt front hitch part # 31180 in your 2006 Toyota Tundra will require you to drill the two holes closest to the front of the vehicle on the trailer frame. I can't recommend you skip this step otherwise the warranty of the hitch would be voided. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Does 2006 Toyota Tundra Factory Skid Plate have to be Removed to Install Front Mount Hitch # 31180
    I spoke with my contact at Curt about Front mount hitch # 31180 for the 2006 Toyota Tundra. He stated that the skid plate does not have to be removed, but there is some trimming of the plate that will need to be done in order to install the hitch. I have included a link to the installation instructions for this hitch below.
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  • Fitment of Skid Plate With Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver on 2005 Toyota Sequoia
    The Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 31180 on your 2005 Toyota Sequoia requires the skid shield to be removed if one is installed. Feed back from others has stated that they have chosen to trim some material from the skid plate for better fitment when reinstalling. Please note the linked installation instructions and an installation video of this being installed on a 2001 model year vehicle.
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  • Can Skid Plate of 2000 Toyota Tundra Be Removed with Curt Front Trailer Hitch Installed
    If you look at the installation video of the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # 31180, you can see how the hitch will be in the way of removing the skid plate on your 2000 Toyota Tundra. In order to get the skid plate off you will need to remove the hitch as well. When you remove it a hitch it is always recommended to replace the hardware, part # RHK
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  • Front Hitch Recommendation for a 2002 Toyota Tundra
    Both the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch # 31180 and the Draw Tite Front Hitch # 31180 that you referenced would be excellent choices for your 2002 Toyota Tundra. I would probably go with the Curt hitch only because it has been reviewed more times and has the same 5 star rating as the Draw-Tite and its a little more economically priced and has the same capacities. I attached an install video for this product for you to check out also.
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  • Is Drilling Required to Install a Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2006 Toyota Tundra
    When installing the CURT Front Mount Receiver, # 31180, on a 2006 Toyota Tundra, you will need to drill a total of two 1/2 inch holes. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. The other hitch we have for your truck, # 65031, also requires drilling. I have included a link to the instructions for this hitch as well and a link to a video showing a typical installation.
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  • Does Skid Plate have to be Removed or Any Trimming to Install a Front Hitch on 2006 Toyota Sequoia
    For the Draw-Tite front mount hitch, # 65031, the skid plate will have to be permanently removed to install the hitch. You would also need to drill two holes in the frame rails (one on each side for the rear most hitch attachment points). I have included a link to the installation details and a video install on a similar vehicle below. I spoke with my contact at Curt about their front mount hitch, # 31180. To install it, you will not have to remove the skid plate. You will need to enlarge...
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  • Can Replacement Hardware be Ordered for Curt Front Hitch 31180
    Yes, we offer replacement hardware for all of the trailer hitches we sell with the part number # RHK. You'd need to enter the part number 31180 on the product page and select Curt from the drop down menu and hit add to cart.
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  • Will Curt Front Hitch # 31180 Fit 2004 Toyota Sequoia
    The Curt Front Hitch, part # 31180, is a fit for your 2004 Toyota Sequoia. This hitch has an easy, no-weld installation and is designed to be a specific fit for your Sequoia. This 2 inch receiver hitch can accommodate several accessories like a spare tire carrier, a winch, or a snowplow. You always want to follow the vehicle manufacturers recommendations for weight capacity when installing a hitch. We also carry a rubber cover, part # C22272, for this hitch. This keeps debris out of...
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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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  • Recommended Curt Front Hitch for 2001 Toyota Sequoia
    The correct Curt Front Hitch for your 2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4X4 is the part # 31180. This 2" hitch features a 9,000 pound line pull rating and a 500 pound vertical load limit. I have attached the written install instructions that you can check out as well. The Curt Hitch # C13146 that you referenced is a standard rear hitch designed for certain model years of the Honda Pilot and will not fit the frame rails of your Sequoia.
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2004 Toyota Tundra
    For a front mount hitch for your 2004 Toyota Tundra, there are 2 options, see link. Both of them are going to require drilling, trimming, and/or removal of the skid plate for the hitches to fit properly. I would go with the Draw-Tite hitch, # 65031 because it has a high vertical line pull at 500 pounds. Vertical line pull is like the tongue weight rating on a hitch that would be on the back of the vehicle. It is the amount of downward force the hitch can handle. Though the hitch can handle...
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  • How To Tow 2001 Toyota Tundra Behind Motorhome
    We can help you get set to tow your 2001 Tundra behind a motorhome, you will need to use a tow dolly such as the Roadmaster Tow Dolly with Electric Brakes, # RM-2050-1. What you have is a receiver hitch used for attaching a ball mount to connect to a trailer. What is used on the front of vehicle for towing behind a motorhome, referred to as "flat towing" is something very different. I linked a help article below that walks through all the needed equipment and their purpose. From information...
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  • What Are the Loops on the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch 31180 Receiver Used For
    The tow loops on the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 31180 are recovery points that you can hook a tow strap to like part # EM59700 and pull yourself out with if you ever get stuck. They are rated for 9,000 lbs each just like the receiver tube. If you don't want to use these tow loops then we have the Curt Forged Tow Hook part # C45500 which will allow you to use the receiver tube opening to pull yourself out with. The other option you have is to install a front mount winch...
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  • Recommended Front-Mount Hitch And Snowplow For 2004 Toyota Sequoia
    The Curt Trailer Hitch, part # 31180 you came from will work great with a snowplow on the front of your 2004 Sequoia. This hitch has a 2-inch receiver opening. If you are looking for a more versatile plowing system you can check out the Detail K2 Rampage II Snowplow, part # K2RAMP8219. This plow features 5 blade angles for plowing. The great thing about this plow is the remote control that lets you raise and lower the plow as needed from the warmth of your driver seat. No hi8tch is needed...
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  • Can K2 Detail Avalanche K2AVAL8422 Be Swapped Between 2002 Toyota Tundra and Ford F-350
    The # K2AVAL8422 plow itself isn't vehicle specific, you can install it on any SUV or light truck that has a front hitch available for it. To install the # K2AVAL8422 on your 2002 Toyota Tundra, you'll need a front mount hitch like # 31180. You will be able to used the plow on both trucks, but unless you want to move all the wiring each time, you'll need an additional winch control box # K2WCB and wireless remote # EWX004-CAD for the second vehicle. If you'd care to reply with the model...
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