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

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

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Easily attach a variety of accessories to the front of your vehicle with this fully welded, corrosion-resistant trailer hitch receiver. Perfect for winches, spare tire carriers and more. Call 800-298-8924 to order Curt front receiver hitch part number 31049 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 Receiver Hitch reviews from real customers.
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Curt Front Receiver Hitch - 31049

  • Curt
  • Front Mount Hitch
  • 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 etrailer.com
  • 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

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31049 Curt Front-Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver

Installation Details 31049 Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" - 31049

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (1 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.

- 31049
1998 Ford F-150 and F-250 Light Duty

Great product,easy installation and dealing with etrailer has been a real good experience. 437726


Ask the Experts about this Curt Front Receiver Hitch

  • Recommended Front Mounted Trailer Hitch Receiver for 1997 Ford F-150 4WD for Snow Plow
    The Curt hitch # 31049 for your 1997 Ford F-150 cannot be mounted upside down. It is designed to be that high for winch mounting and a more hidden look with greater ground clearance. Based on your need to have the hitch lower for your snowplow, I recommend the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" # 65025 which is a confirmed fit for your F-150 4WD. Based on customer measurements, this hitch will be about 14 inches from the ground. I also recommend using...
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  • Recommendation of Front Mount Hitch Receiver on a 1998 Ford Expedition 4-Wheel Drive for a Snow Plow
    Looking at the installation between the front mount hitches that fit your 1998 Ford Expedition, the Curt, part # 31049, installs much higher where the license plate is normally mounted. The benfit is more ground clearance but you'll need to relocate your license plate using part # C31002. Also, on your Expedition that seems like an extremely high mounting point for a snow plow. The Draw-Tite, part # 65025, installs quite a bit lower, sitting under the front bumper and fascia. This...
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  • Receiver Orientation of Curt Front Receiver Part # 31049 for 1998 Ford F-250
    The orientation of the hitch that is shown in the instructions is the correct one. The receiver mounting flanges attach to the bottom of the frame. I will have our photo changed to show the correct orientation. The folks at Curt did not have any photos of this particular receiver installed on a vehicle, so I cannot say with any certainty where the receiver opening will be in relation to the bumper. I was told that the top of the receiver opening is 9.66 inches above the mounting flange....
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  • Position of the CURT Front Trailer Hitch Receiver on a 1997 Ford F-150 and F-250 Light Duty
    I spoke with my contact at CURT regarding the front mount trailer hitch, # 31049. He did not have any pictures he could send to me of the hitch installed. However, You can determine where the receiver will be based on some measurements. This trailer hitch mounts to the bottom of the frame rails on the vehicle. The receiver is above the mounting points. If you measure up from the bottom of the frame 9.66 inches, that is where the top of the receiver will be in the center of the vehicle....
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  • How Does the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Mount on a 1997 Ford Expedition
    Yes, the Curt Front Mount Hitch Receiver, # 31049, bolts to the frame of your 1997 Ford Expedition 4x4. This hitch comes with 6 carriage bolts that will be fed through the inside of the frame and out using the fish wire tool. This hitch comes will all of the necessary mounting hardware and installation instructions and does not require any drilling or welding. I have attached a link to the installation instructions for you to check out. I have added a link to an article on hitch installation...
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  • Will the Curt Front Mount Hitch # 31049 Install on a 1998 Ford F-150 2WD Extended Cab
    I spoke with my contact at Curt and he told me you can install the Curt Front Mount Hitch, # 31049, on your 1998 Ford F-150 2WD as long as the frame of your truck matches the width of the bolt holes on the hitch. The frame width should be the same between the 2WD and 4WD models, but I would recommend measuring just to verify. The bolt holes that mount to the underside of the frame rail measure 31-7/8 in. from center to center. If your frame rails approximately 31-7/8 in. apart on center,...
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch for a 1998 Lincoln Navigator
    We do have a front mount hitch that fits the 1998 Lincoln Navigator but it is not # 31049. Instead you will need Draw-Tite hitch # 65025. This hitch has a 500 pound vertical pull capacity (tongue weight) so make sure the weight of the snow plow does not exceed that. Also make sure the front axle capacity is high enough for use with a plow.
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  • SnowBear Snowplows and Mounting Kit Options for 1998 Ford Pickup
    We offer SnowBear plows and mounting kits for your 1998 Ford pickup that are shown on the linked page. Install kits are either 2-inch hitches like # 31049 for the 4WD or custom bracket kits like # SB397-104 which works with 2WD trucks. At the top of the page you can use the Select Vehicle Style drop-down menu tool to select your drive train. The photos on the page will also allow you to identify your plow model to confirm it is compatible with your truck.
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch Options for a 2001 GMC Sierra 2500
    First, for a 2001 GMC Sierra 2500 the correct front mount hitch is going to be # 65028 from Draw-Tite or # 31108 from Curt. The hitch you referenced # 31049 is for Ford vehicles. I have included links to the installation instructions for each of the hitches that will fit your truck so you can see what each installation entails. There is no drilling required on the Draw-Tite or Curt hitches unless you will need to enlarge some holes. No new holes will be drilled.
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  • Front Mount Hitch for a 1998 Ford F-150 2WD
    I spoke with my contact at Curt who said that your 2WD 1998 Ford F-150 doesn't come with the tow hooks which is why their front mount hitch # 31049 will not fit. When I asked if the hitch could be installed if you purchased and installed the front tow hooks he said it would be compatible then. So the reason you have been having trouble is because of those tow hooks not existing on your pickup. Sometimes the license plate mount part # C31002 will need to be installed as well but it doesn't...
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  • Front Mount Hitch for a 1998 Ford F-150 That Retains Tow Hooks
    If you wish to retain the front tow hooks on your 1998 Ford F-150 then you are going to want to use the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 31049, not the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 65025. The reason for this is that the Draw-Tite hitch installs between the two frame rails and a chance for interference with the tow hooks is possible whereas the Curt hitch installs underneath the frame rails and there is not a chance for interference. I have attached a...
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  • Front Mounted Hitch Availability for 1998 Ford F150 2WD
    According to my contact in the Tech Services department at Curt Manufacturing, their # 31049 will fit a 1998 Ford F150 2WD model as long as it has factory tow hooks mounted to the underside of the frame members. Draw-Tite has the # 65025 listed as a 'no fit' for a 2WD model. You can see the installation details by clicking the provided link.
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