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Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2"

Draw-Tite 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 Draw-Tite front receiver hitch part number 65017 or order online at Free expert support on all Draw-Tite products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2". Front Receiver Hitch reviews from real customers.
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Draw-Tite Front Receiver Hitch - 65017

  • Front Mount Hitch
  • Draw-Tite
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • 300 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
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Tested Tough - safety and reliability criteria exceed industry standards
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Sturdy, square-tube design


  • Line pull: 9,000 lbs
  • Vertical load: 300 lbs
  • Gross trailer weight: 3,000 lbs
  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Pin hole diameter: 5/8"
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.

Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.

In addition, Draw-Tite performs static testing on a simulated automobile, as opposed to the rigid fixture used for SAE testing, resulting in a more true-to-life scenario. 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.

65017 Draw-Tite Front-Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver

Installation Details 65017 Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" - 65017

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (8 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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The product fit like a glove on my 94 Ranger XLT with crossmember. The detailed, accurate information from etrailer staff allowed me to order with confidence. The shipping was timely, and the effort from etrailer staff was enough to bring me back any time I have needs in this area.

After one snowy winter of use, this hitch has proven to be reliable, sturdy, and easy to mount. Worth every penny paid
Dave - 12/15/2021

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Ford Explorer

This is a great addition to my old square body Explorer Sport, the closest thing I can afford to a square body Bronco. Great for moving trailers around the yard or put a hitch mounted bike rack up front and tow your boat or camper behind. Best part was no drilling direct fit and in stock at etrailer!

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Perfect fit on a 1996 Ranger Extended Cab 2WD XLT (with front crossmember). Installation is easy. 4 bolts to remove bumper and 4 bolts to remove sway bar. Instructions and hardware are excellent. Budget 1-2 hours to install.

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1997 Ford Ranger

Great product. Simple install with only six bolts total. I recommend having help on hand to hold in position while the bolts are lined up and started. There was a question submitted about the ‘third cross member’. The hitch is notched to clear the cross member structure. The third cross member is not the tie bar. If your truck has the cross member it is located just forward of the tie bar.

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Excellent product! Delivery was quick, installation was so easy (took an hour) that I couldn't believe how easy it was. Fit was perfect. If I need anything else I defiantly will check first!

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Great customer service and fast shipping hitch is well built and packaged nicely.

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1990 Ford Ranger

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1997 Ford Ranger


Ask the Experts about this Draw-Tite Front Receiver Hitch

  • Will Installation Of Draw-Tite Front Mount Hitch Interfere With Crossmember On 1994 Ford Ranger
    I have attached the installation instruction for the Draw-Tite Front Mount Hitch, part # 65017. As the instructions show, installation of the hitch deals with the stabilizer bar and also with a front air dam. The instructions do state that the front air dam would need to be trimmed before re-installing. You can check out the instructions and see where the crossmember you mentioned is in relation to the mounting holes shown.
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  • Fit & Compatibility of Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch on 1996 Ford Ranger Extended Cab 4.0 4WD
    If you mean the stabilization bar that runs across both frame rails then yes the Draw-Tite Front Mount Hitch # 65017 will accommodate this and allow it to remain in tact which the hitch installed. I have linked the instructions and the image from the instructions where this is located for you to better see. I have also attached the diagram where it shows you where to trim the fascia if you have fog lights, for you to better see. I have linked the front mount hitch to this page for your...
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch for a 1994 Ford Explorer and Snow Plow
    Draw-Tite front mount hitch # 65017 is a fit for the 1994 Ford Explorer. It has a vertical load limit of 300 pounds so any plow you use will have to weigh less than 300 pounds.
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch for a 1993 Ford Explorer Limited
    Yes, Draw-Tite front mount trailer hitch # 65017 will fit your 1993 Ford Explorer. The stock air dam and fog lights are only an issue on Rangers and Mazda B Series truck which this hitch also fits. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you.
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  • Front Mounted Trailer Hitch Receiver for 1994 Ford Ranger with Light Plow
    The Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" # 65017 is a class III hitch that has a 2 inch receiver tube. The class III rating on the 2 inch hitch does have to do with capacity and tongue weight. There are some 2 inch receivers that are rated class II with a lower tongue weight capacity and there are quite a few more that are rated class IV or class V. This class III receiver will work well for your light plow rig. The 300 lb vertical load limit is the maximum...
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  • Is Drilling Required When Installing a Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 1997 Ford Ranger
    When installing the Curt Front Mount Hitch, # 13138 on a 1997 Ford Ranger, you will need to enlarge some access holes but you will not be drilling any new holes. Please note that this hitch will not fit models that have a front cross-member (interferes with installation) or 2 wheel drive models built in Canada. I have included a link to the installation details for you. We also have the Draw-Tite Front Mount Hitch, # 65017. I have included a link to the installation details for this hitch...
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  • Which Front Mount Hitch fits a 1996 Dodge Ram 2500
    Draw-Tite part # 65017 is for a Ford Ranger, Ford Explorer, Mazda B-Series truck or Mazda Navajo. We have two front mount hitches for a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup. We have Draw-Tite part # 65003 and Curt part # 31604. To install either of these front mount hitches, you will need to either trim or remove the front air dam or deflector.
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  • Is There a Front Mount Trailer Hitch for a 1996 Ford Explorer
    I do have options for you but the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 65017 that you referenced is designed for a first generation (1991-1994) Ford Explorer. There was a generation change between 1994-1995 which means it is not a direct fit for you. They did not offer a front mount trailer hitch for the second generation (1995-2003) therefore your best option would be to use the Adjustable Width Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C13704 and modify it to make it work for you. If...
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver For a 1990 Ford Ranger XLT 2WD
    Yes, the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # 65017 will fit on your 1990 Ford Ranger XLT 2wd truck. This receiver will fit all trims and drivetrains for the 1990 Ford Ranger. Since this mounts in the same area as the license plate you can use the Front Mount Trailer Hitch License Plate Relocation Bracket # 5443 if you are required to have a front license plate. I like using the WeatherTech BumpStepXL Hitch-Mounted Bumper Protector and Step # WT81BS1XL. This helps to prevent...
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