Comparing Installation of Curt C31068 vs Draw-Tite 65061 on 2010 Ford F-150

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How does the curt and draw-tite compare? The 2010 F-150 5.4 v8 supercrew 4x4 has a straight down air dam that is different than the 2011+. Does this have to be removed or trimmed on the 10? How much area do both of these block underneath for accessing the oil filter? Any diagrams how these interface with the stock 4x4 offroad skid plates?

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I spoke with my contacts at Curt and Draw-Tite and was given the following information.

Installing the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver, # C31068, on the 2010 Ford F-150 Supercrew 4x4 with a straight down air dam will require some minor trimming to the fascia. As for the skid shield he said more than likely this hitch will not require that you modify the skid shield. As for the oil filter, he said the hitch should not interfere with your access to the filter.

According to my Draw-Tite contact, trailer hitch, # 65061, will require some trimming of the air dam (the trim will be 1-1/2" high and 3-1/2" wide). There is a picture of the area that needs to be trimmed at right. You will need to remove the skid shield to install the hitch. If you choose to reinstall the shield it will require substantial modifications to get it back on. The hitch, however, will serve the same purpose as the skid shield, i.e., protecting the oil pan. My Draw-Tite contact could not say whether the hitch would interfere with access to the oil filter.

I have included links to the installation details for both hitches for you to check out.

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