Best 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser Hitch Options

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Best 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser Hitch Options

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options available for the 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser. Now the two hitches we'll be looking at today are both Class 3 hitches, which means they're going to have the 2" by 2" receiver tube openings. From the Draw-Tite we've got part number 75095, and CURT, part number 13443.Now both hitches are going to look pretty similar on the vehicle. The CURT has a square notch here. Your exhaust is actually going to fit through the middle of that. The Draw-Tite, it uses a little different bracket on this side.

It's going to go up and over the exhaust. The Draw-Tite will be a little less noticeable on the back of the vehicle if that matters to you.As far as the main receiver tube opening itself, the Draw-Tite has a little bit more of a rounded reinforcement collar over it, where the CURT is a little bit more of a squared-off flush look. But they'll both have the same rolled steel stock-style safety chain connection points. To secure any of our hitch items in place, we'll be using the 5/8 diameter pin holes. On the Draw-Tite that's going to be the hole located closest to the front of the vehicle.

You'll see there's plenty of room there. Not to so much on the CURT. There's a little bit more of a limited access area on the backside of the whole there. The Draw-Tite's definitely going to be a little bit better about your anti-rattle bolts, maybe your locking hitch pins and things like that. On the Draw-Tite, the only time you'll use the smaller hole closest to the front is for the j-pin stabilization system, which is just another form of anti-rattle bolt.Now the weight ratings on our hitch are going to be pretty similar with one small expectation.

For just standard use, the Draw-Tite and CURT both offer a 500 pound tongue weight rating. That's the maximum downward force we can put at the receiver tube opening. They're both going to offer a 5,000 pound gross trailer weight rating. That'd be the total weight of your trailer and anything that was loaded up on it.When we switch over to use with weight distribution, they're both rated for that. The Draw-Tite is going to have a 750 pound tongue weight rating and a 6,000 pound gross trailer weight rating, where the CURT has a 600 pound tongue weight rating and a 6,000 pound gross trailer weight rating.

Just a little bit of a difference in the tongue weight ratings when used with weight distribution.Now as far as installation goes, they are similar. I prefer the way the Draw-Tite installs. It uses less of the weld nuts up underneath the vehicle. At this point those are probably pretty rusty. You might have issues or need to use a tap to clean those bolt holes out. Definitely keep that in mind. I think the Draw-Tite, definitely going to offer us a little bit easier installation process. I think also with this coming up over the exhaust rather than below it, it'll give you a nicer look too.Like we said, appearance-wise both of our hitches are about the same, just with that exception of this one going up over, the other one coming down below as well. Then as far as measurements go or clearance goes, we're going to have about the same measurements. The CURT will be about 1/2" higher than what the Draw-Tite is, but I think that's a minimal concern just because of the amount of ground clearance we have is more than enough.Now let's do a quick summary on the two hitches and figure out which ones are going to be better for which applications. I think for general towing needs, the Draw-Tite is going to stand out a little bit. It offers a little bit higher tongue weight rating when used with weight distribution. It'll be a little bit better hitch for the towing I think in that category. Also I feel like this is going to be the better hitch recreationally as well. Because we do have the room around our pin hole for anti-rattle bolts and things like that, whatever accessory, whether maybe it's a cargo carrier or a bike rack, typically you want those to be secure. This is going to give us a better chance of doing that. Ease of installation is also a category that will go to Draw-Tite. That's because we're not going to have to deal with those weld nuts like what will with the CURT, which are likely to cause use issues with the age that they have. That's going to complete our look at the best trailer hitches available for the Toyota Land Cruiser.

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