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Best 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Hitch Options

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Best 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Hitch Options


Today, we are going to be taking a look at the best hitch options available for the 2011 FJ Cruiser. The most popular we offer is the hidden hitch part number 87412 class three hitch, just like the other ones we've got here. Next most popular is going to be our curt, part number 13367, and finally our Draw-Tite part number 75461. Now, the first noticeable difference we're really going to see here is going to be design of the hitch. As you can see, the hidden hitch and the Draw-Tite, which are the exact same hitch, they're going to have a long receiver tube that comes out from our main cross tube. Whereas with the curt, it's kind of been built in or engineered into the hitch. Our connection points sit further back.

That allows our tube to come back, you're going to see it all the way across the rear of the vehicle, but it okpens up a little bit better as far as measurements go, which we'll touch on that in a bit. A couple of the other noticeable differences that we can see are going to be the bracket that's been welded on our hidden hitch and Draw-Tite. THat's going to have three pre-drilled holes to allow us to mount wiring or little brackets if we want to mount something here on the backside. Of course, the cross tube here is square. With the hidden hitch and Draw-Tite you're not going to see that. With the curt we will see our cross tube coming across the rear.

It kind of beefs up the look of it a little bit. More of a personal preference kind of a thing. Another thing we are going to see, the plate design here on the top. It's not on our hidden hitch or Draw-Tite. And then, the safety chain connection points are also a chain style with the curt whereas with our hidden hitch and our Draw-Tite we are going to have more of a rolled steel stock.

About the same, as far as distances go or chain connection points so I wouldn't really be too worried about that. It's more of an aesthetic feature. Another aesthetic feature that we are going to see, our curt is going to be pretty flush here on the reinforcement caler that goes around the end. Hidden hitch and Draw-Tite is going to be a little more rounded. As far as weight ratings go, with or without weight distribution, all things are equal across our hitch lineup. We're going to have a 500 pound maximum tongue weight rating.

THat's the maximum downward force we can put here at the receiver tube opening, all the way through our hitches. And a 500 pound gross trailer rating, that's going to be the total of our trailer and then anything we've got loaded on it. If we go into weight distribution, our tongue weight on all three is going to move up to 600 pounds, while our trailer weight rating is going to move up to 6,000 pounds. Now, we do want to take a look at the FJ Cruiser's manual, just to ensure it can handle those kinds of loads. If not we're going to go off of whichever of those numbers are the lowest. Going down through the hitches, installation is going to be fairly similar across the board. You're not going to have a big swing one way or another, they'll take you about the same amount of time to get them put in the vehicle. Our hidden hitch here, you can see our dual pin setup. THat's going to be just like the Draw-Tite. Now the bigger pin in the back, that's for our 5/8 or class three accessories, whether it's anti rattle devices, hitch pins, bolts, things like that. The one in the front is for use with that J-pin stabilization system. That part number is 63201. Then you can use that in conjunction with the anti-rattle bolt that comes with it to get everything nice and secure if you choose to. Whereas, on our Curt, you're going to have just a single 5/8ths pin hole here. Again, works great with most of the accessories. You can see we we're a little limited on access here on either side, so you might want to kind of keep that in mind if you're going with any of the really big hitch pin locks, and things like that. Now this is what the draw tide, or what the hidden hitch is going to look like when you get it installed, you can see the double pin set up there. Nice hidden cross bar all the way across. Your curt, you're going to see that, too. Right in this area going across before it goes up to this connection point. So, that might help you there, make a decision pretty easily. If not, a few measurements that you're going to want to keep in mind from the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening here down to the ground, we're looking at about 19 1/4 inches. Then from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our bumper, it's about two. Another measurement is from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our spare tire cover here, that's going to be about eight inches. So, we'll need that kind of clearance if we plan on using any of the fold up cargo carriers or something like that. Now, something that I like about the curt, it's actually going to bring our receiver tube opening, you can see that little gap that we've got right there, it's going to bring our receiver tub opening right up flush underneath there. So we're going to gain about 3/4 of an inch. So, we are going to be at about twenty inches from the inside top edge here to the ground. And our hitch pin hole location is also moved back, and it's moved back quite a bit. We're looking at 2 3/4 of an inch further forward, so our hitch pin hole is actually out past the end of our bumper by about 3/4 of an inch. That's going to make the distance from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our tire carrier only about 5 3/4 of an inch. So we are going to pick up about 2 3/4 of and inch of spacing between whatever accessory we've got and that spare tire carrier. So, for me, even though you can see it going across the rear of the vehicle, I'm probably going to go with the curt. All things are equal when it comes to towing and we're buying ourselves more ground clearance, and more space away from the vehicle. If you don't like the looks of that going across, if you're not using folding accessories or you don't think you're going to have any issues with clearance maybe the hidden hitch or the Draw-Tite would be the right choice for you. Now that we've had a look over the best hitch options available for the FJ Cruiser, we hope it will make your buying decision a little bit easier.

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