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Front Hitch Receiver Recommendations

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by too tall, Aug 9, 2017.

  1. Aug 9, 2017 at 4:37 AM
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    too tall

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    Looking for a recommend for a front receiver. I'll use it for a bike rack.
    What fits well and does not cause any access issues?

    This looks good:
    CURT Front Mount Hitch #31198
     
  2. Aug 9, 2017 at 8:23 AM
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  3. Aug 9, 2017 at 8:26 AM
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    Thanks much sir. How much of a extension (size-wise) did need you use?
     
  4. Aug 9, 2017 at 8:29 AM
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    Mounting fairly easy. able to remount tow hooks which is a plus. Make sure to take off skid plate prior to install. Will have to modify the skid plate. I simply cut off the hooks and only use middle and rear bolts to remount plate.
     
  5. Aug 9, 2017 at 8:31 AM
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    Gotcha. I'm trying to figure if I need a 12" extension in order for my bicycle rack to clear the bumper.
    Good idea on the skid plate.
     
  7. Aug 9, 2017 at 8:32 AM
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    no extension for rod/cooler basket.
     
  8. Aug 9, 2017 at 8:33 AM
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    I did an oil change the other day. simple to remove skid plate without bother of hooks.
     
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  9. Aug 9, 2017 at 12:07 PM
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    I do some surf fishing along Texas Coast...where u get that i likey a lot!!!!
     
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  10. Aug 14, 2017 at 8:30 AM
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    Ended up getting the Curt Unit #31198. Looks like a well made piece. Question for anyone who did install this unit. Is it really necessary to enlarge the hole under the filter to 4"?
     
  11. Sep 15, 2017 at 5:31 PM
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    For the record. My Kuat bicycle rack would not clear the fr. bumper. It was close. I found a 8" extension and is what it is. I'm going to fine tune it with a chop saw but not bad not bad.
    [​IMG]fr2[/url] by J, on Flickr[/IMG]
    [​IMG]fr1[/url] by J, on Flickr[/IMG]
     
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    How does this affect ground clearance / approach angle? Does anybody know of a option without sacrifice?
     
  13. Jan 15, 2018 at 6:51 AM
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  15. Jan 15, 2018 at 1:28 PM
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    I learn something new every day on this forum. I didn't even know that they make receiver hitches for a Tundra or for any vehicle for that matter.
     
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  16. Jan 16, 2018 at 2:47 AM
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    So far the only options for a front receiver without sacrificing ground clearance/approach angle is a winch bumper with an optional front receiver. I guess that's a good excuse to get some real protection up front. I am still hopeful to get something less expensive and that doesn't weigh so much but hope is fading
     
  17. Jun 12, 2018 at 6:03 PM
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    The Curt 31198 has mounting bolts coming up from the bottom. My 2014 tow hook holes come in from the side I don’t see how that would fit a 14 and you’re 16 should be the same. This makes no sense. I’m working on sending some OME shocks back to CARID. they didn’t fit and they they said they would so I wanna make sure this fits.
     
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  18. Jun 12, 2018 at 6:04 PM
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    most trucks come with a rear receiver hitch. It’s a front the OP is looking for. My grandfather had a front hitch bolted to his bumper 50 years ago for backing his boat in. I had that hitch in a box for a long Time.
     
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  19. Jun 14, 2018 at 10:06 AM
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    I had an uncle that did this as well. Back when bumpers where steel he just drilled a hole for the ball mount and screwed it in.
     
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  20. Jun 14, 2018 at 10:12 AM
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    A little of this and a little of that.

    +1
     
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    Bumping an old thread.

    Has there been a hidden front hitch? I need to add a removable winch tray to my set up but don't want to lose the ground clearance.
     
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  22. Jan 23, 2021 at 1:30 PM
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    I too have been looking for one, they are like unicorns apparently.
     
  23. Jan 23, 2021 at 1:48 PM
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    It seems like it, but I'm talking to @OverlandRacksOntario to have one build, I want it sit as hidden winch bumper so I can use my winch cradle front or rear as needed.
     
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  24. Jan 24, 2021 at 10:19 AM
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    I am going to go with a slight front hd adjustable coil over lift. Add the drawtite hitch but modify it with another receiver tube at each end. Then fab up a easily removable serious grill guard with crush zones that I can pin on in three tubes when I am pulling my travel trailer in risky areas. And it will also allow for winch tray use. Plus a bike rack and surf rod holders. Going to be busy. I cant find a grill guard that is both solid and includes crush cans in the mounting zone to absorb impact. Plus they are not easily removable. No cheap ass flimsy nice looking crap going on my truck that I need to get back home in!
     
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  25. Jan 24, 2021 at 12:54 PM
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    Post pics when you get it done please.
     
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  26. Jan 24, 2021 at 1:07 PM
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    You can do the draw tite and get back lost ground clearance with more suspension lift. A bumper is not the only option. Plus a larger diameter tire may be possible to gain some.
     
  27. Jan 24, 2021 at 1:14 PM
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    I saw one that could be adapted in a thread a while back but could not for the life of me find the thread. But I finally found it https://www.tundras.com/threads/hidden-winch-mounts.19724/ post #25 a guy had a custom made winch plate that could just as easily be just a receiver that pokes out of the bumper. Not really a product for you but if you have a local shop they might be able to fab one for you.
     
  28. May 30, 2021 at 9:56 AM
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    Will I have to cut the skid plate to mount a Draw-Tite front hitch receiver on my 2021 Crewmax 4x4?
     
  29. Oct 13, 2021 at 7:04 PM
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    Looking for something that can handle a 12k tow winch.

    My truck is a 2012 DC

    I got one second hand from my uncle and not sure the brand of winch right now but I know it can be mounted on a rear receiver and I was looking for something to be able to switch it from front to back depending on the situation.

    Having a hard time finding anything. Any tips? I believe it will fit a 2” receiver.
     
  30. Oct 13, 2021 at 7:53 PM
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    No you will not.
     

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