This is the first thread that I have started. I always wanted a front mount hitch for my '95 Tacoma but never did anything about it. I saw this link (http://www.tacomaterritory.com/forum...ad.php?t=72923) and just had to buy a CBI front hitch for my 2011. I ordered the hitch and winch cradle at the beginning of Sept. It came in and I installed it over the weekend.
I found the front bumper components (http://www.customtacos.com/tech/file...a/06300110.pdf), the front bumper removal (http://www.customtacos.com/tech/file...06ta/06300.pdf) and front bumper installation (http://www.customtacos.com/tech/file...6ta/063000.pdf) instructions in OEM repair manual very helpful to know where all of the clips and screws were. The install manual was especially helpful to know best order for putting everything back together. Was much easier than I expected.
Here is a picture of the CBI Front Hitch Receiver
There was also a hinge mount for the license plate that I had already installed. Picture of it shows up later.
The grill removal was straight forward (two clips and two screws). Pull straight up and off.
The bumper cover removal was more difficult but the repair manual instructions showed where all of the clips and screws are. Reaching in to get the 6 blue clips for color match extender (4x4) on each side was a tight fit for my massive arms. Once all of the clips and screws and fog lamp connector were disconnected, it pulled right off.
Here is my 2011 Double Cab 4x4 Off Road Package w/ grill and bumper cover removed.
Here it is with the aluminum bumper, aluminum offsets, and extenders removed (not sure what else to call them).
Everything lined up pretty well. The ends were boxed in and were a tight fit. I had to grind a little material away from the drivers side and use my 3lb persuader to get it on. Once on, it bolted up pretty easily using the original bolts (note, aluminum offsets from the frame and the bolt on extensions on either side of the mount point are removed.... see the extenders on the floor in pictire above)
Here is first picture with hitch in place and aluminum bumper installed. See receiver sitting above aluminum bumper. Hitch takes the place of the original aluminum offsets.
Next, there is a brace for each side that attached to the frame further back. It took me a couple of tries to see how they went on. I had to remove the skid plate and the sway bar mount on each side. The brace fits in between the frame and the sway bar mount. The long bolt goes through the frame.
Picture of passenger side brace.
The bolt on each side connecting the hitch where the "extenders" were on each side was an exercise in dexterity especially since the one on passenger side didn't line up well. This required a smaller persuader to hammer the bolt in. Luckily, I didn't bugger up the threads. I was just able to get a 3/4 box end wrench through the small space where the nut was.
Drivers side brace and good view of installed hitch / bumper.
I trimmed the middle tabs to allow access to the receiver (used a hacksaw blade).
Time to put it all together. Once again, the Repair manual helped to remind where all of the clips and screws go and the proper order. I stuck a screwdriver in the center mount point where the clip goes to hold it all in place while I did the lower clips and the wheel wells.
Here it is all back together with the license plate swung up on the hinge.
Here is another picture with Winch Cradle in receiver. Now I need a winch.
I am a little worried that the license plate doesn't swing far enough out of the way. The original post (link at beginning of this post) had a plate holder that plugged into the receiver. I like the plate hinge but it needs to get out of the way of the winch basket.
Another minor issue is that my class 3 hitch and my class 3 bicycle rack do not fit into the receiver. The size of the receiver is OK but the inside radii are too large (cut the corner) so my standard stuff doesn't fit. I am going to have to grind the corners off of my standard stuff so they will fit in the receiver. Not a big deal but was an unexpectected surprise.
Here is a picture of the final product back in the driveway.... Looks just like it did before. Except now, the hitch receiver is hidden behind the plate.
I hope this install thread helps someone else to decide to buy this great product from CBI Offroad. It is not featured on their website but they apparently build a few of them.