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Old 01-16-2011, 04:51 PM   #1
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Which front hitch receiver do I need?

Hi all,

Still a newbie here, with a 2005 DC SB. I'm looking to setup a cooler on the front of my truck (for fishing), and am wondering which front hitch receiver bar to get. I won't be using it to tow anything, but it will need to hold up to 150 lbs of weight. Any recommendations? Thanks.
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Do you care about ground clearance?

If so, there's only one choice: CBI fabrication.
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there are others like this one that would fulfill your needs....

http://www.etrailer.com/pc-H~31313.h...cleid=20067447
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Thanks guys! I found the Curt receiver in a Google search, and was worried a bit about ground clearance (especially since a cooler rack is going to stick out quite a bit.

I remember reading in the CBI threads that it's a bad idea to mount directly to the OEM aluminum bar that's under the front bumper. That might have been only related to serious towing though. For my purposes (~150 lbs max weight), do you think I can simply drill into that aluminum bar, and screw on a 2" x 2" square aluminum tubing? What do you think?
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If you do screw into aluminum, make sure you get stainless steel bolts.
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Thanks for the tip, Eric. Pardon my lack of knowledge here, but why would the stainless stell bolts make a difference when you screw into aluminum?

Also, if one were to guess, how much would would you think the aluminum support bar can handle?
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According to the Warn website they make a front receiver for 2nd gen Tacomas. Anybody have experience with it?
http://warn.iwebcat.com/_Members/loo...Flag=&hdnWN=1&
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I have a Curt on front of mine, it does look a little low, but i never had a problem with it.
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We at CBI Offroad Fab make the only High clearance "Hidden" Front receiver hitch. Give us a call for details!
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I like the CBI hitch. Or you can make one like I did for about $80.


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Does anyone have a picture of the Curt front receiver installed on their truck? I just want one to hold a bike carrier when I'm pulling my trailer. The ground clearance isn't a big concern for me. Plus Amazon has them for $183 with free shipping.
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more info on how you did this? I only need to carry a bike rack on it so weight isnt important

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I like the CBI hitch. Or you can make one like I did for about $80.


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got the CBI on mine and winched out f150's with it this winter, they make good stuff.
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Thats cool. I have a 4 cyl so I probably wont be trying to use it to pull on anything. I'm using it for a bike rack and a carrier basket. Only need it to support a few hundred pounds. But I'd like for it to be hidden and come out of the valence opening area.

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Thats cool. I have a 4 cyl so I probably wont be trying to use it to pull on anything. I'm using it for a bike rack and a carrier basket. Only need it to support a few hundred pounds. But I'd like for it to be hidden and come out of the valence opening area.
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Thats cool. I have a 4 cyl so I probably wont be trying to use it to pull on anything. I'm using it for a bike rack and a carrier basket. Only need it to support a few hundred pounds. But I'd like for it to be hidden and come out of the valence opening area.
CBI or the link above will serve you very well then.
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Do you care about ground clearance?

If so, there's only one choice: CBI fabrication.
CBI 2nd gen Tacoma High Clearance Front Receiver Hitch

To me, it's worth spending extra to never have to worry about exceeding the load limits on something like this. A light duty option is bound to have Bubba try to sit on it with a loaded cooler on the side, etc.
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http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...n-offroad.html

This one also looks good. It comes with two recovery points as well for a good price without losing ground clearance.
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X100 on the CBI. Love mine. Get a hitch mount for a winch and then you don't have to drive around with the extra weight every day.
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