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Which front hitch receiver do I need?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ismuqattash, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. Jan 16, 2011 at 4:51 PM
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    ismuqattash

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    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.
     
  2. Jan 16, 2011 at 7:15 PM
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    Do you care about ground clearance?

    If so, there's only one choice: CBI fabrication.
     
  3. Jan 16, 2011 at 7:19 PM
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  4. Jan 16, 2011 at 8:24 PM
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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?
     
  5. Jan 16, 2011 at 8:34 PM
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    If you do screw into aluminum, make sure you get stainless steel bolts.
     
  6. Jan 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM
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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?
     
  7. Feb 16, 2011 at 6:51 PM
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  8. Feb 16, 2011 at 7:03 PM
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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.
     
  9. Apr 27, 2011 at 7:53 PM
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    We at CBI Offroad Fab make the only High clearance "Hidden" Front receiver hitch. Give us a call for details!
     
  10. Apr 27, 2011 at 8:30 PM
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    I like the CBI hitch. Or you can make one like I did for about $80.
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  11. May 27, 2011 at 9:46 PM
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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.
     
  12. Feb 24, 2015 at 12:26 PM
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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

     
  13. Feb 24, 2015 at 12:34 PM
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    got the CBI on mine and winched out f150's with it this winter, they make good stuff.
     
  14. Feb 24, 2015 at 12:36 PM
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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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    CBI or the link above will serve you very well then.
     
  17. Feb 25, 2015 at 6:32 AM
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    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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