Review & Install Video
Hey everybody, this is Justin with americanmuscle.com, and this is gonna be my quick breakdown and install of the Curt Manufacturing Front Mount Hitch, available for your 2015 and newer F-150. So in this brief overview, I plan on talking about a few basic topics here with the Curt Manufacturing Hitch, basically why you might wanna consider adding one of these guys to your F-150, we'll talk about what the Curt option is gonna bring to the table as far as materials and construction, and then last but not least, we'll do a brief little overview of the installation process. And due to the design of the Curt option here, there will be the slightest amount of trimming needed for some of the surrounding plastic on the front of your truck, really not that big of a deal. And if you do planning on using this for a plow duty, then you will need to do some drilling as well, but only if you're gonna use this for a plow duty. With that being said, guys, I'm gonna go middle of the road, two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter with some more detail later on.
So who should be interested in the Curt Manufacturing Front Mount Hitch? Well, guys, there are a lot of reasons why you might wanna consider this thing, but it really just boils down to basically adding a lot more functionality to the front end of your truck. And this could mean a number of different things. We're talking winch mounts, snow plows, baskets, tire carriers, and more available from Curt. You can even take this a step further, throw a ball hitch up front and easily move trailers around in a pinch as well. Ultimately, guys, this is going to be the most affordable way to do this and still maintain your tow hooks of course, without having to switch to a more expensive steel aftermarket bumper. But let's really throttle down on that functionality, because that's basically what this part is all about, guys. You're not looking at an appearance part, obviously, or a performance part. This thing is 100% functional. So let's talk about that.
You're looking at a gross trailer weight capacity of 5,000 pounds here, using the front hitch from Curt, and a tongue weight of 500 pounds. So you do have some options for what you do wanna throw up here. Again, I think the two biggest uses are gonna be the winch mounts or the snow plows, but for owners like myself who do a lotta surf fishing, this is just gonna make throwing a rod rack up front or a surf basket just a much easier task. And taking that functionality a step further, I did talk about throwing a ball hitch up front as well, which can mean a number of different things for you and your F-150. But I think this is just gonna make moving trailers around the farm a lot easier, whether you go camping and have, like, an ATV trailer, that's something to consider as well, or even if you're just toying around or moving around a full-blown boat trailer, as long as everything doesn't exceed 5,000 pounds fully loaded.
A lotta you guys might be watching this and go, "Well, what the hell, dude? I have one of these things in the rear of my truck. Why would I need one up front?" Well believe it or not, it does make moving trailers around in tight spots a much easier process, thanks to the improved visibility. And a lotta people might just think you have a little bit more control when doing this from the front. Your opinion might differ from mine, but it is worth pointing out. Now with that ball hitch up front, does that mean you can essentially flat tow your F-150 whenever or wherever? Well, I mean, I guess you could, but I really wouldn't recommend that unless it's for a very short trip and you get a little jammed up. Now, if you're are really serious about flat towing a big truck like the F-150, do yourself a favor and look at some of the tow bar options available in the aftermarket, definitely gonna be the right tool for the job.
But moving away from those functionality benefits, let's talk a little bit more about the construction. A
Adding a front hitch to the front of your F-150 allows you to get more use out of your truck. With the Front Mount Hitch with a 2" receiver from Curt Manufacturer it allows for easy maneuvering with a trailer, or you can add additional accessories to the front of your truck like cargo carriers, snow plows, winches and much more! Heavy Duty Construction.
Manufactured from heavy duty steel plate and square tubing, this Curt Manufacturer Front Hitch is completed in a gloss black powdercoat finish that provides your truck an aggressive look, but also provides superior resistance against corrosion and chipping. Weight Capacity.
This Front Mount Hitch is design to handle up to 5,000lbs and has a maximum tongue weight rating of 500lbs. Installation.
The Front Hitch is engineered to be a direct bolt-on upgrade with using basic hands tool with no drilling. Some trimming to the lower plastic bumper fascia is required.Application.
The Curt Manufacturing Front Mount Hitch is design to work on the 2015-2018 F-150s, including the King Ranch, Lariat, Limited, Platinum, XL and XLT models. It is not compatible on Raptor models.
- What's in the Box
- (1) Hitch
- (6) Carriage Bolt
- (6) Square Hole Spacer
- (6) Hex Flange Nut
- (6) 1/2" Fishwire
- (2) .375" Spacer
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 1 Hour
Difficulty Level:Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- Tech Specs
- Weight: 41.8 lbs.
- Tongue Weight(TW): 500 lbs.
- Weight Carrying Capacity(WC): 5,000 lbs.
- Receiver Tube Size: 2 in.
- Will it fit my F-150?
- King Ranch - 15, 16
- Lariat - 15, 16
- Platinum - 15, 16
- XL - 15, 16
- XLT - 15, 16
- Limited - 16
- 15-17 - 17