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PostSubject: Front Receiver Hitch   Front Receiver Hitch Icon_minitimeSun Jul 15, 2012 12:29 pm

Thinking about getting a front receiver hitch. This is in lieu of a new bumper so I can keep the weight down (plus I just kinda like the OEM look). This way I can get a multi mount winch mount for use at times I need it and be able to have a cooler/rod rack for the beach trips.

I'm looking at the CURT front receiver which seems pretty simple to install and can get it for around $150.

Besides approach angle concerns you mountain goats will tell me about, any other negatives?

http://www.etrailer.com/Front-Hitch/Toyota/FJ+Cruiser/2011/31367.html?vehicleid=20117988

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PostSubject: Re: Front Receiver Hitch   Front Receiver Hitch Icon_minitimeSun Jul 15, 2012 1:07 pm

Mountains goats...lol that cool..hey Ryland i think its a great idea...doesnt look like it will "kill" your approach angle too badly... but that pic is also of a truck with a 6" lift...there is a difference there too...
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PostSubject: Re: Front Receiver Hitch   Front Receiver Hitch Icon_minitimeSun Jul 15, 2012 2:14 pm

I saw the same thing. With a six inch I don't think it would even have an impact, but if you don do hard trails that often you can always find a work around.
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PostSubject: Re: Front Receiver Hitch   Front Receiver Hitch Icon_minitimeSun Jul 15, 2012 2:43 pm

I'm not gonna do a 6' lift. Mine is stock. That just happens to be the pic I found with the hitch. Since I don't do mountain climbing with mine, I don't think clearance will be an issue for me. Looking at some of the other pictures on etrailer, I really don't think it will be an issue except maybe pushing sand which doesn't bother me (other parts would be doing the same thing without it). It has a 9k line pull strength so it has the capability that I would need.
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PostSubject: Re: Front Receiver Hitch   Front Receiver Hitch Icon_minitimeSun Jul 15, 2012 3:24 pm

I would say Toy Outfitters front bumper, but that is more to meet my needs. The front receiver is probably enough for yours. You could always add a 1.5 spacer to your front coils to keep you out of the sand. Cheap and easy and probably make your FJ a little meaner looking.

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PostSubject: receiver   Front Receiver Hitch Icon_minitimeSun Jul 15, 2012 5:25 pm

There is a receiver bumper that replaces the lower silver part of the bumper. It keeps your factory clearance no lift needed. Then you could get a raised receiver basket for your cooler. I don't what company makes it but I bet purefjcruiser will have it.
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PostSubject: Re: Front Receiver Hitch   Front Receiver Hitch Icon_minitimeSun Jul 15, 2012 7:32 pm

i know that Lucrum used to make the winch mount that fit inside the the bumper...but im pretty sure they are out of business...another thing you can do is have a receiver built into the bumper that kinda is like MADTOYs...may have to cut a little of the plastic so it sticks out right...

i do think that the one from Etrailer is just perfect for you Ryland...go for it
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PostSubject: Re: Front Receiver Hitch   Front Receiver Hitch Icon_minitimeSun Jul 15, 2012 8:47 pm

I can not get the link to CURT to come up, but I am pretty sure that the only attachment point is to the stock "bumper" mount plates. These plates are not very stout and I would certainly not trust them to the stresses of winching.

I have built 2" receiver mounts in the past that come through the lower grill opening rather than under the bumper. It was fabricated to use both the stock plate mounts and also attach to two points on the sides of the frame as well. I used this mount on my own FJ for a while and it held up to the riggers of winching without issue.

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PostSubject: Re: Front Receiver Hitch   Front Receiver Hitch Icon_minitimeSun Jul 15, 2012 8:56 pm

Man i like that toy outfitter bumper...its prob light weight enough that i would have to change my coils and shocks...
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