Front receiver hitch

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  1. DRS244

    DRS244 New Member

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    I just purchased a 2005 Liberty for my daughter. I want to install a receiver hitch on the front to hold a surf rack. I know Curt mfg. makes one that supposedly fits but have heard negative comments. Which brings me to my question.

    Has anyone installed a front hitch, and if so, can you provide any recommendations on what brand to buy and how difficult is it to install?

    V/r,
    Dave
     
  2. CzarKJ

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    Welcome! I currently have one that I use as a tow point. It is moderately difficult since it involves "fishing" bolts through but it is not impossible as long as you have seen a wrench before. Having a extra set of hands would be a great help but I did it alone with a jack. It does decrease approach angle significantly. Sorry I can't seem to find a good picture. I used the CURT.
     
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    CzarKJ,

    Thanks for answering my question. I'm not worried about approach angle. I don't off road except for the beach to fish and the occasional field. In this case it's my daughters KJ and she just enjoys sitting by the water with a fishing pole. Looks like I'll get the Curt.
     
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    I have a flat carrier on back hitch, which I strap my fishing cart to. Than put rods in fishing cart holders
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    Is this hitch strong enough to hold a winch. WARN has a winch that mounts to your hitch.
     
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    i have a curt on mine, use it with a dring and tow strap as needed. No issues yet
     
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    I think so, I've wheeled with a KJ with that setup and it worked well.
     
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    They do make them but your only rated for what the hitch and pin is.So if you have a 8000lbs winch your safety rating using the hitch mount is only 5000lbs and not enough to safely extract a stuck KJ.
     
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    What to do? I only want to be able to mount a winch, but there are no bumpers or mounts right now.
     
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    arb....................................................
     
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    Someone on here got in contact with Detour and they're still around despite the website.
     
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    I didn't think they had the arb still. I heard a rumor Detour was quits.
     
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    He moved to Maine now ( Detours )
     
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    That's all I wanted was the Detour mount.
     
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    I found him on facebook. I asked about the backbone going back into production or maybe in stock? He is. He just laser cut some steel.
     
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    Towpro,

    Nice picture. I've done the same for years and it definitely works. I just want to set up my daughters jeep the way it should be.
     
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    I started with a Curt front hitch & subsequently changed to an ARB bumper on my 2006 Jeep Liberty LTD. It was pricey, but it is designed for the Liberty & does not interfere with the airbag system. It will accommodate a small Warn winch, but I had a local fab shop design a receiver mount in the winch mounting opening to accommodate a receiver type winch that I can use front & rear. Love it...