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Having to back my camping trailer into a garage has been a challenge because my mirrors are not wide enough to see past the trailer so it always took two people or numerous trips in and out of the truck to make certain I was not going to damage the garage or trailer. Being able to drive forward with the trailer on the front mounted hitch has made things much easier. It fit perfectly. I didn’t drill the third hole in the hitch mount because I am only moving the trailer a few feet and the two bolts are plenty strong to hold my small camping trailer. I could see a front hitch as beneficial for trailer backing challenged boat launching.
This may fit all bumper configurations of the 3rd gen 4Runner but I know for sure 1996-1998. I Bought this because no one made a front mount hitch specific for the 4Runner. This hitch will bolt up with factory tow hook holes. You will have to drill 2 additional holes (drilling also required for Tacoma) to totally support the weight capacity on the hitch. If your not winching or putting 500lbs of stuff on the front you won't need them but it is highly recommended that you do. Took 30 mins to mount counting drilling holes.
Hey these Front receivers are all built in the same plant so they are all good as gold. You can not break one if you try real hard. As long as you use the grade 8 bolt that come with them you are getting cream with your strawberries Just like the prince and his old lady. The cost of steel today I could not cut and weld one up for this price. They also use a jig to build them on so it is much straighter than most. Hey I can do it just as good but it would take me five ours to cut and weld one up. I could not believe the price and then they gave me free shipping as well. This dog hunts great.I could not ask for more plus lifetime warranty works for me. dray
PS just so you all know this receiver fit the Tacoma's from 1996-2004 Toys and with no problems
This hitch looks good and works great it was fairly easy to install only took a half hour to do so. I did have to drill it out a little bit for my 2001 Tacoma but it was minor. Very nice welding for the price.