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Front Mount Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Toyota Tundra

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How to Install a Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2005 Toyota Tundra

Today we are going to install part number 65031 from Draw-Tite, and we are going to install this on a 2005 Toyota Tundra pickup. To begin our install, let us take a few pieces off the vehicle. First off, this tow hook right here has to come off it will stay off. This skid plate right here, that will have to come off and stay off. And then this hook over here, this loop or tie-down has to come off, also. This bolt here and here and there are two back here that come out and allow the shield to come down. Next we will install the hitch on existing weld nuts. It is a good idea to have an extra set of hands because it is kind of heavy and kind of wide. Once we have the hitch installed by the factory bolts I am sorry, with the factory holes then we use the hitch as a template to drill out the last two remaining holes. All right, what we will do from here on out is, we will go ahead and snug the bolts down, lock the hitch into position, and we will start our drilling. The hitch will mark where our holes are going to be drilled at. Again, we will use it for a template. We will start off with a 1/4-inch drill bit to make a pilot hole, and then we will follow it up with a 1/2-inch bit. And this is the other one right here.

Next we are going to install our handle nut here. And this handle nut has a flexible handle so you can maneuver it in whatever shape you can to get to the hole that we are going to run our bolt through. Essentially, this handle and the nut is going to go through this hole. We are going to bend the shape to fit above this hole right here and then run our bolt into it. So you take it and just bend it like so, and then that allows you to maneuver the nut over the hole and thread your bolt. You do the same thing for the other side. Then we will just snug up our bolts and then give them their final torque. All right, we will give the bolts their final torque, as specified in the instructions. That concludes our install of part number 65031 from Draw-Tite.



I have a 2006 toyota tundra 4 dr 4x4. Is there any way that I can still use my skid plate? Reese hitch says yes and drawtite says no. I ordered a reese 65031 and got a drawtite 65031. If I need to I will return the drawtite and get a reese. Your expertise and answer will be greatly appreciated.

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Rachael H.


Both the tow hooks, and skid plate are to be removed and not to be re-installed after the front mount hitch is in place. Reese and DrawTite are owned by the same company so the Reese # 65031 and Drawtite # 65031 will be the same hitch, and install the same way so no need for return it is the same thing.

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