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How Front-mount Receivers Work

Installing Front-mount Receivers
Using a front-mount receiver to hold bicycles keeps the rear-mount receiver open for a trailer.
Using a front-mount receiver to hold bicycles keeps the rear-mount receiver open for a trailer.
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As long as you've purchased the right kit for your vehicle and have the proper tools and directions, installing a front-mount receiver is rather simple. In fact, most kits are designed to require no cutting or drilling at all. Front-mount receivers often attach using pre-existing holes found in brackets behind your vehicle's front bumper.

When you purchase a front-mount receiver kit, the instructions will detail the specific information for installation on your vehicle. A hardware kit will be provided, along with detailed instructions that show the proper alignment of the receiver bracket and the exact mounting points for your new front-mount receiver. The kits vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and vehicle to vehicle, so you may encounter an installation kit that requires you to notch (or cut) the composite skid plate material found under the front end of most vehicles. If necessary, a hacksaw or a very sharp utility knife will make quick work of the job. Just remember to take your time, be accurate and remove only the required amount of composite material and no more.

Since installation of a front-mount receiver kit typically requires little more than bolting the receiver to the front bumper brackets of your vehicle, a lot of people opt to tackle this somewhat uncomplicated project in their own garage or driveway. Of course, if you have any reservations about being able to complete this project on your own, you can hire a professional to do the job for you. As long as there are no complications, it won't take a certified mechanic very long to complete the installation of your latest piece of towing equipment. After all, if they're accustomed to installing towing hitches on the rear end of a vehicle, installing a front-mount receiver is really no different.

To read more about towing, hitches and other related topics, follow the links on the next page.