Finally, my little contribution to this site.
I got my custom front hitch installed, finally!
It started out as a rusted hitch off a mini-van. Got a welder to cut it down, canabalize the brackets on either end to make new brackets as per my measurements, and voila!
I opted for the style of hitch where the 2" reciever hangs below the cross bar, that way when I turn it upside down, it is less noticable, and doesn't impede air flow to my rad.
Installed using 4x 4" long, 1/2" grade 8 bolts.
Still need to sleeve the bolts inside the frame rail cause the frame started to deform when I tightened down the bolts....
Main reason I wanted this was for a front recovery/jacking point. I dunno why Ford only put tow hooks on 4wd trucks. The 2wd'ers need it more, as they will get stuck more, but anyways.
I am very happy how it turned out, fits like a mitt. Sits prefectly behind the valance. And also for an added bonus, if I ever hit something that would take out my rad, chances are it will hit the hitch first, since it hangs down a bit, although the valance will die in the process.
Image taken from the opening in my valance showing how its mounted:
From inside drivers side wheel well:
See how hidden it is:
And why would I need a jacking point up front? Not for the little itty bitty bottle jack that came with the truck, but my steal of a deal ($40) for my 60" hi-lift.
Mounted with the 4xrac. I looked at the loc-rac, but from the website I ordered it from, it looked like a POS.