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Fitment of Hidden Hitch Front-Mount Receiver

Can anyone verify that the front-mount receiver made by Hidden Hitch fits through the opening in the bumper between the factory tow hooks? The reason I ask is because I saw a post which stated the Hidden Hitch front-mount receiverís now exit under the valance, not between the factory tow hooks.

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I found these instructions: http://www.hiddenhitch.com/fitguides/pdf/N65024.pdf

Do you think by the pictures the hitch exits completely under the front bumper or through the bumper opening between the factory tow hooks?
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i dont see why it wont work
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hidden front recievers are now supposedly discontinued. They mount on the underside ofthe frame and peek out through the existing hole in the valence. Here's one before being bolted on:

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I can't find pics of it bolted to an unbodylifted truck though. I believe the Reece front hitches have the insert below the bumper.
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Thanks for the help! By the way, the Hidden Hitch front-mount receiver's are supposedly in stock at JC Whitney.
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i think that part number i posted is 5144? i dont remember right now.
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All the new ones out there are stupid and hang below the valance. They dont make one that goes between the tow hooks anymore. Any competent welder can make you one for cheap though. Go to a junkyard and ger any hitch reciever, then have a welder cut it off and build one to your specs
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can i get one for a 94?
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Thanks for the help! By the way, the Hidden Hitch front-mount receiver's are supposedly in stock at JC Whitney.
I see the "Curt" brand. I dont know if thats the same thing or not.

http://www.jcwhitney.com/CURT-FRONT-...2324_10101.jcw



If this is the right picture im not sure where it would come out at.
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I see the "Curt" brand. I dont know if thats the same thing or not.

http://www.jcwhitney.com/CURT-FRONT-...2324_10101.jcw



If this is the right picture im not sure where it would come out at.
that one would be below the bumper.
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All the new ones out there are stupid and hang below the valance. They dont make one that goes between the tow hooks anymore. Any competent welder can make you one for cheap though. Go to a junkyard and ger any hitch reciever, then have a welder cut it off and build one to your specs


I looked into this, everything currently in production that you can buy "new" hangs below the valance.

$30 from craigslist = class 3 hitch from a van
$60 for a welder to chop/weld it up to my specs
$10 for a can of rustoleum

=$100 for a front hitch.

And I can call it 100% custom baby! Not store bought!

Spacing between the front frame rails is 26.5 inches, and if you mount it directly between the frame rails, it will poke out your valance hole. If you have a 3" body lift, you mount it ontop your frame rails.

I measured mine so it will still fit if/when I body lift, so I just relocate to the top of the frame.
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Heres the build thread for mine.
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=75066

It came off of a Jeep, I cut it down, changed the brackets and flipped them and then had Andy (Interc3ptor) weld it up. Total cost $25 for the hitch, $10 for paint, and $10 for hardware.

I need to update that thread. I still havnt mounted it becasue its too fricken cold to work on the truck right now.
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My hitch total cost was $50 for the hidden front hitch, $10 for welding(when mine ran out of gas), and $5 for Blitz Black = $75
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