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Icon5 Should i lift the rear bumper or put a filler plate in?

heres my dilema i cant decide wether i want to lift the rear bumper and leave the hitch where it isor just ad a filler panel between the tailgate and bumper...


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i'd lift the bumper
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I chose to lift the bumper and leave the hitch down there. Depending on how your hitch is mounted it could be rather easy to change if you can access a welder or beer for a buddy with a welder. My hitch is a drawtite (IIRC) and mounts to the bottom of the frame. The Ford hitch mounts to the outsides of the frame. The Ford ones are easy to shorten, just cut a section out of the vertical plates that mount it and weld it back together. Theres a few threads on here somewhere that have some pics from Shane (FX4Wannabe) doing it I believe.
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truck looks awesome. Definitly raise the bumper and hitch. it will look alot cleaner that way
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the hitch i have is a hidden hitch the tubular design where the bar hids behind the bumper and only thing you see is the reciever
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Raise the bumper
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You're kidding us right?
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You're kidding us right?
no because ive seen it both ways...i didnt want my hitch to hang down so far but then again i didnt want my bumper down that low so i asked which would look better and got my response...i chose raise the bumper
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Def. lift the rear. Looks a ton better IMO
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Question, why when the truck was 4wd it was lowered, and now that you've swapped to a 2wd frame you lift it? I thought part of the reason for getting a 2wd XLT frame was to make it easier to drop? Just seems a bit backwards to me. [/hack]

Glad you chose to raise the bumper.
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no because ive seen it both ways...i didnt want my hitch to hang down so far but then again i didnt want my bumper down that low so i asked which would look better and got my response...i chose raise the bumper
That hitch you've got actually looks alright when the truck is BL'd. Me, i ended up modding the hitch and lifting it. Took that nasty ugly *** sour taste away from the hitch that hangs 2' below the bumper.
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Question, why when the truck was 4wd it was lowered, and now that you've swapped to a 2wd frame you lift it? I thought part of the reason for getting a 2wd XLT frame was to make it easier to drop? Just seems a bit backwards to me. [/hack]

Glad you chose to raise the bumper.
He got a deal on this frame that was too good to resist. He needed a new frame no matter what, his stocker was bent.
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...i chose raise the bumper
Is this your hitch?




If it is, get pics after you lift the bumper. I want to see what it looks like, that's the hitch I have on my truck and I'll have a BL on top of what I've got eventually.
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Make your own brackets and split the different. I haven't seen anyone do that before. I don't know how hard it would be.
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Defiantly have to lift the bumper. The plate will make your truck look bad.
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Lift it, no doubt.
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lift the bumper n the hitch, u spend alot of time on that truck dont go half *** now
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air brush something sweet on a plate and plate it!
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I'll tell you from experience, lift up the bumper!

I ran it like this for a few until I picked up some brackets since my kit doesn't come with them:



but it looks way cleaner like this:

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Lift the bumper. It looks retarded without it lifted on any truck. How about a roll pan instead?

And it looks like a donk now with those wheels.
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I know you probly could fab some diamond plate behind it that would look sweet imop
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