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Old 11-23-2009
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The hitch will hide seeing as you've got a dark bumper and a dark valence.

Visual aides are awesome...
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(I actually found out i have NO completed pics without an insert. lol. so just imagine this without the baby honda impaler)
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My whole point it.....it's easier and requires less work than modding the tow hooks, thus making it cheaper if you don't do it yourself. Two cuts and 4 welds + short pieces of angle iron compared to actual fab work. Plus...no risk of bending that dinky crossmember up there, no risk of possible valence damage either.
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Oh....and you're saying something HAS to fill that gap. Even with a hitch in the front of mine....when I test fitted the L2 'knuckle' style hooks, when I took 'em out, my truck looked naked. I know exactly what you're saying.

Or run a plate up front and all those unsightly uglyness of seeing the crossmember goes away. hehe.
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Well yeah, it does look freaking naked. I even tried thinking of putting lights in there but that would look stupid. I don't know what to do. I'm gonna stew on it a bit.............

on a good note, exhaust gets redone wednesday! WOOT!



Shane, was that a front hitch you put in there or a rear one?

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It was a Hidden Hitch 5014? Specifically it's a 98+ Ranger front hitch just like what RazorsEdge has. Made to bolt to the bottom of the frame. It fits almost perfect if mounted on top of the frame on a bodylifted truck. If I could do it all over again, I would. And I may. Using a rear hitch modified and coming out the hole perfectly.
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I've had blacked out billet around my front hitch forever so the hole wouldnt look so empty. I just knocked the damn thing off one to many times so I finally just quit messing with it. It looks empty to me now too and I've been considering putting the billet back in, but I know I'll just knock it out again next time I go wheelin.
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I'll get some pics of my front Hidden Hitch here in an hour or so.

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I've had blacked out billet around my front hitch forever so the hole wouldnt look so empty. I just knocked the damn thing off one to many times so I finally just quit messing with it. It looks empty to me now too and I've been considering putting the billet back in, but I know I'll just knock it out again next time I go wheelin.
So did you modify the billet insert? How do those mount?
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I only modified it for the receiver hole. I didn't modify the way it mounts. It has vertical bar things that pinch the back of the valance when you tighten them, Could probably come up with something more reliable if I didnt have higher priorities lol.

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Thanks!

Couldn't get those pics tonight. Wind is blowing like crazy.
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I'm not sure if anybody mentioned this yet or not but if you did the front hitch you could get that bar made still and just have it be able to slide into the hitch so it would fill the gap.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I actually had my buddy at work look at it today. He's gonna fab up my tow hooks and put them where they were! Can't wait! Thanks again for all the suggestions!
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