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Are you body lifted? I don't think I'll have to trim the valence, hopefully
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Maybe I need to actually get the hitch and mock it into place. Then I can see what I'm dealing with
There's a pretty decent gap between the backside of the hitch and where the cooler would be. It's one of those sorta things that you just gotta toss the hitch up in there and look.
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I have heard the talk about front hitches on here and was not sure how it would look. seeing all of your pictures i like it and may have to make one for my truck. good work guys
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Are you body lifted? I don't think I'll have to trim the valence, hopefully
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I have heard the talk about front hitches on here and was not sure how it would look. seeing all of your pictures i like it and may have to make one for my truck. good work guys
i didn't do mine but thanks lol I had a friend/former member do it for me. tested it out today dragging a maxima with a broken axle and control arm haha
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yeah thats the best way to do it. I had to trim my valence a little bit but you can't tell really since its all black lol
hell, ill ***** a bit haha
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Are you body lifted? I don't think I'll have to trim the valence, hopefully
Just to clear a little up....

Pedro's hitch is mounted in the stock position. AKA below the x-member. No trim necessary if installed on non-BL truck. On a BL'd truck, for no-valence cutting, the hitch will need to be up 2-3" from where it's pictured.
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Just to clear a little up....

Pedro's hitch is mounted in the stock position. AKA below the x-member. No trim necessary if installed on non-BL truck. On a BL'd truck, for no-valence cutting, the hitch will need to be up 2-3" from where it's pictured.
ya mines flush with the top of the frame rails.
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ya mines flush with the top of the frame rails.
When you change over to the EDGE Valance you will need to raise the hitch some to fit the opening. Do a Shane setup.
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Complete custom is the way to go. That's what I did, it turned out great and is strong. I've recovered people and be recovered from it with no issues.

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Here's mine:
The trucks Bodylifted. The hitch is the typical Ranger hitch for the rear.
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Nice, centered on the opening, nice work.
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Sorry to resurrect an old thread but the hitch that cchsbuzz19 did will that work on the 01+ trucks?

I assume it would but just making sure. ive been thinking more and more about a hitch rather than modifying my towhooks for my BL
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Get yourself a cheap used rear hitch of any kind of junk. Can be off anything pretty much, what it came off of is no concern, just make sure it's bigger than 30" wide and the main tube is straight, not bent like alot of stock rear ranger hitches are.

If not bodylifted: I prefer one with the insert hole in-line with the rest of the hitch. If bodylifted: I prefer one with the insert offset(lowered) from the rest of the hitch.....that is, if it's not offset more than 3". Those offset ones are a little iffy on front hitch applications.


Get some 3/16-3/8 pieces of angle iron cut to about 6" lengths or so. Clamp those to the frame. Then cut your hitch to fill the gap between the angle irons. Tack into place or clamp into place then install bumper to verify hole clearences. Get it right, final tack it, test fit again, then fully weld it. Either weld to frame or have fun using bolts.

Bodylifted is a little iffy on what needs to be done. It depends on what hitch you're starting out with. Either way, for a bodylift on a torsion bar truck, that front crossmember needs to be cut a little more than half way up it. You can weld it to the hitch if you're good with a cut off wheel too....would strengthen up that dinky crossmember. My front hitch is just too high(my own fault) and had to trim the valence to make it usable and keep a good grille/bumper gap.

Or install as below for a non-BL truck, then cut your valence.








On my BL'd truck. Used a now out of production Hidden front hitch for 98+ Rangers...but mounted ONTOP of the frame to compensate for the BL. If I could do it all over again, I would using a junkyard hitch and making it perfect before I fully welded the thing on. Like I noted above, I had to trim my valence to actually use the hitch. The hitch reciever sits about 3/4" to 1" too high.








this is by far the single best, most informative, in fewest pictures and words answer to a question i have seen. succinct is the word!
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Sorry to resurrect an old thread but the hitch that cchsbuzz19 did will that work on the 01+ trucks?

I assume it would but just making sure. ive been thinking more and more about a hitch rather than modifying my towhooks for my BL
should work fine its all about the measurements. the frames are all the same. and front hitch is def. the way to go. much stronger than tow hooks
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anyone have pics of hitches on a 06+ i have a hitch from a dodge ram and plan on just welding it to the top of the frame...am i safe doing that? i also have a BL on its way
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i actually thought about doing this last week and now today i somehow ended up with a winch haha.
this would be a good winter project to do... keep me busy and stay out of trouble
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takes a few hours and a few beers. I actually got mine done in CT lol. And damn you for getting a winch haha i want to get one soon also
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Old 12-09-2010
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haha yeah i lucked out on the winch but that will be my later project... i'm getting a hitch tomorrow from a buddy of mine for cheap and i already have some 3/16 angel steel. now either this weekend or next, i'll weld it on to my truck but i think i need to take my stock tow hooks off... hmmm
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