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Front Hitches: Pic Request

Im looking to put a front hitch on my truck soon and I just looked at the instructions for a bolt on one and it looks like a pain in the *** just because you have to pass bolts through the CLOSED PART OF THE FRAME through a little hole.
LEWK HEER http://www.etrailer.com/instructions.aspx?pn=31500

So, those of you who have one welded to the frame, if you have pictures of how you welded it on (without the bumper on yet) and where you cut the hitch and stuff that would be great. I just want to get an idea so i can bring it to a shop and get it welded on when the time comes.

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Sorry no welded pics, but running the bolts its very easy. They give you that threaded wire to use and it not hard at all.
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ya but im buying it used lol and i have a bolt on skidplate in the way too
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Ahh I see.
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Hidden Hitch placed ONTOP of frame then welded. Placed ontop to compensate for the bodylift. If I could do it again, I would. It sits too high and I had to trim the valence, otherwise w/o a trim, the bumper would be pushed up allll the way and way too tight of a gap. Next time, I would modify a rear hitch to fit and have it sticking out the hole perfectly.

What I used...Hidden Hitch 5014 or 5144(i think). Supposedly it's out of production.
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My welder S-canned on me....so off to my buddys for some die cutting and dual core beads.
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Had to trim a lip of sorts on the metal bumper...but it's invisible from the outside. Had to trim it to clear the female end of the hitch.
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Bumper adjusted all the way up...horrible gaps.
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And trimmed valence and an actual bumper gap. lol.
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I have never seen the bolt on one or how it bolts on but why not take it and weld it on instead of bolting it on? It would already be the correct size right?
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I need to do this mod. I've got a sweet rear hitch to cut up. Bought it for $5 and its perfect. I think i'm going to go the bolt on route in case i ever want to take it off. I'll only use it for a tow point really, and hold the license plate, lol.
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Here's a link to Trevor's build thread or whatever. You can see how much lower his hitch is compared to mine. Height wise it's perfect. Depth wise...it's not deep enough for me. Rubs his valence and his paint's goin' to hell on it because of his lock.

Click: https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...-got-done.html

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Well this is my last real major fab project of the term. Took me about 5-6 hours to finish it up and painted everything.

I was a lil unhappy about where I put the hitch after I had it welded. I should have cut all the way throught the cross member and put the top of the hitch flush with the top of the cross member, but for the purpose, it's not all that bad.

It's welded in all places where it was touching either frame or cross member and sits right on top of the lower part of the valence. With how it sits, it gave me about a 1in gap between the bumper and the body, but I'm learning to deal with it. I have a front hitch now. Winch time!

Here's the pics.

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(You can see where I should have gone all the through the cross member, but eh, I'm ok with it now)

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And the bumper back on:









Slide in receiver shakle is going to be done and finished tomorrow, awaiting a shackle that I'll pick up from a buddy of mine this weekend!

What do you guys think? Not bad for $20! Hitch was a rear from a toyota 4Runner that a friend of mine had in his shop... He was gonna sell it for $75, but sold it to me for $20 since I go to him for all my parts! Hookups FTW!!!
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Thank you for the open invitation to *****.

Hidden Hitch placed ONTOP of frame then welded. Placed ontop to compensate for the bodylift. If I could do it again, I would. It sits too high and I had to trim the valence, otherwise w/o a trim, the bumper would be pushed up allll the way and way too tight of a gap. Next time, I would modify a rear hitch to fit and have it sticking out the hole perfectly.

What I used...Hidden Hitch 5014 or 5144(i think). Supposedly it's out of production.








My welder S-canned on me....so off to my buddys for some die cutting and dual core beads.






Had to trim a lip of sorts on the metal bumper...but it's invisible from the outside. Had to trim it to clear the female end of the hitch.


Bumper adjusted all the way up...horrible gaps.


And trimmed valence and an actual bumper gap. lol.
ahh gud pix. I never even thought of that. Would that work on gen 4 though? my bumper is bigger with a smaller valence, the opposite of your truck

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I have never seen the bolt on one or how it bolts on but why not take it and weld it on instead of bolting it on? It would already be the correct size right?
yeah it seems like a pain to do a bolt on thats why i want to get it welded on and then i won't have to "mod" my skidplate to fit...im not cutting it up lol
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Just took a brand new reese hitch of an xc90 that got rear-ended, hitch is getting replaced but its in perfect shape. I know where that's gonna go!
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Ill prob have them do it that way then. I just hope my bumper fits fine afterwards lol since its bigger than the 01+
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I don't see it being a big issue as long as there's a couple test fits of the bumper. Lets hope you've still got those lower welded on bolts on the bottom of the PA brackets...that was a lifesaver for me. lol. You're hole is about the same height, but not as wide.
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Who wants a below-bumper hitch? it's ugly. lol. The one that comes out the bumper/valence hole is the one that supposedly out of production.

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Imagine that plus a bodylift!
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stone needs to post his pics
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nevermind lol i see your point
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stone needs to post his pics
im pretty sure he has Level II tow hooks not a hitch...

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unless hes hiding it behind the plate
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i thought stone had a front hitch. maybe im thinking of justin
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Justie has a front hitch and L2 hooks. Stone does not have a hitch.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...per-hitch.html
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alright well i was thinking of Justin then who has the 98 style bumper with a front hitch i know someone does
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I know you've seen mine. I didnt have to mod the skid plate but it does come rigth up to the bottom of my hitch. And this way its a bolt on and will fit most rangers, so if i ever build a custom bumper ill sell this hitch. I know that across the frame is stronger than the tow points, but i know that some ppl have winch plates that bolt to those tow mounts.

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justin doesnt have a 98 style bumper lol
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I know you've seen mine. I didnt have to mod the skid plate but it does come rigth up to the bottom of my hitch. And this way its a bolt on and will fit most rangers, so if i ever build a custom bumper ill sell this hitch. I know that across the frame is stronger than the tow points, but i know that some ppl have winch plates that bolt to those tow mounts.

nice. so u just also flipped it as well? i guess ill do it that way then.
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nice. so u just also flipped it as well? i guess ill do it that way then.
yeah you could just flip the one there talking about.

mine is 100% my own. i used the receiver piece off an old hitch from our minivan. and the cross member piece was a scrap peice of stainless my buddie had at his shop

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