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Old 02-10-2010
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new trailer hitch for BL???

i have a bit of money saved for new mods and one of the things i plan on doing is using some of it to fix the loose ends to make the truck complete.

one of which is the 3" gap between my bumper and trailer hitch that has been bugging the **** out of me since my BL. i thought of cutting and rewelding it to take some of the gap out but i dont want to hack it up and it fail on me.(plus i have plans for the factory hitch )

what aftermarket hitch will bolt up and not have that gap? if i remember right a Hidden hitch does jus that.

Can someone show me which one to buy and from where? pics are also welcome....
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Street Scene Equipment 950-60820 - Street Scene Hidden Street Hitches - Overview - SummitRacing.com
i almost bought one of these but i ended up cutting and welding my stock hitch
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i almost bought one of these but i ended up cutting and welding my stock hitch
can you post a pic of how you welded it up? i thought of cutting out the center of the side plates and welding it. then weld 2 plates on each side as well. that way it would have 5 welds on either side.
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thats exactly how i did mine

if i can grab some pics i will
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i cut and rewelded mine as well and I use it all the time with no issues
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i need to do mine too i just have no welding skills lol
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anyone have pics? lol
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The bumper 'not fitting right' that your seeing is that the brackets push the bumper forward some, so the line up between the flares and the bumper looks 'notched'. That might be what your seeing.

Your towhooks will either need to be removed, or the valence will need to be cut. I understand there's a 'Michigan Only' towhook mod that stone might be able to tell you about. Works with the 3" bodylift.



Here's my lifted hitch...

Took a 2.5" chunk out of it...should have went the full 3" now that it's installed. Used every piece I took out of it to add strength...towed a 3,000lb loaded trailer for about 300 miles, no cracks. Will likely take it off and add reinforcement where the main welds were though.

















pic *****? who, me? yes.
There lol.
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That is exactly what i started doing last night..the only problem I am running into is that the body lift brackets for the rear bumper go in the place of the factory hitch. So either I have to offset the hitch to go on the outside of the brackets, or come up with a whole different idea for the bumper.

I did hear about the street scenes bumper awhile back..can't beat free though :)
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i almost bought one of these but i ended up cutting and welding my stock hitch
that's perfect for me cause I have a rollpan and BL so it should sit just right on my truck. But why the hell do they say it's only for 2000-up Rangers?
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cut off the upper parts of that stock hitch is what i did left them connected but pressed out that bend in the side plate where the mounts where to give more clearness my hitch is outside the bumper brackets
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