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Icon6 Trailer hitch with a rollpan, but you'll never see it....

I spent the last 2 days under my truck getting a trailer hitch put on, and with a rollpan, it was no bolt-on affair. I had to cut and reposition the centersection on the brackets, cut and bend the brackets, drill the frame, cut my rollpan, and figure out how to hide a huge 7-way light connector because every trailer we own has one. I'm still working on getting the license plate set up to work with it. It will be mounted on a receiver plug to hide the hitch when not in use.

I've been working on the idea for a while, and this week I got some motivation to get it done. I'm going riding several hours away (east of Bend, 4 corners for anyone who knows) tomorrow, and I needed a way bring someone with me. Instead of paying the huge gas bill to drive a fullsize van and big flatbed trailer, I can now take our small trailer and my truck.

Oh, and I had to take the sawzall to my exhaust to get the hitch on....Its dumped right out the muffler now, and its quite a bit louder in the cab. Lightning-style side-exit is coming next.

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looks good man
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Sweet! Looks good. I think I have seen this before. Not sure though.
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Nice job, they make hitches like that though if you didnt know
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Nice! Looks good!

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Sweet! Looks good. I think I have seen this before. Not sure though.
Street Scene makes a hitch that bolts right up that does the same thing, so you probably have seen it before.
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I didn't know anybody made these. I went to all the local trailer/towing supply places, and nobody could find me a hitch. So I went to the wrecking yard and picked one up, and promptly re-engineered it to fit what I wanted. It's completely invisible with the plate pinned on, exactly what I wanted.
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im diggin the stand you made for your quad

so does your plate flip up or do you just take it off when you use the hitch?
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Its cooler that you made your own IMO
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im diggin the stand you made for your quad

so does your plate flip up or do you just take it off when you use the hitch?
I wanted to do a flip bracket originally, but nobody had one. I checked a lot of junkyards cuz a lot of cars had them, but a lot of that stuff got scrapped over the summer when scrap prices were up and demand for parts wasn't.
Now its getting mounted on a receiver plug to pin in place of the ball mount when I'm not towing.

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Its cooler that you made your own IMO
They're makin thier money, and I'm savin mine. I gotta pay to do my new exhaust somehow.
Besides, if you got the skills to do it halfway decent, I think home-brewed is always better.
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uh... i might be a newb. but wuts a rollpan?
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uh... i might be a newb. but wuts a rollpan?
WOW! LOL

Its the fiberglass piece in place of the rear bumper.
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Looks good like that.
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i like it like that, and yea i think street scene makes the hidden hitch and the roll pan and the license plate flip kit for anyone who wants to know.
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Very nice. Really diggin the pinstripe, looks awesome!!
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Nice!! I love it
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looks sweet so your plate is kinda like your hitch cover?
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looks good, but what you might check out for a license cover would be the flip down plates from the 80's camaro's, and firebirds
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wow looks good man
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Nice, now I have motivation to get mine done.
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WOW! LOL

Its the fiberglass piece in place of the rear bumper.
oh ok.. hey man i got a freakin steel bumper.
lol
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I got a steel roll pan, still, not a bumper.
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any more pics ... wouldnt mind seeing the entire setup with trailers and how your quads in there
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