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brholt

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time2retire wrote:

Just finished installing the Curt front hitch. It wasn't as easy as their videos show. We ended up removing the bumper to remove the tow hooks. We had to grind off a 1"x1" corner of the hook bracket as the install bolt was to fat for the bracket to lay down flat on the frame. Took about 3 hours.

It is solid as a rock on the frame.


How much do does it impact your clearance?

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brholt wrote:

time2retire wrote:

Just finished installing the Curt front hitch. It wasn't as easy as their videos show. We ended up removing the bumper to remove the tow hooks. We had to grind off a 1"x1" corner of the hook bracket as the install bolt was to fat for the bracket to lay down flat on the frame. Took about 3 hours.

It is solid as a rock on the frame.


How much do does it impact your clearance?



The bottom of the hitch receiver is 14" off the ground. The cooler/rod implement extends about 28" in front of the truck so you have to keep that in mind navigating hilly areas.

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This is pics of mine on my old 250 and now on the 350, I am guessing it is close to yours. I need to put turnbuckles on it so it doesn't rock so much, I have them on my work bench just never took the time to put hooks on the front hitch rod holder.

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Our scooter rack. I ended up adding the turnbuckles to stop side to side rock.
At 6' long the movement from center out is amazing how little at hitch it takes.
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Our turnbuckles (amazon link)are 3/8x 16" but the body is extruded aluminum, rated about 200#.
They really dont see that kind of load. Ive had no issue (luck). Cost of steel about 3-4xs but rated at 3000#+.
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On the rack side I just drilled holes for the J. Opened up eye to fit over tow hook.

I was going to say 14" seemed close to ground, ours is 26" (receiver). But with drop hitch, bottom of rack is 14" but never hit it.


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I just installed the Curt front bumper hitch. Had to take the front bumper off and do some slight mods but overall fit pretty good.

I went with the "Silent Hitch Pin" before getting involved with turnbuckles and straps for stability. $35+s/h. No need for anything else. It's tight as a nut!

thanks for all the advice here.

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Any of you front hitch users live in a front license plate state? I'm looking for a good way to mount a plate legally when hitch is in use. Ideas are welcome.


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Nevada require front plates, but lot of cars drive without them.
My generator, sitting 1" from the plate completely covers it.
Drove like that 25k miles via bout 30 states & provinces. Occasionally without rear plate neither when I forget to transfer it from camper.
My car come with no front bracket, so for 2 years I drive with front plate placed in the trunk.
Even if the cop stops you - that should be fix-it ticket, with no monetary penalty.

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MD is a front plate state, I just moved it to the side.

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I installed a Torklift Central front mounted EcoHitch on my 2017 Ford F350. It mounts to the frame of the truck, has a very clean look and the receiver sits right where the license plate mounts. They ship a bracket that you mount your license plate to and insert it into the receiver. Unless you knew it was there with the license plate on, you would never even know a hitch was there.
It sits up high behind the grill and bumper so there is no issue with clearance.

https://torkliftcentral.com/trailer-hitches/front-mounted-receiver-hitches/ford


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WyoBull wrote:

I installed a Torklift Central front mounted EcoHitch on my 2017 Ford F350. It mounts to the frame of the truck, has a very clean look and the receiver sits right where the license plate mounts....


Interesting TL come with quite different concept than Curt.
The same 2017 model, but Curt hitch mounts under the truck frame.
It looks cleaner, but then I have to be careful crossing ditches and high curbs.
Also when others report problem with engine cooling having front loads, I tested mine with 6500lb camper, 124F in Death Valley and pulling very steep, long grade at 55 mph. Newer Ford, when engine temp raise - will show digital display with better accuracy. Don't remember the numbers, but it never come to danger zone and cooled down within seconds once I reached flatter highway.

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