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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-20-2012, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Any good suggestions for a front hitch?

I used the front hitch on my 2004 quite a bit. I looked around on line last night to find only a hitch that had the 2" receptacle way too low for my tastes. Has anyone got a hitch to recommend? Steve

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i am also looking for one. i found this one:

Front Hitch for 2012 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty - Curt C31018

i was gonna call them and see if it interfered with anything in the front like my 2006. i never did put one on as i did not want to lose the OEM fog lights, and i was also worried about blocking airflow to the radiator on the 6.0L. i want to put bikes up there for when we camp.

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That is the one that I think is too low! hahaha. I saw a picture of it on a truck and it hangs well below the bumper.

I worry that I would be off-roading somewhere and it would catch on something...

Mostly the front hitch on my last truck got used as a place to put my Warn 9500 winch. I did also use the hitch to carry a dirtbike a few times.

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I believe mine is the Curt one linked to above.

It is a little low, but I don't know where else you would put it? You can't really go higher, there's nothing there to attach it to, and the radiator/coolers are in the way and you'd be blocking the airflow to them.

There's already a factory brace that runs across the front at the height of the hitch, so you're not really losing any clearance.

Here's a couple pics of my setup.

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thanks for the pics !

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I believe mine is the Curt one linked to above.

It is a little low, but I don't know where else you would put it? You can't really go higher, there's nothing there to attach it to, and the radiator/coolers are in the way and you'd be blocking the airflow to them.

There's already a factory brace that runs across the front at the height of the hitch, so you're not really losing any clearance.

Here's a couple pics of my setup.

Waxy

P.S. - I love my front hitch. There's no replacement for the ultimate ability it gives you to manoever a trailer when you need it.

WAXY,
Who's grille insert is that? May I ask where you got it?

Are you satisfied with fit/finish?

Any info appreciated,
STEVE.

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etrailer.com

comes out in the middle of the wind deflector.

Use a goal post by Yakima in mine to put kayaks over the cab.

Also great for parking the cargo trailer in tight spaces.

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2012 F150 SuperCrew Lariat 157" VWE
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Traded March 2013
2008 F450 CC Lariat White/Gold, JAD Solutions Lights, 62 Gal Titan, B&W Hitch, Gold Remote Start, TruckTrunk box, Viair 550+2x2.5gal receiver, 2010 NAV and Sync
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WAXY,
Who's grille insert is that? May I ask where you got it?

Are you satisfied with fit/finish?

Any info appreciated,
STEVE.
It's from AirHawk. I'm very happy with it. It's well made and the fit/installation are top notch.

Air Hawk Industries : Mud Flaps - Grille Inserts - Box Liners

You should be able to knock 10-15% off it you talk to Dan directly.

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Thanks WAXY.

Appreciate the link! Been looking for a nice S.S. insert for our '08 truck and the new 2012 also.

Surprisingly difficult to find inserts anymore. Seems everyone is going with complete grille replacements now-a-days.

I'll be getting in touch with Air Hawk!

Thanks Again,
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How much weight are you guys putting on the front? 1K (10K trailer) for 40' over a small curb ok?

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Bite the Bullet and go all the way?

You might consider a front clip which would/could include a front hitch as well as a winch, etc. Here is mine. Just an alternative idea.
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How much weight does that add? How much can the hitch handle? Could it push 1K (10K trailer) 40' up a curb on a regular basis?

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Check the Ranch Hand website. I have moved all kinds of stuff with this..boats, trailers, etc. It is welded into the bumper itself and I am not sure you can break it. I am not sure of the weight of the front clip, again the website would have that, but I have had them on all my Ford SD trucks. I run the roads in South TExas and often you come across hogs or deere and this evens the game a bit if you can not avoid them. ;-) 2011 Ford F350 Legend Front Bumper

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I contact them and see what they say.

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