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Old 02-08-2010, 07:01 PM
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:34 PM
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what do you need help with? you can make your own if you can weld. just a piece of 2" square tube cut to fit between the frame rails, then weld 3/8 plate onto the ends of the tube, on top and on bottom of the frame rails so you can bolt it through the frame rails. then add a piece of 2" tube perpendicular and thats where the hitch goes. you should probably gusset that with 3/8 plate also so it has strength. shouldn't cost more than $30 in material.
if you want to buy one, jc whitney has some made by curtis hitch i believe. not sure what is needed though, sometimes you need to trim valence
oo i see you have body lift. i think you can just get the curtis hitch and bolt it where it is supposed to go and you'll be fine since your bumper is lifted. not 100% sure though. more opinions the better
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:38 PM
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Yeah i want as many opionions before i do this
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Old 02-08-2010, 08:20 PM
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Get yourself a cheap used rear hitch of any kind of junk. Can be off anything pretty much, what it came off of is no concern, just make sure it's bigger than 30" wide and the main tube is straight, not bent like alot of stock rear ranger hitches are.

If not bodylifted: I prefer one with the insert hole in-line with the rest of the hitch. If bodylifted: I prefer one with the insert offset(lowered) from the rest of the hitch.....that is, if it's not offset more than 3". Those offset ones are a little iffy on front hitch applications.


Get some 3/16-3/8 pieces of angle iron cut to about 6" lengths or so. Clamp those to the frame. Then cut your hitch to fill the gap between the angle irons. Tack into place or clamp into place then install bumper to verify hole clearences. Get it right, final tack it, test fit again, then fully weld it. Either weld to frame or have fun using bolts.

Bodylifted is a little iffy on what needs to be done. It depends on what hitch you're starting out with. Either way, for a bodylift on a torsion bar truck, that front crossmember needs to be cut a little more than half way up it. You can weld it to the hitch if you're good with a cut off wheel too....would strengthen up that dinky crossmember. My front hitch is just too high(my own fault) and had to trim the valence to make it usable and keep a good grille/bumper gap.

Or install as below for a non-BL truck, then cut your valence.








On my BL'd truck. Used a now out of production Hidden front hitch for 98+ Rangers...but mounted ONTOP of the frame to compensate for the BL. If I could do it all over again, I would using a junkyard hitch and making it perfect before I fully welded the thing on. Like I noted above, I had to trim my valence to actually use the hitch. The hitch reciever sits about 3/4" to 1" too high.







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Old 02-09-2010, 12:28 PM
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Dang that looks good. Ill have to head to the junkyard when spring rolls around. (theres about 3 feet of snow on the ground here
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:19 PM
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I also have a front hitch. Here's my pics.



Now for this next pic, I would cut all the way through the cross member I stopped at. Then set the hitch receiver part flush with the top of the cross member. That would greatly decrease the bumper gap and make it just about perfect.













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Old 02-09-2010, 03:16 PM
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^^Mine is too high, while his is too low. LOL! Right in between is PERFECT! lol.
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Old 02-09-2010, 03:55 PM
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sorry for posting in your thread but shane did you repaint all your components on your under body? ex. control arms etc...
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Old 02-09-2010, 07:47 PM
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sorry for posting in your thread but shane did you repaint all your components on your under body? ex. control arms etc...
He did. He hit it with John Deere Blitz Black. That stuff is the shit. Spray bomb your stuff after cleaning it of course.


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Old 02-09-2010, 09:29 PM
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i want a front hitch now! but don't know how to do any of that
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Old 02-10-2010, 05:38 AM
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He did. He hit it with John Deere Blitz Black. That stuff is the shit. Spray bomb your stuff after cleaning it of course.




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did he take everything off the turck? or leave it on and just tape everything off.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:40 PM
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im kinda lost. Why would you need/want a front hitch??
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:41 PM
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im kinda lost. Why would you need/want a front hitch??
In case you get stuck and rear hitch isn't available
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:45 PM
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did he take everything off the turck? or leave it on and just tape everything off.
I think he did the old, "Hold a piece of cardboard while spraying with the rattle can to avoid over-spray" trick.

I know he definitely didn't take apart anything apart. It looks good has has held up, as evident by the pictures as they are placed in continuous time order.
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Old 02-11-2010, 07:04 AM
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alright cool thanks man. oh and you mentioned spray bomb??
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