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Old 05-02-2014, 02:14 PM
DanTheMan16 DanTheMan16 is offline
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Default Curt Manufacturing Hitch Receiver 13138

I needed a hitch receiver to allow me to mount my winch and decided on the Curt 13138: http://www.summitracing.com/int/part...3138/overview/

I have not used it to tow anything (not sure I will) but it looks solid and well built. The sticker on the receiver rates it at 4000lbs with a regular hitch or 6000lbs with a load distributing setup.

The instructions say that you will have to drill some 1/2" holes in the frame so I ran out and bought a 1/2" drill bit that, surprisingly enough, didn't fit in my 3/8" drill. Luckily for me the frame was actually pre-drilled so I didn't need the bit after all.

Installation was pretty easy, just follow the instructions. One tip, you need to loosen off the other two bumper bolts to let you get the J-clips out for the two rear bolts. Make sure to torque them back down before mounting the hitch, the socket won't fit through the clearance hole in the receiver and you'll have to take the whole thing off to tighten them back down...

Now on to the bad. It says on the site that you can mount the receiver and leave your spare tire under the truck. This may be true if you have a skinny tire but I have (had) a full size tire under my truck but it is now in the bed.

It looks good on the back and sits just under the bumper so it doesn't affect ground clearance more than it needs to.
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Old 05-02-2014, 02:33 PM
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Default Re: Curt Manufacturing Hitch Receiver 13138

What part interferes with the spare tire? My spare is a little bit smaller than the tires on the truck but its not a mini spare and I'm going to buy a hitch for it.
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Old 05-02-2014, 02:36 PM
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Default Re: Curt Manufacturing Hitch Receiver 13138

It just doesn't drop down low enough for the receiver (2" square tube part) to clear the tire when the receiver is bolted to the frame.

I think my spare is 10.5" wide (but I'm not sure) and it probably needs another inch or two of clearance to fit.

Honestly I think I would rather have the extra ground clearance but it is kind of a pain to have the spare in the box.
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