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Old 04-13-2015, 10:29 PM   #11
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Actually, this is a better picture:

If you are able to, I would like measurements from inside to inside of the frame rails. Outside also. I want to prebuild a hitch setup when I go to pick up the bus.
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:32 PM   #12
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Do you think my bus is shorter than yours?
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:05 PM   #13
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It's hard to tell comparing from two different angles. I'll measure bumper to bumper tomorrow as well.
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Sorry I missed this thread.

Most MDT frame rails are 34 inches outside to outside.

Frame rail height ranges a bit. Ford B700's use 10 inch tall frame.

My mid 90's TC2000's (freightliner) chassis are 9 3/4 inches tall

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mine was 34 in and had 2 brackets bolted on bumper
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Old 04-14-2015, 11:09 AM   #16
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Alright, here it is.
I'm not entirely sure if the frame rail thickness is 1/4" or 5/16" thick. I used 1/4" in the drawing.
As you can see, there is about 2 1/4" of flat metal on the flange before hitting the curve.
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And here is a picture of the main bolts holding the bumper on. The nuts are a pain in the ass to reach. I think I cut the old ones off and replaced with fresh ones after getting fed up with it.



There are 6 bolts in total. 4 connect the bumper directly to the frame rails. There will also be one on each end of the bumper that connect it to stabilizer arms.
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Are you bringing a friend? If you plan on removing the bumper to install your hitch receiver you will quickly realize it's a two person job. I managed by myself by lifting it onto blocks and supporting it with every available limb while I bolted it back on, but it took 4 times as long as it could have..
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Alright, here it is.
I'm not entirely sure if the frame rail thickness is 1/4" or 5/16" thick. I used 1/4" in the drawing.
As you can see, there is about 2 1/4" of flat metal on the flange before hitting the curve.

I nominate Jazty for Sainthood. Thank you.
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Old 04-14-2015, 12:27 PM   #20
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haha.. No problem.

I'd like to mention that I was being conservative about the 2 1/4" flat flange face. It's hard to measure where the inside curve starts with a measuring tape, so I rounded down to the nearest quarter inch.
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