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Old 05-17-2023, 06:07 AM   #1
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rear hitch installation.

Got rained out putting crops in the ground so I had my son and nephew help install my hitch.
It's a weld on modified to bolt on. Rather than weld on we marked the factory holes in the bumper and drilled the brackets to fit.
Removed the tow hook assembly. That had 1/2 bolts. Had to use a bridge reamer to enlarge the factory holes in the frame from up to 5/8. The bumper bracket holes are slotted so had to trim a little off with the plasma cutter.

This is a 20k curt hitch with the 2 1/12 inch receiver. I will never pull that much but I wanted it to be plenty big.

Proud dad moment. My son wearing protective gear without being told to. Should have had sleeves and better shoes that didn't collect sparks but I will take what I can get from this one.
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Old 05-17-2023, 05:45 PM   #2
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Love the bridge reamers, so much nicer then trying to drill a hole bigger with a regular drill bit. Nice job.
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Old 05-18-2023, 06:50 AM   #3
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I love it, I am doing the same thing. I was trying to drill out the holes in the frame. But my bit took a crap. So I have to stop by the store and get a new one.
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Old 05-18-2023, 05:44 PM   #4
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I envy your spacious workshop—with with a helper, to boot. You are going to have a great conversion in no time.

Thank you for sharing.
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Old 05-18-2023, 10:41 PM   #5
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i used the same hitch. Real beefy guy! I liked how you could squeeze it up to the frame rail to get it high of the ground for clearance.
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Old 05-19-2023, 06:32 AM   #6
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I love it, I am doing the same thing. I was trying to drill out the holes in the frame. But my bit took a crap. So I have to stop by the store and get a new one.
Do yourself a favor and get a bridge reamer. They are a little pricey but well worth it. You will need to spray it with some cutting fluid as go to keep it cool. 8 holes took me less than 5 minutes to enlarge.
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Old 05-19-2023, 08:09 AM   #7
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Looks good! Do you plan on pulling a trailer for the scouts?
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Old 05-25-2023, 06:31 AM   #8
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Looks good! Do you plan on pulling a trailer for the scouts?
Yes. We are going to the black hills of South Dakota in a couple weeks.
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Old 05-25-2023, 12:28 PM   #9
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Got rained out putting crops in the ground so I had my son and nephew help install my hitch.
It's a weld on modified to bolt on. Rather than weld on we marked the factory holes in the bumper and drilled the brackets to fit.
Removed the tow hook assembly. That had 1/2 bolts. Had to use a bridge reamer to enlarge the factory holes in the frame from up to 5/8. The bumper bracket holes are slotted so had to trim a little off with the plasma cutter.

This is a 20k curt hitch with the 2 1/12 inch receiver. I will never pull that much but I wanted it to be plenty big.

Proud dad moment. My son wearing protective gear without being told to. Should have had sleeves and better shoes that didn't collect sparks but I will take what I can get from this one.

Nice shop.
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Old 05-27-2023, 12:11 AM   #10
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Do yourself a favor and get a bridge reamer. They are a little pricey but well worth it. You will need to spray it with some cutting fluid as go to keep it cool. 8 holes took me less than 5 minutes to enlarge.
Lol I got mad after breaking half the big bits I had. Then I seen reply a hair to late. I pulled out the plasma cutter. Canít break bits if itís liquid took a washer clamped it in place. Wish Iíd done that in the beginning.
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