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Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Installation - 2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty

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How to Install the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty

Hello neighbors, it's Brad here at e-trailer and today we're taking a look at installing the Curt Front hitch on a 2020 Ford F350 Super Duty. Now front hitch is traditionally on trucks. You see them for snowplows or winches, things along that lines for work. But a lot of times you'll start to see vehicles, especially trucks with the front hitch and a bike rack. And as our neighbor's doing here, they're gonna have two e-bikes up front. And this is a great way to just get more storage out of your vehicle.

That way if you're loading up for an adventure, you can utilize the front real estate as well. Now speaking of utilizing, this does have pretty high weight capacity, so it has a gross trailer weight rating of 5,000 pounds and you also have a tongue weight rating of 500 pounds. So that's gonna be pretty solid, especially if you do have those e-bikes being heavy, 500 pounds should be plenty. It also has a line pull of 9,000. So if you're pulling some trees down or helping winch someone off the road, anything like that, that's gonna be a nice capacity to really get the most out of this hitch.

Now when you get those accessories in place, you're gonna have a five eighths pin and clip to keep that in there. Now it does not come with one. A lot of your accessories when you pick those up will come with the pin and clip, but if you want to get a locking one, that way you can leave your accessories on here and know that they're not gonna disappear in the hands of someone else. We have plenty of options available here at e-trailer. Now when choosing those accessories, you're gonna wanna make sure that you have clearance on the front of your truck.

So measuring from the center of the hitchpin hole to the furthest point on the front fascia here, it's gonna be about eight inches. So that's something to keep in mind when choosing those accessories. Make sure that they do extend out far enough to have that clearance. Now as far as ground clearance goes, from the top of the receiver tube to the ground, it's looking about nine and a half inches. So it's relatively low.

Something to keep in mind, you might want to grab some accessories that go up. That way you're not dragging low on the ground. And also as you come up to an embankment or a slope, you wanna make sure that you don't damage your accessories while going up those hills. Now, as far as the installation goes, it's actually pretty easy. You're utilizing two factory nut plates and if your truck doesn't have it, it comes with all the hardware and you just fish wire those in place, lift it up, bolt it down, torque it, and you're ready to go. So I'm gonna walk you through that installation and that way you can get your front hitch installed. And we're gonna start our installation underneath the front air dam area and that's where we're gonna find some nut plates that are part of the fascia bracket. Now I'm up on the lift and that's so you guys can see this at home but this is really something that can be done in your driveway. So pretty much with a basic set of hand tools we'll be able to get this done. And first we're gonna start by knocking out these two inner bolts. We're gonna take these nuts off and this is a nut plate. Now your truck may or may not have them and if that's the case, you can skip this step, because we'll use hardware later on. But if you do have them, we're gonna retain this nut plate and use that to actually mount up our front hitch. So we'll go ahead and get these removed on both sides and the nut plate more than likely will fall into the frame rail, but we'll be able to retrieve that. Now if your truck doesn't have this nut plate, what you'll be doing is fishing these in place, a carriage bolt with this spacer block and you use a fish wire technique in order to accomplish that. And we'll be doing that later on in this step. So if you don't have that, I'll show you how to get this accomplished. But what I'm gonna do right now is take one of those fish wires and just coil it over our nut plate. And that's just gonna kind of keep this in place when we raise it up. And that way we can also make room for the hitch. So this can actually get pushed into the frame but our wire's gonna hold it in place and that way when we need it, we can just pull this up and get this pulled through the frame rail again. Now we're gonna go over to the driver's side and we'll do the same thing. Now we're just tackling these inner ones. There's ones on the outside as well but our hitch is gonna mount up in this portion. So these are the only ones we have to worry about. We also have this plastic plug here on the frame rail which could get in the way. This is just a plastic plug here that plugs into the frame. You can see that actually slide out of there. And what you can do is take a trim , a flathead, and pry this out. Now I do believe there is a spot on the front hitch that we're going to be able to relocate this. So make sure you hold onto this. We're gonna create a mounting stud here for the hitch to mount up. And the way to do that is gonna be that fish wire technique that I just explained and it's gonna be really easy. You take this coiled end of the wire and feed it through this bottom hole here on the frame to the front. And that frame opening will allow us to pass our hardware up. So I'll go ahead and take our spacer block here and you can just kind feed that up or hold it in place. And then coil your carriage bolt on there. And that's gonna allow us to pull this through. Might have to jostle around a little bit. And then this is going to be our mounting point. Now keep your wires on here, that way when you're pushing the hitch up, if you bump this, you're not gonna have to heat it out of the frame rail. So I'll go ahead and get this on the other side as well. And we're gonna need to trim to give clearance for that center or that receiver tube to fit into this front air dam. And I've measured this out just using the instruction manual as reference. And I've used painter's tape to just kind of give me some guidelines as cutting. Now you could probably get away using some shears here but for a nice clean cut, I use my oscillating tool. You can use a dremel as well, whatever works best for you. But we'll go ahead, get this trimmed out and then I'm gonna file these edges down and make it look nice and clean. So I'm just gonna go back with the file and get these off. So now with an extra set of hands, we're gonna go ahead and raise this up in place. Now I'm gonna take my corresponding fish wires and feed them through. And that way when we raise this in place, we'll be ready to get this held up on its own support. So the nut plates you may have to kind of push into the frame for a second, but your fish wire will draw this back out. So as you raise it, just kind of pull this through, get that stud on the nut plate to feed in and once you get this raised and lined up with that hole, once you feed this through, that's gonna support this and we can go ahead and grab our nuts and get this hand tightened on. The fish wire's still attached. I'm gonna go ahead and take our new hardware here and then feed this on the nut plate. That's gonna hold it in place. We can go ahead, pull our fish wire off and get this on and then we'll do the same on our bottom. And just kind of hold onto the threads a little bit and we then push up. And then once you get your thread started that should be good. So we'll go ahead and get the rest of the hardware on the other side also hand tightened on. Now once we got this hitch in place, you can see that they really told us to cut off quite a bit of access here that was unnecessary and that's kind of unfortunate. So looking ahead when you're installing yours, you may only need to trim maybe half an inch to kind of get that clearance. So you can do however you want just to kind of get that nice clean fit. But I wouldn't cut all the way. You might even be able to mock fit it up to see where yours sits. But again, about half an inch should be more than enough. I'm gonna go back with a three quarter inch socket and I'm gonna go ahead, I'll tighten these bottom ones up first. That way it kind of snugs it up all the way. So now I'm gonna just come back with my torque wrench here and using the torque setting in the instruction manual, we're gonna go ahead and get all of our hardware torqued properly. Now if you need a torque wrench, we have these available here at e-trailer. You can generally rent them at an auto parts store as well. It's gonna make sure that our threads are not too tight, causing stress on them but also it's not gonna become loose over time. So go ahead and get all of our hardware properly torqued down. So now we have everything torqued down properly and we're gonna take our plug and there's gonna be a slot right here that's gonna allow us to push this in and that's gonna hold that in place. So now all that's left to do is get our truck down, ready to go and hook up to our front hitch. And that was a look and installation of the Curt Front hitch on a 2020 Ford F350 Super Duty..

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