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Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

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How to Install the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

Hey everyone, today we're gonna be going over and show you how to install, the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver here on our 2014 Ford F-350. So this is what our trailer hitch is gonna look like installed. And as you can see, the only thing that's actually gonna be visible from outside the vehicle is the receiver tube opening. The cross tube is gonna be pretty much hidden behind this little deflector here. Now, there are a couple of different things about this hitch that I really like it, sets it apart from some of the other options, is number one, we can actually adjust the position of the receiver tube, so right now we have it installed in the rise position and basically that's gonna give us the most ground clearance possible, we are gonna have to do a little bit more cutting because we're gonna be in the center sort of, of this deflector here, but we can also install it in the drop position, say you have a snowplow, you probably need your trailer hitch to be a little bit closer to the ground, so in which case, we can actually install this, it actually gets flipped, so it sits about down here in this area here. But if you're using it for like a bike rack, a cargo basket, or like a winch mounting chances are you're gonna wanna install it in the rise position that we have it in here.

So a couple of figures we have for you, number one, say we're gonna be using this to mount a winch, we need to make sure that we do not exceed the 9,000 pound line pull rating of the front mount hitch. Now say we're using this to help us maneuver a trailer or we have a bike rack cargo carrier, the latter two you probably won't have an issue with at all but we do have to abide by the 500 pound tongue weight rating, so therefore we need to make sure that the tongue weight on our trailer does not exceed that rating if that's what we're using it for. So in regards to the hitch pin, our trailer hitch here, it doesn't stick out super far because really it makes it a little bit harder to use each time but it just looks a little bit better overall, we don't have to worry about hitting our shins on it when we're walking by, and again, it just makes for a little bit more of a seamless look. However, because of that, our hitch pin hole is gonna be behind this deflector here, but it's still not too bad to use it, just take our hitch pin here, just come underneath and insert it like so, we still have quite a bit of room here to install our pin from either side here. So in regards to installation, this one is pretty simple, the only modification we need to make to our vehicle is trimming a small piece out of our deflector here, but aside from that, everything's gonna be bolt on.

So let's go ahead and walk you guys to that install now. So the first step of our installation we're gonna come underneath the front of our truck here, we're gonna have two brackets, one on either side of the frame that we need to remove. So these are what the brackets are gonna look like, I went ahead and use some spray lubricant on the threads up here to make things a little bit easier but you're gonna need an 18 millimeter socket, there's gonna be two nuts on this side and two nuts on the other side, and it'll be the same thing on the other side of the vehicle. So once we have all of our nuts out, we can go ahead, just push our bolts back into the frame here, then our bracket should fall right out. Now we can come to the front side here and remove our two nuts attached to the plate.

We're just gonna simply repeat this same process on the other side. So now once we have our plates removed, we're gonna come to the outside of either side of our frame here, I'm gonna point out the four attachment points for the side plates of our hitch, we're gonna be, reusing the two holes that we just removed the brackets from earlier, we're also gonna be using this oblong hole here and this oblong hole here. So we need to start by doing is, we need to take our fish wire, our spacer block and our carriage bolt, we actually need to feed that through these two holes here, so in order to do that, I'm gonna start with the furthest one, I'm gonna take the coiled end of our fish wire and I'm gonna fish that all the way down, I'm gonna try to get it to come out underneath, just like that. Then what I'm gonna do is place the spacer block over the coiled end, make sure we don't lose the other end of our fish wire and then I'm gonna thread on a carriage bolt. Cause then what we can do is, I grab the other end of our fish wire, I'm gonna push the spacer block up into the frame along with our carriage bolt, and then we should be able to pull that out our hole here just like that.

Now repeat the same process on this other bolt hole here. So now that we have our two carriage bolts in place, we're gonna re-install this factory bolt spacer here whatever you want to call it, it's pretty easy to do that, just take the coiled end of our fish wire, feed it down through the frame here, and then we can attach it to the side that we we're in the hole through. This one is gonna be a little bit more challenging since we have to feed both sides through but it's definitely still doable. And now we'll just repeat that same process on the other side. So now that we have all of our hardware inside the frame here, we can take one of our side plates here, it doesn't matter which one, we can go ahead and set this into position. We're gonna first place all of our wires through our holes here. Then we should be able to lift it onto position. So now we're gonna take the flange nuts in our kit here, we're actually gonna have one bolt open here that I don't have a fish wire on, so that's the one we're gonna start with, that's gonna help hold that block in to place, cause then we can go ahead and unthread our fish wire here. Now simply just thread on another one of our new flange nuts. Now we're gonna do is, we're gonna pretty much just repeat the same process for our other two bolt holes here, However, we wanna be careful that we don't push the carriage bolts back into the frame, a good way to do this is if we actually just grab a hold of the side plate here and pull down, that'll pin the bolt and stop it from going back into the frame there. So again, I'm just gonna put some pressure downward here on this plate. And thread the fish wire and thread on our flange nut, just like that. So now we'll come back with a 19 millimeter socket, we'll just go ahead down and snug all of our bolts. So once we get all those nuts snugged down, we'll go ahead and just repeat this same process on the other side. So the next part of our installation here is gonna vary a bit, depending if we install our trailer hitch in the rise position or the drop position. So the drop position essentially means our receiver tube is gonna be a little bit lower to the ground, whereas the rise position means it's gonna be up a little bit higher. Now for this particular application we're gonna be showing you how to install it in the rise position. The really only difference between the two installations is the amount of cutting we have to do to this deflector here, so to give you guys a little bit of a tip here what we can do is, we're actually gonna go ahead and set our trailer hitch up into position and secure it using these rear two most holes here, so we just went ahead and place our carriage bolts in there, and again, we can do this whether we're installing it in the rise or the drop position. So the reason we went ahead and install those carriage bolts is, we can actually come on the backside of our bumper now, I'm gonna take a paint marker, I'm essentially just gonna trace an outline here in this plastic deflector, it's gonna give us a little outline of our skid shield here and let us know how much we need to trim. It's not gonna be perfect, but it is gonna give us a good outline to help us when we're making our cuts. So that's about how much we're gonna need to take out, I am gonna cut out a little bit bigger than this, just to give us a little bit more room to work, we're obviously gonna have this collar around the receiver tube. So now we can actually go ahead and remove the trailer hitch here, so we can make the cuts to our deflector. We're gonna be using a Dremel tool to remove this material. So now that we have our cutout made, we can just take either a file, a piece of sandpaper or even a razor blade, we're we're just gonna clean up our cutout a little bit here. So now with an extra set of hands we can go ahead and set our trailer hitch up into position. So now that we have everything in place, we're gonna go ahead and snug down our hardware here. Now we'll take our torque wrench here, we'll torque down all of our fasteners to the specifications in our instructions. So once we have everything torqued down that'll do it today for our look and installation of the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver here on our 2014 Ford F-350..

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