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Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Ford F-350 Super Duty

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Ford F-350 Super Duty

Hi there Ford owners, and your 2016 Ford F350 super duty. We're gonna be taking a look at, and showing you how to install, draw tights front hitch. It will stick down below the bottom edge of your front bumper, and provide you with a two inch by two inch receiver, which will work with a lot of different accessories. The applications for this is really up to you. There's a lot of different things that you could potentially use this for, for various scenarios. I know one of the most common things people use this for is for being able to park a trailer in a very tight location, because if you hook your ball Mount up at the back of your truck, when you have your steer wheels here at the front of the vehicle, you kind of lose some of the fidelity on how much you can angle the trailer in a very small amount of movement.

By putting your ball mount here in the front. Once you've got, you're going to park your trailer, maybe into a storage shed, or on a small spot next to your garage or something, you put that ball Mount here in the front by putting your steer axles at the front of the trailer. You can really swing that trailer really fast and get a lot more fidelity and get that into that tight spot. That may just not even be possible with a rear mounted hitch due to maybe potentially tree and other things that are located in the way. So you get that cool option there.

So that's probably what something you've already got to, you probably already have a ball mount and stuff, so you can slide that in and make use of that right away. Some other accessories though there are pretty common for use with your front hitch would be like a T extender that goes up far like over the cab ladder rack extension, or for kayaks. A lot of guys like to use kayaks with it, to store those above. So you can use that to support the front load. Bike racks are also fairly popular as well in here.

Cause a lot of guys like to pull their camper behind them and maybe they've got some other things at the back of their camper where they can't use a bike rack hitch with that. Or maybe it's not rated for use on the bikers they had. Isn't rated for use with the trailer. They hit the potential to slide that here in the front so you can pull your trailer and bring your bikes along. So it doesn't really just open up a lot of different potential.

This hitch offers a 500 pound tongue weight. That's our vertical load limit going down on top. Now you do also want to pay attention to your vehicle's front axle maximum weight rating, we don't want to exceed that as well. We just wanna keep that in mind. It also features a 9,000 pound maximum line pole, cause there's also often people use these with winches, but there are brackets that are available that you can slide into your receiver to mount a winch here in the front. It's kind of nice if you're moving that around from a couple of vehicles to other, if you have the proper wiring set up on those vehicles. So you can get quite a bit of line pull there with that. Now the angle that you're using your winch does affect its pull capabilities a little bit. You can refer to your instructions to see how the angle can reduce, will potentially reduce the line full of it, and how you're using it. And any of the accessories you're planning on using it with your hitch, whether it be an extender that goes up, or a winch or bike rack. You'll secure those with a five eight inch, hitch pin and clip, one doesn't come included with the hitch. There's a good chance you've probably got some of these though, cause you're probably got one in the back for your hitch at the back, but we do also have locking ones available here at each other so you can protect your investments if it's something you're gonna be leaving on here on a long road trip, you might, we just want to consider locking it into place. Now I've got some measurements here for you, so you can see how your accessories will play with your front hitch here. From the center of our hitch pin hole to the furthest obstruction here at the front, looks like we're right at about six inches. And that's important when determining if your accessories are gonna contact the bumper when inserted, and if they have any kind of upright storage position that they can transform into, if those will contact as well. And also from the ground to the top inside edge of our receiver tube, we're measuring right at about 15 and three quarters of an inch. And that's important just to see if you need a rise, and you can also figure out your clearances when you have accessories that might be sticking out here as well, to see how that would work in various applications you're planning on using your hitch. Also wanna give you another one here just for your overall ground clearance here at the front, closest from the ground to the bottom of our hitch. And we're right at about 13 and a quarter inch for the full ground clearance. So now that we've covered some of the features of our front hitch here, why don't you follow along with me here in the shop and we'll show you how to get it installed. We are gonna be placing ours on a lift to make things a lot easier to see for video purposes here, but you could easily install this hitch here on the ground, in your driveway. This is actually a pretty easy hitch to install. I would recommend an extra set of hands just to help you pull, hold the hitch up there when you go to feed your hardware through just because the hitch, I'd only comes with a single pole wire, I wish they would've given you a couple more. If they give you a couple more you definitely could have been able to do this by yourself on the ground, but it was really easy. You could drop some bolts in there. So grab yourself a buddy and you guys could probably get this done in about 25, maybe 30 minutes. It doesn't stop pretty easily. You just need a little bit of help holding that thing up there to get the hardware to fit in properly. We'll begin our installation here at the front of the vehicle. We're gonna start on the driver's side, and we've got some hardware we need to feed in. We turn over to our frame here. We can see some holes that are pre-existing in the frame. This is the slot here that we're gonna be using to where our hardware is going to feed out of it. You can see here's your sway bar, where it goes across. It's pretty much like right above where that's mounted. And you may or may not have a bracket that is located in this location here. Our truck does not have it, but some do have a bracket attached to these holes here, if it does, you'll want to remove that bracket. Again, we don't have that, so we can go ahead and move straight on to just fit our bolt in, and that bracket will cover up this opening here. So you have to get that out of the way. We're gonna take our fish wire that comes in our kit, and we're gonna go in the opening and feed it towards the front until it comes out the front here. We'll then take the carriage bolt that comes in our kit. You'll have a couple of these. We're gonna thread it onto our coiled wire, and we pass it up into the frame and pull it until it comes back through. Now, unfortunately only get one pole wire with this kit. So we're gonna have to remove our pull wire from here and what I'm gonna do just as a temporary thing. So while we're working on the other side, feeding, bolts and whatnot, but this bolt can't fall in, I'm just gonna put that on there. And you can see that's just gonna prevent it from being able to fall in. We're not gonna go over to the other side, and we're gonna take the same carriage bolt in the same location over here, and feed it in over there as well. So now with the next set of hands, we're gonna raise our hitch into position. On one side, we have our pull wire attached. We're just gonna feed that through the hole. On the other side, we're gonna stay on the side first, and kind of line this up while holding this out, and then we can push it into place just like that. And then on the other side, you can just pull your pull wire to pull it through. And then the weight of the hitch will rest on the bolts there, holding it into position. Take our hardware, we're gonna put a lock washer on first and then follow that up with a nut. And I'm keeping some side pressure on this bolt the whole time so it can't push back in. And you need to make sure you are to use the correct nut and bolt. Your carriage bolts are larger than the other hardware that comes in your kit. You'll use the bronze colored nut, and the slightly larger locking washers with these carriage bolts. We're gonna get the hardware over on the other side as well. Now our front bolts here, we can just reach up in there, there's an opening right here in the bottom you can stick your hand up in there. So we're just gonna take our bolts here. You did place a flat washer on it. We're gonna slide it up through the opening and then we'll angle it towards our hole there. We can then line it up with the inside hole. Then you may have to raise or lower the hitch just a little bit to get it to line up, and then go ahead and push it on through. We're then gonna secure this one with a lock washer. And then this one is slightly smaller than the other ones that we're used on the carriage bolts, and then a nut. And you can see this is a silver colored nut matching the bolt, not the bronze colored ones that we we're using before. Now we had purposely left our hardware loose because on some models, the trim that runs across here, we'll stick down a little further, depending on your trim package. And you may need a notch out around it. So while your hardware is kind of loose and you're holding it up there, you can mark on each side of your hitch, and then just trim out as necessary. You'll find a diagram in your instructions as well to assist you with that trimming if you need to on your particular truck. And you can see here that on ours, we have the higher up trim package that does not need to any kind of trimming, our hitch clears that perfectly fine. Speaking now we can now go back and tighten these down. We're going to use a 15, 16 socket to tighten them all of them. And then we can go back and torque all of our hardware to the specifications outlined in our instructions. Now that we've got our hardware all the way torqued down, that will complete our installation all ready to load up our favorite accessories and hit the road..

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