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Front Mount Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Ford F-250

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How to Install the Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2008 Ford F-250

Today on our 2008 Ford F250, we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Draw-Tite custom fit front mount trailer hitch receiver, part number 65049. Now this is what our hitch is going to look like once we get it installed. As you can see the majority of it's going to be hidden here behind our front fascia. Got a small cut out there that we're going to make to allow that receiver tube opening to come through the front. Now this front mount hitch is typically going to be used for a front mount style wench, maybe a front mount snow plow or even some maneuvering of trailers around your yard potentially. Some people like to put a ball mount here and then get greater maneuverability with their trailer and kind of move it around without having to get two or three people together to kind of push it. Now it's a 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube opening, so this is also going to work out really well with a lot of the class 3 accessories out there.

You'll see the rounded receiver tube reinforcement collar here and it gives it a cleaned off look. Now we're going to have holes in the side of the hitch. The one that's located closest to the rear of the vehicle's the one you want to secure all of your items with. You'll see it's in front of this fascia so we don't have to get down and reach behind, we should be able to see it from the front. Choose a 5/8" diameter accessory whatever it is hitch pin and clip anti-rattle device locking hitch pin and clip.

You want to use a pin that's rated for the weight that you intend to use this for. If you're just using a class 3 accessory, a class 3 pin will be fine. If you're going to max this out at a 9,000 pound line pull or something like that, might want to go with a little heavier duty pin. But keep in mind you want to stay with that 5/8" diameter. Now if you do, do any bike racks, cargo carriers or anything like that in here. You'll see the second hole, it's a little bit closer to the front of the truck that's for use with the J pin stabilization system, which is a very good way to keep those items secure.

Now the hitch gives us a 500 pound tongue weight rating, that'll be the maximum downward force we can put here at our receiver tube opening. It's going to give us a 5,000 pound gross trailer weight rating, that would be the total weight of our trailer and anything that we we're to load up on it. Now the line pull rating is 9,000 pounds, that means we can pull directly on this 9,000 pounds. That's going to be at an angle up or down 15 degrees and as wide as 45 degrees. It gives us a good wide range. We don't have to be exactly dead center, maybe if we need to pull our truck out or something like that using a wench.

You don't want to exceed that capacity. If you get into any situations where you might need to pull more than that, you'll definitely want to use a snatch box system to compensate. Now if you are choosing heavier weight accessories for your truck, like maybe you're going to be putting a plow in here, it's going to stay on there all the time. Maybe a really big spare tire carrier to where we might be adding a hundred, two hundred pounds of weight up here at the front of the truck. A front suspension upgrade such as like a Timbren kit, might be a really good choice to prevent that vehicle from sagging down in the front end. Now a few measurements that'll be helpful when it comes time to select front mount hitch accessories. Will be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, we're going to have about 16 and a half inches. Then from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of our bumper, it's about 4 inches. Now to begin our installation, if your vehicle has this drop down panel that comes in the front, we do need to relieve it. Very similar to what they've done here for a different style of plow attachment. What we're going to do is find the center of it and mark it there. Then we're going to cut and inch and a half on each side, which will be a total of 3 inches. Then we're going to go up 4 inches to start. We can always cut more if we need to, but that's usually a pretty good spot. Now it's going to be kind of hard to see the marks, we always use a dry erase marker so we can mark it off afterwards. Start with our 4 inch line, we can find that center and measure out from each side. Now we get this area removed. Now this is a pretty good thick piece of plastic, so probably want to use, you can use a razor knife. You're probably going to be better off using some kind of rotary tool, maybe a hacksaw blade to kind of cut through it. But we'll just get it trimmed out here. We'll just clean that up a little bit with our razor knife. Now the attachment points we're going to be using for our hitch are going to be this very forward hole. It's in the front outside of the frame rail this happens to be the drivers side. If we come back we're going to skip one oblong hole, then we've got another one right here. That will be our two attachment points, this one here and this one up here in the front. Now we're going to secure our hitch with the one in the front first. With the help of an extra set of hands, we'll be able to get that lifted up into position. Once we've got that in, we need to bring that bolt. Now here on the outside we'll want to add a lock washer, one of our hex nuts and we'll do the same thing over on our other side. Now for our rear attachment point, we'll take our bolt leader. It's going to go through our hitch and also through the hole in our frame. Then we'll guide that rearward here, that it also comes out on the end of our frame rail here. Just want to thread on our bolt and we can pull on that leader and that's going to pull our bolt right up into position. We just want to kind of pull it through gently there. We can draw that through, we'll just pull off our bolt leader. We'll place on our slightly larger lock washer and larger nut onto the rear bolt and we'll go over to the drivers side there, do the same thing. We'll get them snugged down and torque them to the specifications listed in our instructions. That's going to complete our installation of the Draw-Tite front mount trailer hitch receiver, part number 65049 on our 2008 Ford F250.

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