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Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Ford F-150

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Ford F-150


Hi there, Ford owners! Today in your 2018 Ford F-150, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install Draw Tite's Front Hitch Mount.And this is what our front hitch mount looks like when it's installed. The cross tube's going to be hidden completely behind the air dam here. So you'll only see the receiver here at the front and I like that the receiver doesn't stick out further than the front bumper so you're not going to be walk by it and be hitting your leg on it and really, for the most part, unless you're standing pretty far away, you're not going to see it because you're up high enough where the bumper just kind of covers it up from any high up angle.A front hitch is great for front-mounted accessories such as load extenders, ladder rack extenders, and winches. You can get a winch mount in here as well so that way you can use it to easily put your winch on and off and transfer it around. This hitch uses a five-eighths inch hitch pin and clip. Now, one doesn't come included with the hitch, but you can get one here at etrailer.com and just to the front of our hitch pin hole, there's a smaller hole here and that will allow you to use a J-pin which is similar to your regular hitch pin, but one end'll curve around and poke into this little hole here and the other end instead of just being secured by a clip, is threaded so you can tighten it down and it'll draw into this hole here and press it tight against the receiver acting as an anti-rattle device.This hitch has a carrying capacity of 500-pounds and that's the force going down on top, similar to what you would call a ton weight at the back on a rear hitch and it has a winch-load rating of 9,000-pounds, and that's how much it can pull if you're going to be putting a winch in here and as always, I recommend you ensure you don't exceed any of the capacities on your vehicle.Now I've got some measurements for you to help you in deciding on accessories.

From the ground to the top inside edge of our receiver, it measures about 10-inches and this is important so you can determine your clearance here at the front of the vehicle and depending on the accessories you're going to be using here, you may want to consider a raised shank because it does sit kind of low. But most of your hitch extenders are going to be curving up and that's the most common accessory for one of these, here. And from the center of the hitch pin hole to the front of our license plate here, it measures about six-inches and this is important when determining if your accessories can be fully inserted and pinned in before they contact the bumper.Now that we've gone over some of the features of our hitch, why don't you follow along with me in the shop and we can get it installed together so you can have the confidence to do it at home. We'll begin our install by removing the lower air dam. You can just trim it instead of removing it, but I find it be easier to just the panel out of the way and then we can trim it out afterwards and put it back up.You can see all the bolts that run across the front here, so we're going to remove all of those with a 10-millimeter socket.

And then, if we just come around to the other side, you can see there's a little clip right here. Just push that towards the rear and there's one on the other side in the same location. Going to push the little clip towards the rear and then we can set this aside.Now, we're on the drivers side, just on the outside of the frame here at the front of the vehicle. Our front tire's right here and you'll see there's this large holes here that we can feed our coiled wire in. This is going to be our rear attachment and this is going to be our front attachment.

I find it easier if we install the front first, so we're going to put our coiled end through the front attachment and we're going to feed it towards this large hole up over here. It can be a little bit of a challenge to get the pull wire to line up, but there we go, and we can pull it out of there and now while we've got that pulled out, we can feed our hardware on it and pull it back through.We're going to start with the spacer and we're using the one with the square in the center of the block for our front attachments. That's just going to slide over it, and then we'll take our bolt and thread it onto here. We're just using one of the carriage bolts, they're all the same size, so .. now that we got it threaded on there, we're just going to push it into the frame, pull our fish wire, until the bolt comes out.

Once you got it out, you can just set it right back into the frame right there because it'll be easier to put your hitch up if it's not poking out. We'll leave our coiled wire attached and then now we're going to feed another coiled wire through the slotted hole here and out the hole for our rear attachment.For the rear hardware, we're going to be using the black spacers that have the off-set square hole and they're going to feed in the same way. You're just going to push that on there, thread your bolt onto it, and then we're going to pull it back through that slotted hole. Once we got them bolts fed on this side, we'll feed in the same hardware in the same locations over on the other side.On the rear attachment on each side, we're going to use the square spacers, they're slightly rectangular, with a circular hole in the middle. We're going to slide that over the fish wire that we fished in. We're going to pull the bolt through and then I've got a piece of tape here. We're going to use the tape the spacer up. It's going to slide that down the coil. Then all into my spacer, tape it to the frame rail, and then you can use your fish wire here to pull the bolt back through the tape just to make sure that your bolt's going to be able to easily pass through, and then once again we're just going to drop it right down inside.Now, with an extra set of hands, we're going to lift our hitch into place. Take your pull wires and feed them through the appropriate holes they're going to line up with. Then lift your hitch up and when the holes line up, just pull your pull wire and that's going to pull your bolts through. You can then remove your pull wire, slide on your conical tooth washer with the teeth facing towards the hitch, and then install the nut. Be careful not to push your bolt back in the frame when doing so.We can now go back and tighten down all our hardware with a seven-eighths socket and our forward attachment here, if it doesn't draw up flush against the frame when you tighten down your hardware, you may need to add additional washers to the back. You will get some included with your kit in case you need them. They're not always necessary. Once we've got them tightened down, we can then torque them to the specifications found in our instructions.So now we're going to go ahead and trim out our air dam here. You do have a diagram in your instructions you can use, but to make it as tight as possible around the hitch, I find it easier to just hold it up here, line up the screw holes with where they would go on each side, there and this way we can mark it right on each side of the receiver so that way we can make it nice and tight and fit really well around it. Now that we've made our mark, we're just going to use our snips and we're going to cut along our mark. Then we're just going to check the fit and then if we need to, trim out just a little bit more if it's a little bit too tight. But it's always better to be tighter and than make it a little larger than be too large. And any rough edges you got on there, we can go ahead and clean up with a file and than we'll use a little bit of Isopropyl alcohol on a rag to clean up any of the marks that we had made.Now we can go ahead and just put our dam back into position. Just going to rotate it around the hitch and click these guys back up into their little notches and then we can reinstall all of our bolts that we had removed. Now that we've got everything set and down and our panels back in place, we're reading to insert our favorite accessories into our front hitch. Our customer's going to be using his for a kayak and we're ready to hit the road. And that completes our installation of Draw Tite's Front Hitch Mount on our 2018 Ford F-150.


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