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Front Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Ford F-350

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How to Install a Front Trailer Hitch on a 2008 Ford F-350

Today on our 2008 Ford F350 Super Duty we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C31008. Here's what our hitch looks like installed. As you can see it's got a nice black powder-coated finish. Two by two square hole with a 5/8 hitch pin. This would be good for your front mounted winches, cargo carriers, snow plows that will fit into a front mounted hitch, or a bike rack, or even a spare tire mount. It's designed to hold 9,000 pounds of line pull if you're using it for winch. 500 pounds of vertical pressure, and a 5,000 pound gross trailer weight if you're going to be pushing your trailer, or backing it into a space.

You have to notch your air dam a little bit, and other than that it's a complete bolt on design. All hardware is included. From the ground to the top of the receiver tube is about 14 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the front bumper is about 5 inches. Now we can go ahead and show you how to install it. To begin our install we've gone ahead and marked out, held our hitch up in place, and marked out where we're going to to trim our air dam. We're going to cut it a little bit, then we can test fit it until we get it just about where it needs to be.

Now that we've test fit and made our cuts, we're going to go ahead and clean up the hole with a file to make our install look a little nicer. Take all the burrs off on the plastic. We're going to be using two holes on each side of the frame. There's a round one up in here, and we have the oblong hole right back here. This is the one that's going to take our carriage bolt, and this one will just take a regular hex bolt.

They're going to be the same on both sides. Now we can get a second set of hands, and we'll go ahead and raise it up into position. We'll take our fish wire, put it in through the back hole, and we're going to feed it out the front of the frame rail. Then we can take our 9/16 carriage bolt, and we'll attach it to the end of that, and we'll fish it back through. We'll push it up inside of the end of the frame rail, and we're going to pull it through. Once you have it though the hole gently take off your fish wire, careful not to drop it back inside.

Then we'll take our lock washer, and our 9/16 nut, place them on. It may help to take a small flat blade screw driver to keep pressure on it till you get it started. Then we can place our 5/8 bolt in through the frame rail, and it's going to come out up in there. Take our hex bolt, I'm going to place it through the backside, and take our 5/8 flat washer, lock washer and nut, we can snug them down. Then we'll make sure our hitch is level. Take our 15/16 wrench, and go ahead and snug down these two back bolts. You won't need to hold the back side of these rear ones, because there in those oblong holes, and the square part of the carriage bolt is going to lock up against the inside of the hole. We can do the other side. You can take a 7/8 wrench and ratchet, and you can tighten up the two front ones. We'll torque the rear ones first, and then we'll do the fronts, and now we'll repeat on the other side. That's going to do it for our look at and install of the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C31008, on our 2008 Ford F350 Super Duty.

Questions and Comments about this Video

Doug B.
Will this front mount receiver hitch work on a 2014 Ford F350 Super Duty?
Etrailer Expert
Reply from David B.

After the generation change a new version came out. The Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" # C31018. Curt doesn't list a fitment for that hitch on a 2014 F-350. But the # C31018 does fit.

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