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Trailer Hitch Installation - 1997 Ford F-250 - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 1997 Ford F-250

Today, on our 1997 Ford F250, we'll be installing our Curt two inch Receiver Hitch part number C15300. This is what our hitch will look like once installed. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is four and a quarter inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 18 inches. This will assist you in selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. We'll go ahead with installation. To begin our install we'll first go ahead and point out the attachment points.

For this application we'll have to drill out the attachment points. We'll have a total of six, three on each side. Starting with the forward attachment point, there is a small pre-drilled hole in both prime rails. We'll be using this pre-drilled hole as a starting point for our hitch. We'll go ahead and drill the hole out large enough for half inch hardware then put our carriage bolt and block in to place.

Next, it's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while we install the half inch flange nut to hold the hitch up in to position. With our hitch in place, we'll go ahead and mark the center and rear attachment points. Noting this application does have a pre-drilled hole at the rear attachment point, however, it's not center of the attachment point for our hitch, so we'll go ahead and drill out a hole right next to it. With the holes marked, we'll go ahead and take the hitch back down. Using the step bit process we'll start with a smaller bit to create a pilot hole enlarging the bit size until we get to our final size which will be large enough for the half inch hole at our center attachment point and nine sixteenths tall for the rear attachment point. With our holes drilled out, we're ready to put our hardware in place. Note for the center attachment point we'll have a half inch carriage bolt and block going down through the frame and then through the hitch.

To secure the hitch, we'll install a second block and then the half inch flange nut. For the rear attachment point we'll be using the nine sixteenths carriage bolt and block going down through the frame and through the hitch and then securing it with a nine sixteenths locking flange nut. With our carriage bolt and blocks in place we're ready to put the hitch in position. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install your hardware and flange nuts. With everything finger tight, we'll go ahead and run it down.

Next, we'll torque to specifications as indicated instructions. That does it for the install of our Curt 2" Hitch part number C15300 on our 1997 Ford F250. .

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