Why Does Husky Custom Base Rail Kit # HT31404-686 Require Frame Drilling on 2002 Ram

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Bought this kit over the universal kitsch cause I thought it would use factory holes to mount in on the frame only to find that I still have to drill holes in my frame and only uses 2 brackets and my bed to hold my hitch. Then I still have to drill holes in my frame rail which is what I was trying to avoid and the only reason I purchased this kit for the extra 70 dollars over a universal kit

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The Husky Custom Base Rail and Installation Kit # HT31404-686 referenced in your question, while confirmed to fit your 2002 Dodge Ram 2500/3500, does still require some drilling into the frame rails. Husky lists this as a custom kit because even though drilling is still needed it does provide a more specific and shorter install time than universal kits because of the bracket design.

Just for reference the estimated install time for the Husky kit is 4-1/2 hours while the Universal Rail Kit # RP30035 from Reese has an install time of 6 hours.

There is not a standard base rail kit available for your truck that does not require drilling.

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