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Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

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How to Install the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty


Today on our 2013 Ford F350 Super Duty, you're going to be taking a look at and I'm going to show you how to install the Curt 2 inch front mount trailer hitch receiver.This is what our hitch looks like when it's installed. It's going to give you a 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube opening, a 5/8 inch hitch pin hole. This hitch can be used in a lowered or raised position. In the lowered position, the bottom of the receiver tube is only going to sit about 3 inches off the ground. Our side plates, these are going to be mounted to the frame rails. These are only going to sit about 3-1/2 inches off the ground.

When we flip our hitch over, which is the way we have it now in the raised position, it does raise our receiver tube opening, however, our side plates that we have mounted to the frame are going to stay about 3-1/2 inches off the ground. So there's not a whole lot of ground clearance there.Now, keep in mind, this is a 2 wheel drive vehicle. 4 wheel drive may sit a little bit higher, but it's not going to be that much of a difference.As far as weight ratings go, we're going to have a 500 pound max tongue weight, which is the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube, and a 5,000 pound gross trailer weight, which is the trailer plus the load included. You are going to have a 9,000 pound straight line pull, which is straight in front of the hitch. Keep in mind, you never want to exceed the manufacturer's recommendations for the gross front axle weight rating.Now, let's give you a few measurements to help you when deciding on any of your hitch-mounted accessories.

When in the lowered position, from the ground to the top innermost part of the receiver tube is going to be about 5-1/2 inches. From the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper is going to be about 6 inches. In the raised position, from the ground to the top innermost part of the receiver tube is going to be about 10-1/2 inches. From the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper is going to be about 6 inches.Now let's show you how to get this installed. The first thing we need to do to start our installation is, if you have a bracket here, that bracket needs to be removed.

As you can see, our vehicle does not have that bracket. So we're going to take our carriage bolt, spacer block, and our pull wire. We're going to go through the end of our frame rail here, we're going to start with this hole. We're going to take this spring end, we're going to go through this hole, come out the other end, and we're going to thread on our spacer block and bolt. Go ahead and feed it up into the frame rail, and then we'll pull it into place like this.We're going to do that same thing with this bolt.

And then we're going to do the same thing we did here with these front two holes. Keep in mind, your spacer block is going to have to sit up and down instead of like this on these front two holes, because they're right next to each other.Next, we're going to take our plate, you'll notice four holes at the top. We're just going to line them up with the four holes, put our pull wires through the corresponding holes in the plate. It might be a good idea to have a second set of hands once you get to this, all your wires put in place, to hold it up while you remove a couple of your wires and install your flange nuts. Now, keep in mind, you're only going to have four wires, so don't just pull them off, because you're going to need them for the other side.And then, flange nut. And then we're going to repeat that same process for the remaining hardware. Then we're going to repeat that same process for the other side of the vehicle.Now, with an extra set of hands, we're going to get our hitch into position. We are going to have two ways we can set this up. This is the lower position. As far as our hardware that's going in down here, it's going to be the same as the top, except we're not going to have spacer blocks. So same carriage bolts, they're going to go on each, the four corners of our hitch in side plates that we have installed. And then, flange nut.With a 19 millimeter socket, we're going to tighten our hardware. We're going to torque our hardware to the specifications in the instructions.Now, we're going to install our hitch in the raised position. But we're going to have to cut out a little bit of section on our fascia, so what I have done, I've actually got my hitch flipped over and I put a bolt in the bottom corner, and then set my hitch receiver right up against my fascia. This is going to give me exactly where it's going to sit, so I can mark it out. Something like that. To see how high we need to go, so we take each bolt out, move the whole hitch back to the back holes, that'll give us the height. So it looks like about right here is going to be where we're going to need to cut to. I'm just going to use a rotary tool with a cutting blade to cut out the section.Once you're satisfied with your cut, go ahead and reinstall your hardware, and you're going to tighten and torque it to the specifications in the instructions.That'll do it for a look at an installation on the Curt 2 inch front mount trailer hitch receiver on our 2013 Ford F350 Super Duty.


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