Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2006 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty


Today, the 2006 Ford F350 Super Duty, we're going to review and install the draw tight front mount trailer hitch receiver, part number 65022.This is what the hitch looks like once installed on our truck. What's really nice is the appearance of it, it all sits behind the bumper here, so it has a nice clean look and there's nothing sticking out.We have a standard two inch opening right here, which is great for a variety of accessories out there, such as a winch, that you can plug into here. Certain snowplows will plug into your front and work with that as well.We'll take a look at the side of the receiver here. You can see it uses a standard five eighths diameter hitch pin here, or your favorite locking hitch pin.You'll notice that the smaller diameter hole here, this is designed to work with the J Pin anti rattle stabilization pin for certain accessories that do not have their own anti rattle device.Now this is really intended for a winch being installed on the front of this here, and we'll cover the ratings for that. This is going to be .. This is going to have a maximum winch line pool of 9,000 pounds, and then a cargo capacity, which is the weight pushing down on the hitch this way, it's good up to 500 pounds.A couple of other unique ideas to use this hitch with, is actually use your ball mount you pull a trailer with, put it in front, and that way you can steer your trailer into tight corners or tight areas wherever you go park your trailer at.

Which is also kind of neat is you can use a truck inaudible 00:01:17 that goes pretty high up and matches the height of your cab. That way you can store longer items such as kayaks or canoes on top.Next we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories from top of receiver opening down to the ground it's going to be about 27 inches. So whatever accessories you put in there, probably not going to worry about bottoming out.Now, from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of our bumper, it's going to be about three inches. So when you take that into consideration, when you install a components and the clearance between their vertical surfaces.First step of our install is that we have to remove the bumper because the hitch will sit behind the bumper. We'll remove these two bolts here.

Same thing on the other side of the vehicle, plus there is one more behind the bumper, we'll remove those first on each side.This is what we need to remove this behind the bumper on both sides of the truck. We'll do these first. We'll need a 13 millimeter socket to remove this bolt.For these bolts, we'll need an 18 millimeter socket.Now, we'll leave one on each side, barely in there, but enough to still hold the bumper until we get an extra set of hands to remove it.Before the bumper completely comes off, if you have factory lights on here, now's a good time to do it. It gives a little bit more working room. You have to loosen up the wire harness, there's some push fasteners that you can pry out.

Get the wires come loose, and these lights will eventually be removed from the bumper.So I'm going to use a trim panel tool to help loosen up the wires from the fasteners.We also need to disconnect the wire harness from light bulb socket behind it. You can do that by pulling back on this little tab right here, and then it comes apart. I just have the whole thing out for . So you can see it a lot easier. You have to go by feel when it's behind the bumper.We'll take our bolts out and put our bumper to the side.With our bumper off, we're going to flip it facedown on some cardboard to help protect the finish.

These have to be removed to install the hitch. We're using a 5/16 socket.We'll take our hitch and we'll place it onto the bumper, line up with the existing holes, and maybe some bolts, if they're still left in there.When we put this into place, make sure that this plate here is on top, going towards the top of the vehicle, you'll see going towards the bottom.We'll use our hitch to make sure that it's even up with the existing holes in the bumper. Let's go to the left and right as needed, and then we'll take a marker and mark the exact center for oval slots. Then we'll turn around and drill those out to 5/8 inch diameter holes, and we'll do the same thing on both sides of our hitch.I like to use a small pilot hole bit, in this case I'm using a quarter inch. Then I'll follow it up my larger bit.Now our tow hook will be in the way to putting the hitch in place. We'll temporarily remove these and put these back in, but we'll use a 15 millimeter socket to remove these three bolts.Let's start some reassembly. Hitch will go in to place first on the ends of the frame, and we'll line up the holes. We'll take our tow hooks, put them back in, and reinstall the same hardware. Once we have our hardware loosely installed, we'll pull the hitch back a little bit out of the way to get access to our bolts. We'll tighten down these bolts fully.We'll be reusing the original hardware on the outside here with these two original holes, and you can, keep these clips right here for the bolt to help hold in place while I put the bumper back up. This will hold the bolt for us, then we can thread this into the block that holds everything together.Put our bumper back into place.Put one bolt on each side to help hold the bumper up. We'll leave it loose, so we're going to assemble the rest of our hardware. We have one bolt started, we'll do the one on the bottom next. Just get it loosely installed. We'll do this on both sides of the truck to keep our bumper nice and straight.For these two bolt holes that we drilled out, we're going to use half inch bolt with a inaudible 00:05:57 tooth washer, you'll notice on the washer, it has teeth, they are going to go facing like that. On the other side of the bolt, it's going to get this block and it's handle nut. They will thread through and lock together.Now, getting behind here is going to be really tight and it's going to test your patience. So the best trick is to tape the block to the handle and then push it up into place, and then thread your bolt in.So I'm going to use any kind of tape, as long as it's tacky enough to do the job. Kind of hold it more or less in place for our screwdriver through here to pop the tape or whatever you want. And then we can thread our bolt in.It's best to do top bolt first, and then did one below. To help you out, this handle is bendable, so you can put it in any shape you want to get it up into place.Back behind one of these original bolts we took off, the bracket's not really going to line up with the original place, so there's two bolts right here to loosen up, you'll use 14 millimeter socket, and then you can go ahead and put this back into place. Reinstall the hardware and then tighten it down.There will be two bolts in here you have to loosen up.It doesn't take much and then you can move it in position.We have all our hardware installed this point. When you tighten everything down for good and then torque the bolts down as specified in the instructions.Since our wire harness is not being used anymore, I'm just going to bundle this up and zip tie it so it will be safe and secure and out of a way.And I'll finish it for a draw tight front mount trailer hitch receiver, part number 65022 on this 2006 Ford F350 Super Duty.


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