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

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


Today on our 2013 F350 Super Duty, you're going to be taking a look at, I'm going to show you how to install the draw tight, 2" front mount trailer hitch receiver.This is what our hitch looks like when it's installed. As you can see, the cross tube is completely hidden behind the air dam. It's going to maintain a nice clean look on the front of our vehicle. This hitch is going to be great for any of your front hitch or front vehicle mounted accessories, spare tire carrier, winch, maybe a snow plow, even.It's going to give us a 2" by 2" tube opening. This hole here, is going to be our hitch pin hole. It's going to be 5/8" in diameter.

The hitch pin and clip does not come come with this hitch, however it can be found here at eTrailer.com. Our hitch is going to have a nice black powder finish. It's going to resist any rust or corrosion. You're going to have a nice reinforced collar to give it a little extra stability on your receiver tube.As far as weight capacities go, we're going to have a 500 pound max tongue weight, which is downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube. I do recommend never exceeding the gross axle weight rating of the vehicle.

You always want to go with the lowest number between the vehicle and the hitch. This hitch is also going to have a 9,000 pound straight line pull, which is straight from the hitch.Now let's give you a few measurements to help you when you're deciding on any of your hitch mounted accessories. From the ground to the top inner most part of the receiver tube, it's going to be about 5 1/2". From the hitch pin hole to the outer most part of the bumper is going to be about 6".To start our installation, you need to take your bolt leader and your 5/8ths carriage bolt, you're going to have two of these in your kit. These are going to be for the back holes on the frame rail.

You're going to have two holes that look like this. We're going to be using this hole in our frame rail. So what we're going to do is we're going to take our bolt leader, we're going to push it through like this, then we're going to come out the front here. Go ahead and thread on your carriage bolts. Feed that into place, just like that.

Now you're only going to have one bolt leader, so we want to make sure that we don't just pull this off when we're ready to pull it off, we're going to be using it on the other side.Now what we'll do is we'll grab our hitch. I want to install it on this side first. Once you get your hitch up, you get your bolt pulled through, go ahead and pull off your wire. And then you're going to add on a lock washer, and a large nut. Then we're going to repeat that for the other side.We're going to have to cut out a little bit of section on our fascia, so what I've done, I've actually got my hitched 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. We take each bolt out, move the whole hitch back to the back holes, and that will give us the height. So it looks about right here, is going to be where we 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, next you're going to take your large hex bolt, put a flat washer on. We're going to go on the inside of the frame rail, from the inside out. We're going to go through this hole right here in the front. That's maybe easier if you have a magnet. Another way to do it, is to maybe take a screwdriver and tape it on the end, so you can get it up in there. The hole is a little . the gap to get it in there is a little small. Just like that.Once you get it in, you're going to put on a lock washer and a nut. You're going to do that same thing on the other side of the vehicle. 24mm socket will tighten and then torque all of our hardware to specification in the instructions. Keep in mind, our front ones, we will need to use a wrench, also, to go up inside the frame rail to hold the hex bolt head.That'll do it for a look at an installation on a draw tight, 2" front mount trailer hitch receiver on our 2013 Ford F350 Super Duty.


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