F150 Front 2" receiver hitch build (8" offcenter for V8 )

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Sodo

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This is the build thread. ( research thread here). A smarter man would buy an Ecoboost license plate holder that mounts off to the right but I'm not that man (then I'd have to wait). Nor did I think of simply screwing the plate directly to that plastic rectangle. :duh: These are good options! Anyway yesterday was my project day, and I kinda had a little too much momentum :D but you V8 fellas can use both foresight & hindsight. Could be easier for Ecoboost owners, but I think the intercooler uses that opening?

There are a couple available to buy (Draw-Tite and Curt), and inexpensive but they are too LOW (10"off the ground!). I prefer it the same height as the rear hitch. You can also replace the entire bumper with a heavy-duty bumper that has a receiver feature. I wanted it to blend in and not be visible, so here it is.

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Flush with License plate.

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Started by cutting a Harbor Freight receiver hitch at the minimum length to hold one of ball hitches.

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I use 7018 rod because it makes me weld like a hero. Cross bar is 2 x 2 x 3/16"

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Drilled four 7/16" holes in the front plates behind the bumper. I gave a lot of thought to tying it into the frame, accessing the towhook bolts etc. The more I thought about it, it's NOT a trailer hitch, not towing 9,000 lbs down the freeway. Not a towbar receiver. In the end decided to simply bolt it to the front plates. It's going to be used to jockey a trailer around and some other non-towing uses.

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Checking access to get to the hitch pin.

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This is the nicest sq tube material I've ever seen. I was apprehensive to use it on something so inelegant as a hitch. No scale at all, gun-metal blue, and even shinier than Steve's projects. :D

Decided to access the pin with an extension thru the hole at left side of the license plate. A solid 1/4" rod is welded to the pin. A peg is welded to the extension that engages a hole to retain it in either pin-out or pin-locked position. The spring-flex of the rod holds the peg in the hole, so there are no clips to lose.

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   / F150 Front 2" receiver hitch build (8" offcenter for V8 ) #2  
Sodo that's excellent. Great work on accessing the pin from the other side. I like how the springiness of the rod is used to retain it in both positions.
 
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Thx Dan!
 
   / F150 Front 2" receiver hitch build (8" offcenter for V8 ) #4  
Good thinking. I never would have thought of what you did with the pin. Clever.
 
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Very Nice Work... I will have to remember this one...
 
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"even shinier than Steve's projects."

Pretty bold claim - keep in mind, you've seen MY projects NAKED :eek: - There's no tellin' what's under that paint - might be Bondo like HF's so-called press plates :rolleyes:

All the work you went to, you coulda put one on the OTHER side, then (since you'd probly not use both at once) you could have made your "auto-pin thingy" so you moved it full stroke one way to lock one receiver, and the other way to lock the other side.

All seriousness aside, cool project - I STILL bet there's bondo under that paint :D:D:D ...Steve
 
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coulda put one on the OTHER side, then (since you'd probly not use both at once) you could have made your "auto-pin thingy" so you moved it full stroke one way to lock one receiver, and the other way to lock the other side.

:laughing: :laughing: :laughing: Steve you are completely, utterly, OUT of control! Of course I like to think for two hours to find a way that saves 2 hours over the course of 50 years so that DOES appeal to me. Can't use the flex feature though.
 
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I LIKE it!! Really, really like it.

Terry
 
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Thanks guys. There's so much space ahead of the radiator it's like a front trunk. So I mounted a 12v compressor in there. It's ARB brand, made for operating an air locker but it seems pretty stout. Wish I had a rollbar or some tank volume to pressurize. I think I'll make some kind of carrier for the hose and air chucks etc.

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Thanks guys. There's so much space ahead of the radiator it's like a front trunk. So I mounted a 12v compressor in there. It's ARB brand, made for operating an air locker but it seems pretty stout. Wish I had a rollbar or some tank volume to pressurize. I think I'll make some kind of carrier for the hose and air chucks etc.

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Time for a custom tool box somewhere!!!!!!!
 
 
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