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June 23rd, 2010, 08:39 PM
Today, I'll be installing a front hitch receiver on a 2006 F-150 STX 4x4. This proceedure covers 2004-2008 F-150 4x4s. A front mount receiver can be useful for installing a step bar, winch or receiver mounted platform and you do not want to block access to your tailgate. The receiver being installed is a Curt model 31352.

Here is the subject vehicle before:


This is the hitch that will be installed:


First, remove the 4 bolts holding the tow hooks to the front of the truck. The bolts are 15mm.

At this point, I installed the 2 new bolts and square hole spacers in the rearmost holes in the frame. You will need the fish wire that comes with the installation kit for this. This is how I fished the spacer and bolt through the frame.


To attach the spacer and bolt to the fish wire, run the wire through the middle of the spacer and screw the bolt to the coiled end of the wire.

It is easier to run the wire through the frame then attach the spacer and bolt.

When the spacer and bolt are in place on both frame rails, position the receiver under the truck, and screw the rear-most bolt for the factory tow hooks into the center hole on the receiver mount. You do not need to get these tight at this point, just secured enough to hold the weight of the receiver. Do this on both sides. Be careful, because the factory bolts screw to a metal plate that sits loose in the frame, so you may need to play around with that plate to get it lined up again.

Now, slide the tow hooks over the bolts you just reinstalled, and install the front bolts. Tighten those up, then install the nuts on the new bolts your fished through the frame. Once everything is tight, you are finished and it should look like this:


June 23rd, 2010, 09:22 PM
Nice add on! And pretty easy install. Also good at protecting the front plate! :grinz:

June 23rd, 2010, 09:58 PM
Nice add on! And pretty easy install. Also good at protecting the front plate! :grinz:

Thanks! As you can see in the pics, that frontplate does need some protecting. That plate is on it's third truck. It has been on my 1991 F-150 and a 1982 Chevy S-10 (where it got all beat up). That plate was issued in 1986! :gasp: