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Old 04-07-2002, 02:05 PM
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Went to Hidden Hitch earlier in the week - these guys do tons of hitches - sales and installation.

Anyway, the hitch they gave me will not bolt up to the frame because the receiver input interferes with the bottom of the step bumper (8" step?). Anyone heard of this problem?

When I try to locate the hitch under the frame, there's a good 1" space between the bottom of the frame rails and the top of the mounting flanges on the hitch, because the receiver input hits the bottom of the bumper.

From what I can tell, this is the stock bumper. 1990 F150 4x4.

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Old 04-07-2002, 02:19 PM
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Gotta be the wrong hitch bro... take it back with the truck and ask them how they propose it to go on.

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Old 04-07-2002, 03:16 PM
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You probably have the right hitch for your truck, just the wrong hitch to fit under the bumper. Make sense? Didn't think so.

I would be willing to bet that your bumper is a 10" drop bumper. Most standard hitches will fit under an 8" drop. Either way, all hitch manufacturers make a hitch that will drop down below your bumper. You'll just need a different part #.

I think the part # you need from Hidden Hitch is #82168. I'm not at my shop right now to applicate it, but I used their online application guide for this number. You may want to verify it before purchasing.

PS. Plan on drilling 6 holes too.

Good luck.

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Old 04-08-2002, 07:01 PM
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Got the "correct" hitch, though it's not a single piece hitch - it's a 3-piece jobbie - the sides (flanges) bolt to the main tube. The guy at the shop said the truck had an aftermarket bumper - looked OEM to me, but what do I know............ Not too thrilled about having a 3-piece hitch. I'll have to look at the Hidden Hitch part number on it.
 
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The three piece set-up is pretty standard for a drop down hitch like that. Most companies that I deal with make them like that too.

I have yet to see Hidden Hitch make a bad product.

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Old 04-08-2002, 11:29 PM
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I installed it tonite - looks good. I forget what the "average" ball height is supposed to be - I recall something like 18" from the ground to the top of the ball - sound about right? I'm going to get one of those cushioned ball mounts.
 
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The right height is when the trailer is perfectly level. Only way to tell this is to hook it to the truck and see how far it drops, then correct with rise or drop.

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I agree w/ blue thunder. There is no "standard" for tongue height. Each trailer is different. The right height is having your trailer level.

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