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Whose got a front receiver hitch and why ?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by ColAdo82K5, Nov 27, 2001.

  1. ColAdo82K5

    ColAdo82K5 1/2 ton status

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    Hey,
    I've got an extra suburban rear hitch, and was thinking about making it into a front receiver hitch for my blazer. How many have front hitchs and do you like them or not. Is this a superior attachment point compared to stock tow hooks?(i'm sure it is) But how will you connect a hitch in the front ? besides drilling holes in the bottom of the frame ? Does this type of hitch just mess up your approach angle or what ? Any experiences ?
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  2. dyeager535

    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    No other comments besides the rear hitch alone destroys apporach angle. It hangs WAY down, and I don't wheel hard, but still dragged the stock rear one. Wouldn't be so bad if they weren't designed to drop down enough to clear the gas tank, which I believe they are.

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    I've only seen front hitches for folks who want to have a winch set up in a manner where they can disconnect it and move it to either the front or the rear... or simply take it off when not being used and stored in the garage to prevent theft.... I would think if made right and done right it could be solid and work well enough and not take away anything from angles.... as for making one I'd either buy one made for the purpose up only or if I made it make sure I was doing correctly and had the knowledge to make sure I wasn't going to seriously mess something up....

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    two things come to mind immediately-

    1. warn multimount- plug-in winch, now it can go front to rrrear.....

    2. i'm integrating a receiver into my front bumper 'cause then you can set a trailer on it and winch a dead truck onto the trailer.... makes it a lot easier if you don't have a winch on your trailer...

    greg

    PS what you're saying, however, is that you plan to fab a rear setup to your front/// how important is that approach angle to you??
     
  5. SKI-'84K5

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    what if you invert the hitch do minor fabs to attach it to the frame and incorporate it into a custom front bumper, just an idea don't know if it's even worth mi 2 cents, come on somebody shoot me down, come on you know you want to.
     
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    The coolest thing about having a front reciever is that you can park a trailer in some tight spots with it. With the tongue of the trailer close to the steering wheels as well as in plain view, you have control and vision to stick that trailer wherever it will fit.
     
  7. tRustyK5

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    I worked at a trailer manufacturing/repair place...the yard truck had a pintle hitch on the front bumper so getting the 4 axle tranfer trailers into the shop was cake. If I used my travel trailer more i'd consider it just for that.

    I like the idea of being able to winch a vehicle onto a car trailer...'cept I don't have a winch[​IMG]

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    i have a front reciver for my warn multi-mount winch and like steph said if done right it dose not hurt your aproch angle it dont hurt mine at all[​IMG] you can see pics in my webshots album in the album titled my blazer just click the link in my sig[​IMG]

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    I am getting ready to put a hitch reciever up front but where the front bumper use to be on the Jimmy. I took the bumper off since it was the only straight piece from the rollover and the bumper on the burb was messed up. So now I am making a custom front bumper with a winch. My bumper wont go past the spring hangers so I dont catch it on everything, and it wont be any lower than the bottom of the frame.

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    tRusty without a winch???? Who'd ever thunk it?
    My SEC front bumper came with a receiver built in. I've not used it yet but I think I'm glad it's there. I do park a few trailers, boat trailer, dog trailer, camp trailer, wood haulin trailer and that front receiver could come in handy.
     
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    I'm a cheap bastard...I'm waiting to find one for free[​IMG]

    Seriously though, I never wheel alone which takes care of 95% of stucks that happen. A winch is on my list though...

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    My custom bumper I built has one. Put it there incase I ever needed to haul something real long (like a Canoe or wood) I could put a rack off it. Also plan to carry a cheap vice with a som 2x2 for a base that I can slide into the reciver for trail repairs. I have clevis points on the front so never used it for a recovery point. I do use it to park my utility trailer. MAN it is nice when you need to jocky a trailer into a tight spot.

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    I have an extra hitch I am gonna put in the front. As far as pulling from the hooks...It is safer IMO to pull from a clevis, in the center than a hook to the side. ALSO if you pull from 1 rail, you run the risk of putting a "diamond" in the frame. I put a lenghty post in the crooked truck or something like that, thats about "diamonds".

    I will be cutting mine down and putting it IN the rails.

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    For my kind of wheeling (rockcrawling) you need a winch in some areas to get up objects like 4 foot water falls. You drive with the winch to get up things. So far I have gotten lucky have havent needed it or someone else winched me up.

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    I'm looking to do this pretty soon, too. I yanked one off my Jeep, but am still missing 1 critical piece to make it all fit: time!

    I seriously think a front reciever is a great idea. De-stucking, trailer manuevering, etc.

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  17. ColAdo82K5

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    Well, I think i'm sold on the idea. Can I just drill holes in the frame and use some grade 8 bolts or what. Welding doesn't sound practical to me. I'll try to keep the hitch as out of the way as i can.
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    I have one built into the front of my bumper, I use it to insert a 2" clevis to pull on center, I like being able to remove it, I also use the same clevis for the rear.

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    I'll be putting one in someday. It'll be a good pull point plus you can use it to mount a bike rack on there.

    I'll be doing a hidden hitch type of setup, fab the hitch between the rails and use the license plate to cover it up.

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