Originally Posted by jbenoit28
I got the front receiver installed on my 2005 Excursion, but it wasn't pretty. I'm usually pretty good at this stuff, but I was stumped on this one. My receiver was from Curt and goes between the tow hooks. I got everything bolted back up nice except for the four extra bolts you have to drill holes for. The unit is held in place by the existing four bolts that keep the bumper on. The extra four use the inside holes on the frame horns. I was able to install one of them. The other three I just couldn't find a way to get my hand back there to hold the handle nut and spacer in place. I don't plan to mount a winch, just carry bikes. The rack mounts nice and holds me 215lbs. Does anyone have a trick I might try to get those last bolts in? If not, I'm throwing in the towel and hiring a pro.
My front hitch on the Tundra has only 4 bolts, and fits right under the bumper where the tow hooks were. Took all of 10 mins to install. So, sorry to hear about yours.
But, given you are only carrying bikes and you've "tested" the hitch to over 200#'s, I'm not sure I'd even worry about the others unless you'd want to carry anything much heavier.
I saw one other install of an Excursion front hitch and the guy just about dismantled the entire front end to accomplish it. There may be no other way to do it.