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Old 03-06-2013, 07:31 PM   #15
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Thanks for the info. I'm going to tackle this on my excursion this weekend.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:54 AM   #16
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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.

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Old 03-19-2013, 10:23 AM   #17
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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.

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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.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:06 PM   #18
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Bub,

I did take the front bumper off and it wasn't to hard. My guess is that more of the face of the truck has to be removed to get at those bolts like you said. I will suffice for now.

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I did take the front bumper off and it wasn't to hard. My guess is that more of the face of the truck has to be removed to get at those bolts like you said. I will suffice for now.


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How about a coupla tack welds?
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Ha! You read my mind. Shove the bolts in, then tack in place. We'll call it plan B.

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Old 03-27-2013, 08:00 AM   #21
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I hung two bikes on the front rack and towed it up to FDR from St. Petersburg. Did fine. I will modify the bike rack when I get back to be a little shorter. The bikes are mounted very high. Slightly in my field of view, which was a bit annoying.
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