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Old 11-26-2011, 11:09 AM
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Receiver hitch "no drilling required"?

Hi all,

I want to put a class III receiver hitch on my truck. But I don't want to drill holes in my frame to mount it. Are there any receiver hitches that mount to existing frame holes, no drilling required? AND allow you to keep the spare tire in its stock position under the bed?

Some receiver hitches claim "No drilling required". For example, this one (picture below) I found on Ebay claims that it is made for our trucks and has "No drilling required". But I am skeptical.

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No pic, no link. There are plenty made for about anything, but it does get harder to find as trucks get older. Some things are cheaper locally by the time you figure in shipping.
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No such thing as a NO DRILL hitch on these trucks. There are no holes on the bottom of the frame rails, where a hitch mounts
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And most allow you to keep the spare but restrict access to the 'handle' to get it down.

I welded a drop on mine in order to use the lug wrench as a lever.
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No pic, no link. There are plenty made for about anything, but it does get harder to find as trucks get older. Some things are cheaper locally by the time you figure in shipping.
No pic? The pic I uploaded is visible to me. Can anyone else see it? Thanks for the advice, I would rather buy locally if possible.
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Thanks Brad, Jim et al. I saw there were some pre-existing holes on the sides of the frame rails back there, as well as some under the step bumper, and thought maybe some hitch might mount to those. But if you guys say "no drilling required" doesn't exist, despite manufacturers claims to the contrary, I believe you over them!

I suppose I'll drill if I have to, and it sounds like I will. Seems like Ford would have realized that lots of people like to put a reciever hitch on their truck, and provided a few holes in the frame to facilitate that.

Although granted, my little F150 has a 3.08 rear and a manual 4 speed OD transmission, and therefore posseses an awesome towing capacity similar to a Geo Metro. Or maybe a Honda Fit. But still, I'd like to be able to tow extremely light things and like how a reciever hitch looks on a truck.
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No pic? The pic I uploaded is visible to me. Can anyone else see it? Thanks for the advice, I would rather buy locally if possible.
I can see the pic fine.

Still don't think there are any existing holes back there.
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But still, I'd like to be able to tow extremely light things and like how a reciever hitch looks on a truck.
But still.... you need a place to hang your Truck Nutz.





























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But still.... you need a place to hang your Truck Nutz.
Funny! I hate those things! Something tells me the ladies are not impressed by truck nutz hanging off the back of a vehicle.
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NO ONE is impressed by truck nutz, except some kid who is not old enough to drive yet.
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I still dont see any pic or link
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No pic and no link.
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I see the picture just fine, it is coming from Galendor's FTE album and the direct URL to it is:

http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/pi...ictureid=86048

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Take a tape measure and check to see if the dimensions I sent in a PM match.
Mine has the notch needed to fit frame flush as that one does.
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my 86 i had to drill the 6 holes !
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