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did you have to cut out your front stake pockets? i was noticing the other day mine will need to be cut out to mount my headache rack. what did you use to cut them?
From what I know that is it. But you can simply drill a whole (its only plastic as Im sure you know)
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I did not have to do anything to the pockets closest to the cab. I just had to trim some of the plastic on the ones by the tailgate. To trim the plastic, I just used a hobby knife.
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From what I know that is it. But you can simply drill a whole (its only plastic as Im sure you know)
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i was considering cutting the whole thing out but i think i might just drill a hole big enough to get the bolt through. ill let you know

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I did not have to do anything to the pockets closest to the cab. I just had to trim some of the plastic on the ones by the tailgate. To trim the plastic, I just used a hobby knife.
thats weird yours would be different than mine, must be a long bed thing.
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I forgot that on my 2011 shortbed it was the opposite. On that one it was the cab ones I had to trim.
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Got to tow for the first time tonight. It isn't that big of a trailer but it was loaded almost completely full with firewood. I am guessing somewhere around 3-4000 lbs with the wood and trailer. Maybe more not really sure I guess.

The truck pulled great. Very smooth acceleration under load and not bad fuel milage considering I only have 600 miles on the truck. Evic told me that I was getting 12.6. Engine brake worked very smooth as well. I couldn't be happier with the performance.

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...I also promised a couple of photos of the front reciever without the winch in the way. So here that is. I was initially concerned that it would block too much of the coolers, but as you can see plenty of air can still get around it. There is a brace that stops anything from being put through the receiver too far so that was a nice touch as well. This is made by Draw-Tite and I picked it up through my local NAPA store for $180.00. I had paid more than $200.00 to have one made by a welding shop before so I am pleased overall.



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What winch do you use in there?

Did you install it yourself?

Which part # is this yours?

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or 65057?



What other uses do you have in mind for it?

It appears either will fit - any idea what the difference is?
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The top one is the one I have. The second one will have the receiver coming out below the bumper. You will have to cut the plastic valance for it. I like the top one better because it sits right between the tow hooks and doesn't reduce your clearance or angles.

I use a 10,000 lb Warn with synthetic line. The line pull on the hitch is only 9,000 so you have to be careful. In reality I use the winch more for pulling light cars and trucks out more than for myself. If I go somewhere and am getting stuck, I am much more likely to put the winch in the rear receiver and back myself out of the situation.

Other uses would include a bike rack if I am pulling a trailer that doesn't accommodate one in the back. I have also used one of those flat hauler racks on one of my old trucks to haul misc gear or deer if the bed was already full with camp gear or the like. When I was doing more agricultural work I used to use the front receiver on my Ranchhand bumper to more easily maneuver trailers in tight places.

Overall I just find that there is a ton of uses so I like having it available for whatever comes along. Plus by using that method to mount the winch, I can take it off and get it out of the elements when I want.

Also, yes I installed it myself. Took about 20 minutes. All you do is take off the eight bolts for the tow hooks. The hitch goes on, tow hooks go back over the hitch and you use the bolts supplied with the hitch. Works best if you take the grill off to make it easy to reach the nuts on the back side of the bumper.
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The top one is the one I have. The second one will have the receiver coming out below the bumper. You will have to cut the plastic valance for it. I like the top one better because it sits right between the tow hooks and doesn't reduce your clearance or angles.

I use a 10,000 lb Warn with synthetic line. The line pull on the hitch is only 9,000 so you have to be careful. In reality I use the winch more for pulling light cars and trucks out more than for myself. If I go somewhere and am getting stuck, I am much more likely to put the winch in the rear receiver and back myself out of the situation.

Other uses would include a bike rack if I am pulling a trailer that doesn't accommodate one in the back. I have also used one of those flat hauler racks on one of my old trucks to haul misc gear or deer if the bed was already full with camp gear or the like. When I was doing more agricultural work I used to use the front receiver on my Ranchhand bumper to more easily maneuver trailers in tight places.

Overall I just find that there is a ton of uses so I like having it available for whatever comes along. Plus by using that method to mount the winch, I can take it off and get it out of the elements when I want.

Also, yes I installed it myself. Took about 20 minutes. All you do is take off the eight bolts for the tow hooks. The hitch goes on, tow hooks go back over the hitch and you use the bolts supplied with the hitch. Works best if you take the grill off to make it easy to reach the nuts on the back side of the bumper.
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One last question - any cooling issues after installing the front receiver?
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Temps haven't been real hot here yet so that is a factor. Additionally I haven't towed anything super heavy yet. As such, I just don't anticipate it being a problem. There is still a good amount of room for air to flow around the hitch. There is a decent amount of clearance between the hitch and the coolers as well. I would think that the aftermarket winch bumpers or even some of the grill guards I have seen would be just as restrictive.

Again, I just can't see it being a problem. I will be helping my father-in-law moving his swather, bailer and tractors later this summer so I will be giving it a good workout then. If I do notice anything I will be sure to post it up.
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