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Posted: 02/08/06 09:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Reese Tow Beast Receiver Hitch

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Hitch data

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Hitch fasteners

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Instructions

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Existing frame holes, 4 on each side

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½” carriage bolts torqued to 70 ft-lbs

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Installed hitch

1) Tools: 3/4" deep well socket & torque wrench (70 ft-lbs).
2) Removing spare makes for an easier install.
3) The easiest way I have found to install the hitch is to insert the two rear frame bolts through the frame and then lay on your back with the hitch on your chest. Lift it up against the frame while someone else starts the nuts on the two frame bolts. The two rear bolts/nuts will hold the hitch while you install the other 6 bolts/nuts/flat washers/lock washers.

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Posted: 02/08/06 09:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Brad,
Very nice.
Where did you get the hitch? Do they make one for an 06 GMC 2500HD? (see sig)
Thanks,
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Posted: 02/08/06 09:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Brad when I installed my Super Hitch, I put the extension in place and that pretty much balanced the whole thing evenly when I lifted it up to the frame with a floor jack. I pressed it up there tight enough that it actually started to lift the truck a little. Loosely install all the bolts that would line up to the original holes in the frame.

Mucho easy, and easy on the back.

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Posted: 02/08/06 09:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Really good pictures.... What kind of camara did you use? They are very clear and understandable.
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Nice job, info, and pics. I used the same one on my 99 1-ton dually and I don't think I had to drill any holes in the truck frame, everything bolted right up and was a nice fit. The only head-ache I have is crawling under the camper with that 48" extention, lifting and sliding it in when I tow with the camper on. It truely is a beast! But I feel secure with the whole set up.

I think I paid about about $500 includeing sales tax, from ExpressDistributing.com (shipping was cheap since they were in So. Cal.) about a year ago. I also picked up the adapter to use when I tow with out the camper & extention, it takes the 2.5" down to a 2" at the bumper.
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Posted: 02/08/06 10:08pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Brad,
Why did you choose that hitch over the factory option?
Robert


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downtheroad: They had one for my 05 3500 last Feb. Likely the 06 is the same.

downtheroad wrote:

Brad,
Very nice.
Where did you get the hitch? Do they make one for an 06 GMC 2500HD? (see sig)
Thanks,
Dave



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That is the cleanest underside of a truck I have seen. You should have taken it through the mud first so it would make it more fun installing the hitch.


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Posted: 02/09/06 04:37am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BMCM wrote:

Brad,
Why did you choose that hitch over the factory option?
Robert

The Ford 2-1/2" receiver hitch is not rated for use with an extension.

Brad

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