Tow hitch onto Base model?

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Towing newb. I've seen some posts saying you can always add a tow hitch part onto vehicles from Amazon etc. or have a shop do it for under $500.

But is there a chance that welding would be required for base to add it? Or is it always self-installable add on once aftermarket catches up?





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Towing newb. I've seen some posts saying you can always add a tow hitch part onto vehicles from Amazon etc. or have a shop do it for under $500.

But is there a chance that welding would be required for base to add it? Or is it always self-installable add on once aftermarket catches up?
Highly doubt welding will be required. OEM reciever bolts through cross member of the frame... basically all modern aftermarket receivers use the same mounting style.
 
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Towing newb. I've seen some posts saying you can always add a tow hitch part onto vehicles from Amazon etc. or have a shop do it for under $500.

But is there a chance that welding would be required for base to add it? Or is it always self-installable add on once aftermarket catches up?
There’s a chance, but unlikely. The one from the factory appears to install through holes that are probably pre-drilled into the frame. So, it is likely after market options will just be bolt on.
 

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Highly doubt welding will be required. OEM reciever bolts through cross member of the frame... basically all modern aftermarket receivers use the same mounting points.
Offered by Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Curt, Reese...

and can be installed from minutes to an afternoon. It all depending if any trim needs to be moved around.
 

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Thanks all, one more reason to save money and stick with base!
Except that nobody knows if it will be available by the time we get our trucks. MY 2022 has a better chance but no way to know.
 
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Except that nobody knows if it will be available by the time we get our trucks. MY 2022 has a better chance but no way to know.
True I can wait, not towing often I'll just rent till then. Squatch yes
 

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Hell, when I put a hitch on my 14 fusion it took the place I had put it on about 15 minutes (I only did the hitch & no wiring) to put on. I believe the bronco will be just as easy for the actual hitch mounting.
 

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Towing newb myself: if I understand the comments in this thread correctly, it shouldn't be an issue to install a hitch to the base aftermarket?

Follow up question: an aftermarket hitch won't stick down farther than the factory installed one will it? I'm mostly thinking about departure angles
 

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Follow up question: an aftermarket hitch won't stick down farther than the factory installed one will it? I'm mostly thinking about departure angles
A WDH (Weight Distribution Hitch) will more than likely stick down further that the factory installed one.

With that said..... several Aftermarket Bumpers have the receiver incorporated within them and "might" even offer a better departure angle than the factory installed hitch.
 

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The receiver hitch itself should be easy peasy. The thing I would be worried about is wiring for the lights. Hopefully there will be a pigtail on a harness that would allow a simple plug n play. Many manufacturers do this to streamline production. One master harness across the board and different models use specific pieces of it. My Wrangler didn't have towing but I added it myself for $50 and about an hour of my time. Used receiver hitch off of Craigslist and a plug n play wiring harness from Quadratec. If there is no such harness or pigtail from the factory, it will require running wires to the battery and some creative cutting and splicing.
 

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The receiver hitch itself should be easy peasy. The thing I would be worried about is wiring for the lights. Hopefully there will be a pigtail on a harness that would allow a simple plug n play. Many manufacturers do this to streamline production. One master harness across the board and different models use specific pieces of it. My Wrangler didn't have towing but I added it myself for $50 and about an hour of my time. Used receiver hitch off of Craigslist and a plug n play wiring harness from Quadratec. If there is no such harness or pigtail from the factory, it will require running wires to the battery and some creative cutting and splicing.
How much do you see it costing in both scenarios?
 

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