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So seeing this now that you All point it out, there should be a easy cheaper aftermarket trailer hitch that’s just mounts up? So probably save a little money that way down the road?





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So seeing this now that you All point it out, there should be a easy cheaper aftermarket trailer hitch that’s just mounts up? So probably save a little money that way down the road?
I'm going to give the factory receiver a shot because I want the hitch and wiring right away, but I'll probably upgrade to an after market bumper with a Class III receiver down the road. I've seen some for Jeep that mount to the frame and cross member that should be much stronger than this one.
 

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So using Ranger as a proxy, you can get an OEM harness for $60, and receiver for 280-400. Aftermarket receivers are more like 120. And all of those are the type that bolt to the longitudinal frames on either side of the truck and are Class III.

A four bolt receiver like the one shown costs a lot less. So we are really being overcharged for the tow package for what you get.
 

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So seeing this now that you All point it out, there should be a easy cheaper aftermarket trailer hitch that’s just mounts up? So probably save a little money that way down the road?
Yes you can. If I remember correctly a similar aftermarket receiver cost me about $50 for my JK, didn't add the wiring harness as I was only using it for a bike rack at the time.

Ended up doing the factory on my JL, but that came with the aux switches, upgraded alternator and upgraded battery.
 

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I swapped a few emails with Steve Nance and Richard Gomrick of Stealth Hitch to see if they were considering the Bronco and to hopefully put it on their radar. They were super fast to respond and I uploaded them on the concerns of the overall frame drop of the factory hitch and the low capacity. I also sent over Fathorse's image from this thread.

They asked if I was in the Atlanta area which is probably where they do R&D. If you are an early Bronco ticket holder and wouldn't mind helping to develop the first Stealth Hitch maybe reach out to them.

I've already asked them to add in a skid shoe option for when the hitch is empty it can protect the receiver. Their design is what Ford should have considered as to not lose so much departure angle with the hitch.

I encouraged the Stealth Hitch guys to get on here to help advance their development. If you see them on here, help them crack the aftermarket tow hitch for the Bronco....
 

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Hey I recognize that picture.

3500lb doesn't take much beef to pull so it's acceptable. I once pointed out Harbor Freight sells basically the same bracket for $20 but apparently that was a no-no because it was deleted.

I'll pass on the factory tow.
 

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Brake controllers are late availability.
Is that true?? I really want an integrated factory brake controller.

At this rate, I am not gonna get one until MY23 with all the late availability...
 

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Is that true?? I really want an integrated factory brake controller.

At this rate, I am not gonna get one until MY23 with all the late availability...
It's been a month since I posted that. I don't remember if I saw it on an Mike LeVine tweet or if I was joking.

Probably the latter of the two. I still wonder why Ford even bothered with a 7-pin plug if they weren't going to at least entertain the possibility of installing a brake controller. But looking at the dash I'd have no idea where they'd put it.
 
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