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Old 07-07-2021, 06:18 PM #1
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Rear Bumpers with Trailer Hitch

I'm looking for a rear bumper with a trailer hitch. I'm tight on budget so affordability is key. I'm not towing anything heavy just a little U-Haul trailer but the rear part of my frame where a trailer hitch would go isn't in ideal shape for towing so I'm looking for a bumper kit.

I know there's a lot of options on the market I just wanna get opinions before I go buying.
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Old 07-07-2021, 06:54 PM #2
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You do understand that aftermarket bumpers bolt on to the same location of the frame that the stock hitch bolts to, right? If the frame is in bad shape back there, it will still be in bad shape with a new bumper.

There are a number of inexpensive aftermarket hitches that will do the job if you don't want to get an expensive rear bumper.

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You do understand that aftermarket bumpers bolt on to the same location of the frame that the stock hitch bolts to, right? If the frame is in bad shape back there, it will still be in bad shape with a new bumper.

There are a number of inexpensive aftermarket hitches that will do the job if you don't want to get an expensive rear bumper.

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I figured they bolted in where the original bumper bolted in which is a little further up on the frame. I guess I'm stuck working with what I've got.
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The factory rear bumper bolts to the body and I definitely wouldnít want to tow anything with a hitch on those attachment points. Have that section of the frame repaired or find a friend who can help you. itís an easy section to get to so not that hard to repair if you can weld, I fixed that section on mine and now have a factory hitch mounted
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Have that section of the frame repaired or find a friend who can help you. itís an easy section to get to so not that hard to repair if you can weld, I fixed that section on mine and now have a factory hitch mounted
this is probably what I'll end up doing. I have a buddy that can weld really well it's just a matter of how far we gotta go to find good steel to weld to. I definitely should've checked the whole frame before buying. It's great up until the rear suspension... ya live and you learn.
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Yes the other users are spot on as if you frame is rotted so is your bumper mounts and floor pan were that hooks up to. Use my build thread as to how to fix your frame as DIY. Randy and I rebuld frames. So you can see how to do it as that's your best bet at this point. I wouldn't hook anything to a oem bumper nor those body mounts that support it.

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this is probably what I'll end up doing. I have a buddy that can weld really well it's just a matter of how far we gotta go to find good steel to weld to. I definitely should've checked the whole frame before buying. It's great up until the rear suspension... ya live and you learn.
Sounds like somebody was dropping boats into the ocean earlier in the truck's life. Check the rear lower control arm brackets (inside of frame area) while you are under there...

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Yes the other users are spot on as if you frame is rotted so is your bumper mounts and floor pan were that hooks up to. Use my build thread as to how to fix your frame as DIY. Randy and I rebuld frames. So you can see how to do it as that's your best bet at this point. I wouldn't hook anything to a oem bumper nor those body mounts that support it.

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You should link your build thread to your signature. DIY frame repairs could be used by lot of people in here.
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The fabrication is top-notch and their customer service is exceptional. Their rear bumper is truly DOT-3 rated.

I purchased both front and rear bumpers over a year ago (I took a 300mi road trip to save shipping costs) and had them hot-dip galvanised at a shop somewhat local to me in Milwaukee for $150. Everything went perfectly, although I did have to purchase a receiver with more drop to level my trailer.

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I purchased both front and rear bumpers over a year ago (I took a 300mi road trip to save shipping costs) and had them hot-dip galvanised at a shop somewhat local to me in Milwaukee for $150.
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Dang - something else to consider. There is Pacific Galvanizing right across the bay from me in Oakland....looks interesting.
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I am really liking the idea of plate bumpers. . Deer will bounce off them. ;)

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I ran out of lines in my signature...;) That's a good idea though. :]

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