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I was under the impression that the OEM hitch could be installed without removing anything. It just bolts from underneath.
 

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I was under the impression that the OEM hitch could be installed without removing anything. It just bolts from underneath.
The OEM hitch replaces the bottom plastic trim with one with a cutout. I had to remove the bumper to swap that trim piece. Other than that, the hitch goes on with 6 bolts, just like other hitches. I guess the only difference is the OEM hitch doesn't compromise ground clearance from the rear.
 

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The OEM hitch replaces the bottom plastic trim with one with a cutout. I had to remove the bumper to swap that trim piece. Other than that, the hitch goes on with 6 bolts, just like other hitches. I guess the only difference is the OEM hitch doesn't compromise ground clearence from the rear.
Well you had better move the exhaust pipes too then, my receiver hitch is tight up against the bottom of the bumper is even across the bottom of the pipes. so if it hits it won't hurt it but you will fixing exhaust pipes....lol...
 

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@Nipper Dog ... having just done this on mine last week... the OEM hitch instructions call for removing the rear bumper and everything like is shown, because if you have the wave your foot to open the hatch thing, the sensor and so forth needs to be moved. In my case, I don't have the sensor, and didn't need the wiring harness as already have one installed, so literally just needed to mount the hitch receiver itself.

Now removing the bumper as shown would help, but it is "possible" and what I did, to just leave the rear bumper in place, and only remove the rear middle plastic valance piece that gets replaced. I had to reach my hand way up in there and undo 2 bolts with a ratchet wrench I couldn't see, and (a little more difficult), pry the retainer pins off to release the valance which is not super intuitive. It took me about an hour or so to install, but did save me the trouble of removing the whole rear bumper, which just looked overwhelming to me, but if you do remove the whole rear bumper, then removing those 2 bolts, and all the retainer pins, is much easier.

So you just have to pick your poison, and if you have the sensor, you "might" have to remove the rear bumper completely, but I'm not sure about that, since I didn't have it.
 
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I'd love to get the measurements for those mounting brackets. I have a pipe dream of designing a custom steel bumper that incorporates a swing out tailgate / spare tire holder!
 

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I'd love to get the measurements for those mounting brackets. I have a pipe dream of designing a custom steel bumper that incorporates a swing out tailgate / spare tire holder!
No need for measurements. Mock up your bumper and mounting plates. Bolt on mounting plates and tack weld your bumper to them.
Un bolt and finish her up. Easy peasy.
 

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No need for measurements. Mock up your bumper and mounting plates. Bolt on mounting plates and tack weld your bumper to them.
Un bolt and finish her up. Easy peasy.
Agree but not super repeatable if I wanted to design something that others might enjoy too 😂😁🤔
 

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Agree but not super repeatable if I wanted to design something that others might enjoy too 😂😁🤔
Well, once you build your prototype, you can get all the exact measurements you want.
More than one way to skin a cat.
Can't wait to see what you end up building!
 
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