Front Hitch

Front Hitch

Postby Rockridge [OP] » February 10th 2020, 1:51am

has anyone done a front hitch install and can offer any insight into anything they might do differently?

I found a 2" receiver install on the old site, looks pretty straight forward, guy used a universal hitch with adjustable width, reshaped the frame mounts to bolt to the inside of the bumper brackets and had to do a little bumper trimming. This would work for my needs. It seems simple enough. Might not need to trim my bumper cover since I do have 2" body lift pucks. I don't remember if he had a lift or not.
Original Poster [OP]
Rockridge
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L1)
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L1)
Years of Membership: Rockridge has been a member for 5 full yearsRockridge has been a member for 5 full yearsRockridge has been a member for 5 full yearsRockridge has been a member for 5 full yearsRockridge has been a member for 5 full years
Posts: 950
Topics: 53
Images: 0
Joined: May 2016
Location: New Hampshire
Gender: Male
Alias (AKA): Walker
Van Model Year: 2004
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro
Extra Info: LS AWD

  • Similar topics
    Replies
    Views
    Author
  • Front tire carrier, 2-inch receiver hitch
    by michaelconwaybrown » April 16th 2021, 6:01pm in Towing/Trailers
    5 Replies
    408 Views
    Last post by michaelconwaybrown View the latest post
    April 17th 2021, 6:45pm
  • hitch install question
    by Rmac » March 9th 2021, 8:21pm in Towing/Trailers
    5 Replies
    408 Views
    Last post by Rmac View the latest post
    March 10th 2021, 3:00am
  •  
    8
    44
    Last post by AstroSafari.com View the latest post
    July 26th 2021, 1:30am

Re: Front Hitch

Postby Big_kid » February 10th 2020, 2:55am

I've done it with the intention of limited loading on it. Pics as I find them, stand by...
95 Astro Conversion of unknown irrelevant lineage
We have enough youth. How about a fountain of smart?
User avatar
Big_kid
Team Leader
Team Leader
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L7)
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L7)
Years of Membership: Big_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full years
Posts: 6872
Topics: 185
Images: 357
Joined: June 2008
Gender: Male
Alias (AKA):
Van Model Year: 1995
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro
Extra Info: 2WD 5.7 V8

Re: Front Hitch

Postby Big_kid » February 10th 2020, 3:06am

95 Astro Conversion of unknown irrelevant lineage
We have enough youth. How about a fountain of smart?
User avatar
Big_kid
Team Leader
Team Leader
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L7)
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L7)
Years of Membership: Big_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full years
Posts: 6872
Topics: 185
Images: 357
Joined: June 2008
Gender: Male
Alias (AKA):
Van Model Year: 1995
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro
Extra Info: 2WD 5.7 V8

Re: Front Hitch

Postby Big_kid » February 10th 2020, 3:12am

I found inspiration from this thread:

https://www.astrosafari.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=94306
95 Astro Conversion of unknown irrelevant lineage
We have enough youth. How about a fountain of smart?
User avatar
Big_kid
Team Leader
Team Leader
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L7)
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L7)
Years of Membership: Big_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full yearsBig_kid has been a member for 13 full years
Posts: 6872
Topics: 185
Images: 357
Joined: June 2008
Gender: Male
Alias (AKA):
Van Model Year: 1995
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro
Extra Info: 2WD 5.7 V8

Re: Front Hitch

Postby markmitch » February 10th 2020, 3:46am

If your close to California I have two class 3 hitches.
User avatar
markmitch
AstroSafari Pioneer
AstroSafari Pioneer
Firing on 1 Cylinder (L7)
Firing on 1 Cylinder (L7)
Years of Membership: markmitch has been a member for 13 full yearsmarkmitch has been a member for 13 full yearsmarkmitch has been a member for 13 full yearsmarkmitch has been a member for 13 full yearsmarkmitch has been a member for 13 full yearsmarkmitch has been a member for 13 full yearsmarkmitch has been a member for 13 full yearsmarkmitch has been a member for 13 full yearsmarkmitch has been a member for 13 full yearsmarkmitch has been a member for 13 full yearsmarkmitch has been a member for 13 full yearsmarkmitch has been a member for 13 full yearsmarkmitch has been a member for 13 full years
Posts: 6122
Topics: 640
Images: 21
Joined: March 2008
Location: California
Gender: Male
Alias (AKA): 1st gen or frankenvan
Van Model Year: 1989
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro
Extra Info: RS V8 AWD

Re: Front Hitch

Postby Ken2.7 » February 10th 2020, 4:26am

I recently removed my front hitch because It reduced the ground clearance and disturbed air flow to the radiator which increased engine temperature when crossing the Continent Divide. I hope to find a way to raise it so ground clearance isn’t an issue so I’ll be following your post.
The link below gives a little detail on how I fastened mine.
https://www.astrosafari.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=94306
Attachments
467AC0FF-1F99-484E-A184-0792EBCC6FC2.jpeg
Ken2.7
Firing on 2 Cylinders (L1)
Firing on 2 Cylinders (L1)
Years of Membership: Ken2.7 has been a member for 8 full yearsKen2.7 has been a member for 8 full yearsKen2.7 has been a member for 8 full yearsKen2.7 has been a member for 8 full yearsKen2.7 has been a member for 8 full yearsKen2.7 has been a member for 8 full yearsKen2.7 has been a member for 8 full yearsKen2.7 has been a member for 8 full years
Posts: 263
Topics: 34
Images: 0
Joined: April 2013
Gender: Male
Alias (AKA): Ken
Van Model Year: 2000
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro

Re: Front Hitch

Postby Rockridge [OP] » February 10th 2020, 5:37pm

markmitch wrote:If your close to California I have two class 3 hitches.



Thanks for the offer. Bit of a haul from the right coast!
Original Poster [OP]
Rockridge
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L1)
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L1)
Years of Membership: Rockridge has been a member for 5 full yearsRockridge has been a member for 5 full yearsRockridge has been a member for 5 full yearsRockridge has been a member for 5 full yearsRockridge has been a member for 5 full years
Posts: 950
Topics: 53
Images: 0
Joined: May 2016
Location: New Hampshire
Gender: Male
Alias (AKA): Walker
Van Model Year: 2004
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro
Extra Info: LS AWD

Re: Front Hitch

Postby Rockridge [OP] » February 11th 2020, 1:19am

I'm leaning towards an install like this. Might need to add a tie in to the front cross member for additional support. Kind is a slowly evolving project. I'm working towards htching up a plow to the van. Plow is about 275 lbs. But there is the torque to consider. My 04 GMC Sierra 2500 just sits all summer, then when I need it it wants a water pump or brakes or something at the worst possible time.

IMG_20120319_161805.jpg
Original Poster [OP]
Rockridge
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L1)
Firing on 8 Cylinders (L1)
Years of Membership: Rockridge has been a member for 5 full yearsRockridge has been a member for 5 full yearsRockridge has been a member for 5 full yearsRockridge has been a member for 5 full yearsRockridge has been a member for 5 full years
Posts: 950
Topics: 53
Images: 0
Joined: May 2016
Location: New Hampshire
Gender: Male
Alias (AKA): Walker
Van Model Year: 2004
Van Make/Model: Chevrolet Astro
Extra Info: LS AWD


 
  • Related topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to Towing/Trailers

It is currently July 26th 2021, 1:30am

Towing/Trailers Forum
Towing/TrailersDiscuss towing and trailers and plows, or overdrive and hitch towing capacity (GVW) and tongue weight for heavy loads. This is the place for tow hitches, receivers, and trailer wiring as well as snow plowing.
To create a new topic in Towing/Trailers, click this button:
Previous topic Next topic
Recent Image Attachments
Attached by:
swedishian
in Towing/Trailers
Views: 335
Comments: 5
Date: May 03 '21
Time: 7:24pm
» Read last comment
Attached by:
Attached by: Mmusicman
Mmusicman
in Towing/Trailers
Views: 1038
Comments: 22
Date: Mar 01 '21
Time: 10:49pm
» Read last comment
Attached by:
Attached by: Mmusicman
Mmusicman
in Towing/Trailers
Views: 1038
Comments: 22
Date: Feb 28 '21
Time: 8:45pm
» Read last comment
Attached by:
Attached by: AstroWill
AstroWill
in Towing/Trailers
Views: 1847
Comments: 53
Date: Dec 04 '20
Time: 11:04pm
» Read last comment
Attached by:
Attached by: Leeann_93
Leeann_93
in Towing/Trailers
Views: 965
Comments: 5
Date: Oct 23 '20
Time: 11:04pm
» Read last comment
Sponsors

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests