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This weekend I installed a front receiver for plowing.

History:
I looked into available products and came across 4xgaurd, but the owner there discouraged plow use saying it was setup for pulling, not pushing. I further found a mount from Bear Personal Plows, however this only attached to the front crossmember and didn't appear mush stronger than 4xguard's. I then found a nice mount from Western Plows that mounted between the front crossmember and engine/differential harness. This looked to be what I was looking for for strength, but no receiver mount. Next I found a 12,000lb/1,200lb tongue generic weld on receiver from Curt:
http://www.etrailer.com/Specialty-Trailer-Hitches/Curt/15902.html?feed=npn

The crosstube was 44" inches long (about the same as the front crossmember on th xk) and it was made out of 4" square tube, meaning I would be able to reach in from the ends and work with nuts and bolts.

I ordered these two parts and they formed the bases of my plan of which the details changed several times up until Saturday morning.

Work begins:
After taking off the front grill and bumper (which only took an hour thanks to the great instructions on this site that I had read before), I cut off the front crossmember of the frame about 1/2" back on the side rails. The new receiver hitch would replace the front crossmember.

I then attached the mounting brackets from the plow mount that were meant for the front crossmember to the receiver.

I used 1/8" x 2" angle iron, cut in 4" lengths to mount the receiver to the frame rails. These were cut and drilled and mounted to the receiver.

Next, the receiver was fit to the front and the rails were marked for drilling. (this is where the pictures start)

After drilling the frame rails, the mounts had to be removed from the receiver and bolted to the frame rails, as you can't get into the frame once the receiver is in place.

Now it was time to install the plow mount.
First the front of the mount was attached to the mounting brackets that had already been installed on the receiver.

Next, the mount was swung up into place on the engine/differential cross member, marked and drilled.

Once it was all bolted up, all that remained was to cutout the front bumper and reinstall.

It seems simple in the writeup, but took about 16 hours from start to completion over the weekend.

Here are some of the final pictures, I'll share more from earlier parts of the project when the camera has enough juice to transfer them......
 

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Finished job, without license plate installed.
 

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Very nicely done.
 

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Good job. Can you post some pics of the plow attached?
 

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Good job. Can you post some pics of the plow attached?
We have a storm coming in Tuesday night, so I might be a ble to get something together in a few days. I'm hoping the plow bracket will adjust down far enough as the receiver is about 5" above where it was on the old vehicle.
 

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That would suck if the plow wouldnt reach the ground after all your work!!

Is this mounted upside down?
What happened to the crash cans on the front of the bumper?

I like the mount and the ability to hide it behind a license plate.
Put a hinged mount on the plate bracket and get a portable winch...

Overall rating 5 of 5 I think!
 

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That would suck if the plow wouldnt reach the ground after all your work!!
It will work.......one way or the other.......

It uses and adjustable mount that can go up or down about 4", right now it's in the center position.

Here's a generic picture:


The adjustable piece is a standard part and I'll get one with more drop (or rise if you flip it over) if need be.
 

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Great. Keep us posted. Where are you located?
 

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Here's one with about 10" of drop:


Pintle hook mounting plate...... I knew there was a name for it.
 

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good work man looks awesome!!
 

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Can't wait to see pics. Looks as good as your mount GP.
 

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Maybe even better than my mount. I think he has reinforcements.

Btw, that plow is much lighter duty than commercial plows and may have been fine on the 4xGuard. But I don't really know how the 4xGuard is designed and attached. I wouldn't hesitate to use my front receiver for that snow plow.

Looking forward to a video of plowing with it.
 

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It is a fairly light duty plow and I only use it for the driveway, that said, a pile of snow can build up in front of it higher than the hood and there are times when you want to push an existing pile back another few feet.
 

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The company that makes that plow was a sponsor a couple of years ago. I liked what I saw but I didn't want to spend that much money. Did you say where you're from? If it was near enough to me, I wouldn't mind seeing it in action.
 

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Here are some more pics of the job in progress including:
1)xk w/o bumper
2)xk w/o front x-member
3)end caps removed from receiver for access
4)plow mount
5)rest of plow mount
 

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A few more pics of plow mount and receiver....
 

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Your mount has a lot more bracing than mine. That should be really strong. Good job.

(Mine is made from c-channel that wraps around the cross piece that you cut out and replaced with the receiver hitch. But it also has "L's" on each end that bolt to the inside of the rails.)
 

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The company that makes that plow was a sponsor a couple of years ago. I liked what I saw but I didn't want to spend that much money. Did you say where you're from? If it was near enough to me, I wouldn't mind seeing it in action.
I paid a $1000 for the plow and another $200 for the mount on the original vehicle. It's very well made for what it is, but very simple. No controls, you can set it on the top of the rack for transportation, or down for plowing. When backing up it tips out to slide over the ground. Going forward on dry (or fairly dry) pavement it bumps, grinds, pops and and squeals.

My thinking was that for the same price as a snowblower I could sit in the car and keep warm.

It is best to use it before anyone drives over the snow as the plow will tend to run on top of existing tracks.
 

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In your opinion would it be able to move through 18" to 2 feet of unplowed crusted snow?

Our family has a cabin in the northern woods of Michigan and I like to go there in the winter and I have gotten stuck a couple of times.
 
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