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Siegmann 09-20-2014 09:00 AM

F-150 Upgraded Rear Bumper
Could those of you with a late model F-150 that have the "upgraded rear bumper" tell me if the hitch is integrated to the bumper. More specifically, can the hitch be removed without changing out the bumper?

Aviator 09-20-2014 05:06 PM

I have a 2009 and the entire hitch assembly is separate from the chrome bumper.

Siegmann 09-21-2014 10:51 AM

Aviator, was your model described as having the "upgraded rear bumper"?

BigAl 09-21-2014 01:26 PM

I have 2011 and it has the heavy duty upgraded bumper. From what I can see the chrome bumper can be unbolted from the hitch.

BigAl 09-21-2014 01:27 PM

But the hitch can't be removed by itself. It is part of the bumper assembly.

Siegmann 09-21-2014 09:53 PM

BigAl, so if one were to remove the hitch (to upgrade or replace with a non-OEM hitch), I would have no place to reattach the bumper?

pappy19 09-28-2014 08:06 AM

Look up , and see their bumper replacements. The factory hitch is removed, but their bumpers are second to none. Had mine since the truck was new, 146,000 miles ago and probably have 50,000 towing miles.

BigAl 09-28-2014 09:32 AM

Sorry for delay. I think you are right. Looks like the hitch and bumper sub frame(which is all the heavy metal) is one unit. The chrome is just window dressing.

Aviator 09-28-2014 03:12 PM

Siegmann, I can't find anything calling it upgraded. It is a lariat model with the heavy duty tow package.

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