I thought about it for a LONG time 1st. There is really no good reason that they HAVE to be there. Now if I was towing some very heavy stuff, I may not have as they were part of the hitch.
This is where it attached to the panard bar. bar gets/ controls side to side movement,so extra the front to back support wasn't needed. The remaining bracket is very stout.
I did not cut any welds for the tow hitch on either side,left about 3/4"of metal around them
on pass side i left the top angled section as to not lose any rigidity
likewise i left the top angle on the drivers side& left the drop that the canister mounts to as well.
I cut,bent ,& rewelded the canister bracket to make extra room for the pipe,yet still secure canister
The job was done right. It was not spur-of-the-moment.
I simply removed excess metal that I didnt need. I did NOT cut my chassis, just a subframe section that was not required.