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Salvaging Trailer Hitch
Posted 20 September 2012 - 05:59 AM
I mounted it about 9 years ago, and cannot remember the details, all I remember is having to remove the bumper to mount it. It is a Hidden Hitch, who no longer list this hitch, so there are no instructions available for it.
Does anyone know what is involved? Some plastic/rubber bits came off, the hitch went on, then they were refitted.
Posted 20 September 2012 - 03:48 PM
Posted 21 September 2012 - 12:38 AM
Edited by robm, 21 September 2012 - 12:40 AM.
Posted 21 September 2012 - 12:57 AM
Posted 21 September 2012 - 02:50 PM
Posted 22 September 2012 - 12:02 PM
I don't think you have to remove the bumper. You have to for install to insert the nuts w/tabs onb them into the framerail.
But for removal, just unbolt the hitch from the bottom. 3 or 4 bolts at each side where the old recovery hooks were, and one big one at each end on the leading straps that go forward up to the framerail.
Now if you want to get the nuts out of the frame for reinstall, then yes....4 more bolts to remove bumper (and 2 10mm bolts at each corner for the skin, but those are ussually rusted/ripped already.)
Posted 22 September 2012 - 02:02 PM
Salvaging the hardware in the frame rail took a bit of work. One came out OK, the other I had to get creative. I bored a hole into the rail, stuffed a 1/2" rod into it, and jammed a long crescent wrench handle between the rod and the backing plate, to stop it and the carriage bolt (round head, square beneath it) from rotating.
There are also a bunch of 8 mm bolts that hold it on. Only one survived, the rest snapped. The strange thing was that they would turn about 3 turns, then get stiff and snap right off. They were too long, so they went into the rail and got rusty. The threads in the welded on nut were OK, it was the bolt threads that stuck out that were rusty amd seized when rotated into the nut. Next time, I will use bolts that are the right length, and lots of antiseize.
The next question, is how to reinstall? Getting those bolts deep into the frame rail will be interesting, without the original hardware that came with the hitch. I will have to make some straps or sheet metal bits to get them into place.
Edited by robm, 24 September 2012 - 10:46 AM.
Posted 23 September 2012 - 07:02 AM
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