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hitch mod?

so after recently completing my body lift i want to put my hitch back on my truck. i took it off because i think having a massive gap between the bumper and hitch looks retarded.

what i would like to know is; how the hell do i make it fit normally again??? ive read about the "hitch mod" and done plenty of searches but i cannot find any information on how to do it or what's involved. if i had to guess i would immagine you basically chop out a 3" section and weld it back up but if i just look at it i dont think it works exactly like that.

so, is there anybody out there that can help me out?
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You got it bud. You cut out a 3" or so section, depending on your preferences, and weld it back up. I have done it to a couple of them now.
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really?? cuz the hitch kinda "swoops" outward toward the back of the truck and i figured either the hitch would be set kinda behind the bumper, or the area you would weld would not be verry large? or am i totally over thinking the process?
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I did it also... Here's mine:

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Trevor, i love hou you put those shackles on there!
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Thanks Scott! I wanted to do something different, but have it functional if I had to pull someone out. On that top view pic, you can see the 1/4 flat bar I used to gusset the back side of the hitch for support when tugging on it...
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To the OP, yes it does move it in just a little bit, but it isnt anything to worry about. I did it on mine and it isnt that hard. Just time consuming. And yes, Trevor, that is a great looking hitch!
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thanks trevor. would you happen to have a side view of the mounts? im just not sure where to cut.
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On my 3rd pic I posted, there's a line where I laid in the new weld... I can circle it and show you what I mean.... Then I just cut on that line, measured 3in up and cut again... I was kinda skeptical about it, but as long as you measure twice, cut once, you'll be golden. Just take your time and do it right, because you don't want that in the back of your head, judging your welds if you tow or are pulling on people.
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i need to have some one here do mine lol
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run a flat 2x4 across with a level and you should be able to see any flaws
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run a flat 2x4 across with a level and you should be able to see any flaws
How is that going to do anything?

The hitch is extremely symmetrical. Just make the same cuts on both sides.
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How is that going to do anything?

The hitch is extremely symmetrical. Just make the same cuts on both sides.
Excuse me since someone wants to read into it with a biased opinion. Human error ring a bell? Not everyone makes perfect cuts.
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Not everyone makes perfect cuts.
i do lol, im still kinda skeptical on the whole thing but im gonna go at it next week when i have some free time. hopefully it turns out ok
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probably common sense, but i would use a cutting wheel over something like a cutting torch... torches usually leave uneven or jagged cuts...
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i need to have some one here do mine lol
Next time your close to Williamston, let me know. Ill do it.
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i usually use zip discs over a torch. unless its some heavy *** steel, then torch is the only way to go.
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i like using the torch as much as possible, it's quick and easy, don't have to worry about breaking a disk, or burning it out too fast from too much pressure, or changing disks, or having them shatter and hit you in the face and become lodged in your skull

kinda like this...

i hat it happen with a cuting disk once, it hurt
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lol, nice pic!
i work in the food industry using almost only stainless. ive got the zip disc technique down to a science. idk if youve ever tried to cut stainless with a torch.... but its a loosing battle. it dont cut, just kinda melts away in random blobs.

ps. it totally sucks the big one when a disk does blow up on you!
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It's the physical properties of stainless that make it hard to work with. Even cutting stainless or drilling on it, you have to crank the feed and speeds WAY down or you'll ruin the blade/bit. Plasma cutting SS isn't too bad though, you just have to bump the amerage up and work a lil slower.

I would use either a plasma with a straight edge to make the cut on the hitch, or like you said spilly, a cutting wheel on a die grinder. Just make sure you measure a few times before you cut, or you'll be looking for a new hitch! lol
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lol, nice pic!
i work in the food industry using almost only stainless. ive got the zip disc technique down to a science. idk if youve ever tried to cut stainless with a torch.... but its a loosing battle. it dont cut, just kinda melts away in random blobs.

ps. it totally sucks the big one when a disk does blow up on you!
ya, i have, totally agree, it blows! i rarely have used it though, i don't know how to tig weld
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