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custom hitch after body lift.

well this last weekend i got started on my custom hitch. its not done yet, need to make some gussets and some paint and primer.

i ran out of oxygen so, i couldnt finish it all up.

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the bar in place.


how much shows


unfortunatly there is a lack in pictures for a while.
its pretty much all welded and sitting on the bench in the garage waiting on a few things. and ill get another pic of it tonight. and keep everyone updated with the final result.

btw this was well engineered... i had some help


btw before anyone asks. i dont have time to make more of these. sorry.
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Lookin good Zach... I've been pondering what I can do for my BL and hitch as well.
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interesting, any way to test the strength of it?
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Trial and error
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interesting, any way to test the strength of it?

lets put it this way...

my dad was helping me weld and make it. he said in his words.

"it wont come off and if it does, you will be needing more than just a new hitch"

so basicaly if it comes off i will need some serious frame work that needs to be done. im pretty confident he is right, he has made several hitches before and welds all the time.

we made it from scrap 2inch bar and 1/4 inch plate we had layin around the garage. so it was free.
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hmm look'n good, i gota do somethn as well , i dont wanna be stuck without a hitch for long..

at least you have yer stock ball placement
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How are you gonna get a receiver on there? Or am I missing something here?
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your still not done with that thing???

haha
looks good
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How are you gonna get a receiver on there? Or am I missing something here?
its not welded on in those pictures. lol ill take a pic tonight of it sittin on the bench.

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your still not done with that thing???

haha
looks good

yaya i was waiting for u to give me hell. lol

all it needs is primer and paint
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looks good little bro
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Looks good Zach, hurry up with the finished product lol. I wanna see.
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here is how it sits till saturday.
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Looks good Zach, I know what was said in the previous post about it being strong but with the receiver being so long is that going to hurt the strength????
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i was afriad it might come up, but trust me when it is done it will be. and if its not for some reason strong enough i will make another one and it will be better yet. the only way i can see it breaking is if i try and use the truck for something it wasnt ment to be used for.
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i dont mean to be a dick but

1) its crooked
2)cutting into the main bar probably ruined alot of the tensile strentgh of the steel
3) can you get some close up pics on the welds?
4) pleeeeeeeeeeease be careful with what you tow and how you pull people out

maybe its just me and because i havent seen it in person, but theres no way i'd trust that on my truck

after looking closer.....

5) only 4 bolts holding it on? stock there are 6 and they are on two different planes, i sure hope you are using grade 8
6) that upper bolt hole is mighty close to the edge of that metal, and is ultimately taking alot of stress. maybe use some big washers to try and distribute some of the stress.....
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Zach put a dimound plate on top and bottom of the reciever part for strenth please

edit like this


also dont forget to put something for the chains to attach to like so
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Yeah I was going to say a rib or two on each side would be good for added strength. A plate along the top wouldn't hurt either. And the more bolts you get in there the better distributed the load will be = stronger, safer hitch for you.
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you better put some gussets or plates to reinforce....double your welds someting cuz thats a weak point...just to strengthin it up..

id hate to hear that you pulled something and it snapped
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u guys are worrying to much.

1 its not done
2 i still have gussets for it
3 the place for the chains is waiting to go on
4 its not crooked(the square doesnt lie)
5 i ran out of oxygen if you read my post and that is why its not done
6 i did not cut the 2" square tube. we notched the reciever
7 its plenty strong
8 its strong
9 the factory hitch was held on with 6 bolts but 4 is plenty
10 thanks for the concern guys but it will be strong my dad isnt gonna make something that isnt.

i could go on but it isnt necessary. my dad has been building and welding stuff for years just like this it will be fine.
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^^ i hope yer right :p.. nah jk, just be sure, dont want to hear horror stories
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lol its all good.
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well... good
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u guys are worrying to much.

1 its not done
2 i still have gussets for it
3 the place for the chains is waiting to go on
4 its not crooked(the square doesnt lie)
5 i ran out of oxygen if you read my post and that is why its not done
6 i did not cut the 2" square tube. we notched the reciever
7 its plenty strong
8 its strong
9 the factory hitch was held on with 6 bolts but 4 is plenty
10 thanks for the concern guys but it will be strong my dad isnt gonna make something that isnt.

i could go on but it isnt necessary. my dad has been building and welding stuff for years just like this it will be fine.
you dingo I am helping dont jump on the brother
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i wasnt trying, or meaning to jump on anyone. sorry
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sweet hitch.
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