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He lives in canada, I don't have to worry aobut him...lol. Yall are bein' douches
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like i said on another forum......DOT will not approve if you have any problems with it.....and if you get rear end it and the hitch is what causes the damage to someones car, then you are responsible because it isn't DOT approved.
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Not being painted will make it look thinner. I know very little about metal strengths, welds etc but with the crap their making nowdays yours could be stronger if not the same.
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I don't think it looks to bad, but then I'm not a welder either.

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like i said on another forum......DOT will not approve if you have any problems with it.....and if you get rear end it and the hitch is what causes the damage to someones car, then you are responsible because it isn't DOT approved.
If someone rearends you and causes damage to their car it's their fault because they rearended you in the first place. I could see that being a valid point if it caused damage to someone elses car if it broke off going down the road and hit them, but not from someone rearending you. If you think that would be bad in a rear end collosion you should see the one on out old F-100.
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I don't think it looks to bad, but then I'm not a welder either.



If someone rearends you and causes damage to their car it's their fault because they rearended you in the first place. I could see that being a valid point if it caused damage to someone elses car if it broke off going down the road and hit them, but not from someone rearending you. If you think that would be bad in a rear end collosion you should see the one on out old F-100.
Yeah I can see what you guys mean about it falling off on the road, so can't I safety chain it to a rear tow hook? When my dad rear-ended someone with his old 79' Toyota Land Cruiser it bent the conrer of his bumper about 10 degrees, but bent the frame to **** on the other car.
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I don't think it looks to bad, but then I'm not a welder either.



If someone rearends you and causes damage to their car it's their fault because they rearended you in the first place. I could see that being a valid point if it caused damage to someone elses car if it broke off going down the road and hit them, but not from someone rearending you. If you think that would be bad in a rear end collosion you should see the one on out old F-100.
it doesn't matter. if something isn't DOT approved and is being used on the highway what ever happens is automatically the person's fault who is using it...
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it doesn't matter. if something isn't DOT approved and is being used on the highway what ever happens is automatically the person's fault who is using it...
Then wouldn't it like having say a trike in the back of your truk, if someone rear ends you and something breaks off it's your fault? Also does this DOT thing apply in Canada?
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funny, call me crazy but i thought DOT laws are different in other states, let alone other countries...
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nope DOT is a national thing along with state DOT laws
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Im a welder, looks fine to me, your using 70series wire thats 70kpsi if good penetration, its not like your towing a house,haha
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Looks good to me aswell, although as I said I'm not a welder. I say use it. I've seen DOT approved stuff that's looked worse.
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Just be carefull with it, if you feel like your towing something, and your hitch is starting to get loose, PULL OVER

6 years ago, my aunt was driving down the highway, A guy with a jeep, and a homemade hitch was towing a small utility trailer, the hitch broke, slammed into a semi, the semi jacknifed, hit my aunts car, she died 2 days later in the hospital :(

I would say, buy a hitch, they are only like $100 or so around here, its worth it to possibly save a life.
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that thing looks bad*** cant believe you built it it is freakin awsome. D
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Haha love that commercial, love that beer

"No doot aboot it" *cue Canadian-style *** kickin* lol good vid
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Hey it was a good project, good job!
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it doesn't matter. if something isn't DOT approved and is being used on the highway what ever happens is automatically the person's fault who is using it...
lets see that in writing.

i call

on whatever happens is your fault. ESPECIALLY when its not a moving part. what about all aftermarket bumpers. they DOT approved? what if someone hits them??


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edit: also the horizontal square tubing should have gone through the side plates, but since you did not do that i would reccomend plating the top and backs to strengthen it

ive seen a few hitches from Companies that didnt run the suare through the plate...
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I would like to first say that im no welder or know anything about. With that being said the hitch he built looks sturdier than my reese hitch i have. I will try to get pics of it for you all to see. To me my reese seems really thin.
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The only thing I can see that looks off to me is the appearance of the welds. As was said earlier, dimes man, dimes. You may have good enough penetration (can't tell that either way from here), but I can see that the welds need practice from an appearance point.
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The welds look like crap. The steel wasn't properly prepped either.
The reason some "factory" weld jobs pass, is because they are X-rayed and tested. I wouldn't even put at step hitch on that. Chock this one up to experience, and start over.

If you are even considering putting a safety chain on the hitch, in case it falls off, then YOU have no faith in your work.
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it doesnt always have to look like dimes to have good penetration, with mig to get it to "look like dimes" you have to weave witch can cause to much heat on one of the metals than causes undercut. In Tig you will most likley have it looking "like dimes" because you are dippin filler rod into the molten puddle.
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The welds look like crap. The steel wasn't properly prepped either.
The reason some "factory" weld jobs pass, is because they are X-rayed and tested. I wouldn't even put at step hitch on that. Chock this one up to experience, and start over.

If you are even considering putting a safety chain on the hitch, in case it falls off, then YOU have no faith in your work.
I'm pretty sure we already talked about the look of the welds and it being preped.

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Actually I did wire wheel brush all welding points before welding, and lack of penetration, not to be mean to you but I highly dought you know because you can't see jack in any of the pictures. If my welding teach who has been in the trade for 27 years says it looks good and held (strength press) . . . which started to moan at 4756lbs pushing down on back of reciever (4" on each side of reciever).

And, not to be cocky, but I'll take some pics of what it'll pull when I get it on. If you had read "if the close-up of the side looks bad it's because I ran a double bead, the first was great I just decided to play it safe and run the double, looks like cat turds but it'll be under the truck." it might have helped.

I know you're an older member than me but why can't people just read first? I should mention there is no use dissing it anymore, I honestly don't really care, I'll use it till it goes and there is no way in hell I am going to be unsafe with it to let it harm anyone.

Alon - did you mean to brace it like this in red?
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EDIT - Thanks for the comments and compliments

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