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Wasn't thinking...how to get locking hitch pin out?

I have a locking hitch pin in my front hitch setup similar to this:



Where the key goes in perpendicular to the pin. I wasn't thinking, and put it on and locked it, locking my attachment in. But the way I put it on, the key hole part is wedged between two parts of the hitch itself, on an inside edge.

So I can't get the key in there. There is maybe 1/2" room between the key opening to get in. Thought about breaking off my second key and wiggle it in there and twist with pliers, but there wasn't enough room to even get the key lined up.

How can I get this off? Or is it best to call a locksmith? or pay someone to torch it? I would prefer this to be a cheap or free if possible seeing as I have to buy a new locking pin anyways.
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you can't turn it or anything to make more room available for the key??
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you can't turn it or anything to make more room available for the key??
I tried. Even if I break the plastic covering off, it won't give me enough room to line the key up to slide in.

Those power tools won't quite fit in there either. I have a maybe 3"x 3" space to work in. I gather its useless to go at it with a crow-bar? These things are tought enough for that?

This is my hitch on my truck...


The key hole is wedged down under one of the circle cutouts. And beside the 2" opening, those are little metal triangles in front and at the back, making it like a little pocket.

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to be serious, take the bumper off, it might give you some working room
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No but really take the bumper off like said above and then maby you can get a grinder in there with a cut off wheel on it.


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LOL.

I would say take a torch to it, should be the easiest way.

If you don't have a torch, just take a BFH to it, only advice I can give you with the hammer is to smack the ever loving **** out of it.
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lol!!!
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just hammer the key in there
i have one almost identical to it....got some mud stuck in there....and hammered it in.

works good now
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Take the hitch off
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Take the hitch off
DING DING DING! WE HAVE A WINNER!

You've won a beautiful trip to Hungry Horse Montana, filled with lavish green forest, and the many darilects that come with it! You'll be housed in the famous "Bearded Ladies Abode" hotel, ran by the world famous Bearded Lady of Hungry Horse, as well as a free full body massage (done by her of course).





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I would do one of the above. Thats about all there is left.
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Some of these replies are great!

I was hoping to get away without having to take it all off. I'm in Canada, and its igloo time of the year, and my igloo doesn't have a garage. At least the piece that is locked in is a 10ton tow ring, so thats not bad.

Spring time I will have my way with it.
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No but really take the bumper off like said above and then maby you can get a grinder in there with a cut off wheel on it.


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thats a spreader...wrong tool for the right job

you would need a hydraulic cutter

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DING DING DING! WE HAVE A WINNER!

You've won a beautiful trip to Hungry Horse Montana, filled with lavish green forest, and the many darilects that come with it! You'll be housed in the famous "Bearded Ladies Abode" hotel, ran by the world famous Bearded Lady of Hungry Horse, as well as a free full body massage (done by her of course).





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well looks like im in luck since you have no Direct affiliation with RF and you will be paying for it out of your pocket.
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oh come on cut him a brake the poor guys ranger blew up and the dodges 4wd aint workin either

real answe to the proble

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Actually.. if you are looking for the proper tool for the proper job, you had best get a Binford 5000 Hydraulic Powered machine to do the job!!

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Wow, that is the mack daddy!
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Maybe a work around...

Not sure if this will help.
If the key hole is facing front.
You could drill a hole in the plate big enough to fit the key in.
Then weld the hole shut if you need it for strength.
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