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"Hide a Hitch" for a Body Lifted Ranger

I have been looking at getting a rear hitch but im not a fan on the gap between the bar and bumper on body lifter trucks. I was looking at a hidden hitch. http://www.autoanything.com/towing/6...&from_search=1
Think it will fix the gap problem?

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anything will work with a little bit of fabrication..
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yep, with a big hammer and enough metal anything can be done
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i hear yah but will it be as strong if i have to cut and weld it?
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well that depends on a few things..

A. How strong of a welder you are..

b. What kind of welding do you use

C. If you gusset it, and with what
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I havent heard of anyone having integrity problems and i have a friend out here with a body lift and a fabbed hitch. If the welds are done good then i dont think you will have an issue unless your try to tow all the women down at the jenny craig.
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oh no my buddy would have to do it. im not sure what hes got but hes in the welders union up here in mass.
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just dont braze it lol
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i dont think you will have an issue unless your try to tow all the women down at the jenny craig.
hilarious!
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If he is part of a welders union i would imagine he can fab you up some nice hide a hitch..

hell if i knew him i would be getting a custom exhaust done, some badass skid plates.. custom ramming bars with a powder coat.. what i would give to have A. owner a welder and B. know how to use it.
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If he is part of a welders union i would imagine he can fab you up some nice hide a hitch..

hell if i knew him i would be getting a custom exhaust done, some badass skid plates.. custom ramming bars with a powder coat.. what i would give to have A. owner a welder and B. know how to use it.
life would be so much easier wouldnt?
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Yes.. i would have like custom roll bar in the bed oh man..

i want a welder and a pipe bender.. then then i would love my truck ever so much more!!
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i have a welder, but its not that simple lol, you need tube benders saws etc to make all that fancy custom ****
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i have a welder, but its not that simple lol, you need tube benders saws etc to make all that fancy custom ****
hence i said a pipe bender to

custom fab = big bucks

unless done at home
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This topic always comes up and people always ask about it but no one has had the ***** to buy one and try it yet.
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Like everyone said, cutting and re welding can be strong.. if you know what your doing.



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hence i said a pipe bender to

custom fab = big bucks

unless done at home
custom fab can still bring in big bucks out of a garage.. just gotta be good.
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i just had my stock hitch cut and rewelded.

just do that.

i did it and havent had any problems at all. tucked it WAY up there
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Have fun with that hidden hitch, with mine i needed to put it on a lift and use 2 10lbs sledge hammers. thats only because i had rust on my frame though....(took 2 hours)
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U have a u-haul hitch, its a real nice design cause you can unbolt it from the brackets on the frame and flip it over, then it tucks up real nice, you may have to trim a factory bumper though.
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Why dont you just do the body lift hitch mod?

I know your worried about cutting it and having it rewelded, but like posted if its done properly it will work fine. Actually alot of people, just for extra insurance, the middle section that they cut out they just end up reusing. They place it back over top as on overlap and drill a hole through it all. Then they get some heavy duty hardware, (grade 8, etc) and bolt it through, as well as weld the overlap plate too. If its done that way, and is welded properly, there is no way it could be weaker than the stock hitch.
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Seriously dude. You bumped a thread from 2009?
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Seriously dude. You bumped a thread from 2009?
I promise it was on my since last visit. I dont know why it was or a glitch, but I didnt even look at the dates. But I dont go through all the different sections looking for threads and I wasnt searching for anything like that. I just get on and look at my posts and since last visit. But owell.
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