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Drilling hitch to fit new truck?

Discussion in 'Towing and Hauling' started by chillman88, Dec 14, 2019.

  1. chillman88

    chillman88 Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Ok guys I'm weighing my options here. Long story short my new truck the bumper interferes with the hitch going in far enough to pin.

    The square is where the hitch "ends" on my dually.

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    Do I dare redrill the pin hole 7/8" farther back? Leaves approximately 1-5/8 of material in front of the pin when inserted. It's a pintle hitch for my trailer. The hitch is solid 2" square steel. Trailer weights around 2500-3000# empty and is used for hauling cars/trucks.

    Alternatively I can just build a channel bumper for the new truck but I was hoping to avoid that right now.

    What are your thoughts? I'm sure it will work, but I'm concerned with the added leverage put on the hitch by making it stick out further.
     
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    I'd think you'll be fine. We have a tri-ball hitch we use, and it had two holes in it from factory.
     
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    Yeah the second hole doesn't worry me by itself, just the fact it's back that much further.

    I think I would be fine too but I'm paranoid lol
     
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    I'm a cheap ass too and I'd drill it, there's plenty of material infront of the new hole. Maybe weld up the old one, but if it were to break between the holes it only going to move and inch and a half.
     
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    I wouldn't weld the hole shut.
     
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    I think you would have more chance of issues if you welded it vs leaving it alone.
    Maybe I'm not visualizing exactly why it doesn't work currently, but could you just cut some off the back end to let it slide in further?

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    It's not bottoming out...

    I don't have any pictures and it's raining out and I'm a wuss lol

    It's a pintle hitch with lift built into it. It hits the bumper before it will go in far enough to pin it. I really don't want to cut an inch or so out of a perfectly good factory bumper.
     
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    As long as you don't extreme load the tongue it will be fine. The things that I fret about is the 6 bolts that hold my hitch to the frame. Its always a good idea to check this from time to time.

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    Ah, I see now.

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    Yeah I follow it.

    So what, the hitch pulls maybe a 10k load?

    On the hitch I mentioned the second hole was right at the end of the receiver when you were using the first hole, so all the tongue load was at the weakest point of the square bar.

    Never an issue so far.
     
  11. chillman88

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    Yeah they should be fine, they were installed with red loctite on my dually. Definitely worth double checking on the new truck though.

    Yeah sounds about right, could be up to around 12k but I doubt it. Thanks for the info!

    The hitch is rated for 17k, I have no intention of ever loading it near that, especially on the new truck, which will pretty much only be used when the dually is down.
     
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    subway be nice to the admin :D

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    would it be easier to just cut some of the back of the insert down so you can use the stock hole and not stick out any more from the receiver?
     
  13. chillman88

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    You're late to the party Jared :p

    Merry Christmas though!
     
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