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Quick Hitch #844533 10/31/07 10:19 PM
Joined: Feb 2005
Posts: 402
Cen_Tex_KIA Offline OP
Mudrunner
Here is a easy fix for a light duty hitch if you have a body lift.
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It's all available form Tractor Supply for about $50. Look in you're mail, I had a $10 off coupon!
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It bolts right to the rear frame crossover with the U bolts. The U bolts are designed for a trailer axle so they are plenty strong.
I did have to use a 1" metal spacer above the axle because the U bolts were a little long.I dremmeled the holes elongated to fit the U-bolts.
I tested the tongue weight by lifting the entire back of the Sportage off the ground with it. It didn't move.
The part #s are Reese #8137833 Step bumper receiver hitch and part # 514 1/2" u-bolt axle mounting kit.
If you want to try it or have a question, message me.
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And, oh, yeah, if you think it was a dumb idea and I'm going to break something.......message me too!
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2000 KIA Sportage 4x4, Sadly Smushed! Now a 2001 Cheep Jerokee. 3" Rough Country Lift, 255/70/16 General AT2's
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Re: Quick Hitch [Re: Cen_Tex_KIA] #844534 11/01/07 01:15 PM
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Dave Scott Offline
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the only issue i have with that is that it looks like it could spin on the crossmember, or, depending on the weight of the pull, bend the crossmember.


95 Sportage w/welded and 5.89 geared dana 44's on 38.5" TSL's.- SADLY SOLD
CURRENTLY - 2000 sportage, 5.38 gears, welded diffs, 35" tires, 5.5" lift

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Re: Quick Hitch [Re: Dave Scott] #844535 11/01/07 03:16 PM
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Hydra747 Offline
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I don't think that there would be a problem.

Another guy here (Marguez) had a similar setup and he just Welded. Took a trip over 6,000 miles to the south without any problems! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />

Re: Quick Hitch [Re: Hydra747] #844536 11/01/07 04:53 PM
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Posts: 402
Cen_Tex_KIA Offline OP
Mudrunner
I'm not planning on towing over 1K lbs with it. 2 dirt bikes and a quad.
The crossmember is oblong where it attaches, so I dont think it will turn, but I plan on tack welding it in a place or two just for grins.
Thanks for the input. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />


2000 KIA Sportage 4x4, Sadly Smushed! Now a 2001 Cheep Jerokee. 3" Rough Country Lift, 255/70/16 General AT2's
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2292811

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