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Unread 01-30-2008, 06:58 AM   #1
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Trailer hitch bolts

I need to find bolts to attach my hitch to the frame. It only the light duty class1 reciever, but I still want it solid. Obviously I need carrage bolts so they will not spin in the slotted holes in the frame. What grade bolts do you think I need? Thanks!

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Unread 01-30-2008, 07:04 AM   #2
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Grade 8 are usually the best option.
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Unread 01-30-2008, 07:14 AM   #3
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just something to consider, i got my class III hitch for free off a junked xj...
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Unread 01-30-2008, 07:51 AM   #4
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Yeah, I got the class 1 off a junker too. But its what I have at the moment and it will do for now. When I find a class 3 that I can grab, the swap won't be tuff at all (as long as it isn't 5 yrs. from now!).
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Unread 01-30-2008, 09:07 PM   #5
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Don't forget you need those sqaure washers with the square hole for the carriabge bolts that slide in the frame!
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Unread 01-31-2008, 10:33 AM   #6
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Don't forget you need those sqaure washers with the square hole for the carriabge bolts that slide in the frame!
Actually on the newer xj's I think the hitch bolts up into the frame in pre-tapped holes so you don't have to mess with threading those carriage bolts through the frame and the square plates. It's been a couple years since I put my hitch on my 99 xj, but I believe that's true... I know it was much easier than doing it on my 88 :-)
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Unread 01-31-2008, 01:13 PM   #7
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the factory nut strip is already installed on the passenger side of the 97+ xj's to hold the exhaust. the bolts are metric and from what i understand, automotive metric is stronger than grade 8 but don't quote me on that. the problem is that the nuts can rust out if there haven't been any bolts in them. when i did my hitch, i bought new nutstrips for each side from the dealer for 25. figured i got the hitch for free and the skid for 30 so it was still dirt cheap. made things super easy and definitely solid. wrestling the hitch and skid into place by myself was enough crap, i didn't want to mess with fishing bolts through although it probably wouldn't have been much more difficult. i just liked the idea of the strips, it's not going anywhere.
heres my class III install with a mini write-up:

http://jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=406483


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