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Unread 05-06-2010, 07:20 PM   #1
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Is a Class II hitch with two bolts in frame safe?

I can get a brand new never used class II hitch from a TJ owner, with the ball, for $50. Trouble is, this style has two bolt holes underneath the frame like the YJ but also two tabs that are supposed to bolt roughly where the rear shackles do. Obviously this isn't going to work.

NOW I could just cut the tabs off, and go with the two frame bolts on the bottom. Those are pretty beefy bolts, I highly doubt I could get them to sheer if I didn't violate "class II" weight ratings. But I'm not sure. I could weld it on but I'd like a better bumper/tire carrier later and that seems a little permanent for future changes.

What are your thoughts?

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Unread 05-06-2010, 09:27 PM   #2
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Weld it on and cut it off later. Never skimp on safety. Or let me know where you are driving while pulling a trailer so I can be somewhere else.
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Unread 05-06-2010, 09:40 PM   #3
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NOW I could just cut the tabs off, and go with the two frame bolts on the bottom. Those are pretty beefy bolts, I highly doubt I could get them to sheer if I didn't violate "class II" weight ratings.
If the other retaining bolts that are used that you are considering completely removing, were not necessary - wouldn't the hitch not have them to begin with?

Don't cut these type corners - that would prove to be completely foolish.
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Unread 05-06-2010, 09:58 PM   #4
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can you drill more holes in it? otherwise make some tabs that will fit. Ive built a few hitch set ups for all my trucks and i usualy have min of 4 bolts holding it on, On my xj there are 6. otherwise weld it on.
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