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kbjaeger 07-21-2009 05:48 AM

unbolting a heavy duty hitch
 
My problem is that some of the bolts are just turning round.
if I can remove the rear bumper do I in any way get acces to
the top of the bolts so I can counteract the spinning?
The hitch is rusty so I want it to be sandblasted and painted.
Thanks

Coletrickle 07-21-2009 05:59 AM

You might as well cut the heads off with a torch or cut off wheel. The "frame rails" of the unit body were tapped in my ZJ, I assume they are all that way. I doubt if you'll be able to get access, and it probably won't do any good anyway.

kbjaeger 07-21-2009 06:30 AM

I thought of that too, but then I will not be able to reinstall?

Bort62 07-21-2009 07:42 AM

On my '98, The factory bumper mounted w/ nut plates that were secured through the hitch / skid on the bottom via studs.

The studs have a retaining feature that kinda keeps them from coming out even when the threads are off.

If you get all 4 nuts off + the two bolts in the back (front?) you should be able to kinda shake rattle & roll the thing until the studs fall out and then it just falls off.

The nuts won't always back all the way off the studs.

kbjaeger 07-21-2009 10:48 AM

Thanks for the answers.
Maybee I just sandblast- and paint it still attached to the frame together with the axle.
Thanks for the replies.
KIm Jaeger
In 1969 I spent my year at Laredo AFB. OUTSTANDING YEAR


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