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Unread 01-09-2014, 03:06 PM   #1
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79 J-10 Custom Hitch Advice

I've been thinking about a rear hitch, especially since I've recently taken a couple loads of wood to my Grandpa. Pulling a trailer would allow for quite a bit more wood per trip. Plus, I need a hitch/recovery point. I looked at BJ's Offroad but they only sell receivers for the Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, and Cherokee. I know that the J-10 frame is wider than the Wag frame so clearly, that hitch won't work.

So, since a hitch cannot be purchased, I'm thinking about buying the steel and building one myself. I have two small welders (stick and wire), I have access to a shop with a plasma cutter and a nice welder, I may have access to an actual metal shop, and I have a friend who can cut me stuff on a CNC machine if I so need. In the tool department, I'm pretty much covered. If I go this route, what material do I need (size, type, etc.). I need to look things over but I'm thinking about building one for the front as well while I'm at it.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm not extremely well versed in this yet but with the friends and resources at hand, I feel confident in how this could turn out.

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Unread 01-09-2014, 09:14 PM   #2
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Thought about just doing a rear bumper and integrating a receiver?
If your only doing a receiver then 3x3x0.25" should be fine.
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Unread 01-09-2014, 09:27 PM   #3
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I'm just doing a receiver. The current bumper(s) will stay. I guess material sizes is more what I'm concerned about, which I know whether front or rear, will be the same.

Thanks for the advice as well!
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Unread 01-24-2014, 09:46 AM   #4
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Bump? I haven't started the project yet so any additional advice is welcome! I recently found out the friend with access to a CNC machine also has a stock pile of metal that 'needs thrown out'. I just need to let him know what size I'll need for everything (thickness, tube size, etc.). Thanks for the input so far AtTheHelm!
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