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Unread 06-03-2012, 07:37 PM   #1
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I've been looking up threads on how to do this, and it looks like something I can do, however I'm wondering what to do the cutting with. I have a dremmel and a reciprocating saw. Will either of these be good choices? Can the bolts just be cut? or do you need new ones?
Any other advice would be welcome.

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Unread 06-03-2012, 07:41 PM   #2
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i'm assuming your trying to fit your latger spare under there. you have to use carriage bolts. you can trim the hitch with a sawzall.
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Unread 06-03-2012, 07:45 PM   #3
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angle grinder....
Just be safe...this can happen very quickly....that is my finger after a brief encounter. Also where safety glasses.

Probably the most respected tool in my garage.


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Unread 06-03-2012, 07:57 PM   #4
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Yes, I just got 5 stock rubicon wheels and tires and would like to fit the spare under there when not wheeling. I unfortunately do not have an angle grinder so will probably go with the sawzall and make it pretty with the dremel. I always wear safety glasses.

With the angle grinder, how long does it take to grind down to the welds? I may try to find a friend with one.
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Unread 06-04-2012, 08:02 AM   #5
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I think a band saw would be the preferred tool
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Unread 06-04-2012, 08:41 AM   #6
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angle grinder....
Just be safe...this can happen very quickly....that is my finger after a brief encounter. Also where safety glasses.

Probably the most respected tool in my garage.


Scott - I was wearing leather work gloves when I did my rear hitch w/ the angle grinder and zipped my left index finger. Got through the leather but only grazed the skin luckily. Agreed - awesome tool - handle with extreme caution.


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I think a band saw would be the preferred tool
I'd like to see you get a band saw under your rig and up into the hitch area.
Angle grinder with a good cut-off disc is the way to go.
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Unread 06-04-2012, 09:47 AM   #7
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Think I can do the angle grinder method without removing the hitch? Thats what it sounds like ur saying to me anyway.
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Think I can do the angle grinder method without removing the hitch? Thats what it sounds like ur saying to me anyway.
Yes - definately doable w/o removal of hitch. Get the spare out from under there. If you have ramps to back onto even better, otherwise jacksstands would do the trick under the rear axle. You don't have to elevate the back end but it helps depending on your size. If you can, do not work from your back with grider overhead. Crouch under there and work in front of your body best you can.
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Unread 06-04-2012, 11:15 AM   #9
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So if I go this route, I can just grind down the hitch, and cut off the end of the bolts and be done with it? Or do the bolts need replacing?
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So if I go this route, I can just grind down the hitch, and cut off the end of the bolts and be done with it? Or do the bolts need replacing?
I replaced the bolts....
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I'd like to see you get a band saw under your rig and up into the hitch area.
Angle grinder with a good cut-off disc is the way to go.
The OP didn't mention leaving the hitch in place
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The OP didn't mention leaving the hitch in place
I didnt. I didnt even think it was an option at first, so I'm kind of glad he brought it up
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Unread 06-04-2012, 12:25 PM   #13
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Now I see they make a rear hitch that is slightly lower than the factory hitch and it does not requires any cutting of the bumper. The receiver sits right below the rear bumper. Aside from the OEM one looking cleaner and is there any difference between the OEM hitch and the aftermarket one? Which one is better?

Aftermarket slightly lower hitch:
http://www.google.com/products/catal...MAE#scoring=tp
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angle grinder....
Just be safe...this can happen very quickly....that is my finger after a brief encounter. Also where safety glasses.

Probably the most respected tool in my garage.
Nice one Scoot. Those grinders can get you good. I think I got ya beat though. This was from a hand held bandsaw.

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I quickly learned that you should always have two hands on the saw. Respect your tools! And be safe.

Also, whoever made the comment about not working on your back under the grinder, excellent advice. I was drilling into concrete overhead once and hit some rebar. Red hot flake of metal seared itself into my eye. Not a pleasant experience.
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Now I see they make a rear hitch that is slightly lower than the factory hitch and it does not requires any cutting of the bumper. The receiver sits right below the rear bumper. Aside from the OEM one looking cleaner and is there any difference between the OEM hitch and the aftermarket one? Which one is better?

Aftermarket slightly lower hitch:
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=jeep+grand+cherokee+hitch&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-USfficial&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=2224739625017692682&sa=X&ei=u_zMT_H FF9Gd6AHPqqn6Cw&ved=0CNgBEPMCMAE#scoring=tp
You lose departure angle with a lower hitch......
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