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post #1 of 13 Old 10-24-2011, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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XK Front Hitch

I finished installing my front hitch, from another thread, I started out with designing it on Solidworks and ran an FE on it to make sure it was strong enough. My goal what 10,000lbs straight front load and 500lb tongue load. Does the front of the XK frame support a 500lb tongue load? Not sure. Will it support the 10,000lbs straight load, I think it will considering each tow hook is rated at 5000lb. The FE pics show the 500lb tongue load from another thread I posted on.

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post #2 of 13 Old 10-24-2011, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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Here is the finished hitch and my new heavier duty bolt bars. Grade 8 blots which are longer and thicker bolt bars that slide inside of the frame. These replace the parts that came with my tow hooks.
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post #3 of 13 Old 10-24-2011, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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Here is the bolt bars installed into the frame and all is ready to mount my hitch.
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post #4 of 13 Old 10-24-2011, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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Here is the hitch and tow hooks back on the Jeep. Note I had to grind a bit of the rear of the tow hooks to clear a couple radiator bolts.
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post #5 of 13 Old 10-24-2011, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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Notching of the front bumper and the back in place. Note, I did have to trim back the center rib all the way off after fitting the bumper back on.
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post #6 of 13 Old 10-24-2011, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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Finished views, note how the hitch really doesn't affect the approach angle of the front. I did have to slot the license plate holder about a 1/4" to set it higher. However do note the hitch is angled up some in the front. I believe the frame of the Jeep angles up some and to level it all out I may put some shims under the front set of bolts.
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post #7 of 13 Old 10-24-2011, 09:01 AM
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That looks nice and clean. Good job! What do you plan to use it for? Removable winch? Towing the XK?
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post #8 of 13 Old 10-24-2011, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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That looks nice and clean. Good job! What do you plan to use it for? Removable winch? Towing the XK?
Just for a removable winch. I have the wiring and fuses set up to be able to use it in the front or rear.
The extra 4 small tapped holes on the vertically section of the angle of the hitch will eventually be used for mounting hidden running lights behind the grill

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post #9 of 13 Old 10-26-2011, 02:59 PM
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Looks GREAT...fits like the Matrix, but looks beefier....
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post #10 of 13 Old 10-28-2011, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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If this fit the WK as well would any of you be interested in buying this?

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post #11 of 13 Old 01-07-2012, 08:08 PM
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yes.
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post #12 of 13 Old 11-05-2015, 04:38 PM
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Sorry for the thread revival, but the op's messages are full. Would you be willing to share the solidworks model? Hopefully you're still active on this site.
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post #13 of 13 Old 11-05-2015, 07:18 PM
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looks like a jk hitch cut and welded to 3/8" hot roll.

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