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Unread 07-18-2015, 11:29 AM   #1
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Taking a family trip recently with the CJ7 I bought a receiver hitch and bolted it on to the rear c channel. I knew the c channel was pretty thin, but all I was going to use the hitch for was holding some bikes via a bike rack and some beach chairs and cooler using a cargo attachment. I was lucky that I was not on the highway, in fact I was about 400 feet from my destination when the crash sound came and two bikes fell into the road and the third and fourth stayed on. One of the bikes on the bike rack has a bent wheel, the two that went in the road are toast but thanks god no one was hurt. If this was on the highway it could have been catastrophic. Looks like a new heavy duty c channel bumper is in my future.

Please be aware that the stock bumper or whatever it is considered is not strong enough unless somehow reinforced first




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Unread 07-18-2015, 01:00 PM   #2
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Fender washers or a steel plate on the inside may have prevented that.
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Unread 07-18-2015, 01:07 PM   #3
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Fender washers or a steel plate on the inside may have prevented that.
They would not have prevented that failure.

The correct hitch (or bumper) install includes frame tie-in brackets of some type. The hitch shown has existing slots at each end of the hitch. The frame tie-in brackets transfer the load from the hitch to the frame, instead of having the cross member to bear the load.


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Unread 07-21-2015, 08:18 PM   #4
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Can anyone guide me in what my options are for changing this out? I was originally thinking on a stouter c channel, but didn't know about the reinforcement brackets. Did you make them or are they stock? For my application I wouldn't think I would need them but would rather over build than under. I prefer the stock look, but if there is a compelling reason to go another direction I am all ears
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Unread 07-21-2015, 09:39 PM   #5
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Do a search on rear crossmember. Someone makes a thicker version but the name escapes me.


x2 on tying that hitch into the frame even if you get a thicker xmember.
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Unread 07-21-2015, 10:00 PM   #6
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Looks like the OP already found ChiefWahoo over at CJ-8.com
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Unread 07-22-2015, 03:39 AM   #7
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A steel plate on the inside MAY have prevented the bolts pulling through at that time but that section is just not very stout. A CJ is a lightweight vehicle and some bits are a bit thin.

The receiver hitch you have can work with the bracing angles behind the existing crossmember as long as you through bolt.
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Unread 07-22-2015, 05:38 AM   #8
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my old 1984 jeep has the std jeep hitch,
a bent piece of flat stock,

not meant for anything over a small lawnmower trailer with very little tongue weight.

plus with the short wheel base, jeeps are kind of squirrely pulling anything..
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Fix or replace the rear cross member. While you are doing that, install the necessary frame tie-in plates, either store bought or home built.
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