Check your hitch!

Old 04-01-2008, 06:02 PM
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After a few years (4) with same hitch I noticed it was leaning down a little bit so I climbed under and this is what I found.



1 tab was broke off, 1 of the other was cracked all the way to it. Hitch was bent on the ends ! Boy was I shocked ! Got a different one from a buddy that had the same issue so he added some more support with gussets to his. I usually check this 1-2 times a year so sometime end of last season it did it, sure got lucky it didnt break ! Everyone else check yours and be sure ! Hate to see that happen to anyone !
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Old 04-01-2008, 08:02 PM
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Your hitch looks exactly like the factory hitch that came on my Dad's F250.It has never broke a tab off,but it does snap off the bolts about 2 or 3 times a year.Wonder if we oughta be using something other than grade 8?


Does ARP make hitch bolts :?: :lol:
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Old 04-01-2008, 08:30 PM
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Cannot believe I actually went out with a flashlight and just checked mine.
It is ok, got to tell ya'll, never EVER occured to me to check there. Thanks for the tip!
Eric, I heard you are putting a sbf in your Olds. SAY IT AIN'T SO!!
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Old 04-01-2008, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by hollowayshotrods
Eric, I heard you are putting a sbf in your Olds. SAY IT AIN'T SO!!
Boy you better watch that cussin' on here No small blocks here and definitely not any off brands :lol: Bad enough I got a 9" in it.Hey...hard to beat a freebie.Narrowed housing a friend had,exact width I needed.
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Old 04-01-2008, 08:45 PM
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Hey Rudy got any more pics of that rail??Man I wanna check that thing out!!!
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Old 04-01-2008, 09:00 PM
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gotta tell the truth, couldnt get my big old behind in it, so I stripped it, am putting the 427 (converted to gas, going to try twinDominator 1050s) into either my 68 Nova or the 53 Belair. I knew the cage was too small for me when I bought it, but dang I didnt know it was that small, or maybe I am too big. Oh well, got lots of cool goodies off of it, selling the rest of it, ok my wife raised just a slight amount of hell about me driving that rail, said she would rather me wreck a Bowtie. Sorry I cussed you earlier about the sbf thing, I know your car would spit it out anyway. No glue together parts here either.
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:17 PM
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Aww man,that sux!!You sure you can't just suck it in I can't fit in mine right now either.My buddy I bought it from was 5' 10" and 185 lbs and he said it was tight.I'm 6' 3" and 240 lbs and I don't think it's that tight :? I mean I can't steer or shift gears but other than that ........ :roll:
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Old 04-03-2008, 02:22 PM
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WOW!!! :shock: I need to go look at mine.
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Old 04-03-2008, 04:54 PM
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You know,this post has got me wondering how long we should keep using the same old straps to haul our cars.What is the service life of those ratchet straps???
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