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Should a tow hitch be bolted to frame or welded to frame..

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jakeslim, Mar 17, 2004.

  1. jakeslim

    jakeslim 1/2 ton status

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    ...because mine is welded(po) /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif
    is this a problem?
     
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    welding would be strongest, bolted and welded would be ultimate
     
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    ok, because someone here made a comment about that it should be bolted, can't remember who though or what post
     
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    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Mines bolted on from the factory, welded is fine but it can't come off. I had to drop mine when I put on my body lift.
     
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    I'd prefer bolted. I hate anything welded to the frames except for the steering box reinforcement plates. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    just want to make sure its safe. I plan on using a hitch shackle for "those" moments of "stuckness"
     
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    Depends if its a stock truck with a little mods or some wierd bobbed fabrico contraption. I'm just going to weld everything on mine, crossmembers and substructures and such, the hicthes too
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Depends if its a stock truck with a little mods or some wierd bobbed fabrico contraption. I'm just going to weld everything on mine, crossmembers and substructures and such, the hicthes too

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    hey, shouldn't you be in the Lounge? who let you out /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif






    oh wait, who let me out! /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif
     
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    I'd prefer bolted. I hate anything welded to the frames except for the steering box reinforcement plates. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif

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    I'll 2nd that.

    I'm the one that said it should be bolted.

    If I were you and didn't know the history of the trailer hitch, or who welded it on, I'd cut if off and bolt a regular hitch on.
     
  10. Resurrection_Joe

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    My posts in the lounge are about a mile and a half long and my posts in other forums are one line, that may be why you never see them

    I also don't do emoticon posts or reply to things I have no idea about
     
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    I'd bolt it on, unless your a good welder and made sure you welded it on there good. Just my opinion /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    The hitch on our dump/tow rig is welded on. It needed lowered so there are some custom brackets I made and just welded everything together. It handles our 2,000lb trailer loaded with the 5,500lb backhoe quite well.
     
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    I'd prefer bolted. I hate anything welded to the frames except for the steering box reinforcement plates. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif

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    I'll 2nd that.

    I'm the one that said it should be bolted.

    If I were you and didn't know the history of the trailer hitch, or who welded it on, I'd cut if off and bolt a regular hitch on.

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    Exactly, you know the strength of the bolts, you have no clue how strong that weld is.
     
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    I'd prefer bolted. I hate anything welded to the frames except for the steering box reinforcement plates. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif

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    I'll 2nd that.

    This is my idealogy as well. I prefeer them to be bolted.

    I'm the one that said it should be bolted.

    If I were you and didn't know the history of the trailer hitch, or who welded it on, I'd cut if off and bolt a regular hitch on.

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    Exactly, you know the strength of the bolts, you have no clue how strong that weld is.

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    Welded is fine just look at the welds and make sure there is suffecent penetration. If your worried about it drill some holes and stick some bolts in as well. Welding on hitches is easier IMO in some instances.
     
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    thanks for everyones responses. the welds look good in my
    no-nothing-about-welding experience.
     
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    bolted...welds can break easier, our club doesnt even allow anyone to run a welded hook..
     
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    welds can break easier

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    I disagree. A welded seam if done correct will be just as strong if not stronger than a bolted one.check out a backhoe bucket sometime. On some of the bigger excavators the teeth can experience ripping forces well over 25 ton and they are welded on.

    When in doubt feel free to bolt something on. But saying any weld is weaker than a bolt is wrong..I've seen bolts from recovery hooks pulled right through the frame (front factory hooks on a late 70s blazer).
     
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    If welded correctly it will be many times stronger than the metal the trailer hitch is made from (or the frame itself.

    Unfortunately there is no practical way to verify this, so cut it off and bolt a hitch on correctly.
     
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    well this clarifies things... /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     

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