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Stock hitch 1988 K5

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Irish Wake, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. Irish Wake

    Irish Wake Registered Member

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    Is the stock hitch strong enough to be a tow point if I get stuck or am trying to unstuck someone. I installed it today with grade 8 hardware. What's the best way to attach a tow strap to it?
    Thanks
     
  2. cabledawg

    cabledawg Secret Squirrel Premium Member

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    If its class 3 then you should be good as long as you dont pull from exteme angles (staight out from the side of the reciever). A good way to attach a strap/rope is to buy a clevis adapter for the reciever and secure it through the loop at the end of the strap/rope. Keeps it from falling off should you get a little slack while pulling. Also prevents it from becoming a missle in the case it slips off during a hard pull.
     
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    Leper 1/2 ton status

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    I have used stock hitches as tow points many times with no problems.
     
  4. Irish Wake

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    Thanks guys for all the replies. What is the max towing weight for my K5 with the factory hitch.
     
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    Just dont do this....


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    It was welded on when i got it. got pulled it off when getting pulled out
     
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    one trick I use to attach to a hitch, if you are using a rope with a loop, is to stick the loop into the receiver, and put the pin through it, no chance of it coming off.
     
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    GM sez max combined weight vehicle with 3.73 gears and trailer is 12000lbs So if your Blazer weighs 5K lbs you can tow 7Klbs. But realisticly you shouldn't tow over 5Klbs. Less if you are running 3.08s
     
  8. Irish Wake

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    My came with 2.73 rear end. Does anyone else run this gear ratio. It seems really high.
     
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    I had that ratio in my van, it was nice on the coast, but when I hi the hills it overheated bad unless I downshifted to 2nd gear, towing wasn't even an option :o
    Ended up puting a 4wd th35/203 Tcase in there and when I wanted to tow I put it in low gear, it was still 2wd but had 5.6 to 1 gear ratio for pulling. :D
     

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