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What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube???

As the title says what genius engineer decided to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube on my factory tow package hitch??

This causes a rattle when you are towing, I have 2 different trailers that I pull and need 2 different length (drop) receivers to make the trailers level.

Both rattle like hell while empty and when trailers are attached.

I have gone so far as to put weld on the top & bottom of each receiver I use and then grind carefully to get a tight fit.

This welding and fitting process only last so long before they are rattling again because of the short tube on the hitch with weight on the hitch this helps to act like a lever and eventually causes a loose fit again what PITA!!

I bet you that engineer who knows nothing about towing or engineering got a complaint from some soccer mom because she skinned her shin unloading groceries from the back!! He thought about it for 1 month and then came up with his genius solution to cut 1" from the length and make the rubber cap.

Just because you attended college and showed up and sat in class and got a passing grade,got the master paper,DOES NOT MAKE YOU A QUALIFIED ENGINEER!!! I blame this on our USA education system that most if not all apprenticeship programs are a thing of the past.

I be willing to bet Jeep spent $250,000.00 on a mold to make that nice rubber cap that comes with our tow package.

I have checked online and all hitches offered apparently have the same problem if they fit our eco's.

Measure from the center of the 5/8 hole in your receiver to the end of the tube that is on your Jeep and then go measure any other hitch and you will see it is 1" shorter.

By the way I spent extra to get the tow package and I did not get a
factory brake controller on a vehicle that can tow 7200lb.

Not that a factory brake controller is any good but in a $50,000.00 vehicle with tow package option one should come installed.

I am quit happy with the P3 brake controller that I purchased and it works way better than the factory controller I had in my Ram 2500 cummins.

Yes I know I could be lucky(knock wood) and have more serious stupid engineer problems that seem to be on our Jeeps many are experiencing with DEF SCR problems but add this to the list.

Don't get me wrong I love the Jeep but to many stupid problems for a Jeep that has been on the market for more that 3 years now in other parts of the world.

Yes I know Emissions crap was hung On USA vehicles but what about all the other issues,poor assembly issues, quality problems, supposed engineers who design this sh@t that are parts swapping trying to fix their crap.

It's not just Jeep it's everything we buy now a days.

Rant over

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Re: What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube?

Hope you feel better now...wrap a few lengths of duct tape around the receiver and it will quiet it down. Also, I don't think the length of the receiver tube has as much of an impact as you think. I've towed with a few different trucks (Chevy, Ford, etc) and all appear to rattle the same as the Jeep when towing.
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Re: What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube?

Or buy one, or more, of these: http://www.amazon.com/Roadmaster-061...er+hitch+quiet

I use them and they work great.


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Re: What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube?

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Or buy one, or more, of these: Amazon.com: Roadmaster 061 Quiet Hitch: Automotive

I use them and they work great.


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I drilled a hole in the bottom of the square receiver near the back and cut a 1/2 inch N/C thread into the solid square to receive a bolt. Tighten her up and no more rattles. I too wonder about the wisdom of some of our educated idiots in Australia !!!!
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Re: What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube?

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I drilled a hole in the bottom of the square receiver near the back and cut a 1/2 inch N/C thread into the solid square to receive a bolt. Tighten her up and no more rattles. I too wonder about the wisdom of some of our educated idiots in Australia !!!!
Was this only done in Australia, or in all Jeeps?

'cause I wonder how many dollars you could save worldwide by removing 1 inch of metal from every vehicle? Maybe it was the same engineer that decided to save a few mils by leaving off lock washers on the old Vega carburetors, resulting in a few barbq incidents.
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Re: What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube?

No engineer was authorized to make this decision by the way. This is a cost cutting measure which engineering has no vote in...
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Re: What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube?

Hello Guys,

Thanks for all the reply's.

I know all about the anti rattle hitch pins and such.

That is why I chose this route that I tried.

I have gone so far as to put weld on the top & bottom of each receiver I use and then grind carefully to get a tight fit.

This welding and fitting process only last so long before they are rattling again because of the short tube on the hitch with weight on the hitch this helps to act like a lever and eventually causes a loose fit again what PITA!!

I am a machinist and a mechanical engineer and have had my own business for 24 yrs now.

I have to say that 1" shorter makes a huge difference from a leverage stand point handling the load and putting more stress on the 5/8 hitch pin which is NOT a good thing! This also lowers the carrying capacity and tongue weight capacity of the class 3 hitch which I really think should have been a class 4 hitch.

I do not like to operate on such a slim percentage of a safety margin I tend to go the other way and I like increasing my safety and comfort margin for piece of mind.

I have been driving for 39 yrs and probably had 20 vehicles and 1/2 those were trucks of all MFG's.

This is the first of all of them with this problem and second most expensive trucks/suv's I have ever had.

It just piss me off that we as a society have let MFG's get away with treating us the people who buy their crappy poorly engineered products that keep them in business with little to no recourse when we have a problem with their shitty products!
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Re: What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube?

I would just like to say this put a smile on my face! Its kind of funny that most us who have issues of some sort still love our jeeps! so they did something right! Or we would have all sold them and said screw it for a few thousand dollar loss.
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Re: What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube?

Wow some people are very picky as per the aussie poster above, no issues here in aust most towbar manufactures have the bolt to reduce the rattle. Hell if you are an engineer it will take you all of ten minutes of your worrying life to fix it.
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Re: What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube?

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Wow some people are very picky as per the aussie poster above, no issues here in aust most towbar manufactures have the bolt to reduce the rattle. Hell if you are an engineer it will take you all of ten minutes of your worrying life to fix it.
The little 3/8 soft bolt that I have seen on towbars is a failure. The end just rubs off the bolt and the hitch is again loose to rattle. It may just work on a small car and trailer but not on a heavier vehicle with large trailer
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Re: What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube?

Lol ^ interesting as my last 4x4 a nissan patrol done 365000km in 12yrs and the towbar was used monthly and I can assure you of no broken bolts or rattle.
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It just piss me off that we as a society have let MFG's get away with treating us the people who buy their crappy poorly engineered products that keep them in business with little to no recourse when we have a problem with their shitty products!
You are the problem. You say a $50k car should come with this and that in an earlier post, but complain when they cut corners to save you money. You need to pay for what you want. Technology costs money. Would you have been happier paying $55k and had a car that both came with a brake controller and didnt have a rattle in the tow bar?
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