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spyder873 12-31-2012 10:30 AM

Removing hitch
I was thinking about removing my Hitch to allow room for a 20" spare ,plus I dont really need a class iv hitch. The only thing I would really need it for is to carry my sons bike when we go for walks.

I plan on leaving the wiring. I might put a larger reverse light in its place or???

I havnt even looked at it yet so is there any hints or Tips on removing it?

tfranzone 12-31-2012 11:03 AM

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Sorry no advice on the hitch removal.. but a quick question.. do you know if your 05 bumper would be a direct replacement with my 08? or are they completely different?... I only as bc if so, would you be at all interested in switching bumpers and the hitch since you are taking the hitch off?.. i have one without the hitch cutout and dont want to cut it myself.

spyder873 12-31-2012 11:13 AM

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I would think it would ? not sure though. I would definitely consider it. I will just need to figure out a way to attach my reverse lights in a nice clean way

tfranzone 12-31-2012 11:16 AM

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yea. I hear ya. well if you ever decide you are lookihg for a rear bumper without the hitch cutout, let me know. As long as they fit and they both match in body color maybe we can work something out on a swap in the rush. just thought I'd throw it out there. could save us both some dough. haha We are both in PA too.. 5 hrs. haha but still.

good luck:thumbsup:

spyder873 12-31-2012 11:22 AM

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you might have to hold till it gets a bit warmer . I have a garage but it is not heated. I will let you know as soon as I do something , we can make the trade

jjt250 12-31-2012 01:20 PM

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Have you considered trimming the bolts on the hitch. That way you could keep the hitch for your son's bike and still fit your spare.

akimball 12-31-2012 01:35 PM

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Check jayloops build thread he customized his hitch so he could fit a huge tire underneath

spyder873 12-31-2012 01:35 PM

I have not, I haven't even looked at it yet., lol. I was just posting to see what issues may arise.

Which bolts would need cut?


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spyder873 12-31-2012 01:53 PM


Originally Posted by akimball (Post 730760)
Check jayloops build thread he customized his hitch so he could fit a huge tire underneath

Will do!

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antsjeep 12-31-2012 03:42 PM

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is your hitch stock or aftermarket?

If its the stock hitch you will have to remove the back bumper to de-install it. Here is a link that might help you out...

spyder873 12-31-2012 03:53 PM

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Thanks Antsjeep ! I checked out Omelets build thread and I think I can keep it in there. It is a factory one.

I just have to Trim the bolts off the back and I think it will fit

akimball 12-31-2012 04:00 PM

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cool man, hope it works for you

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