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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-09-2001, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Hey Bumper, Receiver Hitch Guru\'s!!!

I designed a rear bumper with tire carrier several years ago, and I am finally getting around to building it. My question has to do with a receiver on the bumper. I have the large fuel tank, and it has a strap with a bolt termination centered in the back of the jeep. I don't believe it leaves enough room for receiver. I am at a loss as to the best way to "fix" this. One thought tells me to offest the receiver, but I am concerned with wierd trailer behaivior if it is not centered. The other is to modify the strap, but I havn't come up with any workable modification.

Any suggestions?

I don't have any plans for heavy towing, but an occasional 2k# utility trailer around town, and it will be used to park an empty 16' car hauler while traveling.

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Re: Hey Bumper, Receiver Hitch Guru\'s!!!

Can't you just space the receiver back a bit? Other than that, you could go to a heavy truck store--they have really nice stainless steel straps in various lengths available and you could swap in two straps, off center, to replace the center strap. I'm really not fond of the off-center idea. How wide is the utility trailer? If you do have to off-center it a bit, obviously do it to the passenger side. BTW, take some careful measurements...there is a good possibility that the actual "receiver" channel on the hitch doesn't need to be as long as they usually are built to accomadate a receiver. Maybe you could just use a cut down one? Hey, if worst comes to worst, you could overbuild with two receiver hitches, one on either side of the strap, and then build a custom "two receiver" hitch hookup...which would be overkill for towing, but think of the winching possibilities...

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Re: Hey Bumper, Receiver Hitch Guru\'s!!!

I just put a reciever on my bumper. I cut it so it was 2 inches deeper than the pin hole. Most recievers are longer then this, but if you go and measure any bars that go into the reciever, you'll know how long it needs to be.

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