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2" receiver hitch

Jon Wildsmith

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Catching up on posting some older projects - I wanted to add a 2" receiver hitch on the 80. To save a little time and effort, I got a witter tow bar to use as a starting point. Cut away the tube to fit the receiver box section, and left a big chunk of the blade in place while I welded that in, to minimise distortion. The end of the receiver tube sits in some 12mm thick plate I folded to 90 degrees, and milled an opening for the tube to be welded into, so it's pretty well supported. Used it a fair bit over the last 12 months towing a trailer and it works well.

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More recently I added an anti-rattle plate and U-bolt. Having such a big drop plate, even a small amount of play at the receiver tube translates into a lot of play at the ball hitch, and I noticed my trailer would sway side to side quite a lot at speed because of that movement. The U-bolt and plate fixed that by clamping it tight.

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I put the U-bolt through the plate loose, insert and pin the drop hitch as normal, then tighten up the nuts on the U-bolt which clamps it in place.
 
Nice going to do something similar shortly. Although my starting point is a Rangerover l322 which even has the same bolt spacing as a 80 series
 
Sounds interesting. Let us know how that turns out Stu :)
 
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