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    For Those That Tow

    Sure you grease the bearings, check your tires and wheels, make sure your directionals are working, etc... before taking off on an adventure.

    Getting ready to unbox and install a new MC carrier I found that the hitch lock (the one that replaces the hitch pin) was completely frozen. Not rusted frozen but so corroded from 3 salty NY Winters that the steel tumbler had melded with whatever other metal the lock was made with. Like a zinc on a boat.
    Usually take pride in maintaining my equipment so embarrassed. WD-40, PB Blaster, Kroil, nothing worked. I put this lock on when I first got my Jeep in 2013. After drilling out the lock and still no movement I had to swiss cheese the hole thing. It finally succumbed to a dead-blow hammer but only after many different drill bits, breaking a nice big screwdriver and 2 hours of shame. Silver Lining: Always better to find out about this in your own driveway (I tell myself).
    Went and bought a new one that comes with a cover and will periodically oil/lube which I should have done in the first place.
    Had to abort the carrier installation till another day.


    Gett'in ready except...
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    The first and smallest of many diameter drill bits:
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    Ahhh
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    What a messy corroded challenge and delay. Glad you were ultimately successful.
    Nice to hear my fears of an unremovable hitch lock are not groundless. I figured the style I have might be able to be cut off with a Sawsall if ever necessary. Would not be easy.41qhl-73hoL._SY355_.jpg
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    Ugh i've gone through this as well. Sawzall and a can of black paint and four hours... good to go!
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    I think mine are stainless.

    Now I have to go check.
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    I had a scare with my locking hitch pin also, but caught it before too late. I don't even leave it on when I am not using it. It has no cover so I think I will put electrical tape over the lock. Glad you got it off.
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    won't it be easier to just remove it when not towing?
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    How dare you inject logic into this!
    LOL!!!

    I leave mine in because I would probably misplace it between tows, plus it makes a great thing for morons to hit while they are texting at traffic lights.




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    won't it be easier to just remove it when not towing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grewen View Post
    won't it be easier to just remove it when not towing?
    A hitch ball can be handy to loop a tow strap over.
    My current 4X4 only has a hitch ball on the step bumper for that reason.
    Previous Jeeps had receivers, but I used a grade 8 bolt and double nutted it to retain the drawbar.

    I am a double nut-nut!
    Even mounting the license plate.
    First nut establishes tension, second serves as a jam nut...in this case it is a locknut.
    Takes 2 wrenches of the same size to remove.

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    Last edited by SportsterDoc; 01-23-2017 at 12:51 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty Blackstone View Post
    How dare you inject logic into this!
    LOL!!!

    I leave mine in because I would probably misplace it between tows, plus it makes a great thing for morons to hit while they are texting at traffic lights.
    sorry!! I just hate my shit to get rusty
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    A good and valid point.
    I will look for an HD stainless trailer hitch ball and drawbar assembly rated for my needs.
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