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Old 05-12-2008, 12:36 AM   #1
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Rear hitch wobbles - FIX

Since our Thule Hitching Post (4 bike) would not fit in our 2" receiver, we had to buy an 8" to clear the 35" spare & the Aluminess box. Worked fine until we went off road... and we realized the slop in the 2" receiver was creating a big shock load on the rack, due to the excessive play.

I ended up with this fix, which cost about $15 in parts/tools from OSH:

1/4" x 20 tap
sm bottle thread cutting fluid
4 - 3/4 x 1/4" stainless bolts, lock washers & nuts

I drilled the tap hole in between the rec pin hole and the end of the FORD rec, so there would not be any interference with a locking rec pin. A hole was drilled both right & left side. Two additional 1/4" holes were drilled under the rec hitch bottom, spaced out evenly.

Then:

Tap each hole.
Throughly clean each hole.
Affix a 1/4" nut onto bolt, screw down half way, then add a lock washer.
Then insert each bolt and screw into hole till bolt face meets flush with interior of hitch mount.
Insert hitch extension & pin (or lock pin)
Tighten left & right screws till the rec extension evens out in the Ford hitch.
Once snug, then back down the each 1/4" nut onto the lock washer.
Tighten two bottom 1/4" bolts in same fashion to take out any play. Since there are two points of contact on the bottom, these bolts will prevent the extension from yawing front to back.

Not sure if anyone else has this problem. This is a cheap and easy fix.

Cheers,
Jeff

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Old 05-12-2008, 12:33 PM   #3
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I'll see what I can do...

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Old 01-10-2010, 11:45 AM   #4
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Re: Rear hitch wobbles - FIX

Yeah. Pics. Thanks
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Old 01-10-2010, 12:08 PM   #5
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Re: Rear hitch wobbles - FIX

Good post/topic.

I had the same problem with the extension bucking and used a grade-8 5/8" bolt with a square nut that fit snugly on the inside of the hitch extension. It still needs to be snugged up and checked all the time, as the up and down could easily back out a bolt by the end of a long trip, but at least it takes most of the slop/play out.

By the way, found this nice hitch extension that stays attached to the hitch full time, very nice intermediate step up to the aluminess bumper to access the back of a 50 layout. Also, nice seat to sit and work with the table on rear door deployed. Will post photos if anyone wants them.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/d ... mber=97685
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Re: Rear hitch wobbles - FIX

Hey Steve,

That Mod was sweet, easy, and inexpensive!!! BTW I saw that hitch on sale in my local HF for $19.99

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Re: Rear hitch wobbles - FIX

My hitch was also lose. At the meet and greet I was advised to glue a washer on top with gorilla glue. It worked great and my hitch fits is perfect now.

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Old 01-10-2010, 08:45 PM   #8
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Re: Rear hitch wobbles - FIX

Ray, nice find on that price. I've seen those things for close to $100 elsewhere. Same brand, too.

Angel, that's a great idea. I will do that ASAP.

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