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DarkSkySeeker

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Posted: 01/20/20 12:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The structure in my photo extends very low under my hitch. It is so low, it drags on most driveway entrances and exits. Other than making the hitch less adjustable for another rig in the future, is there any downside of bandsawing it off?

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I cut off several inches on a couple of those, including the one I've been using for more than ten years. No problems what so ever.


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Posted: 01/20/20 12:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

i would cut it off. Just leave enough material so it doesn't compromise the bolt hole above it.
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I would cut it off, but leave it a little longer than the equalizer bars hang down. You may wind up having to replace them in the future


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Posted: 01/20/20 01:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you are that tight on ground clearance you may be better off with a trunnion type setup.

Sorry, looks like you pointed to the drop hitch. I agree you could cut that or try a different drop.

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Yes you can trim it down a bit. But make sure you're only trimming the part that's in free air. I wouldn't cut anything that is between the clamped pieces.

If you want to avoid cutting you could try disassembling the hitch and flipping that part over. But my guess is then it will stick up too high and interfere with the tailgate opening.


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Easiest way is to flip the bar over so the extra is on top. No issue being in the way of the tailgate, not in my setup anyway.


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Posted: 01/20/20 02:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

FrankoToo wrote:

Easiest way is to flip the bar over so the extra is on top. No issue being in the way of the tailgate, not in my setup anyway.


I don't understand your response?

He needs the drop shank to make the rig level, but it's a little too long and hits the ground. So cutting it off makes sense, but flipping it over doesn't...


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FrankoToo wrote:

Easiest way is to flip the bar over so the extra is on top. No issue being in the way of the tailgate, not in my setup anyway.


My tailgate is already blocked by the propane tanks and tongue jack controls anyway.

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Cutting will help your ground clearance issue but not solve it.


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