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Old October 14th, 2016, 08:38 AM
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HMMWV 2" Hitch will fit Defender Cross Member

So I've been looking at cheaper alternatives for a simple two inch hitch and i think i found one. The HMMV aftermarket 2inch hitch which uses the pintle hitch mounting holes which should eb the same on the defender rear cross member.

M998 Humvee HMMWV 2" Receiver Hitch Real Carc Paint Best Humvee Hitch | eBay

Am I missing something? Or will this work? Im just wanting one for a bike rack.

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Old October 14th, 2016, 08:41 AM
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That does not look strong enough, IMO.
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Old October 14th, 2016, 08:49 AM
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It looks fine for a bike rack, but not for towing.
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Old October 14th, 2016, 08:55 AM
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Deleted. Thought he meant the pintle.
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Old October 14th, 2016, 10:11 AM
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No need to reinvent the wheel.

Ben (DefenderMD) did the research a while ago and found the '92 Mitsubishi Montero uses the same bolt pattern as the Defender.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...eap-57637.html

I (and others here) run it and it's great.
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No need to reinvent the wheel.

Ben (DefenderMD) did the research a while ago and found the '92 Mitsubishi Montero uses the same bolt pattern as the Defender.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...eap-57637.html

I (and others here) run it and it's great.
No, but its good to have options. I'll cross reference this thread over there.

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Old October 14th, 2016, 12:19 PM
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Did not know about the Montero option. It good to have more options available! The Montero is a tad cheaper on Amazon, but I don't think you will be able to run a pintle hitch with it.

https://www.amazon.com/CURT-13091-Cl...ype=automotive
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Love having options, but doesn't that hitch look like it's made of like...2mm thick steel? Could that even support the tow weight?

The Montero hitch is 1/2" thick and braced. Just FYI

Maybe there's another H1 hitch that's built a bit better.
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Old October 14th, 2016, 12:43 PM
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Love having options, but doesn't that hitch look like it's made of like...2mm thick steel? Could that even support the tow weight?

The Montero hitch is 1/2" thick and braced. Just FYI

Maybe there's another H1 hitch that's built a bit better.
Even the Montero hitch is only rated for 4000lbs, not enough for any real weight.
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At the risk of sound pedantic, there's a significant difference between 1/2" thick steel, and the spindly steel this homemade humvee hitch is made of.

I'm not sure it's totally germaine that a 4000 lb "2 ton" rating is "not real weight".

It's good info to know that an H1 shares the same bolt pattern as the Defender for the hitch, but I struggle to see how this particular hitch is somehow made more effective by some critical assessment of the Montero hitch.

You may not respect the Montero hitch, but that does not change physics nor metallurgy.
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At the risk of sound pedantic, there's a significant difference between 1/2" thick steel, and the spindly steel this homemade humvee hitch is made of.

I'm not sure it's totally germaine that a 4000 lb "2 ton" rating is "not real weight".

It's good info to know that an H1 shares the same bolt pattern as the Defender for the hitch, but I struggle to see how this particular hitch is somehow made more effective by some critical assessment of the Montero hitch.

You may not respect the Montero hitch, but that does not change physics nor metallurgy.
I didn't mean the statement as a compliment to the Hummer hitch. I was just saying that 4,000lbs is not enough for the 7,700lb tow capacity of a defender. I cannot pull a car trailer with car on it using a 4,000lb receiver hitch.
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There is this one too.

M998 M1038 HMMWV Military Humvee 2" Receiver Hitch Trailer Hitch Military Jeep | eBay

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looks beefier for sure!
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Okay for a bike rack, but personally I would not tow with it.
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Love having options, but doesn't that hitch look like it's made of like...2mm thick steel? Could that even support the tow weight?

The Montero hitch is 1/2" thick and braced. Just FYI

Maybe there's another H1 hitch that's built a bit better.

The one that came on the civi trucks was tied into the rear bumper and frame rails from what I remember.
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I guess it depends on what you will use your hitch for. The hitch needs to be tied forward to the frame if you want to use it for anything more than a bike rack or hitch basket.
I pulled a crossmember into a V trying to use a cheesy crossmember mount only hitch as a recovery point.

YMMV your mileage may vary
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I think even using the LR style ball hitch that ties int eh frame rails as a recovery point would be risking a deformed rear cross member (mine has evidence of that).

I went ahead and bought the 1992 Mitsubishi Montero hitch from Amazon. Looks pretty slick, just need to get some longer bolts to install it properly
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