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Old August 19th, 2010, 09:43 PM
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Last I checked, hitches made for the Series do not line up with the holes in the Defender crossmember. Perhaps somebody can correct me. I think I got this info from Ike some years back.
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6 out of the 8 holes line up perfectly.

using grade 5 bolts it took 5 min to install. (getting the old one off was another story).
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Does it come with a backing plate? I thought the rear X member was not up to the task unless you had a backing plate. It is true that the sheet metal is a little thin (and thinner when rusted).
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Old August 23rd, 2010, 09:24 PM
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no backing plate yet, i didn't plan on doing actual towing until i throw one on.
I was going to get a wide one 8-10"+ from scrap steel that fits inside of the cross-member rails, drill the holes to match the bolt locations before I towed anything.
I mostly have this for a cargo rack and bike rack I have for it.
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Does it come with a backing plate? I thought the rear X member was not up to the task unless you had a backing plate. It is true that the sheet metal is a little thin (and thinner when rusted).
Even then its still a really bad idea imho. I have said it before, any rear hitch that doesn't utilize the two bolt holes up by the middle of the fuel tank on the main frame rails is a very poor design and damage waiting to happen. The steel in the rear cross member is way too thin and not only isn't solid but rather two thin plates (easily bent bent with a ball peen hammer) with a large air gap in between. It doesn't matter how big the backing plate is. I have completely destroyed one of these hitches and "tweaked" a rear crossmember downward in less than 60 miles with a car trailer. Less is not more when it comes to hitches and safety.
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good call, maybe I'll try to rig up a brace of some kind tying to that before I tow anything.
I think it'll be fine for a bike rack/cargo basket in the meantime though
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http://www.simmonites.com/Defender%20exterior.htm maybe 2/3rds of the way down.
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Rigid receiver hitch

Thought I'd throw a pic up as I purchased one of these based on this thread...
I hadn't read Doug's comments at the time, but will prolly look at this again before I tow anything of any substance.

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I'm eventually going to want to come up with something as well. I'd much rather have a 2" receiver than the current OEM ball hitch thats there. In my searches I've found this, maybe it'll help you as well.

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6 out of the 8 holes line up perfectly.

using grade 5 bolts it took 5 min to install. (getting the old one off was another story).
Update: 6 months later - the hitch was already totally covered in surface rust. Salty DC roads aren't helping. But I'd suggest anybody with it take it off sand down a bit and cover it in a fresh coat of paint before it introduces rust to an already weak crossmember... I used Rustoleum underbody rubberized something.
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Even then its still a really bad idea imho. I have said it before, any rear hitch that doesn't utilize the two bolt holes up by the middle of the fuel tank on the main frame rails is a very poor design and damage waiting to happen. The steel in the rear cross member is way too thin and not only isn't solid but rather two thin plates (easily bent bent with a ball peen hammer) with a large air gap in between. It doesn't matter how big the backing plate is. I have completely destroyed one of these hitches and "tweaked" a rear crossmember downward in less than 60 miles with a car trailer. Less is not more when it comes to hitches and safety.
Doug, did any of the trucks you've seen from Europe come with an hitch? I'm many month away from looking at one again, but a few pics of the Euro setup might help folks understand/visualize how the factory intended towing to be done.
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