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Old August 30th, 2007, 04:50 PM
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Safari Gard Hitch opening

I have a Safari Gard rear bumper and the hitch (assuming it's a class III, 2in opening) needs to be a tad bigger on the inside. Any suggestions on what to use to open the hitch mouth. I assume I need some type of grinder or shaver, but what?
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Old August 30th, 2007, 06:02 PM
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How much is a tad? You could use a metal file. But that would be by hand.
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Old August 30th, 2007, 06:07 PM
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Ade - If it's the same problem I had (I also have a SafariGard receiver), it's a mismatch of the corner radii. The receiver inside corners have a larger radius than the outside radius on the hitch corners. I ended up grinding a bit off the hitch as it's much easier to do that. My hitch is solid (not tube) so it had no affect on strength.
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Old August 30th, 2007, 09:55 PM
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Great quality control!

Ryan, what did you use to grind it?
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Old August 31st, 2007, 12:56 AM
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I think it's just a matter of where they get their tubing for making the receivers. There's just a guideline that foundries generally use for establishing the corner radius of tube stock (generally less than 3X the wall thickness). So it can vary depending upon the source, and of course, thicker wall tubing will have larger corner radii.

I just used a Makita 4" disc grinder with a flapper wheel. It really didn't take too much as you're just trying to match the radius area.

Also, it's hit-and-miss on whether things will fit in the receiver or not. I have a hitch-mount bike rack that fits with no problem.
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Old August 31st, 2007, 01:16 AM
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Just picked up a Thule T2 bike hitch that after forcing it, only fit maybe an 1.5in into the receiver. Needing a hitch extender for the bike rack, the extender wont fit all.

I'm going to modify the extender and just use it from now on. I'll give the grinder a go tomorrow.

Thanks for the info!
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Old August 31st, 2007, 10:34 AM
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I ground down my hitch too. Sucks I know.
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Old August 31st, 2007, 11:49 AM
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x2 on grinding the hitch. Pretty poor quality control.
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Old August 31st, 2007, 02:48 PM
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Ryan,

You were right on the money! Took the hitch extender to a local Tool & Die shop to trim the corner radii down. After he spent 10 minutes drooling over the Defender (he had a cool jeep setup) he used a special bit and reshaped the corners.

Thanks for info!

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Old August 31st, 2007, 08:16 PM
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I've had that problem. Actually on my D90's stock receiver bumper thing. My trailer hitch has be be pounded in and out with a hammer (so I don't use it on my D90 anymore), but my shackle bracket thing slides in and out no problem. Actually it has enough room you can wiggle it around.

On my D2 I have a SG bumper with the integrated receiver and the same receiver shackle bracket thing fits very tightly, you can still fit it without a hammer but its snug...
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