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02-23-04, 06:02 AM   #1  
trailer hitch installation

I have a 96 dodge dakota that i want to install a receiver style hitch. I have been told to bolt it to the frame and also I have been told to weld it to the frame.

Do you have any advise in this matter?

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02-23-04, 06:07 AM   #2  
bolt on...

...then it's easily removable...todays hitches are made to bolt on and fit perfectly. even a factory hitch is bolted on...take the easy route

 
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02-23-04, 06:16 AM   #3  
I definitely like the easy way out. I will do just as you recommended. Thanks!
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02-23-04, 06:17 AM   #4  
Dodge has a great bolt-on for the Ram
Installation was a piece of cake and it looks factory
It's real heavy duty, bolts up nice and solid
I mean this thing is beefy
I'd see if they have one for the Dakota

 
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02-23-04, 02:52 PM   #5  
DEFINATELY DON"T weld anything to your frame. Their towing capacity factors bolts into the rating.

 
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02-23-04, 04:43 PM   #6  
thanks to everyone for their input.

 
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02-23-04, 06:05 PM   #7  
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my brother's 98 dakota has sustained a few rear end hits(in traffic), all it does is scratch his receiver ball, yet the person who hits him has some pretty good damage to their front bumper. he gets out, walks back, looks at his hitch, looks at their front bumper, looks again at his hitch, and laughs. he asks if they want to report it, and they always say no.

i'd say a bolt on hitch is plenty strong, even as salt water rusted as it is.

six bolts and two wiring connectors and you're done!

 
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02-23-04, 09:06 PM   #8  
Originally posted by Desi501
DEFINATELY DON"T weld anything to your frame.
Excellent advice. NEVER weld on the frame!!!!!

 
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