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Old 06-07-2016, 09:27 AM   #1
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Home made hitch tightener, outstanding!

Hey gang,
There's been a few threads on hitches/recievers that you can't seem to get to stop wiggling and making noise etc. Well, I've never been a fan of buying something that I can make. So, I looked at the cheap-o U-bolt style with it's 3/8" diameter clamp system and, that to me, was not good enough. So, out to the man cave and, went to work. First, I cruised on over to Tractor Supply and picked up a two-pack of leaf spring u-bolts, washers and nylox nuts.

These are 1/2" diameter. Waaaaaaaaaaaay better than those factory made ones. I already had some 3/4" solid steel rod that I used for the cross bar so, that was taken care of. The width and length of the U-bolts I purchased was exactly perfect, no cutting or mods what so ever. All that I really needed to do was cut the 3/4" rod to the length I needed and, drill the holes for the 1/2" u-bolts.

I also did some manual "milling" with a hack saw. Those are the flat spots you see in the cross-rod. That was the fun part of this little project, trying to keep the flat spots on an equal plane, across from each other. In the end, a little file work and, it's done.

All in all, I've got a whopping $8.00 (it was about $4.00 for the 3/4" cross rod when I purchased it too) in two of those clamp/hitch tighteners. Not bad for a little bit of work. The really good part about these ones, because they're 1/2", you can tighten the bejeezus out of them and, they WILL NOT COME LOOSE. I know, I've tested them for three states of traveling so far and, not even close to loose.
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Old 06-07-2016, 09:55 AM   #2
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Great Job! Thought about doing the same thing, just hadn't found the round tuit.
Now drill out your hitch pin and put a padlock in it.
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