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Nigel

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Would someone be kind enough to post a picture or drawing of a draw bar similar to the one Toterman used. I can't seem to find it in the forum and I know I've seen a picture before. My car was rear ended and my trailer hitch is trash so time for something better.

 

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Nigel

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Nigel,

Don't have a picture but will try to get you one next week when I get to truck if my memory doesn't fail me. I can describe it though. Just two inch (1/4" thick )tubing. Cut slots in one side toward each end large enough for stock Smart eye bolts to slip into. Drill 1/2" holes through and through at 90 degree angle to slots Drop pins through these holes and through eyes of Smart bolts. Multiple ways to connect winch cable. Can use a "solid eye" bolt at appropriate place along tubing. Note to use this tubing you will need either two Smart eye bolts or equivalent.

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Not quite what you're thinking, but I'll throw it out there for consideration. The advantages to this system are reduced size of the metal carried, no need for a pulley riser to prevent rubbing, ability to use the winch for other purposes, and better portability.

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I like that mouse trap. May incorporate that on mine.

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Phil

I think you could either. I know from screwing my one eye bolt in it is not flat when tight. So to leave it in I would have to tighten when bar removed and loosen to use. Probably just as easy to take the ten seconds and take them off and toss in the compartment with the bar. If someone decided to remove them for you while shopping that could ruin your day.

 

Nigel

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Phil

I think you could either. I know from screwing my one eye bolt in it is not flat when tight. So to leave it in I would have to tighten when bar removed and loosen to use. Probably just as easy to take the ten seconds and take them off and toss in the compartment with the bar. If someone decided to remove them for you while shopping that could ruin your day.

 

Nigel

 

You could use a backup nut to set it to the correct angle and it would stay tight, not theft proof but stays with the car.

 

Roger

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You could use a backup nut to set it to the correct angle and it would stay tight, not theft proof but stays with the car.

 

Roger

Yeah, I was thinking a thin washer to get the eye in the proper position, then a dab of Loc-Tite. I wouldn't think these eyes would be a high theft item, except at a rally................

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