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Old 04-05-2014, 10:18 AM
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Convert my factory ball hitch to 2" receiver?

My '87 GW has a factory ball hitch/towing package. The mounting bar that the ball hitch is screwed into is welded to the tow frame under the rear bumper.

Does anyone know a manufacturer that makes an adapter with a 2" receiver that would "slide over and bolt into" the metal bar if I unscrewed/removed the ball from the mounting bar?

I'm wanting to use it to mount a bike rack for some family outings, so there would be minimal strength requirements compared to normal towing of boats and trailers. The few bike racks that fit over ball hitches are flimsy at best and lack good features.

The mounting bar extension from the bumper is about 2 1/2" wide, 6" long and about 5/8" thick.

Google hasn't been a lot of help and I didn't find a similar question in the forum archives. Sometimes some of you guys know "specialty" fabricators that make things like this.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Cheers- Hal
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:02 AM
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Hal, the factory did make hitches with the 2" reciever, you could always hunt your local yards looking for one or keep an eye out on here or FSJN. The big sellers will usally have one laying around.

Here's a pic of mine for reference
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The holes are already in the frame, just be sure to get the reinforcing plates inside the frame rails when you pull the receiver hitch from the donor. Lot easier and a better all around setup.

If you still want to go with your original though, have a local fab shop make up an angle iron bottom plate and an upright for the bike hangers, drill the bottom of the angle, pull the ball and bolt through the holes.
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Old 04-08-2014, 08:32 PM
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Another option

This is easier than finding one from a Jeep.
I had a receiver setup for an 89 S10 Blazer laying around. Took some measurements and found that all I had to do was cut 2" off both sides and weld the plates back on. When installing, I made some plates for the inner side of the frame. Bolts to existing holes on the 79' Chief. Tucks up real nice and clean.
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