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Old 12-30-2019, 12:52 PM
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Frame Spacer at Hitch Question

1979 Wagoneer... There's a spacer in a bracket that bolts to both left and right sides of the frame. The tow package was bolted through it. Is this bracket necessary if this hitch is not reused? If it is necessary structurally for the frame should I replace the pitted metal spacer?


Considerations:
  • Planning on using Cliffhanger rear bumper with optional hitch receiver
  • Want to replace auxiliary gas tank with BJ's alum tank or do Suburban retrofit like posted in older thread
  • Will be hot dipping frame and want all modifications and removal of unnecessary parts prior
Unrelated, related question:


I read that one of the FSJ builders returns their frames to "factory specs". Can anyone give me direction on doing this?


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It is only for the hitch, the brackets & spacers would not be used unless reusing the hitch.
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If you decide to not re-use the hitch, you might be able to sell that bracket and it's spacers. The hitches are easy to find and cheap but for some reason, finding that bracket and spacer can be a bit tougher.

You would probably have to ask that builder what they mean by that. I assume they mean they lay the frame out on a rack and make sure all measurements are to factory tolerances for squareness and there is no rust/Damage. If you look in the 1979 factory service manual, on page 3F-2, you will see a chassis diagram with all the measurements I am talking about.

If you do not have the factory service manual, go here and download it, you will need it!
https://oljeep.com/edge_parts_man.html
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The hitches are easy to find and cheap but for some reason, finding that bracket and spacer can be a bit tougher.
https://oljeep.com/edge_parts_man.html

Oh man, I thought I was going to get big bucks for my hitch. I do have the reinforcements shown above.
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Old 12-31-2019, 11:05 AM
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It is only for the hitch, the brackets & spacers would not be used unless reusing the hitch.

Cool. Thanks Babywag.
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Ha... everything I just wrote is gone... crazy. Try this again...

Thanks Rangastang! I
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It is because of apostrophes, try to type your post without any apostrophes and you should be good to go.
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Thanks guys and sorry about that. Was out of town dealing with a loss and trying to respond on my phone.


Anyway, rang-a-stang, I am building a pile of parts that will not go back on the waggy. Luggage rack for sure. Eliminating chrome and I have a Con-Ferr to replace it.


My guess on the brackets and spacers is that people neglect to remove the brackets and the spacers rust away. Mine are super pitted.


The brackets will be made available as soon as I have the Cliffhanger bumper in hand. I read that it does not bolt up to the stock bumper brackets.
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My guess on the brackets and spacers is that people neglect to remove the brackets and the spacers rust away.
My guess is that they are super rare. I have/had more than 40 Wagoneers and Cherokees over as many years and I have never seen frame brackets like those.
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My guess is that they are super rare. I have/had more than 40 Wagoneers and Cherokees over as many years and I have never seen frame brackets like those.




Makes me not want to get rid of them.
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