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Old February 27th, 2006, 06:02 PM   #1
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Default Class 1 Hitch, 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix

Anyone here ever put a hitch on a Grand Prix?
What brand would you choose?

I already have one hitch insert (bar)

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http://search.cartserver.com/search/...+PRIX&GO=GO%21
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Old February 27th, 2006, 11:39 PM   #2
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I have seen quite a few hitches in my day and I would never go with anything but Drawtite. One of the worst I have seen is Hidden Hitch. I can't recall installing one on a Grad Prix but just so you know most cars are a real pain in the ass. I remember installing one on a Bonniville and it bolted through the so called frame and had 6 bolts throught the trunk. If you have never installed one before I would recommend having it done unless you are mechanically inclined. I would also go with a class 2 hitch it's going to have a 1 1-4" insert and should be rated for more than your car will pull. Most class 1 hitches have what is called a flat insert. The insert is about 3/8" thich and about 3" wide. These hitches are worthless if you ever want to use a bike carrier or any other kind of accessories.
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I have seen quite a few hitches in my day and I would never go with anything but Drawtite. One of the worst I have seen is Hidden Hitch. I can't recall installing one on a Grad Prix but just so you know most cars are a real pain in the ass. I remember installing one on a Bonniville and it bolted through the so called frame and had 6 bolts throught the trunk. If you have never installed one before I would recommend having it done unless you are mechanically inclined. I would also go with a class 2 hitch it's going to have a 1 1-4" insert and should be rated for more than your car will pull. Most class 1 hitches have what is called a flat insert. The insert is about 3/8" thich and about 3" wide. These hitches are worthless if you ever want to use a bike carrier or any other kind of accessories.
Can't go wrong with drawtite, although I installed dT and hiddenhitch for 2 years and found that HH was usually easier to install and they have a more durable powdercoating proccess.

If my memory serves me correctly you drop the hangers for the exhaust, widen a hole in each side of the frame, drill like 2 holes or so, then fish a bolt through to the drilled holes from the one you widened. Then there are like 4 bolts near the bumper that you need to take out, and replace with hitch bolts.

I may be confusing that one with a taurus ( i used to do at least 1 of each a day) but even if i'm thinking of the wrong one it wont be much more complicated than that.

I also recommend stepping up to the class 2 hitch. stronger hardware for the money and a little extra security.


Haha.....RockyMTN, those bonneville ones sucked. Did you ever do one on the Honda Element ?
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Yea the bonnivlle arn't any fun. I haven't been in the business in about 6 years now so I haven't had the pleasure of seeing a Honda in the shop but I can only imagine. Hopefully HH has came a long way but when I was installing them they really had a rust problem, most of the time they were rusted before we even put them on. The other main problem with them and the reason we quit selling them was the poor welds. We actually took some pics and sent them back and ask them if this was something they wanted to be driving with or driving behind, never did hear anything from them. But I sure don't miss this type of work especially in the winter time, clumps of slush falling in your face, salt in your mouth, hot metal chips fallling all over you....ah the good ole days. I like my job now as a Stength and Conditioning Trainer.
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Haha...the honda's about as bad as the bonne was except you need to take all the shitty plastic interior out to do it, and dont get me started on the wiring ......

I have heard that they used to have a very bad rep. I must say now they've cleaned up thier act. Thier powdercoat doesnt bubble and rust from the inside out like the DT stuff does, and thier fit is usually spot on.

Luckily I only did that work in the summer, although sometimes the heat is just as bad as the cold. I still work on the plow stuff they do there after really big snows but thats not very often and its more cause the people there are fun. It's funny you mention the hot metal chips lol my scars on my neck and arms are just starting to go away from those.

I'm just noticing you are from Brownstown. Did you work at Southgate Hitch and Plow ?
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No I worked right next door at Truck Trends...before they went belly up. The owner there was not a very good business man. That place really should still be there but he just didn't know how to run it. I also used to work at Midewest Truck Accessories. I really like that type of business, I even thought about going into it myself but starting out on a smaller scale maybe online sales and word of mouth though forums and such.
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Haha....the owner of The Hitch isnt much better, its a shithole, but they've survived. It isn't that bad of a business. I've had many of the same thoughts.
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