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Old June 8th, 2008, 12:14 PM   #1
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would welding a hitch to my frame be just as strong of not stronger than bolting it? if so should i stick weld or mig weld it?
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Old June 8th, 2008, 12:21 PM   #2
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I think they use bolts cause welds can crack the frame when the frame itself twists
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Old June 8th, 2008, 12:37 PM   #3
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well the most i will be hauling should only be a 18 foot hallmark trailer
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Old June 8th, 2008, 01:35 PM   #4
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welding it would be fine. the frame has welds,the hitch has welds... no reason not to weld them together...
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All depends on the quality of the welds. If the welder is not an experienced at overhead welds, I would go with grade 8 bolts. With the bolts, you know the integreity. With the welds you don't.

Not to be a jerk, but if you don't know which type of welder to use, it is an indication that you are not very experienced with welding. Leads me to say don't take a chance.
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i would say just to bolt it to the frame.. there is always a chance of it cracking or breaking a weld.... or if you sell the truck with it welded and it breaks..... don;t take a chance of putting other people in harms way if something was to break..
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Old June 8th, 2008, 02:54 PM   #7
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All depends on the quality of the welds. If the welder is not an experienced at overhead welds, I would go with grade 8 bolts. With the bolts, you know the integreity. With the welds you don't.

Not to be a jerk, but if you don't know which type of welder to use, it is an indication that you are not very experienced with welding. Leads me to say don't take a chance.
it all depends on what i have access to. i would preffer to weld using a mig welder
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a mig welder would not be very good to weld a hitch to a frame.... use a stick if you are absolutly set on welding it
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ok, what rod should i use?
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Old June 8th, 2008, 03:05 PM   #10
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welding it would be fine. the frame has welds,the hitch has welds... no reason not to weld them together...
Why are cross members riveted or bolted on then?

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well the most i will be hauling should only be a 18 foot hallmark trailer
the frame flexes every time you take off and every time you hit a bump its not about the weight of what you are towing, its just plain and simple what a vehicle does.

i would say bolt it, it took 20 minutes to assemble my hitch, drill the holes, and bolt it on, wont it take roughly the same ammount of time to weld it?
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thats what i said above... i don;t think i would ever weld a hitch to a frame just because of the what if's can happen . like it breaks going down the road and hits the family mini van near you, not a good thing....i was just saying if you absolutly are set on welding a hitch to a frame don;t use a mig
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i was just saying if you absolutly are set on welding a hitch to a frame don;t use a mig
why?
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just because i have been told that when you weld heavy steel of thick to use the stick welder over the mig... I could be wrong though, im not saying im 100% correct. but when they do weld thick stuff like say backhoe buckets and such they use stick .... correct me if im wrong though or teach me something i don;t know
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Old June 8th, 2008, 04:54 PM   #15
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MIG can weld things just as thick as a stick welder. It's just that a MIG machine that can do real thick stuff is relatively expensive.

Just bolt it on though, there's no reason to weld it. The rest of the world uses bolt on hitches and they seem to work just fine, why change something that doesn't need to be changed?
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Old June 8th, 2008, 05:03 PM   #17
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why change? 1. don't have a drill powerful enough to drill through frame, 2. i bought one off of a truck like mine but ext cab and the holes didn't match and it was about 1 quarter of an inch to wide on each side. but if anyone has a hitch that will work on a 1991 ford f-150 4x4 single cab short box for cheap let me know.
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Old June 8th, 2008, 05:12 PM   #18
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Now I kinda have the same question, except I popped out the bolts through the frame so was wondering about just welding it back up, I use it to haul my utility trailer but mostly as my real recovery point. This happened yesterday at the charity run...


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Wow mini beast, that's rough.

I'd get a 2" strip of 3/16" flat stock and weld that up to the bottom of the frame rail real good(that area clearly needs to be repaired), and then bolt the hitch to your fresh steel.
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Old June 8th, 2008, 10:32 PM   #20
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please don't weld it.

If you don't know what stuff to use, you don't possess enough welding skills to keep that hitch/trailer attached to your truck and you'll probably kill someone.

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