May 18, 2004was lookin at my LMC magazine for my blazer and saw a hitch that will tow up to 5000lbs and since i dont have one i was wondering if this would be strong enough to pull people out or should i get some custom tow hooks installed onto my frame any input will help
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May 19, 2004i always thought them hitches that come on fullsize trucks are rated at 8000lbs. if you go with tow hooks make sure they are big enough and use grade 8 bolts, ive had one of those 10,000lb chrome autozone tow hooks break and go flying before, i have been using tow hooks off a 95 suburban on my suburban and my s10 and never broke or bent them things, i actually tore my frame right behind the tow hook on my s10 trying to pull out a stuck H2.
i picked them hooks up for 5$ a piece at a offroad place, they had a bunch laying around from when people put plows on or whatever.
May 20, 2004ok i just read about it and it says its a claa IV rating up to 5,000 lbs, its not welded on or anything just drilled, and it has a 2 inch receiver, the hicth itself costs 139$ and hitch ball mount costs 17 and ball cost 9, so all together itll be about 160 not including shipping, is that worth it or should i get some tow hooks customized onto the back, also how would i do that so theyre not just welded on directly onto the frame with could be a problem when hooking up or should it be fine?
May 20, 2004It is a great location as a tow point, because you can quickly add an insert with a D-ring attached to a yank strap. I had a V-5 on my 83 Suburban, BTW the 1/2 ton trucks, Blazers and Suburbans have the same hitches, I've bought mine from junkyards. I feel a hitch is superior to tow hooks.
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May 20, 2004Call a reputable trailor shop and ask. I can't remember the details but hitches are rated by tongue weight which is likely the 5000 mark and 8000 would be the tow weight. ie tongue weight is the actual weight that the trailor puts onto the hitch on a vertical plane whereas the other figure is the weight of the trailor itself. The trailor weight is the one important to yanking trucks out of the mud. Jason.
May 21, 2004The tounge weight is a lot lower than 5000 lbs. On a class III hitch the gross trailer weight is generally 5000 lbs, and the tongue weight is 500. I think they make a class V for yours, you should look in to that. It should be closer to the 8000 lbs mark.
January 14, 2005i have the class 111 hitch i tow my trailer and pull my buddys truck out all the time have had no probloms at all
January 14, 2005I've always had V-5 rated hitches on my 4x4's.
January 31, 2005D rings are good. I've got a f-350 and I tow around a 6ton trailor all the time and pull others out of the mud and I haven't had any problems with my hitch. I put a d-ring in the reciver and just yank. I also had 2 d-rings on what was left of my bumper and pulled a pathfinder out of a deep hole over a lip with them without a problem.
I will be putting D-rings back on my truck along with a winch so I do have that go anywhere do anything capability.