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Do I need a hitch pin?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by ziggynagy, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. Oct 15, 2013 at 2:36 PM
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    ziggynagy

    ziggynagy [OP] All Glory To The Hypnotoad

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    Sorry for the newb towing question...

    Just got a D-Ring receiver and don't have a hitch pin. I do have a 5/8 stainless steel bolt, could I just throw on 2 washers and a nut? Or is there something special about hitch pins that I'm missing?
     
  2. Oct 15, 2013 at 2:37 PM
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    4runnercaged

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    hitch pins are made to take on and off easily, id just go buy one.
     
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    and most are made so the hitch dose not slide in and out to much, and are probably stronger than a bolt.
     
  4. Oct 15, 2013 at 2:45 PM
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    mudyota

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    They are made to come off easy...so people can steal them haha

    I've had some really nice hitches with hitch pin locks stolen by cutting the lock with a hack saw blade

    Of course my truck is lifted so I have to get a nice drop hitch and robbers can't stay away so I just keep it in my truck
     
  5. Oct 15, 2013 at 2:47 PM
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    teneighty

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    I'd get a pin, you don't want much play in there and pins are made for hauling. Probably a lot stronger and harder than just a bolt.
     
  6. Oct 15, 2013 at 3:07 PM
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    As long as that bolt is not zinc, but grade5 or grade 8 you will be fine. Without getting into specifics a 5/8" grade 5 in the shank is actually as strong as a 5/8" hitch pin.
     
  7. Oct 15, 2013 at 4:50 PM
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    ziggynagy

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    Til I do some research, I'll have to take your word on that.
     
  8. Oct 15, 2013 at 5:42 PM
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    5/8" grade 5 bolt is about 25,000 sheer strength and grade 8 is about 27-30k (depending on threads)in tensile strength. For a hitch pin where you aren't clamping down when tightening Grade 5 may fair better. Truthfully they would be almost the exact same for a hitch pin. Most hitch pins are only rated at 10k very conservatively.
    Make sure the bolt is long enough that the threads are not riding the metal of the hitch.
     
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