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post #32 of 163 (permalink) Old 03-23-2009, 10:06 AM
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I'm a designer for Cequent Towing, Draw-Tite, Reese Hidden Hitch etc... I've just completed a new hitch that will fit the GXP dual tailpipe without modifying, (cutting) the hitch brackets, (like on the Curt hitch).

It is a strong hitch with a thicker frame bracket on the driver's side and reinforcement bars that was tested as designed, (unlike the modified Curt hitch).

The Draw-Tite part number is 24833. It should be available sometime in February 2009. Includes ball mount and pin and clip.

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Several of us are wondering if your hitch will work on Sols (GXP's in particular) that have the DDM ProBeam installed.

Has anyone on this forum installed a hitch carrier AND the ProBeam on a GXP?

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Several of us are wondering if your hitch will work on Sols (GXP's in particular) that have the DDM ProBeam installed.
Shouldn't be a problem. The hitch bolts to the unibody frame members further back than the ProBeam. See my underneath picture with the proto hitch in place. I would think that with the ProBeam & the Draw-Tite hitch both installed you would definitely control the torsion issues at high speed cornering.






This is shown on a non-GXP, but it still fits the same on a GXP with dual tailpipes.
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I thought I had PM'ed a Mod before... but could we break this thread out and move the non Curt Hitch information into a new thread for the Draw-Tite hitch? I think that would make more sense... so people can find the information on the hitch they are looking for.

Obviously deleting this post would then make sense as well.
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I thought I had PM'ed a Mod before... but could we break this thread out and move the non Curt Hitch information into a new thread for the Draw-Tite hitch? I think that would make more sense... so people can find the information on the hitch they are looking for.

Obviously deleting this post would then make sense as well.
Thanks, good point, and sorry I derailed the discussion. I had never realized there was a difference between Curt hitches and Draw-Tite hitches. I support this suggestion.

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Makes sense to me. As they're different animals.
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We're installing the Curt hitch now and ran into a problem where the hole on the left side of the plate flange will not clear the rearward bolt protruding from the driver side frame rail. It's off by at least 1/4th inch. Grinding the flange slots now to provide the clearance.

Anybody experience this? 30 minutes has just exceeded two hours.


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We're installing the Curt hitch now and ran into a problem where the hole on the left side of the plate flange will not clear the rearward bolt protruding from the driver side frame rail. It's off by at least 1/4th inch. Grinding the flange slots now to provide the clearance.

Anybody experience this? 30 minutes has just exceeded two hours.
Not sure of your issue here... I don't recall (and didn't climb under mine) a bolt sticking out anywhere.

There were three holes in the rear frame rail, with the hitch being mounted to the two forward most holes. No bolts in the way, and nothing for them to have been mounted to either. I'm really confused here as to your problem... are you certain you are installing it correctly?

Here is the only picture I have (from 1st page on this thread) of the underside where it mounts:

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k1...engeside1c.jpg

And the instructions were very clear, and easy to follow. If you can post a picture of your issue, I'll try to help as best as I can.
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Several of us are wondering if your hitch will work on Sols (GXP's in particular) that have the DDM ProBeam installed.

Has anyone on this forum installed a hitch carrier AND the ProBeam on a GXP?
I have the very first prototype LNF Kappa Curt hitch on my 07 Redline. When I installed my ProBeam there were no issues. But things get REAL cramped with a hitch, ProBeam and a three inch exhaust !!!!!! I can't imagine why a DrawTite would be a problem either. A ReBar could be a different issue, so speaking with Dave @ Dejon would be a good idea. If you mount a hitch, some of the exhaust options will be eliminated.

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your pic basically looks like mine. I burnt out the camera batteries last night and I can't find the charger, but when I do, I'll post the pics.

Everything went according to plan - got the bolts into place in the two forward holes on the rails, secured the one side ok, but the "driver side" hitch hole would not align with the bolt hanging through the 2nd rail hole. It lined up ok with the forward hole. Almost pushed the bolt back up into the rearward rail hole trying to get the hitch hole to line up with it. Missed by 1/4 inch.

All I can figure is that I got a defective hitch or my '06 rails are out of whack.
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I installed the Curt on my 06 and my 07 GXP with no issues like this.

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Another thread prompted me to dig this one out and add a post.

Here are a couple of pics of my modified San Angelo Mighty Mini Haul It All Rack (available at Amazon and elsewhere). I simply had the (reversed) 1 1/4" ball mount welded to the carrier base in place of the 2" receiver insert. Makes the system lighter and more easily used, eliminating the 1 1/4" --> 2" adapter.





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^ looks good......i would have done the same...lol....but then again...aggies think alike...

just thought i would share....you can buy the hitches at hitchsource.com and get 10 percent off using the coupon code "hitchsource" during check out.

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^ looks good......i would have done the same...lol....but then again...aggies think alike...

just thought i would share....you can buy the hitches at hitchsource.com and get 10 percent off using the coupon code "hitchsource" during check out.

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1 1/4" Cargo Carrier

I found this Cargo Carrier to fit my 1 1/4" Hitch. It was designed for a ATV but looks like it will be perfect for our cars. It measures 20" x 36" and is raised so it sits above our exhausts.




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