Troop Carrier Bolt on Hitch Receiver

Submitted: Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017 at 14:39
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G'day everyone.
I've got a HZJ75 series that since it's purchase in 2001 has had a combination pintle hook, tow ball (see Fig 1) that I'd like to convert to the box type hitch (see Fig 2).
The adapter in Fig 2 is for a 40 series and may not fit and it's on a North American website.
Has anyone seen something similar in Australia?

Fig 1

Fig 2
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Reply By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017 at 21:24

Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017 at 21:24
I can't help you with this query specifically, but it looks like the sort of thing any towbar manufacturer or engineering shop should be able to knock up for you.

Probably easy for me to say that here in Kalgoorlie where we're knee deep in boilermakers, welders and engineers but they're in great profusion in most cities or other large towns as well.
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Follow Up By: Manic - Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 at 08:31

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 at 08:31
Thanks Paul, I think the issue here is it isn't rated, certified so whilst it's a simple bit of engineering you can't find a someone that would take the job on.

This isn't for towing either, the current solution is fine for towing and I'll just bolt the pintle hook back on cause it's only four bolts and I only tow a boat a few times a year. It's to put a bike rack on the vehicle, it's an ex-government vehicle so not really child friendly.

...I thought the 2k it cost to put a back seat in it a few years ago to accommodate a couple of child seats would be the end of it - it never ends!
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 at 06:49

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 at 06:49
What weight are you planning to tow with the 2nd hitch, Manic?

In extreme conditions the chassis cracks between the bolt holes and with the added leverage of the tow hitch mount, there would be a lot of twisting of the rear crossmember.

Have seen some damage to old 40's in a past life, in that area.

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Follow Up By: Manic - Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 at 08:36

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 at 08:36
Thanks Bob, the vehicle has a pretty serious tow bar cause it's an ex-government vehicle so it has the bar they use on the SES, Army etc. vehicles. So this isn't to mount to the bolt holes in the rear bar, what's there is pretty solid and it's not for towing anyway. It's for a bike rack - just to prove nothing's easy when you mix kids with Troopies.

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Follow Up By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 at 10:55

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 at 10:55
So why would it need to be rated if all you're using it for is a bike rack?
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Follow Up By: Manic - Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 at 18:07

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 at 18:07
Probably cause there's nothing stoping someone from hooking up a box trailer full of blue metal (2 ton) and driving of with it connected to the unrated adapter.
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Reply By: Manic - Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 at 18:18

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 at 18:18
I found a suitable solution to this problem on Amazon which is surprising because in the past everything I've found there isn't shipped to Australia. Reasonably inexpensive ($60 AUD approx. landed) and delivered in about a week.

Pretty sure this will get me out of trouble (and into it if I tow with it so I won't).

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