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Old 03-29-2019, 08:36 PM
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Derwood,
Here are some videos about folks that used different methods to reduce slop:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIZCgPixJgI
In the video listed above, the fellow drilled and tapped a hole in the bottom of the hitch and put in a bolt to eliminate the play.

Although this is a good idea, if I were doing it, I would drill and tap through the side of the hitch.
I wold also use a grade 8 bolt. I would also make it short enough so that I could put a lock washer under the heat of the bolt and have the bolt get tight on the lock washer at the same time that the end of the bolt, pinned the hitch in place.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0kJNv5adcQ
this one uses a welded back on the tow bar and a bolt through a heavy washer through the back of the hitch to remove the rattle.

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Another welded in plug to the rear of the drawbar with a heavy duty washer on the back of the hitch with a heavy bolt through the washer into the plug to eliminate the slop:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5eBFhJwWY8
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