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Old 08-10-2010, 04:49 PM   #1
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2001 Wrangler w/ U-Haul hitch

Hey guys,
Trying install a uhaul hitch on my Wrangler so I can take my wheeler on a trip this weekend...having a little bit of trouble getting it all the way on.

The hitch came with 3 different sets of bolts and these nuts attached to a 6 inch strip of metal...I looked at the directions that came it, but I don't see how to get the long metal strips all the way up into the frame...This is what I have so far...



What am I doing wrong here...or is this normal..the way the metal tabs hang down...

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That metal tab is just used to hold the nut in position while the bolt is threaded into it and tightened. If the bolt is now firmly tightened down, you can cut the tab off. A little blue Locktite on the bolt threads is always a good idea for trailer hitch hardware.

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Hey Jerry,
Thats what I was thinking, that the tabs just broke off now, but I wanted to make sure haha...The instructions that u-haul sent with the hitch weren't real clear and I didn't wanna screw this stuff up!

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I forgot to mention that tab is actually called a 'flag' and such nuts are called flagnuts.
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DO NOT cut!!! You may need to remove the hitch some day.
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DO NOT cut!!! You may need to remove the hitch some day.
You can still get to it with a combination box-end/open-end wrench. I have installed and retrieved those nuts from behind there several times with none of them having the flag on them. The slot under the frame allows adequate if not great access.
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Flagnuts - Ha Ha!
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I used a set of bolts/nuts instead of the flag nut--tie a wire around the bolt, feed it throught the hole from the inside to draw the bolt into the frame and hitch holes then tighten the nut while holding the bolt inside the frame with an open end wrench. The flag nut was too much of a PITA. Good luck!
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OK Jerry. I was thinking of the flagnuts that are used on the rear stablizer that I had to remove a while back when doing other work. If I remember right those would have been hard to get to without the "flag" thingee. Of course, my "rememberer" could be wrong!

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