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snowbear hitch question...

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by greenfreak, Feb 13, 2006.

  1. greenfreak

    greenfreak Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    hey all, I just got my new sb300 (flexblade) installed on my '93 cherokee. opted for the front mounted reciever hitch mounting option. Thing is, my jeep's lifted 3 inches and has larger than stock tires, so the hitch mount is approx. 4 inches higher than it would be on a stock vehicle. This makes mounting the plow a little tricky, and affects the angle of the plow. I was thinking of getting an adaptor for the hitch that would lower the socket. Found a 4" Hi-Low drop adaptor here, http://www.hitchesonline.com/special_mount_main.htm#EXTENSION. think this'll work? I'm worried by the fact that that page states that tounge weight is reduced by 50% when using it...

    so, thoughts on that adaptor anyone? alternatives? or do I just live with the reciever being too high?

    will post some pics as soon as I get a chance...
  2. RSK

    RSK Senior Member
    Messages: 236

    try it. it might work
  3. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 824

    dont see why it wouldnt work ...
  4. ICindrich

    ICindrich Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    Your front reciever hitch mount on the same bolts and holes as your bumper, so it is two flanges coming off of the mount. Take the hitch off, and bring it to a welding shop, have them cut the wings, make them longer and reenforce them. No more than $100 and will be permenant.
    Just my 2 cents
  5. dunedog

    dunedog Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    or just have a welder reinforce the 4" drop receiver with some 1/4 plate on the sides.
    just another person's 2 cents...
  6. greenfreak

    greenfreak Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    found another one, http://www.blueox.us/Accessories/droprcvrs.htm. this one looks sturdier. can't find any note regarding reduced tounge weight on the site, gonna send 'em an email... mebbe this one won't need any reinforcing...
  7. bdhunter

    bdhunter Senior Member
    Messages: 158

    New Snowbear Flexblade - hope it works for you

    My 92 XJ is stock height, and have had no problems with Flexblade plugged into HiddenHitch rcvr. Hope that Blue Ox works for you.

    With the great blizzard of '06 (in the Phila PA are) behind us now, thought I'd include a link to a morning after pic. The Flexblade was able to push that pile to the height you see with no strain or damages.

    http://www.hunterfamilypics.net/images/other stuff/jeepstuff/plow005.jpg

    Don't let the Meyer's lights fool you, it's really a Snowbear. When you get yours going, how bout a pic or two?

    Oh, and one more thing... if you got that big ugly switch with yours, I found a way to eliminate that by using 4 70 amp relays and a nice toggle on the dash. I'd be happy to share details with you if you're interested.
  8. greenfreak

    greenfreak Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I'll post some pics soon, I don't have a digital camera so I've got to borrow one...

    Also, I'd definately like to hear details on eliminating that huge switch box. Do tell...
  9. bdhunter

    bdhunter Senior Member
    Messages: 158

    For greenfreak

    How to eliminate that big Snowbear switch box

    Email me at bdhunter@cavtel.net and I'll give you some details how I eliminated it. You can also find it posted here if you search for "Snowbear big ugly"

    Required buying 4 70 amp circuit breakers, a big connector, and a 3 way toggle switch, then some wiring and soldering.

    Total cost - about 35.00
    Total value - priceless

    If I can do it, you can too. Trust me.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2006