Adjustable tow hitches

Brente1982

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Why is it that all adjustable tow hitches have the worlds longest shafts on them? Not all towbar assemblies have a hollow section for the shaft to go all the way through. Infact the bar on my ranger only has a distance of 62mm from back to pin hole, and then these adjustable hitches have a futher 300mm+ distance from pin hole to tow ball hole.
Just means you generally have to extend your safety chains just to reach their fixing point.

Has anyone found a suitable one that isnt 500mm in overall length?
 

Brente1982

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Shank. I don't need a WDH
My current adjustable is way too long, it annoys me. i had to cut the end off it because it didnt align with the pin hole. But its still exessively long, like they all are.
 

Crusty181

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Ok, i have a Reece V5 wdh, and the horizontal outside dimensions of the shank is around 300mm overall, the pin centre is around 80mm from the inserted end. Overall shank thickness is around 70mm so not much use for you, but an example of at least one shank of limited length.
 

Brente1982

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I have one very similar to this. The picture doesn't make it look that long, but it is.
I'll keep looking but once I get my car back from the repairer I may have to do some proper measuring of the difference and get a fixed heigh model.
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Bushman

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My WDH stuck out way to far, which was fine on The Pajero to clear the spare but caused to much pitch with the ball weight to far back from the axle.
On the Trailblazer with stock springs and suspension it was a lot worse.
Managed to have it shortened and redrilled, the difference was amazing, not perfect but a huge improvement.
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First pic shows how far it sticks out (previous van attached), 2nd after the shortening
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Crusty181

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My WDH stuck out way to far, which was fine on The Pajero to clear the spare but caused to much pitch with the ball weight to far back from the axle.
On the Trailblazer with stock springs and suspension it was a lot worse.
Managed to have it shortened and redrilled, the difference was amazing, not perfect but a huge improvement.
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First pic shows how far it sticks out (previous van attached), 2nd after the shortening
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Same hitch, mines the opposite. Goes too far in, zero room to mount the stomper bracket