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Old 01-14-2010, 02:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Installing/ Mounting tow ball on bumper

I want to put a 2 inch ball on my bumper to tow a small trailer. I see there is a little round Plastic cover where the ball is to be installed. My question is does anyone know how this comes off or do I have to cut it out or something? It's a 2wd sport model with the grey plastic trim on the bumper
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Old 01-14-2010, 06:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It does have to be cut, the shank is 3/4"x 2".
If your goint to tow much weight, suggest you get a hitch. I use my bumper for now but don't pull that much to often.
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It does have to be cut, the shank is 3/4"x 2".
If your goint to tow much weight, suggest you get a hitch. I use my bumper for now but don't pull that much to often.

Thanks a lot for that. i am doing a 400-500 pound trailer with my snowmobile in it. The snowmobile is about 550lbs. So combined weight is about 1000-1100 pounds.

I think it should tow it fine off the bumper.

Thanks a tonne though for even knowing the shank and length. That makes it easy for me!

I just cut out the plastic part with a exact type knife. It took some effort but it worked.

Now I just need to get one of those T connectors for the wiring and I'm good to go.
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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shouled be fine I towed a pop-up abouy 1800 lbs, with no issue. as long as you under the rating for the bumper should be good to go.
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Old 01-15-2010, 01:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes it will work, however, I was going to go that route but decided against it when i realized that for a nominal amount of money i could put on a class 3 receiver and never have to worry about tearing the bumper off or banging it up denting it etc. The day will come when someone "slips" putting a trailer tongue in place . You will also find the need to carry a bigger trailer and regret not having gone with the hitch.
I have not regretted spending the extra 50-75 dollars for the hitch, plus it will allow for bike racks etc. much more versatile than the ball.
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:11 AM   #6 (permalink)
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i bought my hitch for 75 local. look around. the bumper should work fine but be careful when turning. i fed my bumper up on both sides from turning to tight
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:33 AM   #7 (permalink)
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On the sport version without the trailer wireing were do u get the power from?
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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there is a connection near the rear axle on the left side of the bed, If you buy the correct harness you simply unplug the connection and add this harness, it can only fit one way, and your good to go, mine cost maybe 30 bucks or so, from e trailer, according to their site

http://www.etrailer.com/pc-VWH~118301.htm

this fits all models, the link also will lead you to n installation video,
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ok thanks i want to get the hitch that works with the rollpan and flip up license plate
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