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Hitch on 2002+ explorers

Discussion in 'Tow Rig Forum' started by Hitchhikingmike, May 26, 2008.

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    1. thebrakeman

      thebrakeman Well-Known Member

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      The difference between your modified setup, and my stock setup, is primarily 1st gear. My 6-speed has a much lower (numerically higher) 1st gear ratio to get me started with 5200 lbs behind me. On gen 3 trucks, the tow package's 3.73 axle ratios are intended to do the same thing...help get you going from a stop.

      Once up to speed, I have no doubt that you cruise just fine. But the potential problem is overstressing the drivetrain when starting from a standstill. Pulling 5000 with only 3.55 gearing thru the 5-speed is more stress than than the design or development engineers intended.

      I would recommend that when you start from a stop, you go easy on the gas, and not try to accelerate with traffic. Just be gentle on the drivetrain as you get yourself moving. High throttle at low rpm is not good for your setup.
       
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      Keep in mind, with the '02+ vehicles, the size of the receiver has been nice to use as a quick weed-out feature, for those wanting 5000-7000 lbs tow ratings. If you upgrade the hitch to Class III/IV (and nothing else), and later sell the truck, you owe it to the buyer to be upfront with them, disclose the modification, and inform them of the true tow rating.

      I would be ticked off the buy a V8 truck, thinking it had 3.73 axles because of the 2" hitch, only to find out later it only has 3.55 axles and doesn't tow the way I expected.
       
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      Does anyone know the torque requirements for the bolts when upgrading to the 2" hitch? I have been searching and finding nothing.
       

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