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NOPSTNS

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Hi. I just bought an '03 Limited and need help determining what towing package I have. I measured the hitch and it is 1.6" I would have thought it should be 1.25 or 2". It has the 7 pin connector and the door jam has 46 for the code.
Thanks
 
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Limited02

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Hmmm, sounds like you have a class 2? The opening for mine is about 2". I assume you have a V6? I think all V8's came standard with the class 3/tow package.
 
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I think I could be wrong about the class 3 coming standard with the V8. Maybe it has to be 4x4? I used to know this by heart but for some reason I can't remember anymore:( I have a class 3 and the opening is about 2". If yours is less then you must have the class 2. Sorry I am not much help.
 
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Any could get a class II, my v8 does or did. Still have an Axle code of 55.
Axle code 46 ...... 3.73C which is the towing gear. . . it should be a class III, giving you 7,000lbs towing capacity.
Double check on this site there are pictures of Class II and ClassIII's. The Class II look kinda small.
 
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Having a V8 or 4x4 is independent of the towing package. I have an Eddie Bauer V8 4x4 with a 3.55 rear and it came with a class II hitch. I have since upgraded the hitch to a class III that I got from a junkyard and had powdercoated.


To the OP, does your hitch look like this with the 7-pole power connector mounted on the side?

Also, there should be a sticker on the side of hitch receiver opening that tells you the weight rating of the actual hitch receiver (not necessarily the capabilities of the entire package).

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I saw a 2004 online with a towing package that looks like this too. The dealer told me it's a Class II, but I've seen other pics of 2004's with a less "robust" looking hitch than this one. So is this pic the upgraded Class III/IV?
 
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We only have one of two options, the sissy option and the macho option:) Macho comes with 3.73 LS. I have the macho option:D
 
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I saw a 2004 online with a towing package that looks like this too. The dealer told me it's a Class II, but I've seen other pics of 2004's with a less "robust" looking hitch than this one. So is this pic the upgraded Class III/IV?

Yes, this is the Class III. The Class II has a smaller (1-1/4") receiver and the 4-pole power connector underneath. If you can see the flip-up door for the 7-pole power, then its class III.
 
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Yea it doesn't matter what engine you have.
You can still have v8 with class 2.

My 04 mountaineer v8 AWD came with class 2.

I went out and bought an aftermarket class 3/4 tow hitch.
It was a relatively easy bolt on...although i had to remove my stock hitch.

I've pulled over 5000lbs loads, the 3.55 gears do alright, but it would be nice to have the 3.73's.....
(although i wouldn't go out of the way to install them unless you got the cash laying around, or plan to tow alot of heavy shit.....)
 
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Since I have been thinking about this more, I think it was just that if you ordered the Class 3 towing package, you automatically get the 3.73LS rear. Otherwise you end up with the 3.55's and the lesser tow package. I don't think you could ever order a class 3 with 3.55's? Now I will sleep better tonight:)
 
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I'm not trying to revive an old thread, but I have a class II hitch, even though I have 4x4 with the 3.73LS. I think it also has to do with engine power as I do not have the V8 which would include the transmission cooler. That being said, I am in search for a class III hitch to replace in the factory location rather than a lowered aftermarket. If anyone happens across one, I would greatly appreciate it as I barely have any departure angle as it is.
 
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James

I have an 2003 Lincoln Aviator. It has the towing package, 3.73 rear end etc. But, it came with a class 2 hitch and 4 pin flat plug. I was junkyarding one day and came across a Mountaineer with a Class 3 and a 7 pin plug. Four bolts, I believe, and off the hitch comes. Also I unpluged the wiring harness. I reversed the procedure and I have a Class 3 and a 7 pin plug. With all the junk yards in Atlanta, you should have no problems doing the same.

Tom
 
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