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Silly question - hitch and ball swapping

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by Kraziken, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. Kraziken

    Kraziken Rockstar 100 Posts

    I have a two hitch with ball from my old suburban. My new Burb has a lift, so I purchased a new drop hitch without a ball.

    As I suspected, when I try to take the old ball off and put it on the new hitch, it spins in place. My silly question is, how do I remove the tow ball without marring it? My only thoughts is to clamp it the ball portion in a vice?

  2. dwill3015

    dwill3015 Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    A new hitch ball is usually under $10 ( just looked at and they are $6.95) so that would be the route I would take. Also, the hitch balls I have, come with flat sides near the base to use a large wrench on, besides the wrench or socket on the nut.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2009
  3. Springthing

    Springthing Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    A pipe wrench. Use the pipe wrench on the ball part and then the wrench on the nut underneath.
  4. unplugged

    unplugged Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    There is a joke here.....but I'm not going to tell it.:glasses:
  5. Jimmiee

    Jimmiee Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

  6. 05-Burb

    05-Burb New Member

    I use a pipe wrench with a rag around it to keep from damaging the ball. Hold it as close as you can to the receiver.
  7. Kraziken

    Kraziken Rockstar 100 Posts

    Yeah, you know the unit I have came as one when I bought it. It does not have flat sides to make for easier swapping.

    I said screw it and bought a new ball. Sometimes being cheap costs too much.
  8. Darknesss23

    Darknesss23 Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts


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