towbar tongue length

Submitted: Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 11:49
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Guys I have an 80 series dual cab and just this weekend I put a longer tray on it. Now my tow bar is a fair way under the back edge of the tray. Does anyone know if hayman reece or any other brand of hitch has longer than standerd and preferably removable tongue.

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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 12:13

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 12:13
You have the best, a 80 Series and a ute. Hayman Reece make tow hitches up to 250mm long, so finding one that you want should not be a problem.
I think they go to 250mm long, it has been a while since I have fitted tow bars.

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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 13:02

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 13:02
Wayne, i have a question on this subject, i have a hayman reece t/bar and a mate gave me a longer hitch, i was wondering if i could move the hole 75mm forward to make it the same as my standard hitch, length wise i mean.

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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 14:52

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 14:52
The onlt thing to watch for is that the square section will slide past the end of the tow bar. Will the tow hitch hit the spare tyre if it is mounted there. Try the hitch in the tow bar and slide it in to the postion you require. If it fits drill hole. Making the length of over hang shorter would not be a problem.

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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 15:18

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 15:18
Thank's Wayne, the Ford is getting a suspention up grade" exciting isn't it " so i'll check it wednesday.

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Reply By: Leroy - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 12:47

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 12:47
Hey Guys,

This beckons another question. I just got a lift kit on the Patrol. I saw an adjustable (2 bolts to raise or lower) square tongue/hitch and was wondering about it's rating as all the stress is on the two bolts. I need to lower the ball height as the boat does a wheelie when being towed!

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Follow Up By: Alex Callaghan - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 17:19

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 17:19
Hey Matey, I've had one of the haymen recce adjustable drop toungs with the two bolts like your describing for a while and it dose fine towing a 16 by 6 tandem with expanded metal sides and floor with two commercial mowers that weigh over a tonne in total. The set up is one heavy dude when its loaded! It should be up to the job.
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 10:16

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 10:16
Thanks Alex,

I had never seen them used before so was a little concerned by the recomendation.

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Reply By: Tuco69 - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 13:45

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 13:45
It sounds like you have increased the total length of your 80 series without extending the wheelbase.

This may make your vehicle unroadworthy and out of spec.

Having had the experience myself in the past I found that the ADR spec basicly states that the total overhang can not exceed half the wheelbase. In other words, the distance from the centre of the rear axle to the most extreem rear portion of the vehicle (body, bumper or towbar tongue) must not be more than half the distance from the front axle to the rear axle.

Excessive overhang can result in front/rear balance problems, bad steering and loss of control.
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 17:21

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 17:21
Same thing was done to a cruiser at work, the boilies extended the chassis and put the towbar back problem. I know a hitch that is longer would be easier, but it will attract everyones interpretation of what is legal. The extension was so well done, it looked original, and the towbar got longer sides to bolt to the original aswell as extension chassis, hense strengtherning it all more.
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