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Old 05-18-2018, 12:07 AM   #1
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Default 240 Tow hitch hardware - Spacers

I pulled a tow hitch from a 240 last weekend. I got the four small bolts and the two large bolts out then removed the hitch. I see there are spacers in the holes that the large bolts went through. I'm sure I need them but cant see how they come out. Any help my is appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 05-18-2018, 08:04 PM   #2
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In my experience those are kinda crushed in there, maybe part of the construction, not meant to come out? or maybe crushed in from torquing the hitch bolts, but either way, I never needed the sleeves that came with the hardware for the hitch, because my car had the same sleeves already in the frame.
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Old 05-19-2018, 09:48 AM   #3
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Thanks. My wagon doesn’t have the sleeves so im thinking they are not in the production process. I guess they could be crushed in with the torquing of the bolts. Has anyone ever removed them? How? I tried ponding with a hammer and screwdriver on 2 cars with no luck.
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They fall right out except on very early 240s that have smaller holes in the bottom of the frame rail so they don't fit in at all.
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Old 05-26-2018, 08:10 AM   #5
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That makes sense. The two cars with stuck spacers are early 240s. I'll find some steel spacers at my local hardware store. Thanks!
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Old 05-28-2018, 01:25 AM   #6
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Update: I went back to th JY today to see about prying out the sleeves and what do you know? They were welded to the bumper shocks. A couple bolts hold each bumper shock to the body/frame. I removed the bolts, slid out the bumper shocks and voila, the spacers are at the ends. This was an early 240. Later models may be different.
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