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would you install a bolt on hitch yourself or pay someone to do it. and before you ask, yes I can its more of a liability question.

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I'm lazy, for a few bucks I had someone install mine.
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I'm lazy, for a few bucks I had someone install mine.
i cannot imagine this taking more than 30 mintues, i'm not that lazy.

it was more of a liability question for the what ifs

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i installed mine on my car myself, mine was far more indepth than is should have been too since the rear pumper it mounted too was all but rusted out. I basically rebuilt the bumper from plates of 3/16 steel welded into place to recreate the center 20" of my bumper
total time was like 3 hours cause of the rebuild
hitch install was like 30 mins, the wiring took me about an hour to figure out too

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just the hitch/receiver or the wiring too?
Some newer cars can be a pain with electrical.

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Depends on the car, if it is an old car with old rusted bolts, hell to the naw, been there, done that, busted my knuckles and plenty of tools. If it is a newer car with easy to remove bolts, no problem.

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Install my own (and hundreds of them on Suburbans, tahoes, F350's).

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just the hitch/receiver or the wiring too?
Some newer cars can be a pain with electrical.
Dave said he would cover the wiring if I had problems

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now that I reread your question
Im not even sure what you mean about the liability.

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Depends on the car, if it is an old car with old rusted bolts, hell to the naw, been there, done that, busted my knuckles and plenty of tools. If it is a newer car with easy to remove bolts, no problem.
its an 09

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Dave said he would cover the wiring if I had problems
oh geez, take it somewhere you didnt hear the story from that last guy he helped??

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now that I reread your question
Im not even sure what you mean about the liability.
I was just curious if it was worth installing the hitch yourself, or have someone install it based upon the liability. What if it falls off. If i install it, then I'm on the hook, if I have someone install it, then they are liable. It seems like the common answer is just do it myself

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do you trust yourself to do it right?
yeah. Its 12 bolts.

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then do it... after a short tow check the bolts adn tighten anything thats come loose

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then what is the problem

I have done it myself.

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An 09, I would have no problem fooling with it, should be pretty easy.

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Go head over to a local shop... ask four dozen questions and haggle them dry for their BEST POSSIBLE PRICE.

Then leave and hire someone off the Internet to do it for $3 less.

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Go head over to a local shop... ask four dozen questions and haggle them dry for their BEST POSSIBLE PRICE.

Then leave and hire someone off the Internet to do it for $3 less.

this sounds like excellent advise, but I think I'll just do it myself. Then haggle Dave to wire it for a can of PBR

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im still waiting to see daves trailer for decking and tiedown fabrication...

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oh geez, take it somewhere you didnt hear the story from that last guy he helped??
What was that? The last fella I helped with wiring his lights went fine. Is that what you are talking about?

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im still waiting to see daves trailer for decking and tiedown fabrication...
I finally got around to buying bolts today so my trailer can be moved from my place to yours. I'm hitting up HF tomorrow for one more piece, then I will roll it out to you.
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Assuming you follow the correct torque specs, what would someone else do that you can't? Only issue would be drilling the holes might be a PITA if they aren't there already.

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I installed the hitch on my car and it took all of 10min. I trust my abilities and I've been wrenching for a few years now and for what UHaul wanted it wasn't worth it to me.

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i cannot imagine this taking more than 30 mintues, i'm not that lazy.

it was more of a liability question for the what ifs
You do your own brakes on car / truck? Whats the liability of your brake job?

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when is the last time anyone saw a hitch fall off? unless you put the bolts in by hand and left them, why would it fall off?

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when is the last time anyone saw a hitch fall off?
crazier shit has happened, and of course it would appear here first.

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install hitch yourself

Picked up the hitch from master hitch in palatine. $189. Came with ball and bar. Will be putting it on today or tomorrow. The guy insisted that I need to spend the $120 to wire the vehicle. Apparently it's special. I think not

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I saw that it is a '09, but what kind of vehicle? And are the stop lights seperate (usually amber) seperate from the turn signals?
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when is the last time anyone saw a hitch fall off? unless you put the bolts in by hand and left them, why would it fall off?


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