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Posted March 09, 2011 - 03:01 AM

Alright, so I want to build my own sleeve hitch and I know I am capable of it, but what do I use for the hitching tube? On factory sleeve hitches it is a 5/8" ID x 1" OD tube, but that size tube doesn't seem to exist. But my head says if they are using that size on all the factory sleeve hitches than that size has to exist, yet I can't find it. I know most people building their own sleeve hitches just uses 3/4" ID x 1" OD pipe but I would rather use the "regular" size, any suggestions??

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Posted March 09, 2011 - 10:00 AM

I think i used 3/4" OD 5/8" ID that I got ast TSC,

That doesnt' work out to be a very thick wall, but it seems to be working.

here are a few pictures of how I built mine.
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Posted March 09, 2011 - 10:42 AM

I like that hitch, looks nice and heavy duty. How thick is the material and some of the dimensions you used? Those proportions look awesome. I like the Case sleeve hitch look.
I will have to check at Tractor Supply.

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Posted March 09, 2011 - 11:40 AM

The main frame was built from 2" wide 3/8" thick stock. The top and botttom were cut from some 3/16" plate I had.

here is a dimensioned picture.
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Posted March 09, 2011 - 11:48 AM

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there is another plan view from Garden Tractor Talk - Sleeve Hitch for a Ford LGT

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Posted March 09, 2011 - 03:30 PM

Alright, so I want to build my own sleeve hitch and I know I am capable of it, but what do I use for the hitching tube? On factory sleeve hitches it is a 5/8" ID x 1" OD tube, but that size tube doesn't seem to exist. But my head says if they are using that size on all the factory sleeve hitches than that size has to exist, yet I can't find it. I know most people building their own sleeve hitches just uses 3/4" ID x 1" OD pipe but I would rather use the "regular" size, any suggestions??


If you take 1/2" black pipe and run a 5/8" drill bit through it you'll end up with something close. The outside wall will be close to 7/8" I believe.

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Posted March 09, 2011 - 03:41 PM

Casey,
What tubing are you looking for round or square? I have to go to a steel supplier to get round tubing which is different then pipe. You can buy 1" round tubing in several different thickness's..1/8", 3/16", 1/4", 5/16", and 3/8" wall thickness. 3/16" wall tubing would give you 5/8" I.D. you are looking for. The same is true for square and rectangular tubing.
hope this helps, Brian
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Posted March 09, 2011 - 04:12 PM

Chuck, Nice looking hitch. I see you allowed for the 'trailer hitch'. What I posted in the Ford forum is a mod to the factory hitch to clear. I like the triple pin option too. Keep up the good work.

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Posted March 09, 2011 - 05:07 PM

Brian, yes I am looking for round tubing, so the 1" by 3/16" wall that gives me 5/8" ID would be what I am after. Do you buy any of that often or have a scrap or two of it laying around?

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Posted March 09, 2011 - 09:56 PM

Metal Depot has about anything that you would ever need.
MetalsDepot® - DOM Round Steel Tube, Racecar & Motorcycle Frame Tubing

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Posted March 10, 2011 - 12:37 AM

DOM tube is a hidden resource that most people don't know exists. It's fairly reasonable pricewise, pretty true in dimension, & has a little carbon to make it stronger. It doesn't have so much carbon it to cause problems welding.
I find that this place has better prices, & selection:
Speedy Metals - Round Tube
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