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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:11 pm    Post subject: Go Westy Hitch Question Reply with quote

Anyone installed the GoWesty bolt on VANO-HITCH... Got around to doing mine this morning and the support that comes off the engine support bar doesn't seem to want to line up with the hitch... Any recommendations that can help me get this job done today?

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My last hitch didn't have this part and I am wondering if I even need it...
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Go Westy Hitch Question Reply with quote

nacradriver wrote:
Anyone installed the GoWesty bolt on VANO-HITCH... Got around to doing mine this morning and the support that comes off the engine support bar doesn't seem to want to line up with the hitch... Any recommendations that can help me get this job done today?

I've fixed 2 of these for friends, they don't line up out of the box, you can slot the holes or better, you can bend the brace just a little..a press and "V" blocks makes it look factory.email GW and let them know...they can be very helpful.
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My last hitch didn't have this part and I am wondering if I even need it...

Its all about the tow weight, small trailer, should be fine with out it
... bike rack, maybe a strap to the top of the hatch, for security
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the VC Vano hitch on my Carat... installed with no problem... very easy to install..

please note they gave extra parts for Syncro... and you're not supposed to use it on a 2WD van
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leave all connections loose and then tighten it all down when the fasteners are started.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Altoona wrote:
Leave all connections loose and then tighten it all down when the fasteners are started.


Yeah....what Altoona said worked on my Syncro Westy.

Hardest part for me was getting the engine support bar nuts/bolts started....really, REALLY tight space to work in. 1" spacer under receiver compensates for lower Syncro engine mount/higher Syncro stance. I have the stock '90 "Fiberglass" bumpers.

Please heed GW's warning about 'older' 2" receiver Bike racks and accessories. I made the mistake of inserting a 1 1/4" adapter sleeve into the GW 2" receiver in order to use an existing 1 1/4" draw bar. Will now need to drop the hitch to pound the adapter out of the receiver (if possible) and remount the hitch. Ugh!

Good thing I have a 1 1/4" fold down bike rack....though I'd prefer to use my 2" swing away....
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Altoona wrote:
Leave all connections loose and then tighten it all down when the fasteners are started.


I have this hitch on my Westy.
The above is what you need to do.
If you're hauling bikes or a heavy load, you definitely need that bar. If you're hauling a lightweight trailer, maybe not.
The bar can add some vibrations to your car because it transmits some vibe from the engine to your frame. I'm also nervous about the bar if I get rear-ended because it's gonna trash my motor mount. But it's a tradeoff - and I always haul bikes on my hitch, so I definitely use the bar.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Using mine for a platform bike rack. No problems installing, just leave everything loose, like stated above, and maybe put some pressure on the mount to get the holes lined up, and voila! Haven't had to re-tighten mine at all. Solid, solid hitch.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have this hitch. I had to leave all bolts loose at first then tighten. I did experience vibration throughout the vehicle when I used the bar to the motor mount. I subsequently removed this bar.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I have this hitch. I had to leave all bolts loose at first then tighten. I did experience vibration throughout the vehicle when I used the bar to the motor mount. I subsequently removed this bar.

I've been thinking that to cancel some vibrations, I might take a pair of skateboard truck bushings and some washers and a longer bolt. Put one bushing between the bar and the hitch and one - held in by a washer, between the bolt and the bar. This would isolate the bar - to a degree - almost like a motor mount bushing. If I do, I'll report back.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Will now need to drop the hitch to pound the adapter out of the receiver (if possible) and remount the hitch. Ugh!.



Try a slide hammer instead.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dixoncj wrote:
Westified wrote:
I have this hitch. I had to leave all bolts loose at first then tighten. I did experience vibration throughout the vehicle when I used the bar to the motor mount. I subsequently removed this bar.

I've been thinking that to cancel some vibrations, I might take a pair of skateboard truck bushings and some washers and a longer bolt. Put one bushing between the bar and the hitch and one - held in by a washer, between the bolt and the bar. This would isolate the bar - to a degree - almost like a motor mount bushing. If I do, I'll report back.


I was thinking of using some rubber washers. Let us know if your option works.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

furrylittleotter wrote:
Try a slide hammer instead.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tomkat73 wrote:

FLO - Brilliant! I'm an idiot....:0)


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tomkat73 wrote:
Please heed GW's warning about 'older' 2" receiver Bike racks and accessories. I made the mistake of inserting a 1 1/4" adapter sleeve into the GW 2" receiver in order to use an existing 1 1/4" draw bar. Will now need to drop the hitch to pound the adapter out of the receiver (if possible) and remount the hitch. Ugh!

If the hitch insert is stuck into the receiver part, can't you just hook the ball/adaptor part to something stationary and drive away from it, pulling the insert out? The object may need to be seriously stationary.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, kinda like this....


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