Rust on drop ball mount?

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  1. NoleFan

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    Our new to us PUP sits perfectly level with a 5 1/4" drop on my wife's Yukon. Luckily my father in law had an old one that he had no idea where it had come from.

    The thing is a little rusty, but no big deal, I figured I would clean it up and pit a new ball on.

    BUT the shaft that goes into the hitch has some rust pits (not all the way through by any means). I know this thread is useless without a picture, and I can get one tonight.

    What are your thoughts, should I sand the rust down and paint this drop hitch, or just trash it and get a new one? My pup weighs less than 2000lbs, but I want to be safe with it on the road. No cracks or anything.
     
  2. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    It would be hard to tell the damage until you get the rust taken off, if it is just very shallow pits you should be ok. If they are deep it might cause a problem.
     
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    I would take a steel brush to it after I sprayed it down with some WD40. Then wipe it down with a rag.
     
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  4. rabird

    rabird Howdy!

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    Use it AS IS.
     
  5. NoleFan

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    Here it is:

    With a new ball and cleaned up, is it good as-is or trash?

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    WrkrBee Well-Known Member

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    Wire brush it down, paint it, and go camping.
     
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    That will probably be OK but that is not surface rust and a new one is about 20 bucks.
     
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    rabird Howdy!

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    AS IS
     
  9. xxxapache

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    I would use it as is..it may get stuck. The very least I would do is wire brush off the rust and spray it with some kinda oil or lube.
     
  10. Anthony Hitchings

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    replace it
     
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    I might use it for a short trip but I would replace it as soon as I could.
     
  12. MNTCamper

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    Clean and recoat, that is mostly surface rust. A rust resistant primer under black coating would help a lot. May need to prime with rust reformer type primer.
     
  13. J Starsky

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    My 4in angle grinder, a flap disc and some rustolium would solve that. Lots of grease shall be used when you insert into a hitch.
     
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  14. NoleFan

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    I am actually surprised by all of the fix it comments! Thanks everyone, will get it cleaned up, painted, and keep her lubed!
     
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    I would have no problem using that. Hit with a wire brush and a can of black Krylon and you should be good to go. I wouldn't worry about replacing the ball either, unless it's not there, not the right size or is badly damaged.
     
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